Jan 27th, 2020

The Amazon Echo Buds were the companies first go at making earbuds. These true wireless earbuds were, for the most part, fairly regular earbuds, just with the benefit of Amazon Alexa built in.

Thanks to the digital assistant you can ask Alexa to play music, set timers, and pretty much anything else Alexa is capable of on an Echo. The earbuds have full access to thousands of skills. And even better, when you don’t want your mics on all the time, you can shut them off in the Alexa app.

Other than that you get is dual drivers, a decent five hours of battery life, twenty hours of battery life in the case, both active noise cancelling and a passthrough mode with the Bose name on it, and a very average design. Complaints of short battery life and bugs here and there have made reviews less than glowing but they’re a solid pick, especially with ANC.

At their normal price of $129.99 they’re a bit hard to recommend. Competition in this segment is hot and a few improvements are in order. But Amazon has dropped the price of the Echo Buds for the first time and it’s by a whopping 31%. At $89.99, they’re much easier to recommend. It’s a cheap way to get into true wireless earbuds with ANC and if you’re a fan of Alexa, you can’t go wrong with these.

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