The Anker SoundCore Boost is Anker’s current top of the range speaker offering similar performance to speakers costing more than twice as much.
You’ll all be familiar with Anker and if not here’s a bit of a quick introduction. Anker are an accessory maker that specialises in products like power banks, in car chargers, action cameras and even Bluetooth speakers.
The Anker SoundCore Boost sit’s at the top of the Anker speaker line-up and costs more than the SoundCore 2 which I reviewed back in September, but that extra money does go towards a better performing speaker that’s still significantly cheaper than what the competition is offering.
Anker SoundCore Boost Review – Design
The Anker SoundCore Boost is a larger speaker than the SoundCore 2, dimensions for the speaker are 6.2 x 19.3 x 6.5 cm which is just the right amount of space to build in a rechargeable battery that can give up to 12 hours of playback.
A quality, rubberised plastic is used on the exterior of the speaker that feels great to the touch, adds grip and is touch wearing too.
The mesh grill which covers the speaker units is stylishly wrapped around the edges of the curved body with a slender border breaking up the front and rear grill sections.
Looking form the front of the speaker, there is a small tab on the left side which is actually used for opening up a small door where you can find a single standard USB out, 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB plug.
Both the 3.5mm headphone port and micro USB plug can be used for piping audio in to the SoundCore Boost 2, the micro USB is also there for charging the onboard battery. The standard USB plug can be used an an OTG power source too.
The sleek finish means there are no gaps in the build of the speaker which helps the SoundCore Boost to keep out water and moisture. Keep in mind that this is only an IPX5 splash proof rating so don’t go expecting to pump music in to the bottom of your swimming pool while on vacation.
Across the top of the Anker SoundCore Boost are buttons for powering the speaker on , volume control, play and pause controls plus an ‘UP’ button which lets you boost the bass.
Anker SoundCore Boost Review – Features
The Soundcore Boost uses Bluetooth 4.2 for connecting wirelessly to your device and streaming music, but on top of that Anker has spec’d NFC allowing for an easy one touch set up between compatible devices.
Bluetooth gives the SoundCore boost a 66ft range, more than enough for steaming music around a home or garden (depending on size) and with an audio output of 20w there’s enough speaker power to fill your space with your favourite tunes too.
Audio specs including 2 x 10w drivers and 2 x passive subwoofers that deliver good quality audio. BassUp Technology is also included to instantly up the bass at the touch of a button.
Anker SoundCore Boost Review – Performance
At around double the price of the Anker SoundCore 2 you would be expecting better audio performance, and that’s what you get. The boost in audio quality isn’t twice as good as the Anker SoundCore 2 and Bass is still on the weak side, but when compared to speakers with a similar performance you’re still getting a quality audio product at a fraction of the cost.
Anker SoundCore Boost Review – Conclusion
The Anker SoundCore Boost is a high-quality speaker. It’s well made from very good materials and the fact that it is splash resistant will make it popular for outdoor events, parties and general good times.
Bass is still on the weaker side even with Anker’s BassUp feature, but at $80 the SoundCore Boost still performs wonderfully.