Soundcore Anker Life A2 NC Review

Soundcore Anker Life A2 NC Review

Anker Life A2 NC Review – Final words

At under $80, the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC is enough to pay attention to music while on the way, but that’s about it.

The Life A2 NC manages to blend incredible bass and stable connectivity into a smooth design while providing access to numerous features via the Soundcore app that you won’t find on other wireless earbuds under $100. Unfortunately, this pair of buds lack neutralizing capabilities or a quality model in their price class. Other issues like mediocre battery life and unreliable controls didn’t help the case either.


SoundCore Anker Life A2 NC

SoundCore by Anker Life A2 NC

Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Headphones, clear calls with 6-mics noise canceling
total playtime of up to 35 hours, 22 presets sound profile, 3 ANC modes

 

The Anker Life A2 NC comes during a hot hit for its makers. Anker has hurled numerous pairs of true wireless earbuds lately, including the flagship Liberty Air 2 Pro, and with the Life, A2 NC captures active noise cancellation (ANC) at a fraction of the cost.

SoundCore Anker Life A2 NC

The cause why you haven’t overheard much about it is because Anker has pickled the Life A2 NC as some sort of tacit release. Yes, it goes to show that we’ve informed our radar and that we get a chance to check out these bud budgets to see if they deserve to be included in our list of the biggest cheap wireless earbuds and the best noise-canceling headphones. And after finishing our Anker Life A2 review, we have the answer: No.

  • Best wireless earbuds overall
  • More of the most effective wireless headphones

Anker Life A2 Review: Design and luxury

In terms of design, the Anker Life A2 NC may be a reduced version of the Liberty 2 Pro, from the shape to the touch panel scale. Dark black/silver coloring and matte finish are the theme with previous Anker’s releases and give these budget buds a surprisingly luxurious appearance. IPX5 safeguard provides sweat and water resistance.

Anker Life A2 NC Review –  Touch controls and digital assistant

The Life A2 NC comes with touch controls, although it only works half the time and is limited to double-tap and hold gestures. You may use it slowly to determine what command you want to assign to each bud. On-ear detection is also lost, meaning you won’t be able to pause music automatically when you start your buds. At least you get a complete set of controls to choose from, including playback, call management, voice assistant, listening mode, and volume.

By the way, Siri and Google Assistant are accessible on the Life A2 NC and operate pretty well. Anker’s array of microphones does a standout job with speech recognition, capturing every word for Apple and Google’s AI bots to truly understand.

Anker Life A2 NC Review with Active Noise Cancellation

Anker Life A2 NC

There are three different ANC modes to use: Transport, Indoor, and Outdoor. Each is designed to meet ambient noise at a different level, but none leaves a lasting imprint. In fact, I’m assuming the modes aren’t set correctly, because the descriptions in one are best applied to the other. Transport is the most useable, and while it doesn’t do the simplest job of turning off low frequencies, it does better than outdoors for calming city noise. The outdoors does the indoor work, but it is ineffective as I can still hear my family talking softly around my baby. It’s useless indoors.

Ambient sound is also unimpressive, for both modes (full transparent and vocal) that have the same performance, and neither of them is good. It’s hard to hear someone call you for something while listening to music at mid-volume, nor can you communicate with by without having to pause the playback. I’m not sure why the microphone can recognize my vocals well but have to fight with external sound.

Anker Life A2 NC Review – Sound Quality

The Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC is not the best balanced-sound model in Anker’s wireless earbuds. By the way, it provides outperforms other competitors in this price tags under $100 wireless earbuds. You should not too high expectations, the mids and highs are not outstanding as they should be. However; you can manually adjust audio as your favorite vie EQs in the companion app (more on that in the next section).

Compare Anker Life A2 to Other Affordable Wireless Earbuds

Anker Life A2 Vs Anker Life A1 Vs Anker Life Dot 2 Vs Anker Life P2

SoundCore Anker Life A2 NCAnker Life A2

Specs: in-ear, dimension: 2.95″ x 2.36″ x 1.18″, weight: 2.4 ounces, driver size: 11 mm bio-cellulose driver, Bluetooth 5.0, frequency response: 20 – 20kHz, audio sensitivity: 105dB SPL, THD+N: <= 1%
Features: wireless, multi-mode hybrid active noise-canceling 90% reduce noise (transport/outdoor/indoor), transparent mode, microphone: MEMS Omnidirectional Mic (6-mics for clear calls), playtime: 35 hours (7H single charge + 28H charging case), fast-charging: 10-minutes get 1.5-hours, waterproof rating: IPX5, single-use: both earbuds, app: Soundcore app (customizable EQ)

 


Anker Life A1 review

Anker SoundCore Life A1

Specs: in-ear, dimension: 3.21″ x 1.44″ x 1.3″, weight: 2.08 ounces, driver: 8mm, Bluetooth 5.0, frequency response: 20 – 20kHz, THD+N: <= 1%, audio sensitivity: 105dB SPL, microphones: MEMS Omnidirectional Mic with uplink noise reduction
Features: true wireless earbuds, playtime: 9-hours (single charge on earbuds)/ 35-hours (with charging case), fast charging: 10-minutes get additional 1.5-hours, 3 customs sound modes: signature/bass booster/podcast, 2 ways to charge: USB-C cable/wireless charging, one-step paring, on-ear control, sound: expertly-tuned sound via 8mm triple-layer, waterproof rating: IPX7, clear call, secure fit, ear tips: XS/S/M/L/XL, ear wings: S/M/L

