But, there is a lot to like about this second-generation model. With the headphones connected to your source device open the Surface Audio app and click on the gear icon next to the Surface Headphones 2 picture. If I’m listening to music on my laptop, all I have to do is pause the music and press play on my phone and the headphones will switch to the phone without a problem. If you’ve encountered problems with your Surface Headphones 2 or just want to factory reset them so you can hand them off to someone else then there are two ways to do it. Microsoft made one welcome change to the ear cups: they now rotate 180 degrees, so the Surface Headphones 2 can rest comfortably against your body when wrapped around your neck. Bose and Microsoft made sure that their headsets looked like premium noise cancelling headphones, but took slightly different approaches: the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 forgo all edges in favor of a smooth, modern design, while Microsoft attracts the eye with the Surface Headphones 2 clean, crisp lines. So should you get a pair? The Microsoft Headphones 2 come in at $250 which isn’t only $100 less than the competition from Sony and Bose, but it’s also less than the previous Surface Headphones. So you get a slightly better battery life than the originals, and better Bluetooth codec support for less money. Low-midrange sounds are quieted to sound half as loud when ANC is enabled compared to when it’s disabled. So, while I didn't suddenly want to cue up all my favorite tracks in my music library to hear what they sounded like through the headphones -- an urge you get when trying out certain cans -- at $100 less than the originals, they do compare favorably to models in the $200 to $250 price range. Blank sides, a monochrome design (they come in all-black or all-gray now), and minimal branding is how I want everything I own to look. If you want the best codec support and the absolute best noise cancelling then no, these aren’t for you. If you don’t feel like dealing with any of that you can always just plug in a trusty audio cable to connect. Starting a headphone review by talking about money might seem odd, but in this case, it’s justified. But their ear cups now rotate 180 degrees for "greater comfort when wearing them around your neck," Microsoft says. Find the latest headphones and speakers reviews, news at Qucox. The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 are the next generation of the Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones. (The headphones do sound clearer in wired mode, for what it's worth.). Bluetooth Hands-Free profile was used. Testing consisted of full Surface Headphones 2 battery discharge with a Microsoft Teams call until the Surface Headphones 2 … … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Now they have Bluetooth 5.0 as well as aptX support. Plus, these have some of the best multipoint tech I’ve ever used. This is one of the key areas where the new Surface Headphones 2 improve upon the originals, which were touted at just 15 hours. At $299 the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 are a little cheaper than many of the best consumer ANC headphones that Sony and Bose have to offer, with features and specs that go toe-to … If your source device doesn’t have any codec support don’t worry, the headphones will default to SBC which is the Bluetooth codec that all Bluetooth devices share. It seems that every major company is trying to get their foot in the game with one of two products: true wireless earbuds or noise cancelling headphones. The Jabra Elite 85h aren't quite as premium as the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, but that brings the benefit of a more reasonable price tag. Editor’s note: this review was updated on October 8, 2020, to directly compare the headset to the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, and to answer an FAQ about how they compare to the Jabra Elite 85h.
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