Microsoft today announced its new Surface Headphones 2 headset. The new model is already on pre-order in the United States in gray and black. for $ 249.99 and will be available from the next 12th of May.
Like the original Surface Headphones, the new headset from Microsoft supports 13 levels of active noise cancellation. These levels can be adjusted using the control on the side of the device. The noise cancellation levels remain the same, with up to 30dB for active cancellation and up to 40dB for passive cancellation.
Overall, the new Surface Headphones 2 brings little change compared to the original model. It comes with 40mm Free Edge speakers, support for Bluetooth 5.0 and support for audio technology Qualcomm's aptX. Microsoft also said that the headset shells have been updated and can now rotate up to 180 degrees, which is useful if you are wearing headphones around your neck when you are not listening to music, for example.
The battery in the new headset now offers up to 20 hours of battery life with noise cancellation enabled. The original model offered battery life of up to 15 hours. In addition, five minutes of charging is sufficient for almost an hour of use. The battery of the new model can be charged from 0 to 100% in just under two hours.
Microsoft has confirmed that the new headset is compatible with Windows 10, macOS, iOS and Android. In addition to support for Bluetooth 5.0, it also features a 3.5mm connector and USB Type-C connector. The box includes the audio cable and the USB cable, both 1.5 m long.
In addition to announcing Surface Headphones 2, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Surface Earbuds, which was announced last October promising integration with Office 365 (recently renamed Microsoft 365).
The integration of the Surface Earbuds headset with Office allows users to dictate words for Word and Outlook, control PowerPoint slide shows and more.
Surface Earbuds is already on sale in the United States for $ 199.99 and be available from May 12th.
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