Google Pixel Buds Professional review: Now with noise-cancelling

ANC is a welcome addition to the Google Pixel Buds Professional, and the IPX2-rated charging case plus IPX4-rated buds are a bit extra sturdy. The battery life is nice, and Google Assistant integration implies that, total, Android customers will discover these buds to be very helpful, even when they’re missing a couple of fundamental necessities.

With Apple and Samsung already having buds with the “Professional” remedy, it wasn’t ever going to be lengthy till Google joined the social gathering. The Pixel Buds Professional are the search large’s top-tier true wi-fi earbuds, boasting lively noise-cancelling (ANC), entry to Google-specific ecosystem options, and extra. However do they reside as much as their identify? Let’s discover these new Professional buds and see if that’s the case in our Google Pixel Buds Professional review.

This review comes from the audio specialists at our sister website SoundGuys. Try their in-depth tackle the Google Pixel Buds Professional.

Who’re the Google Pixel Buds Professional for?

  • Android customers will like how the Google Pixel Buds Professional combine with different Google companies and options. Plus, the ANC is a helpful bonus.

What’s it like to make use of the Google Pixel Buds Professional?

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The Professional mannequin will look related in case you’ve seen within the earlier iteration of the Google Pixel Buds, as they’ve the identical button-shaped, pastel-colored design. The case can be roughly the identical, besides the LED has moved to the highest close to the lid. However although it doesn’t look that completely different, it does now boast an IPX2 ranking. You’ll be able to select from Lemongrass, Charcoal, Fog, and Coral coloration choices for the buds themselves.

Contained in the field, you’ll discover three ear ideas sizes: small at 11mm, medium at 12mm, and enormous at 13mm. You gently screw the buds into your ears to get match. The buds themselves have an IPX4 ranking, so sweat, and even a couple of water drops received’t hurt them. In contrast to buds with wings, these really feel barely much less safe total. An ear tip match check within the Pixel Buds app theoretically helps you discover the right set, nevertheless it appears to say each match is rated ideally suited in our expertise — which wasn’t true.

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Energetic noise-cancelling is essentially the most notable replace for the Professional mannequin, and we’ll cowl it a bit extra in a while. Suffice to say right here that it’s way more helpful than the Adaptive Sound function discovered on the Pixel Buds A sequence. You’ll be able to nonetheless use Adaptive Sound on the Professional if you’d like, however ANC is significantly better total.

How do you management Google Pixel Buds Professional?

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Controlling the Google Pixel Buds Professional is fairly easy. The controls are equivalent on both bud. A swipe ahead or again adjusts the amount, which is uncommon for earbuds however frequent on headphones. Automated play/pause occurs as you insert or take away the buds, and mono listening can be doable.

You may mistakenly set off undesirable actions, although — pause (single faucet) as a substitute of turning on ANC (faucet and maintain), for instance. If in case you have sweaty fingers, the swipes could be difficult to perform. Nonetheless, tapping causes ear discomfort whereas swipes don’t. It’s doable {that a} vigorous swipe may dislodge a bud. If you would like, you’ll be able to allow Google Assistant assist in order that they reply to “Hey Google” prompts.

Right here’s a chart of all the faucet and swipe capabilities:

Motion Each earbuds

One faucet

Two faucets

Three faucets

Faucet and maintain

Swipe ahead

Swipe backward

You’ll be able to’t change these controls all that a lot. In truth, you’ll be able to solely decide to allow or disable in-ear detection, select to set an earbud to Google Assistant, and set what listening modes you’ll be able to cycle by means of on the buds. The default is ANC and transparency mode, however you may also add regular into the out there settings by way of the app.

Do you have to use the Pixel Buds app for Google Pixel Buds Professional?

Three screenshots of the Google Pixel Buds Pro settings app showing, from left to right, the "Device details" page the "Touch controls" page, and the "Sound" settings page.

You’ll want the Pixel Buds app for firmware updates, restricted customization choices, and the ear tip match check. It’s additionally helpful for getting Google Assistant working and set to an earbud. As soon as the whole lot is working the best way you need, nevertheless, you in all probability received’t return to the app for something besides updates.

