Last October at its fall hardware event, Microsoft announced the Surface Headphones, the company's first Bluetooth cups carrying the Surface branding. It seems other traditional PC OEMs are following Microsoft's lead. Among them is Lenovo, which today announced its new ThinkPad X1 ANC Headphone.
Lenovo is better known as a PC or smartphone manufacturer, but its X1 ANC Headphone is a good entry into the audio peripheral market.
Launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 today, the accessory has been tuned by Dolby and promises enhanced audio capabilities. Other features include noise cancellation. Lenovo has modelled the X1 ANC off its ThinkPad laptops.
Other interesting specs including a collaboration with Synaptics AudioSmart, which Lenovo says means a boom-less six microphone array with Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation and Electronic Noise Cancelling headphones. Background noises are filtered out and reduced.
X1 ANC Headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C charging with fast-charging support. This means you can charge the device in just 2 hours.
Microsoft's Surface Headphones cost a hefty $350, so Lenovo's may be enticing with their significantly more affordable $149 price. The company says the X1 ANC will launch this June.
Surface Headphones Specs
- 40mm Free Edge drivers
- On-ear dials for noise cancellation and volume control
- 13 ambient sound levels
- Automatic head detection to pause music or mute called when headphones are removed
- Two beamforming microphones for enhanced Skype calls
- Swift Pair support
- Cortana support
- 15 hours of Bluetooth battery with Cortana and Active Noise Cancellation operating
- Up to 50 hours through wired connection with Bluetooth off
- USB-C and fast-charging