Amidst all the announcements made at the Microsoft’s October 2018 Surface event, the one with Surface Headphones was the most surprising one.
With its Surface Headphones, Microsoft has set afoot in the premium headphones market, and it has been launched to rival Apple’s AirPod. Featuring premium design, the headphones come with rotating dials on both sides.
The left dial can be rotated to adjust volume while the right dial is for adjusting noise cancellation. Microsoft has said that there are 13 levels of noise control that can be used according to the surrounding you are sitting in.
Launched in silver color, the headphones bear nothing fancy, but they are aesthetic. Weighing just 0.64 lbs, the headphones are indeed lightweight.
A USB-C type port has been provided to charge the Microsoft Surface Headphones, and the company claims that you can charge it to its full capacity within two hours. The music stops playing automatically as soon as you remove them from your ears.
One of the highlighting features is the support for Cortana. You need to hold the right dial of the headphone for a couple of seconds to activate Cortana. Microsoft’s own digital assistant can be used for reading emails, kicking off conference calls and knowing the weather around you.
Surface Headphones start at $349, and no release date has been told as of now. However, Microsoft’s official blog post says that the premium headphones will be available later this year.