Last week in NYC, Microsoft announced the newest peripheral to the Surface family, Headphones. At that time, the company didn’t announce the availability date but this morning, the company revealed that they will start shipping in November.
If you are willing to pay $349, you can pre-order the headphones starting on November 15th, according to the Microsoft store, with the shipping date being only four days later on the 19th. Considering how close this date was announced after the official unveiling, I’m a bit curious why they didn’t share this information last week.
In my very limited time with the headphones at the NYC event, they were quite comfortable on my head and the noise cancellation technology worked well too. What we don’t have a good sense of yet is if they get hot on your head during extended listening sessions and the audio quality as well.
Microsoft clearly is hoping to up-sell these headphones to anyone who has Surface hardware as they do match the line of PCs perfectly. But, with Bluetooth connectivity, they will work with any PC, Mac, or smartphone.
The premium audio space is crowded and with Microsoft entering the party a bit late, I’ll be curious to see how these headphones sell once they become available.