The app collects a number of your knowledge and is tied to Google’s knowledge gathering normally. In return, you’ll be able to benefit from options, together with Google’s personal Discover My function, in case you lose a bud. Simply remember to allow it earlier than dropping stated bud. There’s additionally the choice to combine your Google Pixel Buds Professional with the Google Translate app.

There is no true equalizer for the Pixel Buds Professional; as a substitute, you get Quantity EQ.

The Quantity EQ doesn’t actually operate like an equalizer. It’s alleged to robotically modify the EQ as you decrease or increase the amount. However largely, it appears to merely flip up or down the bass and treble as you modify the amount. As we’ll see later, the Pixel Buds Professional don’t want any assist in the bass and treble departments, nevertheless.

As of our preliminary testing of the Pixel Buds Professional, the app has no typical EQ or presets. Spatial audio is about to reach in Fall 2022, nevertheless it’s absent for now.

Can you utilize the Google Pixel Buds Professional with an iPhone?

Sure, however there’s no app out there for iOS. You’ll be able to pair these buds like some other pair of Bluetooth headphones. No matter settings utilized to the buds will stay, however you won’t be able to alter them. So, if you wish to cycle between audio modes and didn’t embrace regular mode within the ones accessible by way of faucets, you received’t have entry to it. There received’t be a manner to make use of Google Translate by way of the earbuds, both. And, after all, no firmware updates can happen.

Are the Google Pixel Buds going to be too quiet with my telephone?

The max quantity the Google Pixel Buds professional can attain will depend on the machine you pair it to. Most ought to be high-quality, however oddly the Google Pixel 6 is way too quiet. Just like the Pixel Buds A sequence, it’s technically doable to repair the issue within the developer choices. We truly haven’t been in a position to clear up this problem in that method, nevertheless. A future firmware replace may repair the issue. Nonetheless, if you wish to try that repair, listed below are the steps to take:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head to About telephone.
  3. Faucet on the “Construct quantity” possibility seven occasions.
  4. Press the again arrow.
  5. Head to System & updates.
  6. Choose Developer choices.
  7. Allow the Bluetooth absolute quantity toggle.

Your earbuds ought to theoretically work at regular quantity instantly. If not, attempt restarting the machine. Nonetheless, as talked about, we presently haven’t been in a position to get this repair to work.

How do the Google Pixel Buds Professional join?

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The Google Pixel Buds Professional connects utilizing Bluetooth 5.0 by way of the SBC or AAC codecs. That may be a bizarre limitation on Android gadgets as a result of neither possibility gives a constant, low-latency answer. Together with aptX would have achieved this, however Google selected not to do that.

Together with solely AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs on Android-focused earbuds is an enormous omission for an in any other case tightly-integrated expertise. You’ll discover latency with, say, a Samsung pill over AAC when watching movies. A Pixel 6, although, has a lot much less latency.

Quick Pair works wonderful, nevertheless. It’s tremendous easy to change between a number of gadgets. Bluetooth multipoint can be current and simple to make use of.

How do you pair the Google Pixel Buds professional with a tool?

It’s total easy to pair the Pixel Buds Professional with most any machine:

  1. Open the case and go away the earbuds inside.
  2. Guarantee Bluetooth is enabled in your machine.
  3. On an Android machine, a notification will pop up, and also you’re roughly executed. On iOS, you’ll have to press and maintain the button on the case for 3 seconds.
  4. Subsequent, head to Bluetooth settings and choose the Pixel Buds Professional from the listing of accessible gadgets.

How lengthy does the Google Pixel Buds Professional battery final?

The Google Pixel Buds Professional battery lasted seven hours, six minutes, in response to our testing with ANC enabled. That’s fairly near the declare of seven hours from Google. The case will present as much as 13 hours of further battery life. You’ll be able to cost the buds within the case utilizing both a USB-C cable or an optionally available wi-fi charging pad (which isn’t included). Assist for quick charging means leaving the buds within the case for simply 5 minutes nets you as much as 60 minutes of playtime with ANC on.

How nicely do they cancel noise?

A noise cancelling and isolation chart for the Google Pixel Buds Pro, which shows very good low end attenuation for a pair of true wireless earbuds.

