What you need to know
- The Echo Buds are Amazon's first truly wireless earbuds.
- You'll get hands-free Alexa, 5 hours of battery life, and "world-class" noise reduction.
- Echo Buds are available for pre-order now for $129.
There have been long-standing rumors that Amazon would be diving into the wireless earbud game at some point soon, and during the company's massive hardware event on September 25, that's exactly what happened. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Amazon Echo Buds.
The Echo Buds look a lot like any other wireless buds out there, with the buds themselves featuring a design quite similar to Samsung's Galaxy Buds (opens in new tab). Amazon's touting up to 5 hours of battery life while wearing the Buds, and then another 20 hours of use offered in the included charging case. It's also said that we'll get "world-class" noise reduction using Bose active noise cancelation, so it'll be interesting to see how that shapes up in real-world testing.
As you'd expect, the Echo Buds come equipped with Alexa built-in. You can access the assistant at any time by just saying "Alexa", and along with all of your general Alexa commands/questions, you can even get indoor directions at places like Whole Foods (e.g. "Alexa, where are the canned tomatoes?").
Rounding out the feature-set, the Buds are equipped with a variety of touch controls, too. A double-tap will get you audio passthrough so you can hear the world around you, whereas a tap and hold will bring up the assistant on your phone — such as Google Assistant or Alexa.
You can pre-order the Echo Buds today, with the pricing set at $129.
Alexa on the go
Alexa, lots of battery, and noise cancelation.
The Echo Buds are Amazon's first wireless earbuds, and they look pretty great. They're promising world-class noise reduction using Bose technology, hands-free Alexa access, and 5 hours of playback with the buds and another 20 hours in the charging case.
Micro-USB charging. Seriously!?
Basically what i was gonna say. Micro-USB in late 2019? Just buy the galaxy buds... These crappy knockoffs aren't even available in yellow!
Have to cut costs somewhere and they did it by using micro USB. They could have used USB-C like Samsung with the Galaxy Buds but even Samsung cut costs by throwing a small battery in the charging case. Samsung went with USB-C and Qi charging with a charging case that doesn't last long; Amazon went with hands-free Alexa integration, more charging time in the case, licensing ANR from Bose, and more sweat resistance while having a physically larger case with micro USB charging and no Qi option.
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