Here's What Google's Cheap Headphones Are Like: Analysis of the Pixel Buds A

Google has never been a company that has bet heavily on hardware, despite the purchase of companies such as Fitbit or Motorola. But that's changing and slowly expanding the ecosystem with more mobiles, new speakers, and yes, wireless headphones.

Last year Google introduced the Pixel Buds 2, the first TWS model. In 2017 it had released the original Pixel Buds, but they had a much less current design.

We've been testing these headphones for a few days, and compared them to last year's Pixel Buds, which cost almost twice as much.

Materials that can be improved with a good design

The Pixel Buds A maintain the aesthetic that made last year's Buds eye-catching. we have an oval-shaped box with a USB C port, charging and pairing LEDs, and a button to link them to Bluetooth devices.

Aesthetically there are no differences on the outside, except for the color of the dividing line that marks where the lid begins.

Inside we also see few changes, although the black tones give way to a much less striking gray. Also, the quality of the plastic is not as good as in Buds 2.

What if, it should be noted that the iconic stick that makes the headphones grip better to the ear is maintained, but also that they are somewhat uncomfortable after hours with them on. On this occasion, Google explains in the configuration process that you have to turn slightly el auricular once we put it in the ear.

As for the losses, we don't have wireless charging, something that, on the other hand, isn't common in this price range, so there's no real complaint.

Good sound, but no ANC

One of the most important aspects of a headset is the sound. The Pixel Buds A have a very high quality, with a maximum sound that does not distort and that is even higher in volume than the Pixel Buds.

However, by not having active noise cancellation, we totally commit ourselves to the role that makes the shape of the headphones and pads retain the outside noise out of our ears.

Google's work in terms of sound calibration and stereo sound is notorious and we can also activate ambient sound, which modifies the volume based on outside noise.

Despite everything, we have a somewhat weak sound to the maximum compared to some headphones of similar price.

We don't have volume modification controls

As you might expect, Google has one of the best uses of the Fast pair, and pairing these headphones with an Android mobile is simple, fast, and reliable.

We can use their gestures to pause or play music with one tap, move forward or backward with two, or pause simply by removing them from the ears.

The triple touch also has an assigned function, which we can change in the app, as it happens with the other gestures.

Of course, despite having many configuration options, the volume control has been eliminated by swiping, something that remains for the higher-priced model.

As for the software, one of the features of these headphones is that we can use the assistant only with the voice, without having to touch them.

We can also listen to the notifications, perfect if we can not take out the mobile because we are on the bike, working out in the gym, etc.

A good battery that has no wireless charging

Google boasts that its Pixel Buds A have a range of 5 hours of listening and 24 more if we put them in the box.

These figures are somewhat above average and motivate you to buy them although the lack of wireless charging makes some users look at other options. Despite that, it is normal that this is one of the things that are eliminated to cut costs.

Good headphones, but with a lot of competition

As we discussed in the video, these headphones offer functions that are not in many models of other brands, such as adaptive sound, control of the assistant without touches, or reading notifications.

The lack of wireless charging is understandable but the lack of ambient noise cancellation is not because some Huawei models, for example, include it. And yes, we're talking about headphones in the same price range.

Despite that, these headphones are positioned as a very reliable option with extra elements such as simultaneous translation.

Google has done a good job, but, as with the Pixel, it's in a market with a lot of competition.

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