[25% OFF] Echo Frames 2nd Gen (As of 08/31/2021)


08/31/2021 00:30 EST

Smart audio glasses with Alexa – Classic Black with new blue-light-filtering lenses

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VIP Filter – Customize which notifications to receive from the contacts and apps on your phone that matter most to you.

Open-ear audio – Echo Frames direct sound to your ears while minimizing what others can hear. Plus, they can adjust volume based on the noise level of your environment.

Does even more – Supports access to Google Assistant and Siri from a compatible device.

All-day wear – Echo Frames are lightweight, IPX4 splash-resistant for water and sweat, with versatile style.

Designed to protect your privacy – Microphones are designed to respond to the voice of the person wearing the frames and turn off with the double-press of a button. Amazon is not in the business of selling your personal information to others.

Hands-Free with Alexa – Make calls, listen to podcasts or Audible books, set reminders, add to your to-do lists, get the news, or control your smart home.

Battery life – Get over 2 hours of talk time, Alexa interactions, and media playback over a 14-hour day. Or, up to 4 hours of nonstop listening on a full charge.

Echo Frames 2nd Gen Reviews

**This is a review of 1st Generation Echo Frames**I purchased the first generation Echo Frames back in February of 2020. My review will be divided into three parts: aesthetics, functionality and reservations.1. Aesthetics. I initially was concerned about how these frames would look. In particular, I was afraid they would be bulky – especially the temples (i.e. the part of the glasses connecting the lenses to your ears), where most of the electronics are. Have no fear on this point – I’ve been wearing these frames for the better part of a year, and not only has no one ever said anything to me about them (unless I start interacting with Alexa), but I’ve never even noticed anyone looking at them funny. I think this may be because one tends to look directly at another person’s face, thereby losing the depth perception that would make the temples more noticeable.The frames themselves are inoffensive. While they may not be for everyone, they will look fine on most people, regardless of age or gender. Think of them as new-nerdy-chic.2. Functionality. Overall, I have been very pleased with the functionality of my frames. I use them primarily for phone calls and for listening to music, podcasts or baseball games in situations were I need to be able to hear what is going on around me. The phone call quality is excellent: not only can I hear exceptionally well, but I’ve been told by those on the other end of the line that they can hear me better than when I am speaking directly into my phone. Upon a moment’s reflection, this isn’t hard to understand. The frames sit on your nose, an inch or two above your mouth. The mics have been well placed to take advantage of this proximity and – unlike when you’re holding a phone in your hand – their placement with respect to your mouth is not constantly changing.In general, listening to music, podcasts or baseball has also been a positive experience. You shouldn’t expect Bose-quality surround sound, and the frames definitely won’t bring out the best of, eg. Yo-Yo Ma, but the sound quality is fine – especially for podcasts and baseball games. In most situations, I can hear whatever I am listening to without entirely tuning out the outside world and without everyone around me hearing it too (something I wish I had 15 years ago, when I was working in a cubicle next to my supervisor). This is especially useful for me now: since the pandemic began, I’ve been at home with my 4 year old kid most of the time. I can’t afford to have earbuds in when I’m watching him, since I need to be able to respond to him and to hear him when I can’t see him. My Echo frames allow me to listen to the news or make a phone call while watching him at the playground, going on a walk, or doing things around the house. I also find them useful for outdoor activities near the home. For instance, I have a flock of chickens. I try to let them out in the yard as often as possible, but need to watch them closely to protect them from coyotes and hawks. My frames allow me to interact with my wife by phone or listen to a podcast while also being able to hear, eg., my chickens’ warning cry when they see a threat. Very useful.I have found the frames less useful in more urban settings. I live in greater Boston, in one of those quaint small New England towns 10 minutes from the city. When I am in the town center, I find the frames more or less useless. Why? When a car passes me on the sidewalk, I can’t hear whatever I’m listening to. I can turn up the volume – but once the car has passed, the volume is ludicrously loud. I can decrease the volume – but traffic is such that a car will pass every half a minute or so. So to use them effectively in this setting, I’d basically have to keep my finger on the volume button at all times – which would make me look kind of like Cyclops from the X-Men right before he blasts someone. Perhaps I would find this less annoying in Boston proper, where a steadier flow of traffic would allow me to keep the volume on max all the time.In terms of battery life: I find I can wear my glasses all day, using them intermittently, without any difficulty. In terms of continuous use: I can listen to a baseball game or talk on the phone for about 2 hours before I start getting a low-battery warning. Overall, I find this quite satisfactory.3. Reservations. As noted above, I find the frames more or less useless in situations where the background noise varies in its intensity from moment to moment. This may in part be because my own hearing isn’t great.I also find myself thinking a few easy-to-add features would significantly improve the Echo Frames. A reading light would be really useful for, eg. reading in bed without disturbing your partner. And a find-my-glasses feature would be much appreciated. This latter feature represents a level of functionality that the engineers at Amazon have not yet explored: features designed for when you’re *not* actively using your glasses.Overall, I am pleased enough with my glasses that I went ahead and purchased a Gen 2 set. I think they are ideal for parents, for folks whose work spaces prohibit listening to the radio, and for certain outdoor activities. If, however, you’re going to use them primarily in an environment where the level of background noise is constantly varying, you should prepare to be disappointed.***UPDATE ON PRIVACY 03/02/2021*** A lot of reviewers have expressed concerns over privacy. While there are very legitimate privacy concerns with respect to any Echo (Google, Facebook, Apple) device, as well as with respect to the Alexa app or, for that matter, most other apps that are *already* running on your phone, I fail to see how the frames by themselves pose any greater privacy risk than just the Alexa app, since not only can you turn off, mute, or disconnect the frames at any point, but Alexa is not actually integrated into them. Rather, the frames communicate with the Alexa app on your phone; without the app, they are glorified earbuds. So any privacy concerns – which are, to be clear, real enough – are more properly addressed to the app than to the frames. To claim, then, that the frames allow “24/7” tracking is both untrue and laughable (the frames only have an 8-10 hour battery life); the concern animating this misplaced criticism is one that could be legitimately raised against many, many apps and is, ultimately, an argument for not having a smart phone. For those who have already integrated smart phones into their daily lives, the privacy cat may well be already out of the bag…