Amazon has announced the all-new 2nd-gen Echo Buds. The new models, now available in either matte black or matte white, are 20% smaller with active noise cancellation. They’re regularly priced at $119.99 with a USB-C charging case, but an introductory price currently drops them to just $99.99 for a limited time. Alternatively, you can get them with a wireless charging case for $139.99 regularly, but the introductory price drops that to $119.99. Lastly, the wireless charging case can be bundled with an Anker wireless charger, that is specially made for the Echo Buds case, for $157.98 which drops to $137.98 during the introductory discount.
The new Echo Buds are, apparently, more comfortable to wear thanks, not only to their smaller size, but also because they now feature a vented design. This reduces ear pressure, like the much more expensive AirPods Pro, which are currently on sale for $219. A shortened nozzle, which doesn’t stretch as far into the ear, and a shallower outer depth, that sits more flush with the outside of your ear, also contribute to their improved comfort. The Echo Buds come with 4 ear tip sizes and two optional wing tips.
While the first Echo Buds used Bose noise reduction technology, Amazon has switched to noise cancelation that it built itself for these new Echo Buds and it says that they cancel twice as much noise. A passthrough mode allows you to adjust the amount of ambient noise that you want to let through. Amazon says the Echo Buds will last for up to 5 hours of music playback with noise cancellation turned on and up to 6.5 hours with it off. The batter built into the case can fully charge the Echo Buds twice for a total of 15 and 19.5 total hours of playback. When they run low, a 15-minute charge will provide 2 hours of additional playback.
Of course, since these are Echo-branded earbuds, you have full access to hands-free Alexa while wearing them. All the usual Alexa commands work, from music requests to smart home control and more. You can even ask another Alexa device to find your Echo Buds, which causes the earbuds to play a chime.
From the sound of things, while the old Echo Buds seemed to be earbuds that gave you access to Alexa with okay characteristics, these new Echo Buds seem to be good earbuds that happen to give you access to Alexa, if that makes sense. They’re available to pre-order now in the below configurations and will ship on May 13.
- White Echo Buds w/ Wired Charging Case – $99.99 ($119.99 later)
- White Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case – $119.99 ($139.99 later)
- White Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case & Wireless Charger – $137.98 ($157.98 later)
- Black Echo Buds w/ Wired Charging Case – $99.99 ($119.99 later)
- Black Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case – $119.99 ($139.99 later)
- Black Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case & Wireless Charger – $137.98 ($157.98 later)
- Wireless Charger – $17.99