Amazon’s Echo Buds arrived this time last year, and we’ve only seen the wireless earbuds go on sale once since then. Today, in another rare sale, the price dropped to $90. That’s the lowest the Echo Buds have ever been listed for, and it’s a $40 savings off their regular list price of $130.
The Echo Buds were priced and positioned to take on Apple’s AirPods and Google tech. They do offer hands-free, always-on Alexa, Bose’s active noise reduction and a good deal of customization for an affordable price. But there are a few considerable drawbacks. The sound quality is mediocre, and the touch controls are limited. The battery is supposed to last for five hours, which is far less than most competitors offer. All things considered, we gave the Echo Buds a score of 73.
The Echo Buds don’t look wildly different from other wireless earbuds. They fit nicely into your ear, and there isn’t any obnoxious branding. They come with a sleek charging case and three sets of color-coded ear tips so you can select and keep track of the ones that fit best. They’re IPX4 rated too, so they should withstand “light splashes” and trips to the gym.
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