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Google - Pixel Buds - Clearly White

Google Pixel Buds are headphones that deliver brilliant sound without letting wires get in the way. With one-touch control of your music and instant access to your Google Assistant, they're more than just headphones.¹
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Google Pixel Buds
    • Pixel Buds charging case
    • USB-C to USB-A cable
    • Quick start guide
    • Warranty information
    • Safety & regulatory guide

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    63% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (30 out of 48)

    Features


    Talk to more people in more places with Google Translate

    Experience real-time translation when you pair your Pixel Buds with your Google Pixel phone. They're like having your own personal translator everywhere you go.

    Just touch and hold the right earbud and tell the Google Assistant what language you need translated. It works with 40 different languages supported by Google Translate.²

    Amazing audio, tangle-free

    Enjoy high-quality audio with crystal clarity and booming bass, all in a compact, comfortable package.

    With no wires needed to connect them to your phone, you're freed up to do anything. Listen to your favorite music, podcasts, videos and more - with wireless headphones that deliver stellar sound.

    Intuitive one-touch control

    Control your music, answer phone calls and adjust the volume with the touch of a finger. You don't have to reach for your phone to listen to what you love.

    Always ready to help

    Quickly access the Google Assistant to get answers, control your music, send messages and more - using only your voice.

    Simply touch and hold the right earbud and your Google Assistant is ready to help.¹

    Listen all day and all night

    Google Pixel Buds provide up to five hours of listening time with just one charge.³

    And Pixel Buds' charging case holds multiple charges, so you can get up to 24 hours of listening time for when you're on the go.⁴

    ¹Use of Google Pixel Buds as an audio headset requires a Bluetooth-enabled companion device. For minimum OS and hardware requirements go to g.co/pixelbuds/help.

    Additionally, the Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android and requires an Assistant-enabled Android device and data connection.

    For available Assistant languages and minimum requirements go to g.co/pixelbuds/help. Requires a Google Account for full access to features.

    ²Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android devices running Android 6.0 or newer. It also requires an Internet connection.

    ³Google Pixel Buds battery performance statistics are approximate and are based on listening time, audio control and other factors. Actual results may vary.

    The case must be sufficiently charged. Testing was conducted in September 2017 on preproduction Pixel Buds connected to a preproduction Pixel 2 phone.

    ⁴Total listening times are approximate and are measured using fully charged Google Pixel Buds and a fully charged case for the first Google Pixel Buds re-charge cycle. Actual results may vary.

    Google Pixel Buds battery testing conducted in September 2017 on pre-production Pixel Buds connected to a pre-production Pixel 2 phone and in Spring 2018 on production hardware with the most recent software.

    Outside of the US: This device is a prototype unit and cannot be marketed, sold, leased or distributed until it complies with applicable essential requirements and obtains required legal authorizations.


    Customer rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews

    63%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 2.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

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    Cons

    • It's a bad design, when it only would have taken the case being like 0.25cm wider/longer for it to fit perfectly.jeff
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic pair of earbuds for on-the-go

      Posted
      Angelo
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I'm one of those people who cannot use in-ear-buds, because the silicone tips, even at the smallest setting, are not comfortable over long periods of time. As a result, I've been on the hunt for a nice pair of earbuds, and the Pixel Buds are near perfect. To start, make sure it is charged up properly before you start trying to pair them up. Leaving the buds to charge, and being sure to remove the plastic that blocks the charging pins ON THE BUDS is really important; trying to pair them without that will be a frustrating experience. Once paired, they're really fantastic. I love the charging case, and the buds aren't hard to put back, once you know how. They're actually low-profile enough, in my ears, to sleep with, even on my side, and since they have a cable between them, I don't have to worry about one falling out, and me losing it, and I love just being able to leave one of the buds hanging when I need to listen to someone else talk. The sound is really good for a pair of buds such as these. They're not the highest-fidelity pair, but the soundstage was surprisingly wide, and it's imaging ability was okay. Perfectly good for a very portable pair of earbuds. What really took these from "just a pair of earbuds with Google's branding" to "an amazing pair of earbuds with Google's branding" is the Google Assistant functionality. Forget the live-translation with Google Translate, that's cool and all, but really, the ability to summon the assistant without a hitch, is awesome. Google Assistant even reads out your notifications, and warns you when you have new ones, as opposed to running through your entire list of them. Every command I threw at it worked well, and I almost never had to repeat myself after the initial command. All the interaction is with the right bud's touchpad, and the gestures are natural and simple. I haven't had any mistaps, or any misinterpretations of my actions, once I learned them all. On the negative side, the loop for the buds that helps keep them in your ears will need resetting often, as there's no way to secure them in place. At the moment, there's no way to track skip with a gesture, and this must be done by asking the Google Assistant to play the next song - a definite oversight in my eyes, and the fit isn't going to be perfect the first time - you'll definitely want to play around with it. Overall, I really love these. They're excessively perfect for me, and I don't want to go back to regular earbuds for on-the-go again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      For a Pixel 2 owner these just make the most sense