 


Life Dot 2 Review - Long playtime

Anker SoundCore Life Dot 2

Specs: in-ear, dimension: 2.95″ x 1.38″ x 1.18″, weight: 1.76 ounces, driver: 8mm triple-layer dynamic drivers, frequency response: 20 – 20kHz, audio sensitivity: 105db SPL, total harmonic distortion (THD+N:) <= 1%, charging type: USB-C, microphone:ECM omnidirectional mic
Features: comfortable & secure fit, Bluetooth 5.0, one-step paring, fast charging: 10 minutes get 90 minutes, Airwings: 3 different sizes provided (S/M/L), ear tips: 5 different sizes provided (XS/S/M/L/XL), single earbud mode, playtime: 8-hours (single charge)/100-hours (with charging case), water-resistant: IPX5

 


Anker Soundcore Life P2 review

Anker SoundCore Life P2

Specs: in-ear, dimension: 3.15″ x 2.05″ x 1.18″, weight: 2.08 ounces, frequency response: 20 – 20kHz, sensitivity: 92dB SPL, FPC Antenna Return Loss: Typical: -14dB Limit :-12dB, battery-life: 7-hours per a charge/total 40-hours with charge case
Features: true wireless earbuds, CVC8.0 noise cancellation, waterproof rating: IPX7, Graphene driver, one-step paring (automatically connect to lastest pared device, fast charge: 10-minutes get 60-minutes, Bassup technology, microphone: MEMS Omnidirectional Mic

 

Anker Life A2 NC Review – Special apps and features

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The Life A1 is one of the few cheap Anker models, which supports the Soundcore app. However; you do not have access to all the features as found in some of the brand’s premium offerings. But there are still some improvements for the user experience.

Thanks to customizable EQ allow you can set your own audio profile. The Anker Life A2 NC provides up to 22 preset EQs, which design for specific music genres and content. All of these presets are worth testing to find a preset that fits each genre of music. But in my favorite, Bass Booster and Hip-Hop are handy for the hip-hop genre. And I think Spoken Word or Podcast is ideal for commentary clips or movies.

With the app, you can toggle for Ambient Sound and control customization, including can acknowledge the battery level on each earbud. On the top right have the ellipsis that presses for reveals a few extras features, including firmware updates, and also toggle for Touch Tone. Setting to automatically power off that allows the buds to go to sleep modes when not active is also available in the app too. If you are who likes ascertaining independent artists and music, the LÜM music service is available on the main screen as well.

Some features are missing on these wireless earbuds under $100, which are the HearID and Tip Fit Test. Normally, the HearID is the feature for their more expensive earbuds and acceptable. But I don’t understand why the Tip Fip Test is not available in Life A2.

Another feature that completely missing from the app, Find My Buds. So hope, the Anker will consider adding the Find My Buds to the Life A2 NC in the future.

Battery life and charging case

Anker Life A2 NC review

7 hours is a satisfying playtime for me. Moreover, the charging case offers up to 35 hours on fully charged, or six times additional charges. Once compare to other Anker’s models like Liberty Air 2 or Liberty 2 Pro, the Life A2 NC does better in this regard due to they can just 28 hours and 32 hours respectively.

But somethings that the Air 2 and 2 Pro are superior to the Life A2 NC is supporting the wireless charge. Both are supporting, but Life A2 NC is not. When it comes to fast charging, it’s can get additional 1.5 hours when charging 10 minutes, while the two other wireless earbuds (Air 2 and 2 Pro) get up to 2 hours for a charge of 10 minutes.

Call quality and connectivity

The call quality and video conferencing are good, loud, and crisp. But for use the buds outdoor is not so good, my uncle complained about the muffled sound and background noise interrupt my voice. Besides, the mics are poor wind resistance.

The connectivity is so great and doubtfully the strongest feature of the Life A2 NC. The initial pairing process is straightforward and re-pairing to known devices can be done instantly. And when Bluetooth is activated, there’s always a button at the bottom of the charging case to manually activate the pairing mode.

The working range is 10 meters, which makes walking and listening to music in the home that is more convenient. Besides, you can single buds without worrying about connection issues. Although, multipoint technology is not available.

Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Review – Pros & Con

Pros

  • Appropriate for bass lovers
  • Sturdy connectivity
  • Comfort and reliable fit
  • Compatible with Soundcore app

Cons

  • Weak transparency mode and noise cancellation
  • The distinctive Soundcore feature is missing
  • Touch controls need to work
  • Subpar battery life
  • Sound reproduction is not good

Anker Life A2 Review – Final Verdict

Strong bass and several presets of EQ for sound customization and stable connection to other devices across all platforms with Bluetooth, that is all the great things of Life A2 NC, cheap wireless earbuds.

If you are not really want to use the ANC, the Anker SoundCore Life A1 is one alternative wireless earbuds that cheaper. It’s offer similar performance, but better than in term of IPX7 water-resistant and support wireless charging.

Where to buy Anker Life A2 NC

SoundCore Anker Life A2 NC
Anker Life A2 NC:
Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Headphones, clear calls with 6-mics noise canceling
total playtime of up to 35 hours, 22 presets sound profile, 3 ANC modes

 

 

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