Unfortunately, Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus was released in 2019.
Managed to fly past my eye because it is widely considered to be not only one of the finest-sounding speakers available for less than $100 (£90, $AU175) but also the best.
Anker Soundcore Motion Plus is amazing product.
It is a little bigger than many little Bluetooth speakers, but it is still compact.
And manages to sound quite a bit fuller than most of the competitors under $100.
With stronger bass, greater loudness, and better clarity.
Although it is a little larger than many mini Bluetooth speakers, it is still compact.
In addition to being completely waterproof (with an IPX7 rating), it is equipped with support for the aptX streaming codec.
For use with devices such as Samsung Galaxy smartphones that have this capability.
Although our initial review of this speaker was published in May of 2020.
Nothing that we’ve heard in this class since then has left us with the same level of awe and wonder.
Because of this, we have decided to label it as an Editor’s Choice.
What About The Battery?
The speaker weighs 2.31 pounds (1.05 kg) and is fitted with a lithium-ion battery.
That has a capacity of 6,700 mAh (Anker is well-known for its portable chargers and battery technology).
This battery allows for up to 12 hours of playback time when the volume is set to a moderate level.
You can also adjust the sound of the speaker by using a companion app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.
It has Wireless Function As Well!
Additionally, you can wirelessly combine two Motion Plus speakers to make a stereo pair or just increase the volume.
At $103 (£110), depending on the colour you choose, it represents an outstanding deal.
(The fact that they cost $3 or a whopping £20 more than the black colour is a little weird, but it is what it is.)
The speaker is equipped with Bluetooth version 5.0 and a USB-C port for charging;
The port and a 3.5mm audio input are concealed by a rubber gasket that prevents moisture from entering the speaker.
What About Other Features?
There are buttons for controlling the volume, linking the device with Bluetooth, navigating the music, and amplifying the bass on the top.
I never turned off the bass boost because I find that the speaker has a superior sound quality when it is activated.
The Anker Soundcore Motion Plus has a simple design, but it produces a powerful sound.
While I’m away from the office and don’t have as many speakers available for comparison.
What About Its Competitors?
I can say that the Motion Plus sounds noticeably better than the previous-generation UE Boom 2, JBL Flip 5, and Sony’s new SRS-XB23.
All of which have retailed for $100 in the past or do so now.
Not only does the Anker produce a greater volume and bass output, but it also has a more expansive soundstage.
And produces a more seamless sound as the volume is turned up.
Even while many of these smaller Bluetooth speakers can astonish you with how loud they can play despite their small size.
It is important to keep in mind that they are still confined and have their own set of limits.
The Motion Plus does the same thing, of course, but its ceiling is higher than the ceiling of other portable Bluetooth speakers available at this price point.
It can’t compete with speakers that are much larger and far more expensive, such as the JBL Boombox 2 or the UE Hyperboom.
What About The Final Verdict?
But it’s a good compromise if you’re looking for something more affordable that’s a clear level-up soundwise.
From popular mini Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears, JBL, Sony, and all the generic sub-$60 models on Amazon.
(The Motion Plus easily bested the Earfun Go and the Tribit Storm box, both of which are good values at $50).
If you’re looking for something more affordable that’s a clear level-up soundwise from popular mini Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears