With the recent hardware event, Microsoft has officially entered the headphone market. A year ago, hardly anyone would have associated a sound device with the name Microsoft. With the Surface Headphones, the Redmond company is entering a highly competitive ANC sector that is otherwise only conquered by companies such as Sony, Bose or Sennheiser. Can Surface headphones compete with their innovative design? You’ll find out in the test report!
Innovative design meets concrete grey
There is a lot of technology behind the grey façade, but nevertheless: you have to like the grey. There isn’t much variety and so far no further colour variations have been announced. But if you pay a little attention to details, you’ll notice that the colour alone doesn’t make a statement. On the one hand, the headphones stand out from the crowd due to the bend in the temple and thus appear less ostentatious. They nestle against the head of the wearer. The temples and ear cups are nicely padded, and you can already feel the 290 gram device after wearing it for a while. I like the size adjustment of the earphones above all because of the snap-in sound – the user can always estimate exactly how big he has adjusted the earpiece. In addition, this movement is very easy. The ear cups are not only striking because of their soft padding, but also because of their innovative design.
Intuitive operation convincing
The distinctive design is underlined by the unique operation of the headphones. Each ear cup has a large touch panel, which is once again surrounded by a barely noticeable rotating wheel. The music and other functions are controlled by tip gestures. If you type once, this means play or pause. By typing twice you get to the next song and with three tippers you jump back. With very similar combinations, you make calls and activate the language assistant. The operation works wonderfully: Typing is recognized quickly in most cases. Eight out of ten times everything works reliably and as it should. Sometimes, however, the device needs a few seconds to react to the typing gestures. By the way, the touch gestures don’t work if the headphones are connected to a device via a jack cable.
The Surface headphones become even smarter with an automatic pause and playback function. This always happens when you put the headphones off or on again. Sensors are built into the ear cups and the microphone automatically mutes when the headphones are removed when you make a call. This feature also works reliably in most cases – but is nothing compared to the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.
The rotating rings around the ear cups also have unique functions. The right earpiece controls the volume, while the left earpiece is for noise cancelling. This control makes the Surface Headphones what they are: Natural and innovative headphones. But Surface headphones can’t do without buttons. The on/off switch, microphone mute button, USB C and 3.5 mm jack connector are located on the right earpiece. The super fast pairing via Bluetooth is activated by pressing the power button for a longer time. By the way, two devices can be connected to the headphones at the same time.