Amazon Echo Buds review

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  • Amazon Echo Buds
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Specs / Features


Overview
Type In-Ear
Volume Control No
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling Yes
Specification
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date October 30, 2019
Size 2.2 x 2.3 x 2.4 cm (0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 7.6 grams
(0.27 ounces)

Critic Reviews


T3

Takes on AirPods with better sound, Bose noise cancelling, zero style

from T3

Amazon Echo Buds may not look much different to a pair of £60 buds on Amazon itself, but the strong sound and build quality, plus all the additional features you'd expect from an Amazon Echo device, mean they will surely outsell any other bud in the 'just over £100' market.

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Amazon Echo Buds may not look much different to a pair of £60 buds on Amazon itself, but the strong sound and build quality, plus all the additional features you'd expect from an Amazon Echo device, mean they will surely outsell any other bud in the 'just over £100' market.

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The Guardian

Alexa in your ear with Bose noise reduction

from The Guardian

Amazon ticks a lot of boxes with the Echo Buds: they sound good for the money, have noise reduction technology from Bose and don’t break the bank. They also have the option of full Alexa integration, including wake-word support – like a smart speaker in your ears – or you can turn off Amazo...More

Amazon ticks a lot of boxes with the Echo Buds: they sound good for the money, have noise reduction technology from Bose and don’t break the bank. They also have the option of full Alexa integration, including wake-word support – like a smart speaker in your ears – or you can turn off Amazon’s voice assistant. The biggest downsides are the size of the earbuds, which stick out quite far and were uncomfortable after extended listening, and controls that were unreliable sometimes.

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iNews

Promise on-the-go smarts, but falls down when it comes to sound quality

from iNews

The Echo Buds are fine, but not brilliant. The sound and call quality is adequate without being fantastic, but I did find their battery life often exceeded the touted five hours. If you can't live without Alexa they may be your perfect choice, but for everyone else I'd recommend spending a bit mo...More

The Echo Buds are fine, but not brilliant. The sound and call quality is adequate without being fantastic, but I did find their battery life often exceeded the touted five hours. If you can't live without Alexa they may be your perfect choice, but for everyone else I'd recommend spending a bit more on Sony's 1000XM3 (£220) or Apple's excellent AirPods Pro (£249).

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TrustedReviews

Offer plenty of great features, but so-so sound

from TrustedReviews

Amazon’s first pair of headphones are both good and not so good. In terms of features its great, with Alexa voice control and Bose Noise Reduction which works to dim any outside hubbub. They're also a good choice for those who live in an active lifestyle with great fit and IPX4 rating. But the...More

Amazon’s first pair of headphones are both good and not so good. In terms of features its great, with Alexa voice control and Bose Noise Reduction which works to dim any outside hubbub. They're also a good choice for those who live in an active lifestyle with great fit and IPX4 rating. But the sound is disappointing with a turgid bass performance and a lack of detail.

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Stuff

You won't match their feature set at this price

from Stuff

As they enter an increasingly overcrowded market dominated by some little white toothbrush heads, it’s hard to know whether or not the Echo Buds will be a success. But when you marry their impressive feature set with the low price, they really deserve to be. Even if you don't want to use the h...More

As they enter an increasingly overcrowded market dominated by some little white toothbrush heads, it’s hard to know whether or not the Echo Buds will be a success. But when you marry their impressive feature set with the low price, they really deserve to be. Even if you don't want to use the hands-free Alexa stuff, it's there if you decide you do and works really well.

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TechGearLab

Surprisingly powerful bass, a relatively comfortable fit, and a mid-tier price

from TechGearLab

The Amazon Echo Buds offer quite a bit of performance given their price, making them both a great value and a great choice for those seeking truly wireless earbuds.

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The Amazon Echo Buds offer quite a bit of performance given their price, making them both a great value and a great choice for those seeking truly wireless earbuds.

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What Hi-Fi

So flawed in their current state, it’s impossible to recommend them

With the Echo Buds, it feels like there’s a half-decent pair of true wireless earbuds in there somewhere, but they’re held back by a hit and miss user experience and similarly frustrating (and perplexing) listening experience. In their current state, we simply can’t recommend anyone go and buy them.

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With the Echo Buds, it feels like there’s a half-decent pair of true wireless earbuds in there somewhere, but they’re held back by a hit and miss user experience and similarly frustrating (and perplexing) listening experience. In their current state, we simply can’t recommend anyone go and buy them.

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Expert Reviews

Decent noise cancellation, competitively priced

from Expert Reviews

Should you buy the Echo Buds? I’m leaning towards saying yes. Amazon’s first wireless headphones are far from perfect, with their relatively short battery life and annoying connectivity issues, but at £120 these complaints aren’t too serious. For Amazon aficionados who’ve already bought...More

Should you buy the Echo Buds? I’m leaning towards saying yes. Amazon’s first wireless headphones are far from perfect, with their relatively short battery life and annoying connectivity issues, but at £120 these complaints aren’t too serious. For Amazon aficionados who’ve already bought into the Alexa experience, getting a pair of Echo Buds is probably the next logical step anyway. And if you’re after a pair of decent noise-cancelling earbuds at a fair price then the Echo Buds fit the bill – no matter whether you own an iPhone or an Android.

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Headphone Dungeon

Certainly gets the job done

from Headphone Dungeon

Going by the physical design alone, I wasn’t expecting much. But I have to say, they’re very responsive to voice commands. And Bose’s noise reduction is quite effective. The sound quality may not be high fidelity, but it’s decent enough, considering that these earbuds’ primary function...More

Going by the physical design alone, I wasn’t expecting much. But I have to say, they’re very responsive to voice commands. And Bose’s noise reduction is quite effective. The sound quality may not be high fidelity, but it’s decent enough, considering that these earbuds’ primary function is to interact with Alexa. That being said, if sound quality is your priority, you can find better for the price. But at the end of the day, though Alexa may not be the most attractive broad on the block, she certainly gets the job done. And you’ll be hard pressed to find such effective noise-cancelling technology for 130 bucks.

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PCWorld

An excellent value plagued by small annoyances

from PCWorld

The Echo Buds cost $30 less than AirPods (with the regular charging case). They’re not as compact or easy to use, but they offer active noise reduction. AirPods Pro offer superior sound, noise reduction, ease of use, and a more compact case with wireless charging, but cost over $100 more.

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The Echo Buds cost $30 less than AirPods (with the regular charging case). They’re not as compact or easy to use, but they offer active noise reduction. AirPods Pro offer superior sound, noise reduction, ease of use, and a more compact case with wireless charging, but cost over $100 more.

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