Google Pixel Buds

5.9/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Google Pixel Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds

They're a $159 experiment that doesn't live up to the hype.

- Chris Velazco, Engadget 


Google’s shot at the future of earphones is admirable, but misses the mark.

- Vaughn Highfield, Expert Reviews 

Specs / Features


Specification

Overview
Type In-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling No
Brand Google
Size 2 x 2 x 2 cm (0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight 13.9 grams
(0.49 ounces)

Critic Reviews


Coolsmartphone

A decent pair of headphones with Google features

from Coolsmartphone

I was pleasantly surprised at the great audio quality and how handy it was having the assistant in my ear instead of having to take out my phone all the time.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the great audio quality and how handy it was having the assistant in my ear instead of having to take out my phone all the time.

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TrustedReviews

Unrefined and difficult to recommend overall

from TrustedReviews

The Pixel Buds are an ambitious attempt at high-tech headphones but they’re poorly executed and limited by a need for a Pixel phone if you want to use them to their full potential.

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The Pixel Buds are an ambitious attempt at high-tech headphones but they’re poorly executed and limited by a need for a Pixel phone if you want to use them to their full potential.

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Daily Express

These are NOT the wireless earbuds that Pixel 2 owners deserve

from Daily Express

Google Pixel Buds are a little disappointing. Despite a slick design and some genuine moments of brilliance, the Pixel Buds are plagued by some baffling choices.

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Google Pixel Buds are a little disappointing. Despite a slick design and some genuine moments of brilliance, the Pixel Buds are plagued by some baffling choices.

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TechieLobang

A well balance product

from TechieLobang

Overall, a well-balanced product. If you need just a headphone, there are many other choices out there. But if you need a headphone with integrated Google Assistant Service to match your Pixel phone, this will be the one you need to get.

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Overall, a well-balanced product. If you need just a headphone, there are many other choices out there. But if you need a headphone with integrated Google Assistant Service to match your Pixel phone, this will be the one you need to get.

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Know Your Mobile

Beyond disappointing

from Know Your Mobile

Terrible. I wanted to love these headphones, but the reality of using them is just one depressing event after the other. The battery sucks, the sound quality sucks, they’re uncomfortable and they cannot translate language in real-time.

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Terrible. I wanted to love these headphones, but the reality of using them is just one depressing event after the other. The battery sucks, the sound quality sucks, they’re uncomfortable and they cannot translate language in real-time.

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Pocket-lint

More like Pixel duds

from Pocket-lint

On one hand, Pixel Buds offer a decent Google Assistant experience. On the other hand, they're frustratingly designed, don't sound great, and don't deliver on the potential of their real-time translation headline feature.

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On one hand, Pixel Buds offer a decent Google Assistant experience. On the other hand, they're frustratingly designed, don't sound great, and don't deliver on the potential of their real-time translation headline feature.

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PhoneArena

A not-horrible first effort

from PhoneArena

Google has some decent ideas here, and we'd love to see where the company takes things going forward. For now, though, you're probably better off with a third-party pair.

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Google has some decent ideas here, and we'd love to see where the company takes things going forward. For now, though, you're probably better off with a third-party pair.

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Droid Life

A tough sell

from Droid Life

The combination of the high price ($159), somewhat confusing Assistant experience, lack of simultaneous connected device support, and the fact that they aren’t really made for getting sweaty as hell, would steer me in other directions. 

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The combination of the high price ($159), somewhat confusing Assistant experience, lack of simultaneous connected device support, and the fact that they aren’t really made for getting sweaty as hell, would steer me in other directions. 

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Android Central

A decent proof of concept

from Android Central

The sound quality is good. Google Assistant is extremely quick, though the overall value here will depend on your affinity for talking to technology.

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The sound quality is good. Google Assistant is extremely quick, though the overall value here will depend on your affinity for talking to technology.

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finder.com.au

Good but not great

from finder.com.au

If you adore all things Google then the Pixel Buds will do fine as wireless headphones for your Pixel 2, but the physical design introduces issues that can irritate, and the translation feature isn't that great.

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If you adore all things Google then the Pixel Buds will do fine as wireless headphones for your Pixel 2, but the physical design introduces issues that can irritate, and the translation feature isn't that great.

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