Anker SoundCore Boost Review
As is typical with Anker’s other SoundCore speakers, the sound quality of the Boost model builds upon the already great sound of the Anker SoundCore 2. The Boost also features clear mids and highs and takes bass to the next level with the BassUp enhancement feature. Turning this on gives you surprisingly strong bass performance that may annoy your neighbors! If you’re not a fan of bass, turning off the BassUp feature will still enhance the lows nicely but for a more relaxed listening experienced. Sound quality is almost as good as the Flip 4 speaker (some people may not notice a difference).
I was very surprised by the amount of bass this unit can put out given its somewhat small size. With the BassUp feature on, the unit gives a satisfying, thudding bass effect that sounds great with a wide variety of music. I tested it out with rock, pop and hip hop and the music sounded great and was not muddied by the strong bass at normal volume levels (it gets a little muddier the higher you go).
Like the SoundCore 2, the SoundCore Boost also has a water resistant rating of IPX5 means you don’t need to worry about splashes if you’re listening poolside (just don’t take it in the pool).
Like the JBL Charge speaker, the Anker SoundCore Boost has a full-sized USB port that you can use to charge your your phone. However, you will need to bring along your own charging cable.
The SoundCore Boost also has NFC pairing, making it easy to pair (and switch between) NFC-enabled Android phones.
If you receive a phone call while using the speaker, it can act like a speakerphone. However, callers claimed that I sounded too far away while using the speaker, so this would be more ideal for a quick call rather than using it as a conference room speaker.
The SoundCore Boost can achieve up to 12 hours of battery life, but battery life decreases as your turn up the volume on the speaker. The speaker can be charged by a standard Micro USB port (some the Sony SRS-XB30 lacks). Charging your phone from the built-in port on the Boost will also subtract from the speaker’s built-in 5200mAh battery.
The SoundCore Boost builds upon the great sound quality of the SoundCore 2 with louder drivers and surprisingly strong bass performance with the BassUp feature enabled. The Boost can also last up to 12 hours on a single charge and includes a USB port for charging your smartphone.
- Awesome bass performance
- Water resistance
- Up to 12-hour battery life
- Callers had a hard time hearing me when using the speakerphone function