The Most Comprehensive Anker Soundcore Review

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Anker’s Soundcore 1 was widely regarded as one of the best speakers in its price range, and the Soundcore 2 is has lived up to the company’s heritage. The new offering is a reliable, durable performer. Even better, is that the manufacturer has added extra cool features to this new model, making it an absolute bargain.

The average price for the Soundcore 2 is under $50 on most online platforms. For that price range, you get value for money.

So, what’s in Anker’s latest soundbox?

Anker Soundcore Review

Unibody Design

The Soundcore 2 has maintained the same compact build as its predecessor. It takes after the older version’s simple brick design, although its curves are more subtle.

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However, there are few alterations to the design. For instance, the charging and Aux ports—which were exposed in the earlier model— now have a cover to protect them from dust and water. You can easily open this flap whenever you want to use the ports, thanks to the small protrusion that extends over it.

The speaker is also not entirely waterproof. However, it can withstand raindrops and splash water, so don’t be afraid to use it at the beach or poolside.

In terms of size, Anker’s new offering is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, with dimensions of 6.6” x 1.85” x 2.2” and a weight of 14.6 ounces. It’s small and lightweight build is a huge boost to the device’s portability. You can easily carry the new model around in your pocket or bag.

If you prefer speakers that fit seamlessly into the theme color of your home decor, you will definitely love the color choices offered by the Soundcore 2. It comes in red, black, grey and blue.

Connectivity

Anker’s Soundcore 2 has an impressive Bluetooth 4.2 technology that has a range of up to 66 feet.

In addition to its Bluetooth connectivity, the Soundcore 2 allows you to connect your non-Bluetooth devices through its auxiliary input. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with Wifi connectivity, but this should not come as a surprise considering the speaker’s price tag.

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You can make calls through the Soundcore’s inbuilt microphone. Don’t expect a smartphone-like performance in this regard, however, it is functional and the sound quality it’s sufficient for short conversations.

Battery Life

One of the few things that Anker is popular for is it’s top-quality charging accessories. As such, the Soundcore 2 follows suit and doesn’t disappoint with its 5,200mAh Li-ion battery.

The battery life lasts for almost 24 hours. However, this will depend on your playback time will and usage. Of course, you can’t expect to play music at full blast and still enjoy the maximum battery life.

Sound Quality

Bassheads have been crying out for a richer, louder booming bass on portable Bluetooth speakers, and Anker has pleasurably obliged. You can instantly feel the difference between the Soundcore 2 and Anker’s earlier models. The bass is deeper and stays clear of distortion even at maximum volumes.

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Anker combined the “BassUp” technology with a patented spiral bass port to produce a speaker that takes low-frequency beats to new depths without losing clarity and intensity. The incredible sound of the Soundcore 2 is beautifully delivered by twin subwoofers that take its bass to a whole another level.

The custom-designed dual drivers deliver 12 watts of stereo sound and the Digital Signal Processor offers a dynamic range control mechanism to allow you to hit maximum volumes without any changes in sound quality.

Additionally, the speaker boasts of an impressive sound distribution, courtesy of its Soundcore Boost technology that produces crisp, room-filling audio. However, the Boost is automatically disabled when the device is on a low battery.

Usability

It’s pretty easy to connect your smartphone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth device to the Soundcore 2 and quite straightforward to connect non-Bluetooth devices to the Aux input.

The impressive feature that takes the Soundcore’s convenience to the next level is its ability to automatically connect to the device that was used last to play music. This means you don’t have to set up a connection every single time you want to listen to music.

In case the last source device is not within range, the Soundcore 2 auto switches to pairing mode, allowing you to connect another device.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It has improved bass compared to its predecessor.
  • It comes with a very reliable battery life.
  • It is lightweight and easily portable.
  • It can a unique Siri control for iOS users.
  • Good sound quality for a small Bluetooth speaker.
  • It is waterproof.

Cons

  • The speaker is not loud enough outdoors

Is it Worth its Price?

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Absolutely! Paying anything less than $50 for a device with its ability is an absolute bargain. But if you are a serious audiophile and yearn for something much more powerful, it’s advisable to stretch your budget for a bigger, more expensive Bluetooth speaker.