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Anker Soundcore Liberty review: Wireless headphones with stellar battery life

Priced at Rs 9,999, Anker Soundcore Liberty claims to offer 100 hours of battery back up.

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Jan 04, 2020, 11.00 PM IST
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​Anker Soundcore Liberty's earbuds are also on the bulkier side but are comfortable to use.​
Anker Soundcore Liberty's earbuds are also on the bulkier side but are comfortable to use.
Anker Soundcore Liberty
Highlight: Battery life
Get it for: Rs 9,999

2019 could very well have been the year of truly wireless headphones as almost every brand threw their hat in the ring with their devices. China-based brand Anker also joined the bandwagon and launched its Soundcore Liberty headphones.

Anker Soundcore Liberty is priced at Rs 9,999 and claims to offer 100 hours of battery back up. Now that’s an astonishing claim but what’s more astonishing is that they last more than what’s advertised. The biggest USP of Soundcore Liberty is that they completely — largely — eliminate the headache of carrying an extra charging cable. During our tests of listening to the wireless headphones for at least 6-7 hours in a day, we didn’t have to charge these headphones even once in 10 days. No other — and we really mean it — true wireless headphones can boast of this battery capacity as it’s absolutely top-notch.

What’s not top-notch is the build quality as the charging case is a bit bulky and quite heavy when compared to the competition. The earbuds are also on the bulkier side but are comfortable to use. Though after a couple of hours of continuous use, there’s a sense of fatigue that sets in.

Connectivity is not an issue with Soundcore Liberty wireless headphones. Though in one instance — with Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ — we could pair just one earbud as the other one simply refused to connect.

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When it comes to audio output, the Soundcore Liberty delivers just about acceptable performance. Anker has used graphene-coated drivers in these wireless headphones but the sound quality across frequency ranges isn’t something that stands out. Enya’s Orinoco Flow, which has the right blend of highs, vocals for mids and strings for the low end, sounds pretty unremarkable. The bass levels, however, on the Soundcore Liberty are optimum.

Call quality on the Soundcore Liberty is quite frankly really bad. Every time we used them to receive or make calls, the person on the other complained about far too much echo.

Soundcore Liberty comes with smart-assistant capabilities — Siri, Google Assistant — which can be activated with a single press.

If you want a pair of true wireless headphones that offer absolutely stellar battery life, then don’t look beyond the Soundcore Liberty. However, if audio quality and other factors are a part of the consideration set, then for Rs 9,999 you can find quite a few better true wireless headphones.

(The writer is with gadgetsnow.com)
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