Amazon is very well-established in the tech space, and now has expanded into the realm of wireless headphones. They recently released their wireless Amazon Echo Buds, which has been the talk of the tech world for the past few days. Now that they have finally been released, I guess the next major question is do these headphones have what it takes to hold their ground against more established wireless headphones, such as the Apple air pods?
What makes these different?
We all know wireless headphones have become a popular accessory. So I’m sure you’re wondering what gives the amazon echo buds any leverage over it’s competitors? Let’s go through the features.
The Amazon echo buds allow you to be hands free with access to Alexa voice commands. So you won’t have to pull out your phone to talk to Alexa. Once the echo buds are paired with your phone, all you have to do is use the wake up command “Alexa” with your headphones in, and you can leave your phone right in your pocket. You can use Alexa to stream music from your platform of choice such as spotify or Pandora and can skip songs, control the volume, and switch artists all with voice commands. You can also access your calendar, make calls, or even get directions. The apps that Alexa connect to are continuously growing, which means life will continue to grow more convenient for you. Things such as requesting ubers, ordering food online, guided workouts are all good examples of how easy it is to do things without having to lift a finger. You can find all the “skills” (apps Alexa connect to) in the skills section of the Alexa app.
However, all phones are not compatible with Echo Buds for Alexa control. Don’t fret just yet though, because the echo buds can be used with other hands – free smart assistants such as Siri and Google assistant.
Active noise reduction
Amazon partnered with Bose to introduce the active noise reduction feature. This gives you the ability to limit the background noise within your headphones. To do that, you double tap one of your earbuds. That way you can hop back and forth between the noise reduction mode and Pass through mode, which is when the echo buds enhance the background noise so that you can easily hear what’s happening around you and engage in conversations without having to remove your echo buds.
Option to mute mics
For those who are concerned with the privacy of having Alexa in your ears, the echo buds give you the option to mute the mics with the Alexa app. It also gives you control of your voice recordings, and provides you the options to hear or delete them anytime.
The echo buds also come with a charging case like the air pods. With a full charge, they have up to 5 hours of music playback, a quick 15 minute charge has up to 2 hours of music playback, and with the charging case it has up to 20 hours of music playback.
Sweat Resistant & Customizable
The echo buds were built sweat-resistant, which comes in handy during workouts and any fitness activity. They also come with 3 different sizes of wing tips and ear tips. The sizes are small, medium, and large. So you can determine the best size to fit your ear snugly to enhance your echo bud experience.
Set Up and Price
The Amazon echo buds are also pretty simple to set up. It only consists of 2 steps:
1. Open the Alexa app on your phone
2. Open the echo buds case until you see a blue light. When a pop – up notification appears on your phone, tap it in the app to finish the set up.
The pricing of the echo buds are currently set at approximately half the price of Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Are they worth the purchase?
Of course there is no such thing as a perfect product. When researching the product, I looked for any disadvantages that might affect its purchase value. One of the most common complaints I’ve seen so far is that one headphone may die faster than the other one, which can be understandably annoying. Also, if you’re in a very noisy place, sometimes it may be hard for alexa to hear your voice controlled commands through the echo buds. Lastly, to use the Alexa voice control feature, the echo buds will have to be connected with WiFi or a mobile data connection. Without either, the echo buds can only be used as regular bluetooth connected headphones.
While weighing the disadvantages against the price and capabilities, I think the Amazon echo buds seem like a valuable purchase. The voice controlled Alexa features paired with the noise canceling technology sounds like a perfect combination for hands free technology. Even if using Alexa or any other smart assistant, is not at the top of your list, other features such as sweat resistance and noise reduction, paired with this affordable price still makes the Amazon echo buds a great purchase. You also have the option to make monthly payments for 5 months instead of paying the full price up front. This would be a great gift with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up. They’re now available for purchase on Amazon.
If you have any questions or your own review of the Amazon echo buds, feel free to drop some comments.