With an almost identical design to the regular Pixel Buds, the Pixel Buds A-Series have their own identity thanks to the unique color options, Clearly White and Dark Olive. The Dark Olive colorway is much more reserved, especially compared to the salmon and mint color options of the previous model.
Though pairing is quick, the Fast Pairing feature, which is supposed to prompt Pixel phones and other Android devices to immediately initiate pairing, didn’t work most of the time. Instead, I usually had to manually long press the button on the back of the case to initiate pairing. It’s a small gripe, but worth noting as it’s a highly-touted feature.
The Pixel Buds A-Series don’t sound great out of the box, but neither did the preceding Pixel Buds. Thankfully, Bass Boost, which was added in an update last year, improves the sound and makes it sound less hollow and tinny. However, even with Bass Boost on, the sound feels thinner compared to the Pixel Buds.