Headphone test: Google Pixel Buds Pro

Headphone test: Google Pixel Buds Pro

Just a few days before the launch of the Google Pixel Buds Pro, we present to you the new truly premium headphones from Google. On paper, the headphones are pretty impressive, with active noise cancellation (ANC), long battery life, and useful features like wireless charging and multipoint Bluetooth. Does he talk to you? Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s Pixel Buds Pro headphones.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: Design

The Pixel Buds Pro share a strong resemblance to their predecessor, the Pixel Buds. Its case is the exact same soft pill shape with an eggshell-white finish as the 2020 Pixel Buds A Series and Pixel Buds.

They are available in four colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Fog and Charcoal. Last year, the Pixel Buds featured charging cases with similar color accents. But this year, the case is black inside and white outside for each pair of earphones.

The new Google Pixels Bud Pro earphones do away with the stabilizer fins that were used to hold the last two pairs of Pixel Buds on the market in place. They lack the spatial ventilation that would have reduced ear pressure discomfort. They do, however, feature what Google calls active ear pressure relief.

But Google also offers three different sizes of earbuds to fit the vast majority of ears, and that’s great.

They are larger than previous Pixel Bud models, with each earbud measuring 23.72 x 22.03 x 22.33mm. For reference, the A-series Google Pixel Buds measure 20.7 x 29.3 x 17.5mm. The Pixel Buds Pro will sit a bit further from your ears than the previous pair. Okay, but given that these are Google’s first headphones with active noise reduction, they’re not exactly groundbreaking, but impressive for such a small device. On the other hand, they are no match for closed stereo headphones like the Sony WH-1000 XM4 or its successor the XM5.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: audio and active noise cancellation

This is obviously the critical part of the device. How good are the audio and active noise cancellation of the new Google Pixel Buds Pro? Well, we were simply blown away! These little Google devices are true technological gems that are worth their price.

First of all, the audio quality is incomparable compared to similar models in design, price and functionality. Whether it’s music via a smartphone, video, gaming or otherwise, these high-end headphones are very comfortable (even if they tend to fall out especially when eating) and you don’t necessarily need to turn the sound up too high. So between what’s going on.

But what impressed us most was the active noise cancellation (or noise reduction). With an air conditioner running at full speed next door, it’s so simple, we hardly hear it anymore. The ultimate test is, of course, on a plane, but you’ll have to make up your mind on this side. However, we remain confident.

For the microphone, it was also very practical. The voice comes out fine and the interlocutors of our meeting did not find anything to complain about when we had the Pixel Buds Pro headphones in the ears. The Mountain View firm has done a very good job.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: software and features

Like the previous Pixel Buds, the Pixel Buds Pro will feature detection Hello Google for hands-free access to the assistant. They have Fast Pair for easy pairing with any Android device, and you’ll manage the earphone settings in the Pixel Buds app, which is built into Pixel phones and a separate download for phones from other manufacturers. In a first for Google earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro will have Bluetooth multipoint support, meaning they can connect to two devices at the same time — your laptop and your phone, for example.

The Pixel Buds Pro also have the same gesture controls as the 2020 Pixel Buds. The feature isn’t found on the Pixel Buds A series, and we’re really happy to see it return, it means you’ll be able to control media volume without having to leave your phone. telephone. Google also said it will eventually support spatial audio, a kind of virtual surround sound.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: battery and charging

The last two pairs (Series A) of Pixel Buds were tiny compared to most true wireless earbuds. Battery life reflected that: even without ANC, the A-series Pixel Buds only lasted about five hours on a charge. Google says the Pixel buds Pro have a battery life of about seven hours when used with ANC turned on, and the case can hold about two full charges for the buds and case. Google also claims that putting the earphones in their case provides up to an hour of listening time.

After six hours of continuous listening, we noticed that the battery was about 70% depleted. It was a combination of active noise cancellation mode on and no noise reduction. In any case, it is related to Google’s claims.

While 2020’s Pixel Buds had a case that could charge wirelessly, last year’s Series A didn’t; they were just USB-C. The Pro drops wireless charging to 2.5 watts, which is pretty slow, but the batteries in the earphones are small, so they don’t need a lot of power. Therefore, charging via USB is very fast.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: price and availability

Google Pixel Buds Pro are available today, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in 12 countries:

  • USA
    • Price: $199
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Canada
    • Price: $259.99
    • Available colors Charcoal, Fog and Lemongrass
  • United Kingdom
    • Price: £179
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Australia
    • Price $299
    • Available Colors: Mist, Charcoal, and Lemongrass.
  • Japan
    • Price: ¥23,800
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • France
    • Price: €219
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Germany
    • Price: €219
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Ireland
    • Price: €219
    • Available Color: Charcoal
  • Italy
    • Price: €219
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Spain
    • Price: €219
    • Available Colors: Coral, Lemongrass, Mist and Charcoal
  • Taiwan
    • Price: $5,990
    • Available colors Charcoal and Fog
  • Singapore
    • Price: $299
    • Available Color: Charcoal
You can buy a pair of Pixel Buds Pro directly from Google’s website or from regular online stores like Amazon.
The + of the Google Pixel Buds Pro
  • Very powerful and impressive despite its small size.
  • Active noise cancellation works wonders
  • Seamless integration with Pixel phones
The – of Google Pixel Buds Pro
  • Not made for all ears.
  • Battery draining pretty fast
  • still a high price

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