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If you’re in the market for a nice pair of over-ear wireless headphones with state-of-the-art active noise cancellation technology in tow, you’re probably ready to spend north of $300 on a premium such product from one of just a few companies.
Coated in a single gray color, the OG Surface Headphones come with native Cortana integration, which may not sound quite as compelling as the Siri, Alexa, and/or Google Assistant support of many of its arch-rivals. The aforementioned active noise cancellation (ANC) functionality is also perhaps not as perfectly fine-tuned as the same feature offered by the incredibly well-reviewed Sony WH-1000XM4, while the battery life is decidedly unimpressive, at up to 15 hours of uninterrupted listening time between charges.
On the bright side, the overall audio quality is about as great as you’d expect… from a pair of noise-cancelling wireless cans priced at $300 or $350, and that alone would undoubtedly justify a purchase at a little over 100 bucks.
Naturally, the Microsoft Surface Headphones have a lot more going for them, including soft ear cups and a reduced weight for an “all-day” comfortable design, handy on-ear dials letting you easily adjust the volume of your favorite tunes, as well as the levels of the noise cancellation technology, fast charging capabilities, and of course, cross-platform compatibility ensuring flawless connectivity (at least in theory) with everything from Android handsets to iPhones and Windows computers.