Finally, the Google Pixel Buds A are official – and even cheaper than expected. For only $99, Google now offers true wireless earphones with high audio quality and some practical features, compared to the top model there are few compromises.
The new Pixel Buds A is only about half the price of the regular Pixel Buds 2, but Google is only cutting a few features, including the ability to charge the case wirelessly and the option to control the volume via the touch-sensitive surface on the outside. Even the design hardly changes – the color of the wireless earphones and the case have been adjusted a bit, the silicone should be a little softer in the new Google earbuds model in order to increase wearing comfort.
The comparatively inexpensive TWS in-ear headphones are equipped with drivers with a diameter of 12 millimeters, which promise a natural, rich sound, a “Bass Boost” is optionally available. There is no active noise cancellation (ANC), but the wireless earphones offer “Adaptive Sound”, a feature that can automatically adjust the playback volume to the environment.
The integrated microphones can be used both for making calls and for using the Google Assistant. The Google Pixel earbuds battery lasts five hours, the charging case stores enough energy for almost four charging processes. An IPX4 certification promises that the earphones can withstand sweat and light rain with ease.
Price and availability
The Google Pixel Buds A are offered in US for a recommended retail price of $99, and they are available for pre-order in Clear White or Dark Olive color before shipping from June 17, 2021, on the Bhphotovideo.com and Bestbuy.com stores.
Recently, Master & Dynamic has also made available the new MW08 True Wireless Earbuds in the US. The noise reduction headphones for the left and right ear are endowed with high-quality 11mm beryllium emitters, support Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity, and are priced at $229.99.