Anker Soundcore Motion Plus review: This bulked-up $100 Bluetooth speaker sounds excellent

Anker’s Soundcore Motion As well as arrived out in 2019 and managed to slip beneath my radar, which is a shame because it’s arguably one particular of the best-sounding speakers less than $a hundred (£90, $AU175), if not the best. A minimal bigger than several mini Bluetooth speakers, it’s however compact and manages to seem quite a little bit fuller than much of the competitors less than $a hundred, with bigger bass, a lot more volume and superior clarity. It really is also completely watertight (IPX7 rated) and has assist for the aptX streaming codec for gadgets like Samsung’s Galaxy phones that assist it.


  • Good over-all seem for the cost.
  • Extra volume, bigger bass and superior clarity.
  • Totally watertight.
  • Up twelve hours of battery everyday living.
  • USB-C charging.

Don’t Like

  • Not as compact as the major mini Bluetooth speakers.
  • Some colors inexplicably charge a lot more.

Even though we at first reviewed this speaker again in Could of 2020, absolutely nothing we have heard in this course given that have impressed us as much. That’s why we are awarding it an Editors’ Option.

Weighing 2.31 kilos (one.05 kg), the speaker is equipped with a 6,seven hundred-mAh lithium-ion battery (Anker is recognised for its transportable chargers and battery technological innovation) that offers you up to twelve hours of playback time at reasonable volume amounts. You can also tweak the speaker’s seem using a companion app for iOS and Android, as properly as wirelessly connection two Motion As well as speakers to create a stereo pair or just grow the volume. It really is an exceptional value at $a hundred — or $103 (£110) for the blue or crimson versions. (It really is a minimal strange that they charge $three or a whopping £20 a lot more than the black colour.)


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The speaker uses Bluetooth five. and has USB-C charging, with the port and a three.5mm audio enter hidden less than a rubber gasket that keeps moisture from coming into. On major there are volume controls, Bluetooth pairing and playback regulate buttons together with a bass improve button. I always remaining the bass improve on because the speaker sounds superior with it engaged.

I am away from the place of work and you should not have quite as several speakers on hand for comparison uses, but the Motion As well as sounds substantially superior than the aged UE Growth 2, JBL Flip 5 and Sony’s new SRS-XB23, all of which presently or at first retailed for $a hundred. Not only does the Anker put out a lot more volume and bass, it has a broader soundstage and smoother seem at increased volumes. A lot of these mini Bluetooth speakers can impress you with how loud they can enjoy for their tiny dimension, but they however seem constrained they have their limitations.

So does the Motion As well as, of system, but its ceiling is increased than other transportable Bluetooth speakers in this cost selection. It are not able to contend with much bigger and much a lot more expensive speakers like the UE Hyperboom or JBL Boombox 2. But it’s a great compromise if you’re seeking for a little something a lot more very affordable which is a crystal clear amount up soundwise from well-liked mini Bluetooth speakers from Supreme Ears, JBL, Sony and all the generic sub-$sixty products on Amazon (the Motion As well as conveniently bested the Earfun Go and Tribit Stormbox, both equally of which are great values at $50).


The Soundcore Motion As well as is only marginally bigger then the new Sony SRS-XB23, but it weighs considerably a lot more.

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As I said, it’s a shame I did not get a sample of this earlier. But superior late than under no circumstances. 

Listed here are its critical specs, according to Anker:    

  • Hello-Res Audio improved by Qualcomm aptX when streaming by way of Bluetooth (with gadgets that assist aptX streaming).
  • Two higher-frequency tweeters, neodymium woofers, and passive radiators.
  • thirty watts of electricity
  • Frequency selection stretches from 50Hz to 40kHz and is paired with an innovative DSP.
  • IPX7 watertight: completely watertight casing
  • twelve-hour playtime (6,seven hundred-mAh battery)
  • USB-C charging
  • Bluetooth five.
  • Audio enter for gadgets without the need of Bluetooth
  • A few colour possibilities (black, crimson, blue)