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Noise-cancelling is the large spotlight of the Google Pixel Buds Professional. To take full benefit of it, you’ll want to search out tear ideas with match to get strong isolation. That’s the place the ear match check is disappointing as a result of it’s evident that not each ear tip dimension included might be an ideal match, even when the app claims it can. Selecting third-party ear ideas may assist on this regard. The buds themselves do have vents to alleviate the sensation of strain in your ears the ANC may trigger.

From the chart above, you’ll be able to see that the ANC is first rate. It really works greatest at decrease frequencies, which is fairly frequent. Meaning visitors noise might be far quieter, although you could discover a slight hiss due to how the ANC works inconsistently. You’ll want a strong match from the ear ideas within the greater frequency vary. In any other case, you may not have a constant expertise.

How do the Google Pixel Buds Professional sound?

A noise cancelling and isolation chart for the Google Pixel Buds Pro, which shows very good low end attenuation for a pair of true wireless earbuds.

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The Google Pixel Buds kick up each the high and low ends of the audible frequency spectrum, as you’ll be able to see on the chart above. Although it sticks to the general thought of the SoundGuys’ home curve, you’ll positively discover the bumped-up parts. For example, “s-” sounds might be fairly loud and may even really feel ear-piercing, particularly for telephone calls. Cymbals and different high-frequency devices may sound louder than you’ll anticipate. Likewise, each sub-bass and excessive notes may overshadow the mids.

Lows, mids, highs

Dreampop, like Dream About Me by The Depreciation Guild, has extra bass than required with the thud of the kick drum. Whereas the arpeggiated guitar and lead guitar occupying greater frequencies are audible, the midrange rhythm guitar feels far quieter. Likewise, the digital snares and hi-hats play louder than anticipated. Nonetheless, with dream pop, it’s a win if you may make out the vocals, and you’ll with the Pixel Buds Professional.

Lay Myself Down by Mazzy Star has the bass reproduced louder than anticipated, nevertheless it doesn’t overwhelm different parts an excessive amount of. There’s not an excessive amount of sub-bass, in order that helps. You’ll hear the acoustic guitar at a suitable quantity, however the tambourine is simply too loud. Plus, Hope Sandoval’s voice sounds just a little muffled, nevertheless it’s not terrible. On the finish of the music, a string synth performs, however it’s quieter than the acoustic guitar, bass, and tambourine.

Does Quantity EQ assist the Google Pixel Buds Professional sound higher? In brief, no. As you’ll be able to see from the frequency response chart above, the very last thing the Pixel Buds Professional want is extra bass and treble, however that’s what the Quantity EQ does as you modify the amount. If you wish to try to compensate for the quirks of the Pixel Buds Professional, a real equalizer is a greater guess.

Can you utilize the Google Pixel Buds Professional for telephone calls?

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Beneath ideally suited situations, the three microphones in every bud will convey your voice to listeners high-quality throughout convention calls. Nonetheless, “s-,” “sh-,” and “z-” sounds will emphasize an excessive amount of. In workplace settings or the wind, noise rejection just isn’t nice. Wind, specifically, might trigger whole sections of your speech to go lacking. That is very true for greater voices versus decrease voices.

Take a hear for your self:

Google Pixel Buds Professional microphone demo (Splendid):

Google Pixel Buds Professional microphone demo (Workplace):

Google Pixel Buds Professional microphone demo (Wind):

How does the microphone sound to you?

171 votes

1 (Terrible)

8%

2 (Unhealthy)

14%

3 (Okay)

43%

4 (Good)

26%

5 (Good)

8%

Google Pixel Buds Professional review: The decision

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The numerous enchancment the Google Pixel Buds Professional provides over its predecessors is ANC. The upgraded charging case with wi-fi charging and an IPX2 ranking is a welcome replace. The buds additionally boast a better-than-average battery life than related true wi-fi earbuds. Indoor employees can use the microphone for telephone calls and hands-free entry to Google Assistant. And in case you primarily hearken to pop or rock, the frequency response of the buds ought to be acceptable. Android customers who need tightly-integrated buds for his or her machine will discover they work nicely sufficient.

