Google Pixel Buds A Series

Google Pixel Buds A Series

Google Pixel Buds A Series

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BEST RATING
Calls:
4.6
MUSIC: Fair6.4/10
CALLS: Very Good8.5/10
GAMING: Very Good8.6/10
TV: Good7.8/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.4/10
EXERCISE: Good7.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Good7.6/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor4.6/10
BUILD QUALITY: Good7.4/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10

The Google Pixel Buds A Series are earbuds with a stemless, closed design and a good overall sound quality. They are quite comfortable and feature very good microphone quality. The build is good, but the built-in controls are just fair. They provide a low latency mode which is great for gaming and have a lower midrange price point. While comfortable for calls and meetings, these earbuds offer poor noise isolation, so they might not be the best for noisy environments or air travel. They are sweatproof which makes them suitable for exercise. These earbuds come with features like Adaptive Audio, which adjusts volume based on external noise, and they support Android optimization. They do not feature active noise cancelling and lack wireless charging, but they do offer up to 5 hours of battery life, with 24 additional hours provided by the case. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Comfortable for extended use
  • Very good microphone quality
  • Optimized for Android devices
  • Support AAC codec for quality audio
  • Sweatproof for exercise
Cons
  • No active noise cancelling
  • Average build and control quality
  • No wireless charging capability
  • Limited battery life

Ratings by Category

Calls:
4.6
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Gaming:
4.6
The Google Pixel Buds A Series are suited for gaming primarily due to their low latency mode, which ensures minimal audio delay that is critical for real-time gaming experiences. Additionally, they have a very good mic quality which is essential for clear in-game communications with other players.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.5
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
TV & Video:
4.3
The Google Pixel Buds A Series are good for watching TV and videos primarily because they have a low latency mode, reducing audio delay to keep audio and video in sync, and they offer a good overall sound quality, ensuring a satisfying listening experience.
Air Travel:
4.3
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Exercise:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Battery Life:
4.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Music:
3.4
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$95
Brand
Google
Release Date
June 1, 2021
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.4/10
Phone Calls Score
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8.5/10
Gaming Score
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8.7/10
TV and Video Score
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7.8/10
Exercise Score
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7.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
1.3 Hours
Bluetooth version
5
Case Battery Life
24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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4.6/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
No
Mic Quality
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8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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7.4/10
Comfort score
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8.2/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
5.1 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Jasper Lastoria | October 2022
"For the person who doesn’t want to think about their earphones while using them, Google has created the Pixel Buds A-Series. For a reasonable price, Google packs in a bevy of features like touch controls and a good fit into this Android-friendly set of earbuds to make productivity and life easier."

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