Anker has produced yet another wireless earbuds that can definitely catch your attention. The new headphone model is called Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC and it has many interesting features on board.
I’ve always liked the Anker brand and how well it does its job. But will everything be so good with the new earbud model? Let’s find out all the details and analyze the main advantages and disadvantages of the Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC model.
Although, first of all, are you interested in learning more about the cost of the device? So, currently the price tag for the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC earbuds is $70. These are, of course, not flagship earbuds like the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, but I can classify the new model as a mid-budget device.
Okay, the main features of the Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC stand out with an 11 mm driver, active noise cancellation and transparency mode. Also, the manufacturer guarantees high-quality sound of the microphone, since there are six microphones on board the earbuds.
The company also highlights one of the main features – this is battery life with support for fast charging. Also, the earbuds are suitable for sports, because they received protection from sweat and splash under the IPX5 standard.
Okay, at first glance, wireless earbuds certainly look very attractive. But let’s check them in real life and test how comfortable they are to wear, check the ease of operation, sound quality and much more.
Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC: Specifications
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Unboxing and packaging
The Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC wireless earbuds are delivered in a fairly simple package, as for the Anker brand. This is a rectangular box made in blue. On the front, there is a drawing of the earbuds with the name of the model and company.
In the meantime, the back of the package contains a list of the main features. This is a hybrid active noise cancellation system, 11mm driver, 7 hours of battery life and more.
Inside the package itself, each component was located in its place and everything looked very good. For example, here I found – this is a charging box with earbuds inside and instructions for use. The package also included a variety of silicone ear tips with ear hooks and a Type-C charging cable.
In general, the delivery set is very wide, but let’s find out how well it is made or there will be questions.
Design, build quality and materials
Considering that the new model of Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC earbuds is the younger version of the flagship Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds, it will obviously not be superfluous to expect a similar design.
If we talk about dimensions and weight, then the new version of the earbuds is slightly smaller and lighter compared to the flagship earbuds. For example, the weight of one earbud was 6.2 grams. They fit quite well in my ear canal thanks to the presence of special earhooks.
Although, I cannot say that the Life Dot 2 NC model is suitable for everyone. Since for small ears, the earbuds will not only seem large, but also will not be comfortable. In terms of sports, the earbuds fit me just as well. I was able to run around the stadium with a new model from Anker. And I had no feeling that they would fall out of the ear canal.
In terms of workmanship, the earbuds are also pretty good. The Life Dot 2 NC model uses a fairly high-quality matte plastic with decorative glossy elements. But after several days of active use, the plastic did not look so attractive. You could also observe abrasions and this is definitely worth paying attention to.
On the outside of the earbud case, there is a company logo with touch control. In the lower part of the case, there are three contacts for charging, and on the inside, there is only a label with the designation of the channel of the earbuds.
Okay, now let’s take a little look at the charging box itself. The Anker company also made the box from matte plastic, like the earbuds. I had no strong complaints about the build quality. That is, the lid opened and closed without a strong backlash and extraneous squeaks or noises, I did not find.
There are three LED indicators on the front of the case. But on the back, there is a charging connector under the cap and a button for pairing or resetting is installed at the bottom of the case.
It is worth noting that the dimensions of the case are quite large, just like the earbuds themselves. At the same time, the box weighs as much as 56 grams without earbuds. Yes, I managed to easily slip the box into my jeans pocket. But if you are a girl or a guy with tight pants, then you will not be able to do this.
Connectivity, signal quality and touch controls
Anker’s Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC earbuds use wireless Bluetooth 5.0 version. Yes, this is not the most recent version of the wireless connection, but it does not work as badly. Also, the earbuds received support for the AAC and SBC audio codecs and the sound frequency ranges from 20 to 20 thousand Hz.
The earbuds are connected to a mobile device quickly and I did not find any strong problems with the quality of sound and signal. The earbuds can work as a pair or separately. In addition, the manufacturer offers users a mobile application called Soundcore.
The application itself can be installed through the Play Store or through the QR code in the instructions. The main menu of the application offers a selection of various functions. For example, you can activate the active noise canceling function, the transparency mode, and also adjust the sound of the equalizer.
Well, if we talk about the level of latency, then with the Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC model, everything is not so bad. That is, I managed to play several games of battles in PUBG Mobile and, although there was a latency, it was not so great and I was comfortable playing. But while watching films or videos on YouTube, I did not find any special problems in general in terms of latency.
In terms of touch controls, I also did not find strong notes on the touchpad. Since the earbuds worked very well even without accidental clicks. But the control functionality wants to be of better value.
- Double tapping on the left channel switches the next track, and on the right channel performs play or pause functions.
- Also, with a dual channel, you can receive a phone call on any of the earbuds. But if you hold it for 2 seconds, you can hang up or hang up the phone call.
- Holding it for two seconds also calls up the function of switching modes – active noise canceling, transparency mode and normal operating mode.
Sound and microphone quality
As I mentioned, an 11mm biometric driver was installed inside the Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC case. Considering its not small size, the maximum volume level is very high. Personally, my ears were unable to listen to music at 100% volume levels.
As for the low frequencies, initially they played less pronounced and voluminous. But through the mobile application, I was able to raise the low frequency slider in the equalizer. After that, a pretty good bass with a dynamic sound appeared.
The mids and highs played just as well as the lows. For example, the level of detail was high. In addition, the musical instruments were perfectly tuned and audible, as well as the vocalist’s voice.
The active noise cancellation function works out pretty well considering its cost. But the transparency mode was not set in the best way, since I heard a lot of extraneous noise.
In general, on my way I have not yet come across wireless earbuds from Anker, which would have had a bad sound. The same goes for the new Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC model as the sound quality was good sounding. I think you will definitely be happy to listen to your favorite music through Soundcore earbuds.
As for the quality of the microphones, in a quiet place, the interlocutors heard me very clearly and without any problems. But in noisy places, the interlocutors could hardly understand the words that I spoke and therefore I had to repeat several times.
Battery and run time
The manufacturer Soundcore promises a battery life of up to 7 hours. During my test at 100% volume, the earbuds lasted about 6 hours. Yes, if you listen to music at 50% volume, then reaching 7 hours of work will not be a problem.
If you use Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency mode, the battery life is reduced by 1 hour. In this case, the total battery life was up to 35 hours.
One more positive aspect I can highlight is the presence of fast charging. That is, for 10 minutes of charging, you can get 1.5 hours of music playback time. Fully charging the case will take you 1.5 hours of your time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC are high-quality wireless earbuds that also showed themselves on the positive side, like the older flagship model.
Yes, maybe these are not ideal TWS earbuds, but I liked some aspects of them and let me tell you what exactly. The first is the sound quality, also a good and comfortable fit, thanks to special earhooks.
In addition, the earbuds were made of good quality plastic. Also, I did not have strong remarks about the build quality. I also liked the presence of a mobile application and, of course, the work of the active noise canceling function.
The disadvantages are that they are quite large in size and weight, which may not be suitable for every ear. Of course, touch controls could be a little more functional. But the transparency mode did not work in the best way, by the way, like microphones in a noisy place. The lack of a proximity sensor for auto-pause will definitely not make you very enthusiastic.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 NC is currently priced at $69.70 with a 29% discount. In fact, I liked the earbuds, even with their flaws.
I can definitely recommend Anker’s new TWS earbuds, but you should keep in mind the main drawbacks.