Amazon introduced an replace of its true wi-fi earbuds, the all-new Echo Buds. Up for preorder now, these succeed the original earbuds that featured Alexa, lively noise discount and stable sound high quality.
The new Echo Buds will even characteristic Alexa, however the remainder of the expertise bought a tune-up — full lively noise cancellation, a customized driver and a redesign that makes them 20% smaller. The Buds are available in 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: While they received’t ship till May 2021, you may get the USB-C charging Echo Buds for simply $99.99 or the wi-fi charging variant for $119.99.
But 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 newest Echo Buds, in order that they’re 20% smaller than their predecessor, that means they received’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 further stress — adjustments 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 colour decisions for the all-new Echo Buds: black or Glacier White. The Echo Buds, very like the Galaxy Buds Pro 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.
Achieving a snug match with Echo Buds shouldn’t be too arduous, as Amazon will embody 4 ear suggestions (small, medium, massive and further massive) and two wings within the field. This means you may check out every measurement to search out one of the best match on your particular ears. And just like AirPods Pro, the Alexa app for Android or iOS (which you’ll use for setup) options an “Ear Tip Fit Test” to help in you discovering one of the best match.
Amazon will embody 4 eartips and two wings within the field.
The newest Echo Buds characteristic an improved dynamic driver that goals to make music sound extra detailed and vigorous. 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 original model. Amazon is promising a 2X enchancment on noise cancellation over the unique. The noise cancellation is powered by three microphones on every bud: two dealing with the surface and one dealing with the within of your ear.
Those microphones are additionally used to energy the Alexa expertise. By utilizing 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 will even 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 gadget 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 supply a complete of 15 hours of use with each of those options engaged as nicely. Better but, a fast 15-minute cost within the case ought to yield two hours of playback. Of course, 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 house.
We’ll be going hands-on quickly, however if you happen to’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 Unlimited and Audible Plus.