When Amazon launched the Echo Buds, they were priced at $130, which didn’t make them sexy, since there is a whole list of headphones for less than $100 that are as good as these or, at least, cheaper.
However, the company keeps constant offers that reduce the price of its hearing aids, so they reach up to the US $89 – at least at the end of this analysis – so with a more honest price, we will tell you what we think from them.
1Specifications Amazon Echo Buds
- Hearing aids with pads includes three sizes in the box
- It has accelerometer, proximity and touch sensors
- Compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
- Require Amazon Alexa app for better performance
- Bluetooth 5.0
- IPX4 water resistance, which means it supports water splashes
- Charging via micro USB cable
- Battery for up to 20 hours — charging case and headphones
2Design: somewhat large, but not too bad
I’ve tried other hearing aids that incorporate a design inside the ear that includes a pad that is a bit invasive, like the AirPods Pro or the Galaxy Buds, and the Echo Buds have a different design on the outside, but they are identical when you put them on.
The truth is that the design of the Echo Buds is a little big when you have them in your hand, although once in your ears there is no major problem. You have gummies of three sizes so you can adjust them to your comfort. I tend to be size “M”, so the gummies that are placed as standard tend to fit well in my case. It also includes an adjuster, which allows a better grip of the headphones in your ear, so you do not think that you will lose them.
The box of the Amazon Echo Buds is somewhat large when compared to that of the AirPods or the AIrPods Pro, but not so much to not fit in your pocket. From good to first, something strange is that Amazon decided to place a micro USB charging port that offers charging capabilities below USB Type C, which leaves it below its rivals in this regard.
The box has a pairing button, rarely located at the bottom, although if everything goes well, you will only use it once.
3Amazon Echo Buds: Settings
The first thing you should know is that when you connect your Amazon Echo Buds via Bluetooth, it is possible that your phone tells you that for better features you must download an additional application.
This is Amazon Alexa, which activates some functions that otherwise the company says you will not be able to enjoy. Once you download the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android, you must follow the instructions to add a new device, the app will recognize your Echo Buds and then you will have access to a sound enhancement, and of course, Alexa.
Bose’s active noise reduction is the superpower that Amazon activates in your headphones and its way of making you connect the Echo Buds to its app for you to use Alexa. Honestly, if this feature came automatically in the headphones, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to activate the device with the Amazon app.
4Testing Amazon headphones
Once configured, Amazon headphones work like any other. The first thing you should know is that both have a touch panel that allows you to activate Passthrough with two taps. This is the function that allows you to listen to music and at the same time a little of what happens in your environment.
If you tap the touch panel, you activate the active noise reduction of Bose.
Now, in my use with these headphones I noticed that they have a very good sound and that when you activate that active noise reduction from Bose, you listen even better and with more clarity to your music or your calls. It is not called “active noise cancellation” as in the AirPods Pro, because it is not as powerful as that technology, although it follows the same idea.
When I made calls, for example, people told me that I could still hear some noise, although I didn’t listen to it in the foreground, it didn’t seem to bother them at all.
Call quality is just one of the positive points of the Amazon Echo Buds.
If we talk about Passthrough, this function looks like the Transparency mode of the AirPods Pro, and basically lets you hear the ambient noise below your music, so you know what is going on around you. This mode is highly recommended when you go running in the street, or even when riding a bicycle. In the app, you can even adjust the noise levels you want to hear, a very interesting function.
Something that I liked about the Echo Buds is to be able to invoke Alexa the same as I do at home, although I have to say that when I was in noisy environments I do not hear correctly or simply did not take it for granted.
In any case, the buttons of the Echo Buds support their customization, so you can configure Alexa to be available with a little touch – and also to Siri, so as not to arouse jealousy. Of course, these buttons can not function as audio controls, for that you will have to ask for it lively or go to your mobile phone.
The sound of the headphones, in general, is good, especially in noisy environments and in my tests I found no interference that bothered me or prevented me from listening to my music on a regular basis.
The accelerometer and proximity sensors let the Echo Buds know that you took them off, and thus stop the music accordingly, although then to reactivate it, you will have to touch the touch panel. You may also use only one at a time.
These Amazon headphones have about five hours of battery life with a single charge and noise reduction activated and can get up to 2 hours of battery life if you plug them in for 15 minutes. In addition, the case can be charged up to three times without being plugged in.
The average battery life of 20 hours without charging is similar to that offered by AirPods and AirPods Pro.
The Amazon Echo Buds of US $130 would not have received much admiration from me, but at a price of US $89 they are really a great option that includes noise reduction, although you should know that this price can change at any time.
These headphones do not have wireless charging, it is true, but they are very good, their call quality is very good and although their box is large, they fit in your pocket.
If you are an Amazon Echo device user, having Alexa in your ears is probably something positive, because it will give you direct access to control of your home.
The Galaxy Buds are also very good, but in my experience, the calls are heard a little blushed and their design was not so comfortable, although they did have wireless charging; if there are you want to review other options, check out the Huawei Freebuds 3, which are beautiful but somewhat more expensive.