The next generation of Amazon’s Echo Buds has just been announced. The new iteration boasts of a better, smaller design equipped with useful features to provide an improved overall experience. Available in two colors, the Echo Buds are currently already available for purchase with a limited-time price of just $99.99.
Each earbud is built with a high-performance driver that’s designed to output crips and balanced sound with extended dynamic range no matter what users are listening to. It’s also equipped with inner and outer microphones that provide Active Noise Cancelling. The new Echo Buds can supposedly cancel twice the amount of noise compared to the previous generation so users will be able to focus on what they’re listening to.
Design-wise, the all-new Echo Buds boast of being 20% smaller which makes it lightweight and easy to use. It also has IPX4 water resistance that allows it to resist splashes and sweat. With its shortened nozzle, the Echo Buds can provide better comfort and the built-in vents help reduce pressure and strain on the ears. By making the earbuds light and comfortable, the device can be used for longer periods of time.
The Ear Buds will, of course, also have access to Alexa as a voice assistant. Alexa helps users in controlling their earbuds, such as turning on ANC mode or Passthrough mode but can also respond to other commands such as accessing an audiobook from Audible, finding music on Amazon Music, and even set a timer for how long you’d like to listen to music.
Other Alexa tasks are also accessible. Users will be able to use voice commands, which are heard through the Echo Buds’ mics, such as setting an alarm, calling a contact, setting reminders, checking calendars, finding the best commute route, and much more. Alexa will also be able to find the Echo Buds should they be misplaced. By using the command, “Alexa, find my buds”, with another Alexa-enabled device, users will be able to locate their device. Alternatively, there’s also a button on the app that will prompt a chime sound if the buds are nearby.
The Echo Buds offer up to five hours of use on a single charge with Noice Cancellation and Alexa enabled. With the case, the buds can be charged two more times to offer a total of up to 15 hours of playback. Battery status can also be checked using an Alexa voice command. The Echo Buds can be charged either with a USB-C cable or a Qi-certified wireless charger.
The all-new Echo Buds have a retail price starting at $119.99 for a unit with a wired charging option and $139.99 for wireless charging. As mentioned earlier, though, the Echo Buds are currently being offered for just $99.99 and $119.99 for wired and wireless charging options respectively. Customers may also have a chance to qualify for a free six-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited and Audible Plus as long as they are eligible for a free trial for either service.