      Posted
      NatalieM

      I read a lot of weary reviews before purchasing the Pixel Buds. Still, I decided to give these a try for myself because the design and the function with google assistant were most important to me since I had recently switched from iPhone 6+ to a Pixel 2 and really wanted to give google's product line a try. Pairing was incredibly seamless. I opened the charging case, unlocked my phone to make sure my BT was on (it was) and it had already discovered my pixel buds. So pairing was as simple as pressing "Yes" to connect. I had some trouble with the right earbud touch functions at first, but on day 2 it's all running as intended. Sound quality is better than expected but most reviews from audiophiles really tore these apart so going in I had low expectations. I also own Bose noise cancelling headphones and can say that the sound quality of the pixel buds are about as good as the Bose ones when the noise cancelling function is turned off—so not terrible by any means but I definitely think there is room for improvement. I would say ease of wear/comfort is top notch with these. I put them in, they fit, they stay in, and I can barely tell they are even there most of the time. My Bose headphones are over-the-ear and clamp down my ears and aren't always so comfortable. I have also tried out a few cheap-o brands of BT earphones with the cord-behind-the-head style and often pulled my hair with the rubber components, would fall out of my ears with even the slightest movement, and never paired like they should have. All I can say is, if you are an audiophile, you aren’t going to be blown away. If you are an average music/podcast listener who wants/needs a BT headset for their phone/devices, I would say these easily fit the bill. Easy connectivity, decent sound quality, modern and comfortable design, and if you have a pixel phone—these just make the most sense.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great sound, not so great design

      Posted
      JoeyLee

      Who are they for: The Pixel Buds are for anyone looking for quality sounding bluetooth earbuds. They are water resistant, appealing to athletes who want to listen to music as they run. Sound Quality-They sound great! I would say they are comparable to Bose Sports In-Ear earbuds. Being able to keep up with bose is now easy task, sound quality gets a 5/5 Battery life- Battery life is fantastic. I listen to them around 2 hours a day and have to charge the case(which in turn charges the buds) every two weeks. With a rock solid effective battery life of 28 hours, battery life gets 5/5 Usability- The built in gestures to start/stop media playing, volume control, and the ability to summon Google Assistant is great when it works. There has been a few times when the functionality did not work. Additionally, they did not add a gesture to skip tracks. However, the auto pair function once the buds are removed from the case has worked every time and is a godsend. I have never realized how clumsy manually pairing can be compared to the auto pair feature. The combination of the auto pair, spotty gesture functionality, and the oversight of a skip gesture, usability gets a 3/5. Comfort- as someone who finds most in ear earbuds uncomfortable, these fit really well. They are much like the Bose SoundSport in ear buds that don't fully go into the ear canal. However, instead of having traditional swap-able ‘wings’ to help the earbuds stay in your ear, the Pixel Buds use the ware that connects the two buds together. I found that this method does not always work well. When I run, the right earbud always seems to works its way out of my ear. In day to day life, I have not had any issues with the buds staying in my ears, so comfort gets a 4/5. They sound great, have great battery life and are reasonably comfortable. The only dings they get are the overlooking of a skip gesture, spotting gesture functionality, and the retention method. Overall, the Pixel Buds get a 4/5 from me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      OK sound, decent fit, bad case

      Posted
      jeff

      Overall, these are a decent wireless ear bud. The sound quality is pretty good, and the touch button on the side of the bud works pretty well. It took several tries to first set it up on my Pixel 2, which was annoying. Since then though it's been fine pairing. My biggest complaint is with the case. It's kind of a cool, fabric-y type case but also feels a little cheap. The worst thing about it is that it doesn't seem to be quite the right size for the buds. You put the buds in their places, then wrap the nylon cord around the case and tuck it in in the middle. However, the cord has to be taut around the case in order for it to close, and in order for it to be taut, there's about 2 cm of extra cord that then makes it challenging to close the case without loosening the cord around the sides, which then makes the case not close properly. It's a bad design, when it only would have taken the case being like 0.25cm wider/longer for it to fit perfectly. It also makes putting the headphones away a two handed job, where you have to kind of hold the cord taut with one hand and close it with the other. This is annoying when I'm walking to work with a cup of coffee and trying to put my buds away before I get in the office. Overall I like them though. The battery life is pretty good and the case does recharge them several times over. I probably only charge my buds about once per week and I use them for about 2 hours per day.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good sound, Google assistant works flawlessly

