THE Anker SoundCore Icon is a Bluetooth speaker with an adventurous DNA. It is resistant, can be dipped, withstands snow, mud, has a long battery life and a strap that allows you to hang the gadget on your bike, backpack or even a tree. Complete the specifications 10 watts of power, Bluetooth 5.0 and BassUp technology, responsible for giving that boost in bass.
In Brazil, SoundCore Icon has a suggested price of R$ 399, that is, more affordable than JBL Flip 5 and Wonderboom 2, from Ultimate Ears. But which is the best? Is the sound of the Anker box really good? That’s what we’ll discover in this review.
Anker SoundCore Icon Video Review
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Design and Connectivity
Like Ultimate Ears, Anker designs many sturdy speakers that withstand water and even drops. And it wouldn’t be different with SoundCore Icon, a model designed to be on the streets and ready to withstand extremes. It has a pill shape with materials that are very pleasant to the touch. The central part is made of braided fabric and the brand has added two plastic pieces to fix the carrying handle, which is even removable.
The sides of the Anker SoundCore Icon are rubberized and house five buttons that are quite stiff, most likely due to the reinforced structure. There are the on/off, play/pause, pairing and volume controls. On the side, a very strong cover protects the auxiliary input and a microUSB input to supply the product’s battery. Unfortunately, like the Soundcore Icon Mini, this larger version doesn’t have a USB-C connection.
Still talking about strength, the device is IP67 certified, which ensures that the case is water and dust resistant. In addition, the brand says that the gadget withstands shocks and can even float in the water, so we have excellent protections here that favor durability. I unfortunately couldn’t travel with the SoundCore Icon, but I did a home test to see if the box really floated. And is it not that she fulfilled the agreement?
In connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0 does the trick and, during tests, I connected the speaker to a Redmi Note 10 Pro and an iPhone 11. As I always do, I walked around the apartment with the box and there were no cuts in the sound even far away of the appliances.
Sound quality and battery
The Anker Soundcore Icon doesn’t have 360º sound, so it doesn’t generate a sound immersion like Wonderboom 2. That, however, doesn’t mean that Anker’s box is all that inferior. We didn’t put her playing in the video, as the compression from YouTube and your device to accompany this review interferes with the real experience, but that doesn’t stop me from sharing the performance.
Like JBL’s Flip 5, Soundcore Icon emphasizes bass, that is, it is in sync with its competitors and, therefore, should please most people. You can easily feel the beat when playing hip-hop, pop or electronic music. The bass drum, double bass and drum are powerfully pronounced in this snare drum. The sound is quite loud, however at times I have noticed a bit of noise over the beats, especially when the volume is turned up. It’s not a limitation that will bother you, but the more detailed ones will notice it.
The mids are well defined and the weak point of the Anker Soundcore Icon is the highs that get thicker and, when they mix with the other frequencies, you feel a certain bump. In I Follow Rivers, by Lykke Li, you will feel this tangle and even the excess of noise at the height of the track.
The built-in microphone, in turn, can be used to send audio messages on WhatsApp, in calls and even to interact with your cell phone’s virtual assistant. The quality, however, is average; your voice is very muffled and wheezing.
On battery, Anker promises up to 12 hours of sound on just one charge, which is a good number for a box in this category. In my tests, with the volume at 50%, I was able to listen to music for two days.
Anker Soundcore Icon: is it worth it?
Anker Soundcore Icon is a good alternative to JBL models. In addition, it can be an interesting option for those looking to save money, given that rivals tend to be more expensive. Anker’s speaker stands out for its loud sound with prominent bass, long battery life and all the company’s commitment to robustness is a big difference here, and Soundcore Icon proves to be a durable product.
This is a good device for those who are always traveling, venturing on trails and looking for a box that can withstand possible adversity. It is a strong competitor to Wonderboom 2, which we have already tested around here and has a similar proposal. Despite that, I would very much like the sound to be 360 degrees and a USB-C connection, as always, would be very welcome, to make life easier for the consumer who uses Android.
If you want something more current, Xiaomi already sells in Brazil the Mi Portable Speaker that promises 16 watts of power, USB type C for power supply and battery for 13 hours of playback. The Sony SRS-XB12, although it is old, it is still available in Brazilian stores and is a model to be evaluated for having a robust design, and offers 16 hours of sound and four color options.
Anker SoundCore Icon Bluetooth Speaker
- sound is very loud
- Rugged design that withstands water, snow and mud
- excellent autonomy
- Deserved USB-C input instead of microUSB
- Sound could be 360º, just like the competitors