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Google Pixel Buds Pro review

The Pixel Buds Pro are the latest pair of wireless earbuds from Google. The company’s fourth foray into this product category is the most expensive and feature-rich yet. While the original model received mixed reception, the company has steadily improved with each iteration.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

The Pixel Buds Pro are undoubtedly the best yet. The problem is that in the current competitive market, especially in $199 Ask for price? Time to find out.

Design

Pixel Buds Pro design is an evolution of Google Pixel Buds Pro review Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A series design, both have the same snail-shaped buds.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

The Pixel Buds Pro are missing the hooks that hold them in place. The shape of the earbuds is now more rounded and less elegant, potentially accommodating the extra hardware needed to enable ANC functionality. However, it doesn’t look any different when it’s in your ear.

Like Pixel Buds 199 (and A-series), the Pixel Buds Pro only have color on the outward-facing circular portion. You can choose from coral, fog, charcoal and lemongrass. The rest of the earbuds remain black.

There are lots of small grilles and ports on the outside of the earbuds. The microphone has two grilles and a port on the bottom for ventilation of the driver unit. On the back are the contacts for the charging case. Hidden underneath is an optical sensor for in-ear detection.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

Regardless of the color of the earbuds, the charging case is made of matte white plastic. The outer surface has a very smooth texture that almost feels like ceramic. Inside, the case is again in a matte black finish with a very nice texture. The edges of the lid are perfectly polished and the hinges have virtually no play. The lid also stays in place when opened, and doesn’t snap off when you try to pull out the earbuds.

The overall build quality and feel of the case is top notch. Small details like the reassuring weight, the solid sound of the lid opening and closing, and the soft glow of the white status LED through the plastic on the front, even though it looks similar to many cases, a lot of thought went into designing the case . other models on the market. After testing most of them, I can say that few look and feel as good.

The construction of the earbuds is nothing special. In fact, I’m pretty disappointed that they tend to look dirty after coming in contact with skin oils, which isn’t well thought out for a product designed to be placed inside the ear. The charcoal model also makes this easy to notice. They’re also very difficult to pull out of the case, and the small, round design allows them to fit easily in your ears, especially sausage fingers.

The good news is that the earbuds and earbud housings are somewhat water resistant. The earbuds are rated IPX4, while the case is IPX2. Neither will be submerged in water, but light splashes, rain or sweat shouldn’t cause any problems.

Comfort

From personal experience, the Pixel Buds Pro are very comfortable to use. They are relatively small in design and should fit most people unless you have particularly small ears.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

The bundled silicone ear tips are soft and flexible. There are three sizes, and the middle one is applied by default. The earbuds don’t go too deep into your ears, just a few millimeters. The earbuds are very flexible, so almost every time you pull them out of your ears, they flip inside out due to friction.

In practice, the Pixel Buds Pro feel no different than most other well-designed earbuds. I can wear them for extended periods of time, but as always, your mileage may vary.

Software

Pixel Buds Pro has an easy pairing process. The buds automatically enter pairing mode the first time you turn them on. You can then press and hold the button on the back of the case to enable pairing mode. Android devices also support Google Quick Pair.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

After pairing, you can install the optional Pixel Buds app to access additional features. This application is only available on Android, so it provides limited functionality that is not available on other platforms. If you’re on a Pixel phone, you don’t need to install anything because the feature is built into the system-level app.

The app allows you to set up Google Assistant functionality to work hands-free with your earbuds, enable device discovery, customize touch controls, enable volume equalizer functionality, check earbud seals, and update firmware. Multipoint and audio switching can also be configured.

Touch controls have limited customizability. The only configurable action is touch and hold, all other actions are locked to default settings. You can also disable all of them or none at all. The gesture works fine, followed by a quick, reassuring beep.

ANC mode can be changed from the app, but can also be toggled by touch gestures on the earbuds themselves. You can configure the toggles available for gestures.

