When the pixel buds launched last year they were very well received and what was most striking about them was their size and shape and then once worn the fit was also great, they were called mints etc but does that matter if they sound good and look good and don’t stand out like some earbuds do? Not in my book and they only got better as time went on too making them an easy recommendation given they are seen as pricey they still remain in my top 5 earbuds today. So how can the new A-Series come in at half the price and stack up to last years? Well they do it and are a real challenger to what Apple have done with the new beats studio buds and still coming in cheaper.
You do get some omissions though for the price you will pay but if you are not fussy with these omissions you are onto a winner here and you get great value for money in this crowded market but the A series hold many of the previous models traits you would be hard pressed to spot the difference between both unless you are a tech head.
This time around they have a glossy finish rather than matt but this is fine, there is no wireless charging which might be a deal breaker for some especially those who invest in wireless charging and the gestures and volume control are gone but this can be addressed with the Google Assistant which is always on by the way..There is still one more bearbug though and that is the lack of ANC.
When it comes to sound they pretty much sound the same as before which is certainly most welcome here so you do not loose out on the sound quality and also the connection issues have been addressed, you also have the pixel buds app to tune things to your needs which is great and it is a great app it must be said and nice and clean.
The big question here overall is and after my testing which overall for me are easy to recommend is the price worth it, they are comfortable, they lack ANC and have average battery life for what is out there today but if you can live with some compromises they are for you but if you want some more they are not but this is where you end up paying more they are a case of you get what you pay for but some more but there is alternatives out there with cheaper but some not well known brands however these are worth the 99 euro price tag overall for me, See the video below for more..