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Microsoft announces Surface Headphones 2 with improved battery life

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Microsoft’s second-generation Floor Headphones had been introduced right now alongside the brand new Floor E book three and Floor Go — and these are available black. Like the unique mannequin, the $249 Floor Headphones 2 function energetic noise cancellation, and you’ll regulate the extent of ANC up or all the way down to your liking utilizing the dial on the ear cup.

You get the identical 13 ranges of noise cancellation as the present Floor Headphones, and the dial on the opposite ear cup nonetheless handles quantity management. This was an ingenious system when it debuted, so I’m not shocked that Microsoft is sticking with it. Like earlier than, you’ll be able to faucet the massive touch-sensitive floor pad to manage audio playback.

On the entire, there’s little or no that’s modified in regards to the Floor Headphones 2 other than the brand new black colour choice. They nonetheless function 40mm “Free Edge” drivers and output what Microsoft calls “omnisonic” audio. They’ve been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.zero and now assist Qualcomm’s aptX Bluetooth codec; the unique Floor Headphones solely supplied the bare-bones SBC codec and couldn’t match different opponents by way of sound high quality. Microsoft says the ear cups have been up to date in order that they rotate 180 levels, which is useful in case you’re carrying the headphones round your neck when taking a break from music.

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Battery life on these has additionally been prolonged from 15 hours to 20 hours with noise cancellation enabled, and Microsoft says you will get “nearly an hour” of playback time with a fast five-minute cost.

Microsoft has additionally tuned the energetic noise cancellation for the human voice this time round. “You possibly can tune ANC for various ranges, we particularly tuned for human voice,” explains Robin Seiler, company vice chairman of program administration for gadgets at Microsoft. “If you’re fascinated by working from house and attempting to drown out your loved ones, it’s an awesome product for that.”

As with the Floor Buds, the corporate is touting Workplace integration (i.e., voice dictation) in Phrase, Outlook, and PowerPoint as a bonus you get with the Floor Headphones 2, and the corporate notes that Outlook for iOS can now learn your emails aloud. However these appear to be elements that may weigh right into a buying resolution far lower than audio high quality and people intuitive controls.

The Floor Headphones 2 will begin delivery on Could 12th.

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