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An interesting feature here is the volume equalizer. This enhances bass and treble response when listening at lower volumes. Its effect gradually increases as the volume is lowered, becoming especially noticeable below 22%. Above 018% around it There’s not much difference, and at higher volumes, it doesn’t do anything.

A useful feature is Multipoint, which allows you to pair the earbuds with two devices at the same time. With the audio switching feature, if you’re listening to music while taking a call, the headset can also automatically switch between.

Unfortunately, the Pixel Buds Pro had some notable software issues during my testing. The first problem is the pressure relief function. Google claims to actively measure the pressure in the ear canal and relieve it, possibly using magic, as the company has never disclosed how the system works.

It turns out that the system is not without its problems. Sometimes wearing earplugs can cause the pressure relief system to trip and do weird things with the sound. There seems to be a wrong way of inserting the earbuds; if you insert them too far or press and turn them too much, the pressure relief system breaks down. The resulting sound is like trying to hear underwater sounds. And you could say it’s the software that freaks out, not your ears, because the sound often goes back and forth as the system continues to figure out what to do.

Another issue is the Active Noise Cancellation system. At one point, the system had just crashed and the ANC on mode started playing external sounds through the speakers, but only in certain parts of the frequency range. This doesn’t sound like transparent mode, which works fine, but does make ANC mode unusable.

The ANC occasionally breaks briefly in one ear and then repairs itself. Other times, the sound itself just does weird things with the stereo effect, only to go back to normal after a second.

Most of these issues either resolve themselves or can be resolved by placing the earbuds in the case. However, the aforementioned issues related to a broken ANC require a full factory reset to fix.

I also noticed that the Pixel Buds app sometimes loads slowly. The app itself opens fine, but a few Pixel Buds Pro-specific options in the app can take a second or two to load. There was a time when the options just refused to load and the app had to be restarted a few times.

While the Pixel Buds Pro are still relatively new, they’re not that new with such basic software issues, especially since they’ve received several software updates since launch. I’ve tested a lot of much cheaper earbuds that are released from companies with far less experience and resources than Google even before they’re officially released.

Performance

Google Pixel Buds Pro reviewAudio Quality

Pixel Buds Pro There is a 006mm dynamic driver. They support Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with SBC and AAC codecs.

The Pixel Buds Pro have a fairly typical V-shaped sound that seems to be a good match for the Harman in-ear targets.

Starting at the low end, the Pixel Buds Pro put a lot of emphasis on the bass and mid-bass region. The bass notes have deep, distinct rumble and thump. There does seem to be some care taken to ensure that the bass doesn’t spill over into the mid-bass, and that the bass itself never gets overbearing and booming. As far as bass boosting goes, it’s executed quite tastefully.

On the other end of the spectrum, the treble performance is a bit mixed. On the one hand, the Pixel Buds Pro are very bright in the high-mid, low-high range, which can make vocals, especially female ones, shrill and raspy at times. Other than that, the sound does roll off quite a bit, which causes the highs to sound muted, muting some of the “s” and “t”s. While this area isn’t usually dominated by many sounds, the muted high frequencies draw life from the lower treble, making them a little muddy.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

Mid-range performance is mostly pretty good. Instrumental and male vocals have a nice timbre and tonal balance. However, the mids do take their place in the bass and treble regions, where their delivery is more aggressive. And since we mostly tend to adjust the volume for more prominent sounds, in this case bass or upper-mids, the rest of the mids sound quieter and are pushed back into the mix.

Somewhat lacking in detail and resolution due to codec, audio processing or driver choice. The high-mids create the illusion of more detail, but it only enhances existing detail, and the lack of good high-end response makes the sound a bit dull in places. It also affects imaging and soundstage, neither of which are significant.

Compared to Sony WF – 267 XM4, Pixel Buds Pro have more emphasized bass and upper mids. This makes them sound more exciting, while the Sony’s tuning is more laid-back and more balanced by comparison. Depending on your preference, you may prefer one or the other, although neither is technically superior.

