Should You Purchase USB-C Headphones for Your Pixel 2?
The Pixel 2
, like its competition, has ditched the headphone jack, opting to include a single USB-C port on its bottom. While it makes waterproofing the device much easier, it restricts the kinds of accessories you can connect to your smartphone. Specifically, every pair of
Good USB-C Headphones Will Cost You
If you're dead set on buying wired USB-C headphones, getting some quality ones won't be as easy as picking up a pair in the airport vending machine. A quick search on Amazon for "USB-C headphones" yields a ton of devices, ranging from $20 to $50, from more than a few suspect brands (I don't know about you, but I've never heard of "Sunwe" in my life). What's worse, most of them are ill-equipped, lacking basic features like a built-in microphone. They're not well-reviewed either, further increasing my skepticism of their audio quality.
If you want something more familiar, you can look to companies like Libratone, but you'll be paying $149 for the privilege of having a compatible pair of headphones from a more trusted brand. AIAIAI has a set of modular headphones , compatible with their own USB-C cable, but at over $200, you'd better be damn sure you want to hear Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" through all 1.2 meters of wire.
How to Put Off Purchasing USB-C Headphones
You can alleviate the stress of finding some good USB-C headphones by connecting your current headphones to a Bluetooth adapter. Companies like Griffin and Noble make clip-on Bluetooth adapters so you can continue to use your traditional 3.5mm-equipped headphones, pairing them to your Pixel 2 (or whatever smartphone you own) while remaining mostly wireless. Just plug your headphone's 3.5mm cord into the clip-on adapter, then pair the adapter with your smartphone the same way you'd pair a set of wireless headphones. You can stick it in your pocket, clip it on your belt, and still be connected via Bluetooth.
USB-C to 3.5mm Adapter
If you're still hooked on your headphones, and don't mind a direct connection to your device, you could always employ a headphone adapter.
Some Good Bluetooth Headphones
Sure, you might have some reservations on using Bluetooth headphones. You've got to pair them, charge them, and deal with the occasional bout of interference whenever you're next to a traffic light or electronic pedestrian crossing sign. But they're cheaper than ever, and some boast some pretty good audio quality for the price. One of our favorites in the office, the $59 Jabra Move Wireless , is inexpensive, boasts pretty good audio quality, and are more comfortable than the wired USB-C options available.