THE Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are completely wireless headphones that draw attention for offering up to 100 hours of sound. The devices have been available in Brazil since last year, through Positivo. Costing around R$500, the Soundcore Life Dot 2 is a relatively affordable device that comes to rival other entry-level models. Redmi AirDots 3, JBL Wave 100 TWS and Edifier X3 are some examples.
But, in the midst of so many competitors, can Anker’s TWS find its place in the sun? Among other highlights, the model has protection against water (IPX5 certification), special sports tips and Bluetooth 5.0. I tested Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 over the last few days and I share my experience with it throughout this review.
Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 video review
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Design, comfort and case
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are headphones with a sober design. Completely blacked out, the models have been given a shiny plastic material that looks simple yet durable. They are of the in-ear type, that is, they are fitted directly into the ear canal. The most interesting thing is that, instead of providing rubbers with fins to hold the devices in the ear, Anker preferred to separate everything.
The brand sends two more pairs with fins, one pair without and four pairs of conventional rubbers. As I mentioned in other dedicated sports headphones reviews, these straps usually hurt my ear, especially after long hours of use. The advantage of these from Anker is that they are soft and, therefore, do not harm the skin and are comfortable. By the way, the Life Dot 2 is water resistant, thanks to IPX5 certification, so you can wear them with ease in the gym.
While many companies invest in minimalist cases, such as the Edifier X3 and Realme Buds Q, Anker went the opposite way by offering a giant case. In addition to being bulky, the accessory is heavy and carrying it in your pocket can be somewhat uncomfortable. The experience here was not very positive.
Features and connectivity
Soundcore Life Dot 2 has physical buttons on its structure. That’s where you’ll control the tracks being played and, unfortunately, it’s impossible to change the commands, because there’s no dedicated app for this model. It comes configured for these actions: one touch pauses or plays; a long press on the right earphone skips to the next track; and the left is responsible for going backwards. It is also possible to activate the virtual assistant of the connected device with three taps on either side.
I confess that they are very confusing commands and the brand could make them more simplified. Even so, you will most likely get used to it after a few days of use. As it is an entry-level model, Anker does not provide more connectivity features, but as I always emphasize, for a product of this category, the absence of more functionality does not necessarily represent a negative point.
In connectivity, the gadget brings Bluetooth 5.0. It could keep up with some rivals that offer 5.1 or 5.2 version, but that’s ok. During the trial period, Soundcore Life Dot 2 did not easily lose connection even when away from mobile. Latency is also low and you’ll be able to watch videos without much lag.
As for the audio, the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 is a popular headphone, so the sound also needs to cater to the crowd. True wireless delivers soft bass and they don’t get to be thunderous like in Redmi AirDots 3, the mids are a little more closed and, in view of this, some songs can lose the details. The highs, on the other hand, sound clearly and are not overwhelmed by the other nuances. Overall, it’s a sound profile that really captures my ears.
What makes this headphone sound interesting is the balance. Face to Face, by Daft Punk, which is full of transitions with bass, mids and treble constantly gaining ground, sounds naturally on these devices. When playing rock, I didn’t feel any congestion and, even at maximum volume, it’s possible to listen to Creed without discomfort. There’s still a little bump between the mids and bass, but it’s not a glaring limitation.
To conclude sound quality, the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 has my approval, mainly for being less aggressive than other affordable headphones. There is excellent harmony between low and high frequencies here, so most genres play this TWS naturally.
microphone and drums
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2’s microphone is good, but nothing spectacular. I managed to perform some tests and he captured my voice very well. Only one detail bothered me. I’ve noticed that the components are a little low, and depending on the situation, you may have to raise your voice at times. Despite this, the audio quality is good for a Bluetooth headset in this category.
Okay, now the big gimmick of Life Dot 2 is autonomy and, in fact, it is. We’re talking about a headset that delivers 8 hours of sound on just one charge. And since this model from Anker doesn’t have active noise cancellation, the battery tends to last longer. The 100 hours offered by the case explains the considerable size and weight.
On a test day, connected to an iPhone 13 and playing with volume at 50% via Spotify, the gadgets remained on for exactly 10:01. What an excellent result!
Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2: vale a pena?
It does, but with care.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are Bluetooth headphones that I would definitely recommend, especially for those who want a basic everyday device. It is still a strong rival to Redmi AirDots 3, Realme Buds Q and Edifier X3, which are other cheap ones that I recommend. The problem is that, officially, Life Dot 2 manages to be more expensive than these rivals, which makes things very difficult for Positivo, which is Anker’s official representative in Brazil.
While I was testing the product, it appeared in other stores for R$449. Meanwhile, AirDots 3, Buds Q and X3 appear for less than R$300. And, analyzing the cost-benefit, it’s really not worth paying what Anker asks and doesn’t have to go far to complete it. If we take the Edifier TWS330 NB, which costs around R$350, it still offers an interesting sound, dedicated app and active noise cancellation.
Soundcore Life Dot 2 is an excellent headphone. It won me over for the great autonomy that competitors don’t even come close and the sound is very balanced. That is, in the main, Anker’s TWS hits and pleases. But we have a problem, which is the price, and it’s only worth it when the R$449 drops considerably.
Review Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2
- Balanced sound that can please different ears
- Good phone for those who practice physical exercises
- Excellent autonomy, being able to exceed 10 hours
- Value for money is not that interesting
- Case is too big and can be uncomfortable