Amazon’s Echo Buds 2 is already available in the US. The question is when will they arrive in the UK?
Amazon’s first attempt received an ‘OK’ notice upon its launch in late 2019. In our review we gave them 3.5 stars, which found that they offered excellent features but a disappointing sound.
And it appears that Amazon has set about improving matters with its second-gen True Wireless, but we’ll have to wait and see until we get our hands on them because the UK’s The release date has not been announced.
So if you want to upgrade from the original, here is all you need to know about Amazon’s all new Eco Buds.
When will the second generation Eco Buds be released in the UK?
The sale of Eco Buds 2 began in the US on May 13, 2019. No release date has been confirmed for the UK, but we would expect EcoBuds 2 to follow the same path as the original.
Given the sale of the original Eco Buds in US Halloween 2019, the UK release was 11 December. If it was applied to all new Eco Buds, it would appear on the card in late June / early July.
How much will the new Eco Buds cost?
The original Eco Buds were priced at $ 129.99 / £ 119.99. The 2-gen Eco Buds are available at two price points: $ 119.99 for the standard version and $ 139.99 for the version with a wireless charging case.
In keeping with Amazon’s tendency to keep the price of its products the same in every region, we can expect the all-new Eco Buds to swap the dollar sign for £ sterling: £ 119.99 and £ 139.99.
What are the features of all new Eco Buds?
The best feature of the original True Wireless was the implementation of Bose’s noise reduction technique. Not to be confused with the actual noise cancellation seen in real wireless buds, noise reduction reduced the amount of noise rather than ‘canceling’ it.
With the new Eco Buds Amazon has extended noise reduction to active noise cancellation, and this makes them one of the cheapest sets on the market with Urbanista London. After getting a review sample we have to evaluate how effective noise cancellation is, but Amazon claims that the performance is twice as powerful as before. The audio pass-through feature is affixed to listening to the sound in the surrounding environment.
Stamina appears to be the same: five hours in earbuds and 15 hours in case. If ANC and Alexa wake word recognition is turned off, it can be extended to 6.5 and 19.5 hours respectively. Fast charging is once again supported, taking 15 minutes of top-up to two hours. One notable addition is the inclusion of the USB-C cable, a feature that was not in the original model.
Despite the Alexa focus, the Echo Buds 2 play well with Siri and Google Assistant if they are the main digital assistant on your device via a tap on the earbuds. IPX4 has the same sweat resistance and works against rain and sweat. Actually, they would be a solid option to consider for running and exercising.
The earbuds also have a proximity sensor, which stops playback when the earbuds are removed from the ear and resumes when they pop back in. Bluetooth connectivity is 5.0, and we think audio quality is limited to the AAC and SBC Bluetooth codec.
Looking at US reviews, the new earbuds sport a different design that looks slightly less generic and plastic than before (although the matte finish still looks cheaper than we think). The color options have been extended to black or white color options and Amazon has dubbed the logo on the earbuds to add a bit of identity.
They are 20% smaller than before and the case has been redesigned, which looks similar to the Panasonic RZ-S300W and now has an LED status light. The earbuds come in a variety of sizes with more ear-tips as well as wing-tips, which help to have a more secure fit on the go.
When it comes to the app, it seems like it is what it is. The ear-tip sizing test is included to help the wearer find the best fit / seal that includes the ear-tips. It worked well at first, we can’t see why it won’t do it again.
The same privacy features have been incorporated once again with Amazon stating that EcoBuds has multiple layers of privacy protection and control to protect your voice recording. It includes a microphone mute option in the Alexa app, allowing users to control when and where Alexa is actively listening to them.
We are hoping that Echo Buds 2 will perform better in the sound department. They pack a 5.7mm driver and Amazon describes the sound quality as more dynamic, crisp and balanced. We certainly hope this is the case given the original featured soft bass, poor treble and flabby dynamics.