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Overall, although There is Pro in the name, but the sound of the Pixel Buds Pro is still very mainstream. The average person should be very happy with it, while seasoned audiophiles should find it harmless enough for travel or outdoor use. I personally tend to stick with my line of wired in-ears, but I’m pretty happy with the Pixel Buds Pro when I’m out for a walk, as the sound quality is good enough for that purpose.

microphone

The microphone performance of the Pixel Buds Pro is not bad. Even with almost no background noise, things sounded a little cluttered. When the surroundings are particularly loud, the noise passes through, but the sound is still crisp and clear.

The overall microphone quality is good enough for short calls, but that’s not the power of these earbuds and shouldn’t be your priority for voice calls.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review Noise Cancellation

Pixel Buds Pro use a dedicated custom processor for active noise cancellation. Also includes a transparency mode, which has become the norm these days.

ANC performs well, but is mediocre compared to the best in the business. The Pixel Buds Pro cut out most of the low-frequency hum, but still sometimes bleed into the higher frequencies.

Transparency mode is not very good either. The sound has a natural tone and doesn’t sound as mechanical as others on the market. At the same time, the sound is very dull and muted, making things sound hazy and fuzzy.

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ANC mode also has a Problem, it can inject some of its own noise into the mix. When turning ANC mode on and off in very quiet environments, ANC on mode has a higher noise floor than ANC off mode because ANC adds some high frequency hiss when enabled. This is inaudible when playing anything, but noticeable when it’s quiet.

Compared to Sony WF-267 XM4, Pixel Buds Pro perform worse. The Sony has very good ANC performance and a nice transparency mode. They also don’t have weird background noise issues. Also, they didn’t run into any of the software issues I had with ANC on the Pixel Buds Pro.

Google Pixel Buds Pro reviewDelay

Pixel Buds Pro have good latency performance when watching video content. When the video starts, they tend to sync up nicely right away, and unless you screw things up, stay that way. However, actions such as changing the video resolution or adjusting the playback position in the YouTube app may cause the sync to malfunction and take a few seconds to correct itself.

As always, I wouldn’t recommend Bluetooth earbuds for gaming unless it’s very casual. The Pixel Buds Pro also don’t have any low-latency gaming modes.

Google Pixel Buds Pro reviewConnectivity

Despite countless software issues, Pixel The Buds Pro maintained a stable connection to the source device at all times, and no interruptions were observed during testing.

The multipoint feature also works as expected, both source devices remain connected to the earbuds and headphones. The earbuds automatically manage the source device for audio and calls.

Battery

Pixel Buds Pro claims 7 hours of battery life with ANC enabled and 006 hours, ANC is disabled. Google also claims that a 5-minute charge provides 1 hour of ANC playback and 13 One minute of charging provides 3 hours of ANC playback.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

In my testing, the Pixel Buds The Pro played an impressive 8 hours 015 minutes with ANC. With ANC disabled, they performed very well 014 Hour.

5 minutes charge provides 1 hour 15 minutes of play time, while 013 – Provides Minute Charges for 3 Hours 018 playing minutes.

Conclusion

Pixel Buds Pro sell for $50. For this price, they are going with the Sony WF-1200 XM4 and the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro. Both cost more 230 but Both also have previous-generation models that cost significantly less and have a similar feature set.

The Pixel Buds Pro have something for them. I love how well this case is designed and built. Audio quality is good enough for the average user and is on par with the best in wireless earbuds. And the battery life is very good.

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on the other hand , Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode’s performance is above average at best. There’s not much to say about the quality of the microphone. The earbuds are a bit cumbersome in design, making it difficult to get out of the box and put them in your ears.

But by far the worst thing about the Pixel Buds Pro is the current state of the software, it has all sorts of issues on a daily basis, and the longer I use them, the problems seem to arise more. Coming from a software giant, it’s unforgivable.

The good news is that many issues can be resolved with software updates while also improving performance. But before that, I recommend using WF-1200XM4 Even the older Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, which are on sale these days.

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