Apple’s AirPods Pro (2019) vs Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds (2019)

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 05/22/20 •  5 min read

Near the end of 2019 Apple released what has become the de facto gold standard for wireless earbuds: the AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro addressed what many saw as shortcoming of the original AirPods–the biggest improvement being active noise cancelation (ANC).

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But in 2019 another tech giant also released their own wireless earbuds. Longtime Apple rival Microsoft released the Microsoft Surface Earbuds, so named after Microsoft’s line of popular tablets and laptops. But how do Microsoft’s buds compare to Apple’s? Let’s find out.

Apple’s AirPods Pro (2019) vs Microsoft's Surface Earbuds (2019)
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Winner? AirPods Pro – Their design is more beautiful and practical than the Surface Earbuds. They’re tiny works of art.

Audio & Connectivity

Winner? AirPods Pro – They’ve just got more tech packed into each bud, which together make for a better listening and wearing experience. And that active noise cancelation can’t be beaten.

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Battery & Charging

Winner? Surface Earbuds – 8 hours of usage on a single charge is pretty impressive.

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Voice Assistant

Winner? AirPods Pro – Siri is all-around more useful than app-specific features.


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Looks, it’s not even a contest. The AirPods Pro destroys the Surface Earbuds. Why? Though the AirPods Pro are $50 more, for that fifty bucks you get a wireless charging case and active noise cancelation. The ANC alone is well worth the $50.

The one place the Surface Earbuds do outshine the AirPods Pro is in the battery life department. Eight hours on a single charge is insane–and that’s what the Surface Buds offer. However, most people aren’t going to have an earbud in their ears for longer than a few hours at a time, not to mention eight. The ANC is something most users would find more useful, not longer battery life.

Apple’s AirPods Pro (2019) vs Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds (2020): Full Specs

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Here are the specs for the AirPods Pro:

And here are the specs for the Surface Earbuds:

But what about other wireless earbuds? Want to see how Apple’s AirPods compare to Amazon’s Echo Buds? Check out our Apple’s AirPods vs Amazon’s Echo Buds here!

And also be sure to also check out our Apple’s AirPods Pro vs Amazon’s Echo Buds comparison!

And check out our Apple’s AirPods Pro vs Google’s Pixel Buds 2 here! Also, be sure to check out what Apple’s Spatial Audio is! And also check out Do AirPods Automatically Turn Off?

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Apple’s AirPods Pro (2019) vs Microsoft's Surface Earbuds (2019)
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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.

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