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Google Pixel Buds

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Google Pixel Buds. The average rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability. The portability also gets good opinions. Some have doubts about the price and size. There are some mixed opinions about the comfort.

sound, portability, reliability

usability, design, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Google Pixel Buds is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Google Pixel Buds review: You (and Google) can do better


Since Google's new Pixel smartphones don't have headphone jacks, the company's decision to make a pair of wireless earbuds was only logical. Unfortunately, the Pixel Buds could still use some work. In fairness, they sound better than Apple's AirPods,...

They sound better than expected ; Intuitive touch controls ; Solid battery life

They don't shut out ambient noise at all ; Obnoxious case design ; Touch pads are easy totap accidentally ; Google Assistant seems hit-or-miss

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His early years were spent taking apart Sega consoles and writing awful fan fiction. That passion for electronics and words would eventually lead him to covering...

Nov, 2017

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Google Pixel Buds review: Overpromised, underdelivered


When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphone, the company also announced Pixel Buds. The wireless earbuds are designed specifically to work with the Pixel smartphone lineup and boast an exclusive Translate feature.

Small, portable ; Battery life ; Sturdy case

Uncomfortable ; Translate is easier to use on a phone ; Decent sound

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Google Pixel Buds review


Google's Pixel Buds, the company's $159 (£159, AU$229) in-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones, were the surprise hit of the company's October hardware event that also saw the unveiling of the Pixel 2 , Pixel 2 XL and Pixelbook . What captivated the...

The Google Pixel Buds are lightweight wireless earphones that offer a relatively comfortable fit and decent sound in non-noisy environments. They wrap up nicely to fit in a very compact charging case that delivers multiple extra charges on the go....

Their open design lets in a lot of ambient sound. The "real-time" translation feature is only available to Pixel phone owners, but isn't a big leap beyond the existing Translate app. Bluetooth pairing can be more cumbersome than it should be.

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.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Sean O'Kane (

Google Pixel Buds review: the future shouldn't be this awkward


Fiddly, frustrating, yet sometimes incredible

Fast access to Google Assistant ; Good battery life ; Acceptable sound for this form factor

Super awkward case ; Constantly have to adjust ear fit ; Touchpad allows too many errant taps ; Open design lets in too much outside noise

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....

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation


The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, but the Google Pixel Buds promise to make you forget all about your legacy port. Taking on Apple's best-selling AirPods, the $159 headphones not only promise hands-free calls and music, but to bring the power...

Google Assistant is fast and helpful ; Pairing process with Android phones is easy ; Tap-controls are straightforward

Design isn't truly wireless ; Sound quality is middling ; Google Translate can be awkward and requires Pixel 2 ; Carrying case is large and fiddly

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

Google Pixel Buds


Despite the promise of helpful voice assistant features, with its Pixel Buds, Google combines an uncomfortable design, mediocre performance, and a high price tag for an unappealing pair of wireless headphones.

Visually attractive. Includes battery case. Solid bass.

Google Assistant and Google Translate features aren't any better than just using the phone apps on their own. Uncomfortable earbud design. Sound quality does not measure up for the price.

Almost everything about the Google Pixel buds sounds really interesting. Wireless headphones with a minimalist design, Google Assistant and Google Translate integration, and a battery-equipped charging case. Unfortunately, what is appealing on paper...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (

Google Pixel Buds review


Overpriced and not truly wireless, the Pixel Buds still offer some unique Google-centric features.

Instant translation is fun, relatively accurate ; Loud audio with full bass ; Controls work well ; Charging case takes you off the grid

Expensive for tethered earbuds ; Charging case hard to close, feels flimsy ; Earbuds fit oddly

Google’s Pixel Buds are a solid first entry in the world of wireless earbuds, and for Pixel phone buyers, they provide some unique features that may be worth consideration. At $159, however, they don’t offer the kind of features and performance we...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Philip Michaels (

Pixel Buds Review: Google's Smarts Don't Translate to Great Earphones


Google's recent products have leaned heavily on the company's massive knowledge database and software expertise as of late, and the Pixel Buds are part of that push. Letting you summon Google's Assistant just by tapping an earbud is a handy capability....

Can summon Google Assistant with a tap ; Translation feature shows a lot of promise ; Good battery life

So-so audio ; Inconsistent performance ; Poorly designed carrying case ; Too easy to inadvertently tap on

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.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

A disappointing debut for Google’s Pixel Buds


Pixel Buds are a valiant effort to stand out while embracing a trend adopted by just about every name in the field, resulting in a product that's sometimes inspiring, sometimes baffling and mostly just okay. They're the kind of product you really want...

The Pixel Buds have many of the trappings of a first-generation product. There are software issues and strange hardware choices. They’re a disappointing showing from what may be Google’s most eagerly anticipated hardware product this year, a slew of...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Cameron Faulkner (

Google Pixel Buds review


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

Comfortable ; Impressive sound ; Pixel-exclusive features are cool

Very cumbersome to pair with multiple devices ; Occasional Google Assistant blunders ; Lacks customizable gestures

The Pixel Buds are a compelling set of wireless headphones that mostly succeed in executing their ambitions. 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...

Nov, 2017