Second chances

Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen)

First time out

Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon Echo Buds render

Amazon is back for an encore with the second-gen Echo Buds, focusing on improving the things their predecessors didn’t do so well. The results will largely depend on how you view the audio output, but the supporting features at least move the ball forward.

$100 at Amazon

Pros

  • Smaller and better fit
  • Hands-free Alexa access
  • Improved ANC performance
  • Maintains EQ support
  • Great support on both iOS and Android
  • Faster charging

Cons

  • No real difference in battery life
  • No multipoint Bluetooth
  • Finicky touch controls

The debut Echo Buds don’t look to be here for long, as Amazon looks to go all-in on the second-generation successors. But since they’re still available, you can decide whether the sequel is worth it, so long as you accept that these earbuds come firmly in second place here.

$130 at B&H

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