Google’s new Pixel Buds are comfortable true wireless earbuds built with the company’s voice assistant in mind. They feature one-touch Google Assistant access and live translation capabilities, as well as long Bluetooth range and decent battery life. But they fall short on audio performance—especially at $179—with a wobbly, slightly hissy sound that lags behind similarly priced competitors like the Jabra Elite Active 75t. In the post, we would like to introduce the Review of The Google Pixel Buds (2020).
Review of The Google Pixel Buds (2020)
The most prominent feature of the Google Pixel Buds – and the thing that separates them from the original Pixel Buds that it will likely replace in the future – is that they’re completely wireless. There’s no cord running in between the buds this time, and that’s truly liberating.
They’re possibly the cutest true wireless earbuds currently available too, as the clean, rounded design of both the buds and case is pleasing to the eye. The case has also been fully redesigned and fits better in both your hand and your pocket. The egg-shaped case’s lid can be flicked up and down with a satisfying click and the entire case only sports a single USB Type-C port for charging. Even better, the case itself supports wireless charging and a bright LED on the case lets you know that it’s being charged.
Inside the box, Google includes multiple sets of ear tips and a decently long charging cord – both of which are appreciated. You may need the extra ear tips as the mediums that come on the buds can actually run a bit large and push the earbuds out of your ear.
Last but not least, it’s at least worth mentioning that the Pixel Buds come with a stalwart IPX4 water-resistance rating. That makes them capable of withstanding a sweat-filled trip to the gym and a few minutes out in the rain, but probably not a trip to the beach. So tread carefully.
2. Sound Quality
Being earbuds, sound quality is an important aspect of the Pixel Buds. The good news? They sound alright! These aren’t in the same league as high-end earbuds or even the identically-priced Jabra Elite 75t, but the sound is good. They sound basically identical to Apple’s AirPods, just with less reliance on bass. The bass isn’t as strong as AirPods but feels better. It doesn’t try to overpower the song with something that, frankly, just isn’t there in the first place.
We can’t pretend to be someone who knows a ton about good sound quality. I’m not incredibly picky, but we can say that we like how Pixel Buds sound and we think most people would too.
Pixel Buds are not earbuds you should buy for sound quality. If you want excellent sound and excellent sound only, you should not buy Google’s headphones. If you want smart features, a comfortable fit, and passable sound quality, Pixel Buds are for you.
3. Calling Quality
Voice quality is fine. Like most true wireless earbuds, the Pixel Buds don’t do a good job of canceling loud or complex background noise; for that, you need a better voice headset, preferably one with a boom mic.
We recorded 6 hours, 8 minutes of playtime from the Google Pixel Buds on a single charge, which exceeds the company’s specs by an hour. Quick charging is supported here: 10 minutes in the case yields two hours of playtime. The USB-C case supplies an additional 24 hours of listening, which means you can get a few weeks of at-home workouts in before topping it back up. Doing so takes about two hours with the included USB-C cable or via Qi wireless charging pad.
The Bluetooth connectivity of these headphones is alright. While you can pair them with any Bluetooth device like normal, when you open the case near a compatible Android device, it automatically recognizes them, making pairing very easy. This is advertised as working with any device running Android 6.0 or newer, and while it worked with our Samsung Galaxy S10e, we can’t verify which other devices are compatible. Unfortunately, these headphones don’t support multi-device pairing, which is a shame. We also tested high latency on all devices, though it’s worth noting that different apps and devices seem to compensate for this difference, so your mileage may vary in real-world usage.
In the end, Google finally has a set of wireless earbuds that are worthy contenders. They’re a little more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which are probably the better value — they get discounted $10 or $20 on occasion — but the Pixel Buds 2 are a solid all-around package with some distinguishing features and excellent call quality.