The AirPods alternative.
Let’s face it: Apple’s AirPods has unleashed a new wave of wireless headphone design that many will try to copy. If you own an iPhone, you can always get the AirPods, but its price isn’t really for everyone. Enter Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air – it’s basically a cheaper alternative to the AirPods that features a similar design and functionality.
I like the fact that the Soundcore Liberty Air comes in black, something I wished Apple did with their AirPods. Design is mostly similar, with each earpiece on the Soundcore Liberty Air looking like standard headphones with the wires cut off. It charges inside the included case that’s covered in a matte finish, making it easy to hold. There are LED lights placed on the case that gives you the current battery level. It charges using a micro USB cable.
Another thing I liked about the Soundcore Liberty Air is its IPX5 certification, meaning it’s resistant to liquids and sweat. The package comes with extra ear tips to make it compatible with any ear type. There are touch-sensitive spots outside of each earpiece. Double-tapping the right earbud plays and pauses the music and answers calls while double tapping the left earbud initiates your phone’s virtual assistant. The controls are fairly hit and miss and at times my taps won’t be recognized so I just ended up using my smartphone to skip through some songs.
Pairing initiates when you open the case, and through Bluetooth, it paired easily with my iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 smartphones. Sound quality is better than expected, there’s a decent amount of bass that’s coming from the Soundcore Liberty Air without distorting even when I put it in high volumes. Even stereo separation is present and clearly heard, despite the headphone’s inability to isolate background noise.
Anker claims about five hours of battery life along with 15 extra hours with the case. This is similar to the same experience I had when using the Soundcore Liberty Air for a couple of weeks.
Overall, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air does what it has promised to do: offer a cheaper alternative for a wireless headphone and while it isn’t perfect, it’s a great choice for anyone avoiding the expensive AirPods.
+ Decent sound output
+ Good battery life
+ IPX5 certification
– No app
– Controls are hit and miss
Final Rating: 3/5