It doesn't take a sports scientist to figure out that how you train will affect the kit you buy and that your go-to exercise will influence the tech you use and the clothes you sweat in. If you like to have options when it comes to your gym headphones, Amazon's new Echo Buds headphones could be the answer to your troubles, especially if your workouts and runs are regularly interrupted by low battery notifications, tangled wires or noisy environments.
Add to this frustration the challenge of finding a pair that are affordable, comfortable and actually stay in during exercise and, suddenly, the task of finding a decent pair of gym headphones can seem insurmountable.
Which is where the Echo Buds come in. Not only are they currently discounted by 33% (£79.99) as part of Amazon Prime Day, they're good value too — cheaper than Apple Airpods, Beats Powerbeats, Microsoft's Surface Earbuds and Sennheiser Momentum headphones — and are considerably more stylish. Simply put, Echo Buds can help usher you into a new way of experiencing music while you exercise.
It's no small feat. Packed into the Echo Buds is a payload of smart tech that helps them toe-up to the competition with ease — think premium speaker drivers, Bose Active Noise Reduction tech, 20 hrs and hands-free Alexa access, to name a few — so it's little wonder they're flying out of the factories already. But, why should you invest? Well, there's a lot to work through, so without further ado...
Amazon Echo Buds Are Workout Proof
A lot of headphones, earphones and wireless 'buds' claim to be adverse to even the toughest of workouts, from the sweatiest cardio efforts to the dirtiest runs, but few can pass the gauntlet. Thankfully, the Amazon Echo Buds do so with ease, as they're completely sweat-resistant — no matter how much you perspire in your efforts — with a secure fit that’s designed to be as dynamic as you need it to be.
What's more, the Amazon Echo Buds battery life is ideal for runners with a penchant for longer efforts, providing up to five hours of playback (these are the podcasts we currently love) per charge and a further 20 hours when placed back into the Echo Buds charging case. The best feature of the Echo Buds battery life, however, is the two hours of crisp playback that comes with just 15 minutes of charging. Incredibly handy when you're in a pinch.
With the Echo Buds, You're Going Hands-Free
When you're listening to your go-to workout playlist or catching up on your latest podcast, your hands should be doing more than just unfurling wires, endlessly flicking the pairing switch or struggling to find the right fit. Which is why the Echo Buds' Alexa function is particularly handy. For example, 'Alexa Skills', a collection of third-party apps that use Amazon's Alexa function to keep you at the top of your game, comes with tens of thousands of possible uses, including Audible, Joe Wicks' workouts via The Body Coach, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sleep Sounds and countless sport apps.
Similarly, you can ask Alexa to set you a reminder — 'Alexa, remind me to pick up bananas in an hour', for example — when you're out and about, or to check your calendar and make a call, all without even getting your smartphone out. With the Echo Buds, all you need to do is press and hold your earbud to access Siri or Google Assistant. Nifty.
You Can Keep The World Out or Let It In
...which sounds a little zany, we realise — but it's true. Just two taps of your Amazon Echo Buds can limit background noise (think noisy cafes, masticating colleagues, dreary commutes) with Bose's intelligent Active Noise Reduction tech, which warps the Echo Buds to drown out any unnecessary sound. It works in reverse too, as the two taps can toggle to 'pass-through' mode, helping you hear external sounds, such as traffic (this is particularly useful for runners) or announcements at the airport.
To wrap up, the Amazon Echo Buds could be the perfect gym headphones, as they transition into the real world safely and smartly, while going unnoticed even during the most intense workouts. They're easy to pair through the Alexa app — which, if you have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, will be already on your smartphone and can be used to check battery life, check the weather and install new 'skills' — and instantly connect to your phone as soon as they leave the case. Crucially, this means zero need to be wrestling with your Bluetooth settings when you want the music and your workout to start. Sounds good, right?
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