Unveiling the Anker Soundcore: A Genuine Review of the Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker.
"Impressive value for money and battery life making this an easy budget choice that doesn't compromise in any particular area."
Hello there! I'm Jacob Rose, your trusted reviewer extraordinaire with a bag load of experience – 15 years, to be exact – spent elbow-deep testing everything from tech gadgets to adventurous camping and rock-climbing gear. Having honed my critical eye in the blue-chip labs of Hewlett Packard, where I was deeply involved in new product evaluations, I’ve since taken my discerning palate online.
Today, it's all about the Anker Soundcore Speaker (Upgraded Version) Bluetooth Speaker. This portable sound dynamo has been making a lot of noise in the market lately - submerged in curiosity, I had to hear what all the fuss was about. I've spent countless hours putting it to the test in every conceivable setting so that, you, dear readers, can get a real, no-nonsense sense of what to expect before sliding this beauty into your baskets. So, let's get the show on the road! Tune in, tune up, and let's discover if this product hits the sweet sound-spot… or falls flat.
The Anker Soundcore Speaker (Upgraded Version) Bluetooth Speaker features high-quality stereo sound, delivered clearly through two sensitive drivers and a patented bass port. The distortion is minimal.
Its long-lasting battery technology allows for up to 24 hours of continuous music playtime. The casing is IPX5-rated providing full protection against water damage.
The Bluetooth 5.0 technology guarantees quick device pairing and maintains a connection over distances up to 66 feet.
BassUp technology is included with a digital signal processor that improves the bass frequencies of songs in real-time.
The product is lightweight yet sturdy in design, allowing for easy transportation and use in different locations, both indoor and outdoor.
Weight 0.38 kgs Warranty 12 months Battery Life (estimated) 24 hours Waterproof Yes, IPX5 Dimensions 16.76 x 4.57 x 5.59 cm Sound Output 16 watts
I've been using the Anker Soundcore Speaker for a few weeks now, primarily within the comfort of my own campervan. The exceptional sound quality that it delivers makes each journey a sonic adventure, something all campervan owners can appreciate. The stereo sound is not only breathtaking but also devoid of any distortion. Whether I'm in my camper nestled in the scenic beauty of picturesque Europe or the charming rural landscape of the UK, the music sounds spectacular. I love that I don't have to constantly worry about charging the speaker too; it often runs for a complete day without needing a power boost.
The Anker Speaker is mind-blowingly versatile, which is quite the treat for a campervan owner. The effortless Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity was particularly useful in times when I am out wandering, but want the convenience of changing tracks from even 66ft away. The waterproof design also reassures me that even unexpected downpours can't dampen my musical experience when I'm grilling outside. Plus, the speaker's BassUp technology really elevates the music to a whole other level, amplifying the bass in real-time, making outdoor BBQ's or impromptu campervan parties a hit.
The fact that the speaker is lightweight and has a robust unibody design, makes it just right for my lifestyle. I can simply grab it, go where I please and enjoy the rich and clear sound it produces. The speaker has survived, unscathed, multiple accidental outdoor camp stayovers, proving its true grit in all kinds of weather conditions. I've also found the speaker's ability to reconnect automatically very useful. When I roam out of the connectivity range and return, it's ready to continue right where we left off - quite handy when I am caught up exploring the campsite. Just like you, I want nothing but the perfect addition to my campervan and believe me, the Anker Soundcore Speaker truly ticks all the boxes.
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While the Anker Soundcore Speaker boasts of an astonishing sound, it does have a minor drawback. The sound quality, although generally great, lacks clarity. This is not a major issue, but if you're an audiophile with experience with equalizers on your device, you might need to tweak it a bit to get the best out of the speaker.
Another downside is that this speaker, despite having the capability, is not really built for phone calls. The receiver might hear quite low-quality sound, which can be a bit disappointing. It doesn't really make too much sense to start using it for phone calls, but the option is still there if one decides to utilize it. So, if you're planning to use this speaker for calls, you might want to reconsider.
Should You Buy?
In conclusion, I can confidently say that the Anker Soundcore Speaker (Upgraded Version) truly delivers on its promises. This robust, versatile, and high-quality speaker proved to be an excellent addition to my rolling home away from home. The impressive sound quality, the no-fuss Bluetooth connectivity, and its waterproof design, accompanied by an outstanding battery life have added immense value to my campervan adventures. Certainly, there's a bit of shortfall in absolute clarity for discerning audiophiles and it might disappoint if you're looking for a speakerphone. However, these were marginal concerns in my overall satisfying experience.
My respect for this speaker also stems from its durable build and the convenience it offers with its light weight and efficient auto-reconnect feature. I found that the BassUp technology does wonders in pumping up the energy at BBQ parties or even during my solitude in the wilderness. Importantly, the speaker offers incredible value for money, making it an enticing option for folks on a tight budget.
So, is the Anker Soundcore Speaker worth purchasing? Definitely yes, when you consider what the speaker brings to the table for its price. It’s a compelling choice for those seeking a reliable, compact and terrific sounding Bluetooth speaker that's just perfect for those on-the-go adventures. Even with its minor shortcomings, rest assured it won't dampen the melodious rhythm of your outdoorsy experiences.
(Price When Reviewed: £29.99)