Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds have a new design and improved features

Amazon is expanding its line of truly wireless headphones with the second-generation Echo Buds. And while it has all the main features of the original Echo Buds, this time around there are of course improvements, including a new design, better active noise cancellation and Alexa compatibility, and more charging options. The headphones are available for pre-order, but will be officially released on May 13. As a bonus for those who will buy the new headphones, they will get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited and Audible Plus.

The original Echo Buds had active noise cancellation and of course built-in Alexa compatibility, but with the new version, they’re still there and come with improvements. The ANC can cancel “twice the noise” by using inward and outward facing microphones. It is able to estimate the noise levels around you and also the sound pressure in your eardrums to establish ANC levels. Just press and hold either earbud and say “Alexa, turn on noise cancellation” to activate.

You can also choose to enable Passthrough mode for when you need to hear outside noise even while listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Just say “Alexa, turn on Passthrough” or manage it through the app if you need to adjust the passthrough levels. The new Echo Buds are also IPX-4 rated, so they have quite a bit of water resistance. And of course, Alexa’s support is pretty good, as you can do things like set reminders, create a shopping list, make appointments, and even plan a trip on public transportation.

Design-wise, the second-gen Echo Buds are 20% lighter than their predecessor, and the tips have been shortened to make them more comfortable. It also has built-in vents that can reduce the pressure on your ears when you wear the headphones. The built-in microphones have also been updated to improve the quality of your calls and Alexa’s understanding of your commands or inquiries. Battery life is still around 5 hours with ANC, but you also get a charging case that can be charged wirelessly or via USB-C.

The new Amazon Echo Buds They are available to pre-order now and cost $ 99.99. You can also upgrade to the wireless charging case and it costs $ 119.99. But keep in mind that these are just introductory prices. When they officially launch on May 13, prices would be $ 119.99 and $ 139.99 respectively. It will be available in Black and Glacier White colors.

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