      Posted
      Apple2Google

      These earbuds are great. I was honestly a little worried about purchasing them after reading some expert reviews, but I have yet to be disappointed by them. I had seen reviews complaining about how they were hard to pair to the phone, or that users would have to reset them frequently in order to pair them to their phone's. I have not had any issues with them pairing to my phone. It's as easy as opening the case and removing them from the cradle. They are usually paired before I even get them in my ears. Sometimes it takes a second longer for them to pair, but the Pixel Buds always pair within a reasonable time. The sound quality is excellent. Now obviously if you're looking for noise canceling headphones, these may not be for you, but then again these are not advertised as being noise canceling. The strap they come with helps them to be secure in your ear. I use them at work where I frequently shovel, lift heavy objects, and often carry bulky items and I have not had a problem with these becoming lose in my ear. The charging case has a nice premium feel to it and it is capable of rapid charging the earbuds, although the case itself cannot be rapid charged. Google assistant works extremely well on these earbuds as well. It operates at the same level of accuracy/ease as Google assistant on Google homes, and as Google assistant on the Pixel phones. Overall I cannot say enough good things about these earbuds. I would 10/10 recommend them to anyone with an Android phone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Very Disappointed

      Posted
      WB754

      I got my pair for $50 after receiving a $100 credit on the Google store. I still feel I paid too much. The touch controls are limited an imprecise. 20% of the time, tapping the right bud does not play/pause as it is supposed to. The swiping motion to control volume leads to many unintentional pauses. There is no option for skipping, rewinding or fast forwarding These are the only earbuds I've owned that hurt after an hour of use. They are also the only pair I've ever used to feel like they fit oddly in my ear - it takes far too much effort to position them correctly so that they don't fall out, something I've never had to deal with with other earbuds. Most baffling of all, there is no indicator for when they are charging. About once I weak, I pull them out of the charging case on my way to work only to find they weren't charged despite seemingly being placed in their charging case correctly. I can't think of any electronic device I've ever owned that didn't have a light or some other indicator to show when it's charging - another first for the pixel buds. Audio quality is whatever. I'm not a big audiophile, but I haven't noticed a big difference between these and the pair of wired Apple earphones I was previously using (and I'm honestly not sure which of the two would be expected to sound better).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not worth the purchase. Google has a ways to go...

      Posted
      Gaumich
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      There are a lot of really great features about these headphones. I'll let you read the other reviews to see that. But Google's design and marketing team really missed the mark on several important details. The first being that they won't sell replacement chargers. DO NOT consider dropping $160 if you or the someone you are buying this for is even remotely prone to misplacing things. The headphones are useless without the charger. I had one scare, found the case turned in at a coffee shop, but still looked to see if I could find a new or refurbished case. Doesn't exist. Second, the controls on the right ear are in theory really cool but in practice hardly user friendly. I am slowly getting used to directions from Google assistant *ever.single.time.* I put in or adjust or remove the right bud. The volume adjustment works infrequently enough for me to give up on it all together, and the button doesn't always connect your buds by double tapping. The button's functionality and user design are spotty... At best. Go ahead and get a nice pair of generic blue tooth head phones if you want to go wireless. You won't miss out on much with Google assistant. I promise. Google did a great job on the phone, but they are competing well with these buds. At all.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The buds to rule them all... #false

      Posted
      TheBlackPrinceofWales
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Let's start this off right: I wanted to love these. I never wanted to see them leave my ear canals...but alas they have left, and my weapon of choice are still my soundsport wired bose earphones (yes, I said wired) . Issues: -Connection issues !!!! (I have to re-sync them whenever a new device connects to my phone), this is huge considering my subaru autopairs when I hop in it, and I go from device to device on a daily basis (I switched from an iPhone to the Pixel 2) -Will get uncomfortable after a period of time -The case is sweet, but the sync button and partnering devices is a pain (so basically a repeat of my first complaint) -Limited functionality... I mean, I can't even skip a song without asking the google assistant and then having it sometimes work (Better control mapping would be super helpful on this one) Good stuff: -Double tap for google notifications -Google will read an email or text if you double tap when one comes in -Nice design, i love the case and its ability to charge the pods -Technically not "wireless" like the apple ones, but the cord connecting the two is nice and adjustable This is tough, i love these and hate them at the same time... I would not recommend them in their current state, give them a few firmware changes and I think we have a bargain (especially for the price, we shouldn't be having these issues, especially connection issues).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 2.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, portability, sound and bass quality. Editors are less positive about size and noise isolation and have mixed opinions about comfort. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
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    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Cameron Faulkner on January 26, 2018
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