Amazon wants Alexa everywhere. First, he brought his virtual assistant to your home with his Echo smart speakers and smart displays. Next come cars with Amazon Auto. Now it wants Alexa to go wherever you go. For this, the company recently launched the second generation Echo Buds in India. Also Read – Amazon Grand Gaming Days Sale: Check Out Deals On Laptops, TVs And Accessories
The second generation Echo Buds are the successor to the original Echo Buds which were introduced in 2019 and they are available in India at a price of Rs 11,999 for the wired USB Type-C variant and Rs 13,999 for the wireless charging variant. wire. Notably, although this is the second iteration of Amazon’s TWS headphones, it is the first time the company has brought the device to India. Also Read – Apple iPhone SE 2022 Sale Begins in India: Check Out Deals on Bank Cards, Trade-In and More
Amazon hasn’t made any monumental changes to the second-gen Echo Dot from the original Echo Buds. The headphones still offer active noise cancellation (ANC) functionality. But this time, the company is using its own technology in the second-generation TWS headphones instead of using Bose’s active noise-canceling technology like it did in the case of the original Echo Buds. On top of that, the company has also made some subtle changes to the design of the Echo Buds. These changes make the whole device look more rounded and balanced. They also give you more space for touch controls. Read also – Amazon Mobile Savings Days 2022: up to 40% off smartphones, accessories, etc. best selling
Now, there’s more to the Amazon Echo Buds than meets the eye. That means the company’s second-generation TWS headphones have a lot to offer than ANC and hands-free Alexa functionality. We’ll talk about that and more in the review below. So, keep reading!
Let’s start with the design.
Amazon, as mentioned earlier, has made some subtle changes to the overall design of its second-generation Echo Buds TWS headphones. The most notable of these being the case of the device.
The charging case of the first generation Echo Buds had a clamshell design. It was flatter in shape. However, Amazon has completely changed this design. The case of the second generation Echo Buds is compact and resembles the case of other TWS earphones currently available on the market, such as Apple AirPods or the Jabra Elite 75t. On the back you get the USB-C charging port and the button to reset the device and on the front you get a single LED light that shows the battery life of the headphones. While a yellow light indicates that the battery of the case needs to be recharged, a green light indicates that the battery has been fully charged while a blue light indicates the state in which the device is ready to be connected.
This nomenclature is the same for the two LED lights inside that indicate the status of each earbud. Apart from the design of the charging case, Amazon has also made changes to the design of the buds, which are more rounded this time compared to the original Echo Buds. They also have a silicone cover on top with the Amazon logo, which provides more space for using the touch controls. This also makes them scratch resistant.
Design aside, the second-generation Amazon Echo Buds are pretty comfortable to use, especially when used for long periods of time. Part of the credit goes to the silicone top while the other half goes to the shape of the buds. The nozzle fits your ears without digging in. A deep, bulbous design ensures the earbuds stay in place all the time. Amazon ships three different sizes of sport fins inside the box for better grip. But I never had to use them due to their well-rounded yet incredibly comfortable design. But in case you’re not sure, Amazon has a fit test in its iOS and Android apps that tells you how well you got a seal.
Design aside, the second-gen Echo Buds are decent, if not exceptional, performers. The device has features that make it a good value product, especially at its price, but it has plenty of room for improvement.
Let’s talk about sound first. The second-generation Echo Buds deliver clear, balanced sound for most rooms. And it maintains that quality even at high volume levels. However, don’t expect a booming bass sound. EDM hits like Titanium by David Guetta, rock hits like Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol or Indie hits Wake me up when September ends sound nice but there’s a hum in the background that brings the overall experience – it could have been great – several notches down. The sound also lacks the distinct quality we’ve come to admire in Echo smart speakers over the years. You can tweak it a bit using the controls in the Amazon Alexa app, but don’t expect any presets or fine-tuning options.
Then, the ANC function of the second generation Echo Buds offers subpar performance. In passthrough mode, it effectively filters ambient noise. But in ANC mode, it fails to completely block out ambient noise. I tested the feature in the BGR newsroom, which is definitely one of the busiest places, and in the market near me. Every time I turned on the ANC feature, the Echo Buds failed to completely block out the sound, which for me was kind of a bummer.
While the ANC feature was a little disappointing, the Alexa touch and hands-free controls weren’t at all. For those unsure, the second-gen Echo Buds come with touch controls that let you perform tasks like canceling or answering a call, activating ANC, or controlling music at the touch of a button. These commands work flawlessly, as does Alexa’s hands-free functionality. You can ask to call you a cab, call a contact or open another app and it will never falter.
Beyond ANC, the second-gen Echo Buds have several features that warrant a premium price tag. For example, you can ask Alexa to track your workout and it will tell you how far you’ve covered and how many calories you’ve burned. This feature can be activated from the Alexa app or by asking Alexa on the device to do so using voice commands. On top of that, you can also use each earbud separately – a feature that’s mostly available in high-end earbuds. However, you shouldn’t expect multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, meaning you can only connect one device to the Echo Buds at a time.
Finally, the battery. The second-generation Echo Buds also performed well in this department. Without the ANC feature turned on, the Echo Buds’ battery lasted nearly a work week for me in light use. With ANC turned on for the most part, the battery lasted about four days in light use. As for charging, you can either use the charging wire that comes inside the box or use a Qi charger if you choose to buy the Rs 13,999 variant.
Should you buy second-gen Amazon Echo Buds?
In a word, yes. There are several things that work in favor of the second-gen Echo Buds. The list includes premium features like hands-free Alexa, workout mode, wireless charging, and the ability to use just one bud at a time.
On the other hand, there are areas where the Echo Buds could be improved. These areas are ANC functionality and sound. That said, Amazon has a great track record of exponential changes to its device. Its Echo smart speakers exemplify this trend. It is very unlikely that the company will disclose this trend now. Until that happens, the Echo Buds priced at Rs 13,999, make you want something more.