At £35 these are some of the best affordable wire-free earphones on the market, better than my most recent reviews. Thought he sound quality is can’t compete with the more premium products from Anker Soundcore
Overall - 80%
Anker Soundcore has a lot of earphone choices on Amazon, I previously reviewed the Soundcore Liberty Air which are superb earphones, albeit a little expensive as far as Anker products go.
The Soundcore Liberty Neo are much more wallet-friendly, looking on Amazon, there are two versions, the older pair, which I was sent, and the upgraded model.
The main differences between the two is that the new models get 5 hours charge and IPX7 waterproofing, while the model I was sent is 3.5 hours and classed as sweat resistant with no mention of an IP rating.
Currently, that difference will cost you £20 with the older model costing £35.99 and the newer £56.99.
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At £36 these are priced similarly to the Lenovo HT10 TWS, BlitzWolf BW-FYE7 and Blitzwolf BW-FYE1
- Expertly Tuned Graphene Drivers: As graphene’s earliest pioneers, we have used our experience to create a new driver for Liberty Neo that takes full advantage of the material’s remarkable properties. 100 times harder than steel and 35% lighter than traditional driver diaphragms, it oscillates with extreme precision to give your music a wider soundstage with exceptional accuracy and crystal-clear clarity across the entire frequency range.
- Bass You Can Feel: Our exclusive BassUp technology analyzes your audio’s low frequencies in real-time and instantly increases the bass by up to 43%. Stop simply listening to your music, and start really feeling it.
- Unbreakable Connectivity: An LDS antenna, derived from satellite technology, combines with Bluetooth 5.0 to create an almost unbreakable link with your device-even in busy places. No skips, no drops.
- Power a Week of Listening: Using our Anker heritage and high-efficiency power cells, Liberty Neo delivers over 3.5 hours of playtime from a single charge and an extra 9 hours in the compact charging case.
- Unlike ordinary truly-wireless earphones that deliver calls through a single earpiece, Liberty Neo provides in-call stereo sound.
Design and Build
These follow the same design principles as the previously mentioned earphones as well as the Groov-e which I was quite fond of previously.
The one difference with these is that Anker also suppler some extra rubber ear hooks allowing you to customise your fit a little more. I opted to use these and they do seem to help, as a runner, having earphones fall out mid-run is exceptionally annoying, so anything that can improve fit is a bonus.
The ear hooks add a little extra comfort to the earphones, and overall, they fit well and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
As I mainly use this style of earphone at the gym, a secure fit is always essential, and so far I have not had any issues with these falling out, nor requiring any adjustments once in my ears.
Sound Quality & Performance
As with most earphones nowadays, the pairing was quick and easy, there was no issue with the earphones pairing with each other and I just needed to hit pair on my phone.
Bluetooth 5 helps avoid any connection issues; there were no drop outs or interference.
It probably comes as no surprise that these do not sound as good as the more expensive Liberty Air. However, I do find that they sound much better than the Lenovo HT10 TWS, BlitzWolf BW-FYE7 and Blitzwolf BW-FYE1 all of which are priced almost identically.
Specifically, there is a good level of bass, but there is a lot less harshness with the mids and highs compared to the other cheaper brands. I have noticed recent when using cheap earphones for the gym, listening to quite high volumes, they cause tinnitus at night. Decent quality earphones do not cause this, I am sure it is the harsh highs that cause this issue. So far with these, I have not experienced such an issue.
For the price these are excellent, they sit about where you might expect for an Anker product at this price. They outperform similarly priced brands, but not as good as more expensive options.
The £20 premium for the new model seems steep, and as a gym-goer I would have preferred the IPX7 rating for reassurance, though I think I would be reluctant to spend 58% just for that rating and an additional 1.5 hours playback.
Overall though, for the price, these are excellent wirefree earphones.