- Chris Velazco, Engadget
They're a $159 experiment that doesn't live up to the hype.
- Vaughn Highfield, Expert Reviews
Google’s shot at the future of earphones is admirable, but misses the mark.
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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.Read full review
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.
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.
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.Read full review
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.
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.
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.
The sound quality is good. Google Assistant is extremely quick, though the overall value here will depend on your affinity for talking to technology.Read full review
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.Read full review
The Google Pixel Buds are an interesting but flawed set of wireless earbuds. The smart features, battery life and sound are good, but the volume control is poor and we’ve moved past the need for a cable to connect wireless earbuds.
No questions for the moment.