Google Pixel Buds

6.1/10 AVG.
RATING

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

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)

Reviews (6.1/10 Avg. rating)


Tom's Guide

Google's smarts don't translate to great earphones

from Tom's Guide

The Pixel Buds do a fine job integrating Google Assistant and language translation, but it would have been better if the company nailed the basics, too.

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The Pixel Buds do a fine job integrating Google Assistant and language translation, but it would have been better if the company nailed the basics, too.

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The Next Web

Have significant flaws, but I love them anyway

from The Next Web

The Pixel Buds are not for everyone, and they clearly show signs of being a first generation product. The fit could be better, pairing is messier than it should be, and the open design isn’t for everyone. Google has some kinks to work out for the second generation, and if you only care about sound quality or there are plenty of better options for the price.

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The Pixel Buds are not for everyone, and they clearly show signs of being a first generation product. The fit could be better, pairing is messier than it should be, and the open design isn’t for everyone. Google has some kinks to work out for the second generation, and if you only care about sound quality or there are plenty of better options for the price.

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Alphr

The future, but far from the present

from Alphr

Pixel Buds may well become brilliant in 2018 when the next version arrives, but in 2017 you’re buying a slightly disappointing product with the occasional wow factor. A wow factor that’s provided by Google’s cloud servers via the phone, anyway. And for £159, that’s just not good enough.

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Pixel Buds may well become brilliant in 2018 when the next version arrives, but in 2017 you’re buying a slightly disappointing product with the occasional wow factor. A wow factor that’s provided by Google’s cloud servers via the phone, anyway. And for £159, that’s just not good enough.

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Expert Reviews

Both the best and worst earphones you’ll ever use

from Expert Reviews

On paper, Google’s Pixel Buds have the potential to change the world, but in reality, they’re a proof-of-concept device packed with innovative features and ideas, none of which work that well.

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On paper, Google’s Pixel Buds have the potential to change the world, but in reality, they’re a proof-of-concept device packed with innovative features and ideas, none of which work that well.

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TechRadar

These don’t quite live up to the ‘Pixel’ name

from TechRadar

While the sound and battery performance earn top marks, it’s knocked down by finicky usability and the fact that its best features are reserved for those wealthy enough to afford Google’s expensive smartphones.

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While the sound and battery performance earn top marks, it’s knocked down by finicky usability and the fact that its best features are reserved for those wealthy enough to afford Google’s expensive smartphones.

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Ars Technica

OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

from Ars Technica

"Wait for the second generation" is common practice for any nitpicky nerd, but in the Buds' case, we have to wonder whether we'll have to wait for a third generation pair of earbuds. This one just doesn't feel like it was tested enough in the real world, and playing catch-up to the above complaints may still result in a product that feels first-gen.

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"Wait for the second generation" is common practice for any nitpicky nerd, but in the Buds' case, we have to wonder whether we'll have to wait for a third generation pair of earbuds. This one just doesn't feel like it was tested enough in the real world, and playing catch-up to the above complaints may still result in a product that feels first-gen.

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Cnet

The best thing about Google's Pixel Buds is their case

from Cnet

The Pixel Buds are perfectly decent wireless headphones with a few extra tricks for Pixel phone users -- but don't expect a "Star Trek"-style universal translator.

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The Pixel Buds are perfectly decent wireless headphones with a few extra tricks for Pixel phone users -- but don't expect a "Star Trek"-style universal translator.

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Wareable

A tangled mess

from Wareable

The Pixel Buds should be enjoyable and simple to use; in reality they’re neither. While they present some good ideas, including the best way of using Google Assistant yet, they’re hampered by an awkward design, far too much sound leakage and other niggling problems that too often frustrate. Google’s first shot at a hearable only disappoints. Second time lucky?

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The Pixel Buds should be enjoyable and simple to use; in reality they’re neither. While they present some good ideas, including the best way of using Google Assistant yet, they’re hampered by an awkward design, far too much sound leakage and other niggling problems that too often frustrate. Google’s first shot at a hearable only disappoints. Second time lucky?

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NDTV

An early illustration of what we can expect from Google

from NDTV

Unless you're really in need of basic translation services - and willing to pick up a Pixel 2 - there are better wireless headphones for a more reasonable price.

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Unless you're really in need of basic translation services - and willing to pick up a Pixel 2 - there are better wireless headphones for a more reasonable price.

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The Verge

The future shouldn't be this awkward

from The Verge

The Pixel Buds tease some really fantastic ideas that I hope Google will someday deliver on. But this is a first-generation product in the bad kind of way, and it looks even worse when you compare it to Apple’s growing success with the AirPods.

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The Pixel Buds tease some really fantastic ideas that I hope Google will someday deliver on. But this is a first-generation product in the bad kind of way, and it looks even worse when you compare it to Apple’s growing success with the AirPods.

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