I’ve read about them cooked and raw Amazon Echo Buds 2, the second generation of TWS earphones with Alexa and noise reduction, which also arrived on our market for a while after the first generation that was not officially sold in Bel Paese and which already had some problems. And with the second generation, Amazon has managed to improve on some of the flaws that were highlighted in the early days of the previous model’s life, from size and convenience, to the integration of fast charging.
The point, however, is that when these headphones were presented in Italy the list price was clearly too high: starting from this very basis there were also many criticisms on the second generation of Amazon headphones precisely because of their quality / price .
Perhaps a slightly unbalanced relationship which, however, was understood by the brand that responded to the problem by putting in a file Amazon Echo Buds 2 Ultra Show: It’s now practically possible to use headphones with Alexa Buy at 50% off. And believe me, it’s even better to have the convenience of being able to use Alexa on the go, whether you’re using an Android smartphone or an iPhone.
Amazon Echo Buds 2 review: At 50% off, headphones with Alexa are totally different music
Design and materials
There is one thing to keep in mind right away with Amazon Echo Buds 2Don’t let the design influence you too much. And I say this because well, Amazon’s headphones follow the style of Amazon Basics products, but on first approach they immediately gave me a “slightly snug” feeling due to their shape. But fortunately, as soon as I put them on I realized I was wrong: they are light and, above all, comfortable.
The design is simple and simple, in full compatibility with all Amazon devices, and it is made of an opaque polycarbonate shell, which can be black or white. The area to be inserted into the ears is always made of polycarbonate, but in this case it is glossy, and certainly conveys a more premium feeling, especially considering that we are talking about TWS earphones with noise cancellation and with Alexa that can be purchased at a discount of less than 60 euros.
on the principle , Amazon Echo Buds 2 They are button earphones, with a rather large external bulb, but also particularly light. Each single earphone measures 20 x 19.1 x 19.1 mm and weighs 5.7 grams, which prevents ear heaviness and does not bother them even after long sessions of use.
What Amazon should have worked on a little better is the case, which can be bought both in the traditional version and in the version equipped with wireless charging, but made of very light plastic, just like the hinge is light which allows it to open and close.
Large at 66.8 x 28.6 x 39.1mm and weighing 44.4g, it’s not among the most compact of cases, and more importantly, it’s made in a shape that might be uncomfortable in the long run especially if you keep it in your pocket, due to its perfectly square lines. Not bad, because it is a case that – as we shall see – supports fast charging.
Sound quality and noise reduction
From a purely qualitative point of view, let’s get straight to the point: Amazon Echo Buds 2 They feel good considering the selling price. It integrates 5.7mm dynamic drivers with which it can guarantee good sound quality, as long as you have the desire to adjust the equalization slightly. The point is, the Amazon headphones out of the box arrive with a sound balance that’s perhaps a little flat and very well balanced and yes, for some people this feature might be a positive note, but really when you first listen to any piece of music there is an immediate feeling of a sharp lack of sound.
However, things improve dramatically when the equalization settings of the earphones are changed: not only does this mean that the reproduction quality of the drivers is already there, but also that in this way everyone will be able to adjust an audio performance suitable to their personal needs.
ANC is good, certainly not at the levels of the Samsung Galxy Buds 2 Pro (here’s the review), but given the current selling price it’s likely The best noise cancellation Which you can get by spending less than 60 euros. The effectiveness is just right, the frequency suppression is well balanced, and it’s clear how excellent Amazon has done an excellent job especially with low frequencies and continuous noise which, unlike ringtones and voices, is suppressed very effectively.
As well as the transparency mode, which is average but qualitatively superior to that built into all other competing models in the same price range, but it returns a sound that tends to be metallic and at times not very natural.
spearhead Amazon Echo Buds 2And, in addition to the most convenient function of Amazon’s earbuds, is the ability to use Alexa in full force. Let me be clear, in terms of functionality there are no fundamental differences with those of other headphones that integrate Amazon Assistant, but the fundamental difference lies in the fact that with Amazon Echo Buds 2 It’s possible Activate Alexa with your voice Without having to physically touch the TWS.
To take advantage of all its features, it will first be necessary to pair the earphones via the Alexa app, which is available for both Android and iOS. After pairing, you will be able to take advantage of all the customization options, such as turning ANC or ambient mode on or off, starting a workout, muting the mic and so on.
Through the application it is also possible to customize the touch controls on both speakers, which are always very responsive – given the shape of the surface, they are easy to use. Their default setting is as follows:
- one touch: play/pause;
- 2 clicks: next song and answer/end call;
- Three taps: previous track
- Long press: from ANC to ambient mode.
Alternatively, you can also decide to customize the Long Touch to configure it with other digital assistants, provided you agree to sacrifice volume control and ANC.
There is also a function to find headphones by geolocating them or turning them on, a function that cannot be found at this price, but, unfortunately, there is no multipoint connection to connect the headphones to two devices at the same time.
But on battery life Amazon should have done a little more. With ANC and Alexa active, although the company advertises about 5 hours of listening, in reality I couldn’t get past 4 hours of battery life on a single charge. However, it is true that thanks to the fast charging the problem becomes rather relative: 15 minutes of charging in the case will be enough to allow Amazon Echo Buds 2 to work for about two hours. Not bad really.
Sale price and conclusions
The official selling price of Amazon Echo Buds 2 It is 119.99 euros for the version with the traditional charging chase and 139.99 euros for the version with the wireless charging case. In fact, however, the brand has put both versions at a 50% discount, which completely changes the cards on the table: with the box below you can buy the version with charging case with cable for € 59.99, while in the case it is possible to charge wirelessly for its cost of € 69.99 .
And at this price, you don’t even have to think about it. If you need to buy high quality wireless headphones, equipped with excellent noise reduction and a whole series of features found in the premium models on the market, then Amazon Echo Buds 2 It is the model of your choice, because with this discount you will not find anything better.
Then there is Alexa, which is always present and can be interacted with without having to activate anything: and for those who have many smart devices at home, it is very convenient.
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Last updated on 11/18/2022 17:28
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