Month: September 2016

Anker SoundCore Review

Anker SoundCore Review

This is my first ever review on my brand new website. So, this review will set out the path of all the other reviews in the future. I will have the overview of the product, the specifications and availability, pros and cons, and my final verdict. Many reviewers tend not to go over the size and weight of the item that they are reviewing, which is something I think is very important when it comes to buying a product.

Overview

The product itself is very simple. It has a cuboid design that is very attractive. It has a metal mesh on the front side of the speaker, where the “Anker” logo is displayed. There are two powerful 3W speakers, one on the left, and one on the right.  img_0553

On the top section of the speaker, you will find the On/Off Button, the -/+ buttons, play button and Bluetooth reset button. All of the I/O is located on the right side of the speaker, with a light to indicate charging, Aux In, Micro USB for charging the speaker, and a microphone.img_0562

In the box you will find a six inch Micro USB for charging, the speaker, and a user manual on  all of the shortcuts (Play, Skip, Rewind/Fast Forward) and how to connect the speaker to your phone. What the product doesn’t mention anywhere is that when connected to an iPhone, you pull down to your notifications bar, and it will show you the battery percentage of the speaker. Yeah. Amazing. However, it has been stuck, at least for me, at 70%. Perhaps that was the reason Anker didn’t list down that anywhere on their website.img_0559

Anker claims 24 hour playback time @80% volume, which I think is amazing, considering it’s size. I have given the product light use, and for the past 3 weeks, did not have to charge it. It’s as if you can forget about charging the speaker entirely, which is amazing considering it’s low price point. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with good battery life and sound all for under 30, then this is the very best that you can get right now.

Availability

This product is widely available. You can purchase the Anker SoundCore here from the Anker website (US) or from Amazon for just £28 or $36 here:
Amazon (UK):

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCore-Dual-Driver-Distortion-Microphone/dp/B016MO90GW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475256005&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=anker+soundcore&psc=1

Amazon (US):

 https://www.amazon.com/Anker-SoundCore-Bluetooth-Dual-Driver-Distortion/dp/B016XTADG2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475255641&sr=8-1&keywords=anker+sound+core

Specifications

Here are the specifications for the product:

  • Bluetooth Version :4.0, Estimated 20m or 66ft of range
  • Driver output3W×2
  •  PlaytimeEstimated 24+hrs @80% volume,
  •  Battery Capacity :4400mAh, 
  • Input :5V / 1A
  • Charging time :5 hours,
  •  Bass Boost :Passive radiator
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.5 x 5.4 cm ; 299 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • 18 Month Warranty

Anker also claims that you will be able to have 20m or 66ft of range, which under my testing, did not find to be accurate. Instead I found the audio playing from the speaker started to cut out at around 10m or 33ft. However, this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for you, unless you like to play audio outside. It features 18 Month Warranty, which should be even more reassuring.  At the speaker being 300g, it should be relatively portable; you can easily take it about with you on trips in your bag, but won’t fit into your pocket. For the amazing battery life, 4400mah is not what I expected the battery capacity to be. I do take the speaker onto trips, for which it has performed perfectly. Otherwise, I like to leave it on my desk so I can perhaps watch YouTube using that speaker.

Sound

Of course, you won’t have sound as a sub category on every review on this website, but you will find this on the speaker section of the website.

The sound for the price is spectacular. It features what Anker claims is less than 1% harmonic distortion, that results in less distorted sound at higher volumes. That promise held true, since it only distorts when playing more bass heavy songs at 100% volume.  The overall sound is more of a balanced tone, which personally, I don’t like. Obviously that changes from person to person. It has, in my opinion, not enough bass, since I like to listen to hip-hop/rap genre related music. The mid-frequencies are well pronounced, and the same goes for the highs. The two 3W drivers can easily fill a small room, or on a road trip.  Anything larger, you may want to think about getting a more powerful speaker.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The product has spectacular battery life
  • The design is good, with a soft touch material
  • The buttons are well laid out, very attractive
  • Impressive sound for the most part
  • Good form factor
  • Affordable
  • 18 Month Warranty

Cons:

  • Not enough bass
  • Buttons are hard to press
  • Percentage reading isn’t accurate.

Final Verdict

This speaker definitely appeals to somebody who wants wireless sound, that is affordable, premium, and sounds good, all in one package. If you find yourself in a similar position, then this product is a must buy.

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