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

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 05/21/20 •  4 min read

Wireless earbuds are some of the hottest phone accessories around right now. And pretty much every major tech company has a foot in the game: Apple, Google, Amazon…and even Microsoft. Microsoft’s version of wireless earbuds is called Surface Earbuds and is named after the company’s hybrid line of devices.

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Of course, the wireless earbuds craze was kicked off by Apple thanks to its AirPods, which have been wildly successful. But given that Microsoft and Apple are historic competitors, how do the two earbuds stack up against each other? Let’s find out…

Apple’s AirPods vs Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds

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

Audio & Connectivity

Winner? AirPods – They’ve just got more tech packed into each bud, which together makes for better listening and wearing experience.

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Battery & Charging

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

Voice Assistant

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


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The one thing that really stands out about the Surface Earbuds is their 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. However, that aside, they really don’t have much to offer over Apple’s AirPods. Matter of fact, the AirPods beat the Surface Earbuds on virtually every other metric.

And when it comes to cost, considering the Surface Earbuds will cost you $199 flat, and for that price you can get Apple’s AirPods with a wireless charging case, there’s no argument to be made that the Surface Earbuds are the way to go (unless you are a big Microsoft fan and use their Surface devices and software on a daily basis).

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!

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

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Here are the specs for the AirPods:

And here are the specs for the Surface Earbuds:

Don’t forget to check out our Apple’s AirPods Pro vs Amazon’s Echo Buds comparison!

Apple’s AirPods (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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