The Pixel Buds Professional carry ANC to the desk for Android customers that need a tightly-integrated expertise.

However the omission of some other Bluetooth codecs than AAC and SBC is a bummer. And the match check within the app claiming any set of ear ideas is ideal is one other letdown — although the IPX4-rated buds are a plus.

Proper now, the worth of entry for the Google Pixel Buds Professional is sort of excessive. Nonetheless, as soon as updates for options reminiscent of spatial audio and different enhancements come on-line, the worth will solely go up.

Google Pixel Buds Pro

Google Pixel Buds Professional

Respectable ANC • Quick-charging battery • Google apps

The primary Pixel earbuds with ANC.

The Google Pixel Buds Professional are the primary Pixel Duds to supply lively noise canceling. The battery lasts seven hours, and a quick charging case provides an additional hour with solely 5 minutes of charging. These earbuds present entry to Google Translate, Google Assistant, and “Discover my bud.”

How do Google Pixel Buds Professional examine to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional?

A hand holding up the open charging case for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional ($199) are actually cheaper than the Google Pixel Buds Professional and may commonly be discovered for $149-$179. The case additionally helps quick cost and USB-C, plus wi-fi charging. And their IPX7 ranking means water immersion is okay, too. You may as well cost the Galaxy Buds Professional utilizing PowerShare by inserting them on prime of a suitable Samsung machine, which could possibly be helpful in a pinch.

The Galaxy Buds Professional has a frequency response curve that sticks nearer to SoundGuys’ home curve. Nonetheless, they don’t do low-end noise-cancelling fairly in addition to the Pixel Buds Professional. The Galaxy Buds Professional include a couple of EQ presets however nonetheless don’t have a full equalizer.

You’ll be able to’t use both pair on iOS totally. However very similar to the AirPods Professional, some options of the Galaxy Buds Professional are unique to Galaxy telephones, like computerized machine switching. Additionally they assist SBC, AAC, and the Samsung Scalable Codec on Samsung gadgets, which works like aptX Adaptive. Plus, you get Samsung 360 Audio if you use a Samsung telephone.

General, you don’t have to attend for updates to get all of the options with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional in case you use a suitable Samsung machine.

What are the perfect Google Pixel Buds Professional options?

Sennheiser CX Plus TWS feature shot

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At across the identical value because the Google Pixel Buds Professional are the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wi-fi ($179) earbuds. In truth, they’re typically $20-$50 USD cheaper than the Pixel Buds Professional. You continue to get buds with an IPX4 ranking and ANC. In contrast to the Pixel Buds Professional, they’ve aptX Bluetooth codec assist. The battery solely lasts round 5 hours, 44 minutes, although. There’s no assist for encompass sound on these earbuds, both.

For a bit additional cash, you’ll be able to snag the Sony WF-1000XM4 ($279). These earbuds cowl nearly the whole lot, together with spatial audio, an IPX4 ranking, strong ANC, an equalizer, and LDAC codec assist on Android.

Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds inside the charging case on a wood table

The obvious various for iOS customers are the AirPods Professional ($249). You might additionally use the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wi-fi on an iPhone as a result of the AAC codec works nicely on that platform. There’s the Jabra Elite 7 Energetic ($179), too, which have comparable battery life, AAC Bluetooth codec assist, ANC, and an app for each iOS and Android. Plus, you’ll get an IP57 ranking, so exercises shouldn’t be a priority, and a strong default frequency response curve.

Prime Google Pixel Buds Professional questions and solutions

Are the Google Pixel Buds Professional price it?

If you would like a pair of buds that’s tightly built-in with Android (and particularly Pixel telephones), the Pixel Buds Professional are price shopping for, although they’re just a little overpriced contemplating they lack a couple of normal options like an EQ and a few frequent codecs.

Which ought to I purchase, the Google Pixel Buds Professional or the Google Pixel Buds A sequence?

The Pixel Buds A sequence should not have ANC, so for most individuals, the Pixel Buds Professional are a greater decide. Plus, the battery life on the Professional mannequin is healthier, and future updates promise extra options. However in case you simply need fundamental buds, the A sequence can do this for round half the worth.

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