Amazon's affordable Echo Buds come with a killer feature the AirPods can't match

Amazon's affordable Echo Buds come with a killer feature the AirPods can't match
Apart from smart speakers, so-called "hearables" are one of the fastest-growing tech industries right now, so of course, Amazon wants a piece of that for itself and the almost omnipresent Alexa voice assistant. 

The highly anticipated Echo Buds, just like the freshly unveiled Echo Studio, start at a significantly lower price than Apple's option. Then again, unlike the HomePod, people actually buy AirPods in market-dominating numbers, so even at $129, Amazon's first-ever in-house wireless headphones will face an uphill struggle achieving what Echos have managed to do in the last few years.

The Echo Buds are also not the only AirPods rivals to come with either a (technically) superior list of features or lower price point from a giant such as Amazon. But they might just be the most affordable to include noise cancellation, a key feature that Apple has yet to bake into its own-brand or even costlier Beats-branded earbuds.


You probably don't have to worry about Amazon's lack of experience in the premium audio field impacting the quality of this noise reduction technology, which the company borrowed from Bose, one of the most respected names in the market. That's right, you get Bose's industry-leading noise cancellation in a sleek $129 pair of wireless earbuds that can purportedly last up to five hours on a single charge themselves, with a standard case boosting the number to a respectable (albeit not mind-blowing) 20 hours of endurance.

While Alexa will naturally be at your disposal without having to lift a finger, Amazon is far more inclusive than Google or Apple when it comes to competing apps and services, allowing future Echo Buds owners to summon Siri or Google Assistant on their connected handsets by simply long tapping the headphones. Meanwhile, a quick double tap will enable and disable the aforementioned noise reduction functionality as a convenient way to stay in touch with the surrounding world if you so choose.


Available in a black color only, the Echo Buds should also sound pretty great... for their price tag, at least according to Amazon, which claims two "premium, balanced armature drivers" mounted on each earbud can deliver "crisp, clear vocals, and dynamic bass." Of course, we won't know for sure what these bad boys are capable of in real life until they begin shipping, which will happen sometime next month following a pre-order start right now.

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22 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

They are NOT Airpod rivals as these are unfortunately in ear canal design. I was so hoping for open ear design but with rubber coating as they are much more comfortable than horrible in ear canal design. Shame.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The AirPods will never offer noise cancellation, because the AirPods just hang in your ear. Therefore users can still hear outside noise. AirPods are crap. These earbuds are better.

21. ssallen

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Just the fact that these don't make the user look like a complete dips**t makes them leap frog the Airpods.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1075; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

And a neat feature that allows you to change tips and wings to fit all different ear sizes, without having to pay extra for 3rd party options

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

These look great! I’m not really one for earbuds, but I will give these a try.

4. Mr8Sin

Posts: 24; Member since: May 17, 2018

Anything that doesn't look like Q-Tips in my ear is a win for me.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yep, I just laughed at these fools with qtips hanging out of their ears.ahahaha

9. Alcyone

Posts: 461; Member since: May 10, 2018

I thought bleeding ears and a feminine product.

6. oldskool50 unregistered

These are Samsung Icon X ripoffs.\ These are not AirPod rivals. They rivals Samsung Icon X and Galaxy buds, which they imitate heavier by design. These look NOTHING like AirPod and to even claim they are comparative to AirPod is a complete joke.

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hearables??? Really....

8. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Noise canceling is a bad feature for this type of product. The whole point of AirPods and why everyone at my job has a pair is you Can listen to music and still hear someone talk to you.

10. Alcyone

Posts: 461; Member since: May 10, 2018

Probably can be turned off. If, anything they may have an ambient mode like the galaxy buds, or similar. For $100 works for me, and sounds good enough.

11. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Half off for prime members would be great.

12. Joosty

Posts: 480; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Micro USB

14. 9MNLM

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Bose clarified that it licensed its "Active Noise Reduction" (ANR) technology to Amazon, not its famed "Active Noise Cancellation" (ANC) technology, which it reserves for its own products.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1086; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The writers, here, were probably told to find a way to squeez-in Apple product in news titles. The things PA do for hits, just unprofessional. But I guess, it keeps the revenue coming, so who cares about being professional?

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Nothing like drowning out the noises of the person who will sneak up on you to rob you of your echo buds

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Maybe you shouldn't live somewhere where you get mugged like that?

22. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Okay, but since when is $130 "incredibly affordable"? Someone needs a reality check

23. AnySmarterIdRunLinux

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

Anyone want to go for a run with noise canceling ear buds?

24. ffootymad

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 27, 2019

Yes looks good best price ,but how good is Bluetooth connectivity, would be nice if Bluetooth connectivity in both left and right..

30. royman

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

I don't get noise cancelling... like there few places I want to be where I cant hear someone sneak up on me. Airplane, brothel, my bathroom. But for the most part, I want to hear whats going on around me.

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