The high-tech earbuds whose retail cost is $154 started shipping this week, but they are already sold out, according to multiple buyers.
The accessories come with an incorporated microphone for those of us that want to make phone calls on the go, a fast-charging option, and a translation feature based on Google’s wildly popular Google Translate service.
While the new features, especially the translation service which enables users to communicate with their foreign peers, may make the new earbuds seem a good deal, several tech reviewers have tried them out and opinions vary.
According to Digital Trends’ Ryan Waniata, the real-time translation service is impressive, but the buds felt uncomfortable. Waniata gave a score of 6 out of ten and recommends the earpiece to Pixel phone users that travel abroad extensively.
Sean O’Kane from The Verge was even less lenient – he gave the earbuds a five out of ten for the way they fit in his ears and the size of the case. He was impressed by the battery life and quality of sound. The O’Kane added that even for a first-generation product, the buds are a “bad” product both on the inside and outside.
Wired’s David Pierce hailed the Google assistant which enables wearers to access Google via a voice command. He also enjoyed the design, but because the buds are “way, way too hard to use” and the hefty price he gave a 6 out of ten score.
Gizmodo’s Adam Estes thinks that the earpieces are not “even close to being good”. While he disliked almost anything he did like the Google Assistant. Estes refused to give a score, but said the earbuds “suck”.
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