The first generation of the Pixel Buds was presented in October 2019 and cost a whopping 199 euros. More than a year and a half later, the new Pixel Buds A series follows – and it is with us 99 Euro only half as expensive.
For this, the user has to forego wireless charging via Qi, the case “only” refills via USB-C. Apart from that, practically nothing has changed: Google is sticking to the idiosyncratic design of the in-ears with the rubber fins, which ensures a good hold in the ear. The feel of the matt plastic is easy to grip and very high quality, as you are used to from many Google products. The case connects seamlessly here, it is just as big and heavy as the previous generation. Google sells the Pixel Buds A-Series in two colors, clearly white and dark olive.
App and control
The Bluetooth pairing works extremely well: You install the “Pixel Buds” app, open the case, and you’re done. The app convinces with a simple and modern look, we really liked the separate charge level indicator for the two plugs and the case and the deactivatable carrier detection. You can also ping the buds if you’ve lost or misplaced them. However, if you go deeper, you will find that the range of functions (as with the predecessors) is modest. There is no equalizer, only the options “bass amplification” and “automatic sound adjustment”, and the control via taps on the outer sides cannot be adjusted either. At least: The operation works very well and precisely in practice, better than with other True Wireless In-Ears.
With a longer tap on one of the earbuds you can call up the Google Assistant, other language assistants remain locked out. A special Google feature is the easy connection to Google Translate and the instant translation from 40 languages straight into your ear: All you have to do is say “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and the mode is activated. In practice it works very well!
Unfortunately, Google does not use active noise suppression, which is bearable in view of the price and the overall package. Also to be criticized is the weak water protection according to IPX4 – that is just splash water resistance.
The clear and low-distortion reproduction is very good, in the vocal range and in the highs, for our taste the highs are even emphasized too much. But this is also due to the lack of volume in the mids. The bass, on the other hand, is powerful, but only if you activate the bass boost in the “Pixel Buds” app.
Conclusion: good deal
The renouncement of ANC weighs heavily, because more and more in-ears in this price range are equipped with it. However, Google puts together an attractive overall package, because the Buds A-Series cut a good figure in terms of feel, comfort and operation. There is also the close connection to the Google Assistant with a direct translation function. Anyone who is already using the smart assistant from Google is in the right place.
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