Amazon introduced an replace of its true wi-fi earbuds, the all-new Echo Buds. Up for preorder now, these succeed the authentic earbuds that featured Alexa, lively noise discount and stable sound high quality.
The brand new Echo Buds may also function Alexa, however the remainder of the expertise acquired a tune-up — full lively noise cancellation, a customized driver and a redesign that makes them 20% smaller. The Buds are available two variants: one with a USB-C charging case for $119.99 and one with wi-fi charging for $139.99, a two-model technique we’ve beforehand seen with Apple’s AirPods.
By preordering, you may rating your self a little bit of a deal: Whereas they gained’t ship till Might 2021, you will get the USB-C charging Echo Buds for simply $99.99 or the wi-fi charging variant for $119.99.
However earlier than you hit “add to cart,” let’s break down what’s new right here.
Echo Buds can be found in black or glacier white.
Amazon has shrunk the earbuds and the charging case for the most recent Echo Buds, in order that they’re 20% smaller than their predecessor, that means they gained’t protrude as far out of your ear. Amazon has additionally shortened the nozzle that sticks into your ear. This, mixed with a vent, is supposed to alleviate any additional strain — modifications we hope will scale back the boxed-in feeling we felt a bit with the unique. This new technology of Echo Buds retains the IPX4 ranking, although, which ought to allow them to stand as much as sweat and water with ease.
You additionally get two coloration decisions for the all-new Echo Buds: black or Glacier White. The Echo Buds, very like the Galaxy Buds Professional or Jabra Elite 75T, sport a round design. And like the unique, you’ll be capable to management playback and modes by tapping the buds. The charging case can be smaller than the unique and set in a vertical orientation, which ought to make it extra pocketable.
Reaching a snug match with Echo Buds shouldn’t be too laborious, as Amazon will embody 4 ear ideas (small, medium, giant and further giant) and two wings within the field. This fashion you may check out every dimension to seek out the very best match in your particular ears. And much like AirPods Professional, the Alexa app for Android or iOS (which you’ll use for setup) options an “Ear Tip Match Take a look at” to help in you discovering the very best match.
Amazon will embody 4 eartips and two wings within the field.
The most recent Echo Buds function an improved dynamic driver that goals to make music sound extra detailed and energetic. There’s an Amazon-designed 5.7-millimeter dynamic driver in every bud, which Amazon says will ship clearer tones throughout low, mid and excessive.
Amazon has developed full lively noise cancellation (ANC) for the Echo Buds, having ceased its partnership with Bose that led to the lively noise discount on the authentic mannequin. Amazon is promising a 2X enchancment on noise cancellation over the unique. The noise cancellation is powered by three microphones on every bud: two going through the skin and one going through the within of your ear.
These microphones are additionally used to energy the Alexa expertise. Through the use of the command phrase “Alexa” or tapping the bud, you’ll be capable to ask the assistant just about something — to play music (from providers together with Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music), to inform you a joke, to provide you a climate replace and even to provide you public transit instructions.
Amazon may also roll out a VIP Filter through a software program replace after launch, which is able to allow you to strategically select what notifications out of your machine are learn aloud in your ears.
Amazon is promising that Echo Buds ought to ship 5 hours of playback with Alexa and ANC engaged and 6 and a half hours with each of these off. That’s the identical assure as the unique, however Amazon can be factoring in full ANC right here. In our testing, we averaged 4 and a half hours with Alexa enabled on the unique Echo Buds. The up to date case is rated to offer a complete of 15 hours of use with each of those options engaged as nicely. Higher but, a fast 15-minute cost within the case ought to yield two hours of playback. In fact, we’ll be testing all these claims to see how lengthy the buds final in the true world.
Amazon’s all-new Echo Buds can be found for preorder now.
Between the brand new options and an up to date design that focuses on consolation, the new Echo Buds have the potential to pack a punch within the earbuds area.
We’ll be going hands-on quickly, however should you’re bought, you may lock in a preorder now. Not solely do you save a bit on both mannequin, however you’ll additionally rating six months of Amazon Music Limitless and Audible Plus.