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Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

We’ve heard loads of middle-of-the-road Bluetooth audio system that attempt to juice your tunes with brassy, boomy sound. The Anker Soundcore Movement+ isn’t one among them, however this compact, $100 speaker may do with a little bit extra high-end element. Its consideration to mid-range frequencies, alternatively, pays dividends on the subject of delivering wealthy, sturdy sound, with a powerful (however not overbearing, offered a sure function is turned off) basis of bass response . The Movement+’s weatherized design, app-based EQ settings, and aptX assist sweeten the deal.


Measuring a little bit shy of a foot huge, about three inches excessive and thick, the two.3-pound Soundcore Movement+ feels heavy given its measurement. Encased in a just about waterproof shell (Anker claims an ingress safety ranking of IPX7, that means the speaker can withsetand being immersed in as much as a meter of water for 30 minutes), the Movement+ incorporates a black aluminum grille that reveals its twin tweeters and woofers flanking a big passive radiator. The wedge-like design of the Movement+’s enclosure goals its drivers at a few 15-degree angle relative to the floor on which the speaker is sitting, so the music is directed at your ears and never your chest. The rubberized sides and again of the speaker really feel reassuringly rugged, though in addition they accumulate oily fingerprints.

anker soundcore motionplus top buttons Ben Patterson/IDG

The rubberized shell of the Anker Soundcore Movement+ (seen right here with its embedded playback controls) feels reassuringly rugged, but it surely additionally attracts oily fingerprints.

The Movement+’s energy button is on the correct aspect of the speaker, whereas the USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm analog audio enter sit simply beneath, securely hidden by a water-tight rubber flap. (A USB-C charging cable and an audio cable are each included.) You will discover buttons alongside the highest of the audio system for quantity, Bluetooth pairing, and the speaker’s bass-boosting “BassUp” options (which I’ll get to in a second).

A button within the middle of the speaker–between the volume-down and volume-up buttons– performs a wide range of features relying on whether or not you press it as soon as, press it a number of instances, or hoild it down for a number of seconds. Press the button as soon as, for instance, to play and pause your music or to reply a name in your Bluetooth-connected cellphone (in impact, turning the Movement+ right into a speakerphone). Maintain the button down for a few seconds and you will summon Siri or Google Assistant in your iPhone or Android cellphone respectively. Maintain the button for greater than three seconds, and you’ll sync the Movement+ to a second Movement+ to create a left/proper stereo pair.

anker soundcore motionplus side ports Ben Patterson/IDG

A rubber flap with a watertight seal hides a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm analog audio enter.

Options and performance

Moreover its Bluetooth 5.zero assist, the Soundcore Movement+ additionally options the aptX audio codec, which might ship near-CD-quality sound–provided you are the machine you are streaming music from additionally helps aptX. Assist for that codec is comparatively widespread on Android telephones, however you will not discover assist for it on any iOS machine (though Macbooks do assist it). That is unlucky, as we like aptX (and we like aptX HD much more).

anker soundcore motionplus eq Ben Patterson/IDG

You possibly can fiddle with the Anker Soundcore Movement+’s EQ settings utilizing the Soundcore cellular app.

If you wish to tinker with the Movement+’s EQ, you are able to do so utilizing the Soundcore cellular app. As soon as the app connects to the speaker, you possibly can change between six EQ presets or fiddle with the app’s 9 equalizer sliders.

One of many EQ presets is named “BassUp,” which is the identify of Anker’s bass-boosting audio know-how. We’ll cowl the Movement+’s BassUp efficiency in a second; for now, simply know which you can toggle the BassUp mode utilizing both the Soundcore app or by urgent the BassUp button on the highest of the speaker.

The Soundcore app additionally helps you to alter the Movement+’s automated power-off function, which you’ll set for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. That is a pleasant function, however these are the solely settings accessible. There’s no sleep timer, both.

Newton Allan
Newton Allan is an expert of Apple and has started as a journalist for us (Trevino). He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about the latest happenings in the Apple INC.


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