REVIEW: Anker Soundcore Liberty Air Wireless Earphones
Following on from our review of the Anker Soundcore Spirit X Wireless Earphones, we’ve also had the chance to test out their Soundcore Liberty Air true-wireless earphones which, for better or for worse, will always be compared to Apple’s AirPods. Coming in at around €115 (via Amazon.co.uk),the Liberty Air’s come in at €75 less that Apple’s offering but are they able to stand on their own as a respectable pair of wireless earphones? Read on to find out in our review of the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air Wireless Earphones.
Now, let’s just address this straight away, Anker isn’t Apple, so things like the pairing process isn’t as seamless and convenient as what Apple offers. That’s not to say setting the Liberty Air’s up was a chore. The process was pretty straightforward and once you’ve set them up to connect to your phone for the first time, each following time is nice and quick.
Thankfully, when I unpacked the earphones for the first time, that had about two thirds of their battery left so I could start using them right away. I also quickly changed the eartips to the largest option available from the 3 size options included as it’s really important for me to create a good seal and I found these larger tips were great for creating a nice tight seal in.
The Liberty Air’s don’t have any buttons on them, so playback controls are left to the touch-sensitive spots on the outside of either earphone. Double-tapping the right earphone pauses/plays music and answers phone calls, while double-tapping the left earphone activates your phone’s assistant. You can also tap and hold for two seconds on the right and left earphones to skip your music forward or back a track.
There is also a tiny little LED at the top of each earphone to let you know when they’re low on battery (flashing red), charging (steady white) and fully charged (off). They will also flash white rapidly when they’re in Bluetooth pairing mode and will being slow flashing white when connected to a device.
The charging case itself is very nicely finished and even has 3 handy little white LEDs on the front to show you how much battery left. It’s also small and ergonomic enough that it would fit comfortably into your jeans or jacket pocket.
Sound Quality And Features
Due to the way these earbuds are designed, they offer a much better opportunity to create a proper audio seal as apposed to Apple’s offering. As I mentioned further up, I switched to the largest rubber ear tips option when I was first setting these earphones up and found that they created a really good seal in my ear canal. This sort of seal can be called ‘noise isolation’ as opposed to full on Active Noise Cancellation that you find in more expensive headphones but, once you start playing music and have created a good enough seal with the rubber tips, you really do feel like you’re drowning out an impressive amount of external noise.
Listening to tracks such as James Blake’s ‘Limit to your Love’ really showed how impressive the bass capabilities of these earphones are and other, more upbeat, treble focused tracks like Steely Dan’s ‘Do It Again’ comes across clean and precise.
The Liberty Air’s speakers have graphene drivers which really help when it comes to sound reproduction and also bass response and connect via Bluetooth 5. These headphones are also IPX 5 rated so, while they’re not completely waterproof, they are water resistant and that’s more than enough to get them through your workouts.
When it comes to call quality, the Liberty Airs performed very well. We really liked that calls are played in stereo across both the earphones so you can make out everything the person on the other end is saying along with them being able to hear you clearly also. There are also two built-in microphones with uplink noise cancellation tech to help make your calls as clear as possible.
Anker claim a battery life of 5 hours for the Liberty Air’s with an additional 15 hours from the charging case and, from our time with the earphones, we actually found them lasting even longer than this in certain scenarios which is very impressive.
We never really worried about the earphones running out of juice and knowing we had 3 more full charges inside the charging case, we could happily bring the earphones with us on a weekend away and not have to worry too much about bringing the charging cable as well.
Speaking of which, it must be noted that the case is charged via Micro USB and not USB Type C so hopefully this is something Anker upgrade to in their next iteration of these earphones.
Having used the Liberty Air wireless earphones for a few weeks now and let colleagues try them out from time to time also, the overall consensus is that Anker is on to a winner with these earphones. They’re well built, offer impressive levels of bass and have a battery life that just keeps going and going. These earphones really are a more than respectable alternative to the more expensive options on the market right now.
You can learn more about the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air Wireless Earphones here.