Review: Anker SoundCore 2 Outdoor Speaker for $25.99
The Anker SoundCore 2 Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker is a compact loudspeaker which is equipped with the IP protection IPX5. Particularly striking is the extremely long battery life, which should be up to 24 hours – perfect for on the go!
|Surname||Anker SoundCore 2|
|Driver||2 x 6 watts|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2. AUX|
|Battery capacity||5200 mAh / ~ 24 hours running time|
|Dimensions||6,6 x 1,8 x 2,2 inches|
The SoundCore 2 is equipped with a Micro-USB charging cable and a user manual. All in all the scope of delivery is a bit sparsely.
Processing and design
Externally, the Anker SoundCore 2 has a solid impression, it is well processed and has no flaws. In order to ensure the specified IPX5 (protection against water jets from all directions), the speaker is, except of the front, covered with a matt rubber coating, which prevents the penetration of water.
The speaker is very simple in colour, it is available in black, red and blue and has no other eye-catching design. In my opinion, it does not need it either, since the speaker is intended for outdoor use –functionality is more important then design.
Despite the relatively compact design with the dimensions 6,6 x 1,8 x 2,2 in, the outdoor speaker weighs 4,6oz. The weight goes along with the 5200mAh strong battery, which according to the manufacturer lasts for up to 24 hours of music reproduction. In comparison, the Mpow Armor, with the same battery capacity, weighs about two pound and the Aukey SK-M12 weighs about 1,4 pound, with a lower battery capacity.
The connections of the Anker SoundCore 2 are located on the right side of the speaker, these are protected by a rubber cap.
A USB port to use the Speaker as a Powerbank or a SD card slot is not available here.
The speaker can be operated with a total of five buttons, which are installed on the upper side of the loudspeaker. In order to guarantee protection against water, the buttons are completely covered with protective rubber.
Here is an overview of the functions of the buttons:
|Button||Press briefly||Press and hold||Press twice|
|Louder button||volume up||volume up||–|
|Play / Pause||Play / Pause||Accept / end calls||Next title|
|On off||On / off||–||–|
The sound of the Anker SoundCore 2
In the inside of the outdoor speaker there are two 6 watt drivers, each with a size of 1.5 inches. Therefore this Bluetooth speaker can be compared to middle-priced other Bluetooth speakers.
Despite to the almost completely closed body, the loudspeaker develops a solid bass, which is audibly stronger than the Aukey MK SK-M12. Also the ranges of the high and middle tone are okay. Overall the sound of the loudspeaker is coherent and I do not have the feeling that a frequency range is particularly dominated or particularly weakly pronounced during the testing.
In the direct comparison to the Mpow Armor Plus, one ca notive that the speaker sounds quite monotonous due to its compact design and the relatively small drivers. The larger Mpow Armor Plus has more to offer. Due to the built-in passive radiator, the sound has more depth and is much more spatial.
For the compact and type of construction of the Anker SoundCore 2, the sound of the small speaker is ok. The sound is coherent and there is no noise. Overall, the loudspeaker is well processed and has no flaws. In my opinion the biggest advantage is the very large 5200 mAh battery.
+ No language feedback
+ Protection against water jets (IPX5)
-No socket adapter included
-Previous title can not be selected on the deviceTo the gadget