Amazon Echo Buds Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: In Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: No
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Amazon Echo Buds
  • Charging Cable
  • 3 X Silicone Ear Tips, 3 X Wing Tips
  • Charging Case
  • Amazon Echo Buds Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 7.2

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • The Amazon Echo Buds are the first True Wireless earbuds from Amazon that put Alexa in your ear. They always listen to the Alexa command, so you don't need to press a button to access the assistant
  • These headphones are equipped with Bose's proprietary "Active Noise Reduction" technology simply reduces background noise without canceling it
  • Knowles dual balanced armature drivers deliver strong and bumping bass that provides a reasonable punch and kick without overpowering the vocals or other instruments
  • Dedicated Alexa app to adjust EQ presets, adjust the volume, Active Noise Reduction on/off, Pass-Through mode on/off and choose a customizable fit
  • Three different sizes of silicone tips to keep the buds comfortably and firmly in your ears, whether you're at the gym, bus or office
  • On-board microphone and touch panel to answer calls, skip tracks, pass-through mode on/off, noise reduction on/off and connect with Google Assistant or Siri
  • “Pass-Through” feature reduces your music to a whisper and lets you hear the outside noise without removing the headphones
  • Built-in proximity sensors automatically stop music when you remove the earbuds and turn them off when you put them back in the case
  • 5 + 15 hours of combined battery life with charging case and fast charging function that provides up to 2 hours of playback with just 15 minutes of charging
  • The Amazon Echo Buds are IPX4 certified, to handle sweat and splashes, better than regular earbuds
  • Bluetooth 5.0, AAC and SBC Bluetooth codec support provide seamless connectivity and better audio quality
  • Priced at $130, Alexa Amazon Echo Buds are among the best smart earbuds for your money with features like Alexa hands-free access and Bose's Active Noise Reduction technology

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • Active noise reduction works differently from active noise cancellation, effectively suppresses low-frequency sounds only such as annoying hums and street noise
  • No volume controls on the buds and when you adjust the volume with noise reduction enabled, your music will sound different for a couple of seconds and then it will return to normal
  • Due to their large size, they may not provide the most comfortable fit for users with small ears
  • The bass and sub-bass notes sound twice as loud as all the other notes, sometimes resulting in a lack of clarity, which makes the sound a bit dull
  • Below average call quality, the microphone hardly separates the voice from the background noise
  • The volume could be a little louder. Even if the volume goes up to the highest level, you still want more
  • The included case feels cheap and plasticky with a matte finish that scratches and rubs almost immediately
  • There is significant latency when watching movies or playing games due to the lack of support for high-quality AptX codec
  • The micro USB charging cable instead of a USB Type-C means an additional cable to carry when traveling
  • Alexa Amazon Echo Buds are available in just black color, no other option that matches your style and preferences
  • There is no wireless charging case to charge your earbuds by simply placing them on the back of the phone

Highlights

  • Knowles dual balanced armature drivers deliver crisp, dynamic audio
  • Bose active noise reduction technology and ear-sealed design limit background noise
  • Hands-free with Alexa to stream music, play Audible audio books, answer calls or get directions
  • Press and hold earbud to access Siri or Google Assistant from a supported device
  • Up to 5 hours of music playback per charge, additional up to 15 hours with the charging case, and up to 2 hours with a 15 minutes quick charge
  • 3 sizes of silicone ear tips provide comfortable and secure fit
  • IPX4 sweat-resistant design to handle sweat and splashes during workout
  • Option to mute the on-board microphones with the Alexa app to protect your privacy

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : In Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Size In/Cm : 0.94 in (2.4 cm)
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 15.2 g (0.53 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : No
  • On Device Controls : Call, Skip Tracks, Pass-Through Mode, Noise Reduction, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri + Alexa
  • Companion App : Yes

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : No
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : Yes
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 5 Hours (Up To 20 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Auto Pause & Play : Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes
  • Quick Charge : Charge 15 Minutes = Up To 2 Hours Playback

Technical Data

  • Driver Unit : Balanced Armature
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.3%
  • Supported Codecs : AAC, SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, SPP
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : No
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : No
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : N/A

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board 2 X External Beamforming Mics + 1 X Internal Microphone

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Charge Time : 2 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Micro-USB Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Email : bit.ly/amz-con


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