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Google Pixel Buds (2017)

Google Pixel Buds (2017)
alaScore 89

33 reviews

Apr, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Google Pixel Buds (2017). The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the soundstage and reliability are on the whole positive. The portability and sound are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the bass quality and comfort. Many are negative about the durability and noise isolation.

sound, portability, reliability, soundstage

design, size, noise isolation, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Google Pixel Buds (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good 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

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...

Expert review by : Vlad Savov (

Google Pixel USB-C earbuds review: more than okay Google


Healing the wound left by the removal of the headphone jack

Clean, smooth sound ; Featherlight and super comfortable ; Compatible with most recent USB-C devices ; You might love the in-ear cable loops

Negligible noise isolation ; Lightweight bass ; Glossy white finish isn’t easy to keep looking pristine ; You might hate the in-ear cable loops

Unless you’re up to your eyeballs in the Apple ecosystem and Lightning is the most common port on your devices, it’s hard to think of many reasons not to own a pair of these Pixel USB-C earbuds. The Pixel USB-C buds are exceptional in their particular...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

The best thing about Google's Pixel Buds is their case


They're not as bad as some people are saying, but the Pixel Buds don't yet translate to a good deal.

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 : 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 : 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 : Sam Vafaei (

Google Pixel Buds 2017 Wireless Review


The Google Pixel Buds 2017 Wireless are mediocre headphones for most uses but have a unique and open earbud fit that some will prefer over typical in-ears. Unfor...

Decent battery life. Stable and adjustable fit. Compact and portable.

Poor noise isolation, by design. Uneven audio reproduction.

The Google Pixel Buds 2017 Wireless are mediocre mixed usage headphones with a few unique features. They're decently comfortable and stable thanks to their earbud design and adjustable stability tips. They're also compact enough to fit into most...

May, 2020

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney, Yannick Khong (

Google Pixel Buds HEADPHONES


The Google Pixel Buds are mediocre headphones for most use cases but have a unique and open earbud design that some will prefer over typical in-ears. They're decently well-built and stable enough for sports thanks to their adjustable cable tips'...

Compact and portable. ; Stable and adjustable fit. ; Decent battery life.

Poor noise isolation. ; Sub-Par bass-lacking sound quality. ; Not truly wireless.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Stephen Schenck (

Google Pixel Buds earphones Review


More than just a convenient way to listen to music, Google's positioning the Pixel Buds as an extension of its voice-controlled services, including access to the Google Assistant and tapping into the multi-language power of Google Translate...

Useful Google Assistant integration ; Good battery life ; Solid volume levels

Case design poorly thought out ; Buds difficult to adjust to your ears (and ultimately uncomfortable) ; Sound quality could have been better at this price ; No tactile track controls ; Translate limited to Pixel phones (and even then the experience...

Dec, 2017

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