Anker SoundCore 2 review
We are all used to listen to music on our phones, but we are also aware that the phone’s speaker is not good enough to play as we would prefer.
That is why Bluetooth speakers came alive, to be cheap, affordable and upgrade the sound coming from the phone without breaking the bank.
The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Anker is a portable charger. But recently, the company started producing wireless speakers as well. The Anker SoundCore 2 is the follow-up model of the original SoundCore.
- Excellent price
- It is water-resistant
- The battery life is amazing
- Weak bass
- Average sound quality
- Not loud enough for noisy rooms or outdoors
The Anker SoundCore 2 has a shape of a bar with curvy edges and comes covered in black, blue, and red smooth rubber that feels like skin. This rubber helps SoundCore 2 be fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating, which means the speaker can survive fully submerged in 1-meter deep water for at least 30 minutes.
The SoundCore 2 is 5 x 17 x 6 cm, and the weight is 0.4 kg. So it is small enough to put it in a bag, without worrying that it might break. As it doesn’t take too much space, it is easy to take it with you when traveling.
On the top, there are five raised control buttons for power, volume control, pause/play, and Bluetooth. SoundCore 2 is a bit bigger than the original SoundCore, sounds better with better bass, and is waterproof.
On the speaker’s front, there is a metal grille that covers two 6 watt drivers. On the side, there are a micro-USB charging port and a 3.5 mm aux port, both covered with a water-resistant flap.
When the speaker is on, the power light is white. When the battery is low, it becomes flashing red and steady red when charging. As per usual, the Bluetooth light is blue. The range of the Bluetooth is about 20 meters.
There is a built-in mic for communication to Siri, Google Assistant, or hands-free calls.
Anker claims that the battery life is 24 hours, which is fantastic and far more than the competition offers.
Sound quality Anker SoundCore 2
There is nothing spectacular about the sound of Anker SoundCore 2. The speaker provides average sound quality, although light years better than the speaker on your smartphone.
The sound is balanced, but the bass seems lifeless, especially when you play specific hip-hop or dance music genres.
High are ok, but you can notice distortion at higher volume levels.
While we are at it, the volume of Anker SoundCore 2 doesn’t achieve the highest levels of loudness. If you are alone or in a quiet room, the sound from the speaker is loud enough. But if there is ambient noise, you will find the speaker’s limit very quickly. It feels like the amp of SoundCore 2 is just not powerful enough to drive the speakers. As mentioned before, it sounds good in a quiet room but leaves you hungry for more bass.
So, in general, the speaker might sound more significant than it is but still leaves you with a feeling that it is a small speaker you are listening to. The sound just doesn’t come across as rich as you would expect.
If you are willing to pay a little bit more, Anker SoundCore Boost might be a better option. It has better sound quality, more robust bass, and the sound is with more detail. It also plays without distorting at higher volume levels.
If you want to take calls or use the voice assistants like Google and Siri, you only have to press and hold the play/pause button to activate the phone’s assistant. The calls from both ends, the caller, and the receiver, come loud and clear, with good voice quality.
For the price that Anker SoundCore 2 is selling, it represents an excellent Bluetooth speaker for newcomers. It has a 24-hour battery life, waterproof, and is durable and resistant to kicks and splashes.
The sound quality might leave you wanting more power and more clarity, but it definitely will be pleasing for most people. Loud enough for a small room, but will have problems to be heard on a noisy beach, for example.
You might expect such a thing from a small speaker with a fantastic battery.
People who prefer 360 degrees and better sound should look elsewhere because Anker SoundCore 2 can’t meet these demands.