Anker Soundcore Life P2 Review

Anker Soundcore Life P2

If you are looking for a set of cheap but good quality true wireless earbuds, I think you can’t do much wrong if you are considering the Anker Soundcore Life P2. Awful name aside, these fully wireless earphones offer a lot of bang for your buck. They come from Anker, who is well known and respected for their cell phone accessories and are available worldwide, mainly distributed through Amazon.

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How is the Design of the Anker Soundcore Life P2

If you are familiar with the Apple Airpods, you will know how the design works on the Anker soundcore Life P2. These are a traditional style of truly wireless earphones with the dongle that hangs down from your ears. It is a tried and true method of making wireless earbuds. It allows some of the components like batteries and Bluetooth chipsets to hang outward from the ear instead of being in the main body. That is why so many of the cheap alternatives are big and bulky.

It does have a little more of an odd look, but the Life P2 does have an above-average comfort level, and I think it’s worth the trade. The comfort continues to get better due to the smooth rounded edges on all parts of the earphones. They are doubtful to cause discomfort over long listening sessions.

The carry case is a medium size, not as small as the Airpods or Skullcandy Indy-style, but it’s well made and should be able to take a fair bit of punishment. To insert the earphones, you place them in on their side with the charging connectors facing down. It’s less secure than the methods of placing them in the case where you push the dongle directly down and into the case. There is a fair bit of resistance on the lid of the case to stop it opening and having the earphones fall out when in a bag.

How do you use the Anker Soundcore Life P2?

To use this version of the Soundcore, it’s all straightforward. Those who have used true wireless earphones in the past should be very familiar with the process. For those unfamiliar, all you do is remove the earphones from the charging case and wait for the white pairing light to start flashing. From there, you search for the earphones from your device’s Bluetooth menu, and you should connect a few seconds later.

After that, you will not need to re-pair the earphones every time. As long as your phone’s Bluetooth is on, then the earphones will pair instantly to each other and the phone once you remove them from the case.

What are the features and specifications of the Anker Soundcore Life P2?

I almost had to do a double-take when I saw the price of Soundcore Life P2. The feature list for the earbuds is incredibly impressive for the money you are paying.

The drivers are graphene. 

Graphene allows for a harder diaphragm than if they were to use traditional materials. Even graphene-coated drivers would be impressive at this price point, but full graphene is something of which to take note. The benefit is that the driver being stiffer means less distortion and more uniform shape to the cone when under load resulting in better sound quality.

They support APTX and use Bluetooth 5.0

The inclusion of Bluetooth 5.0 is very welcome and has benefits for a range of operations, the connection’s stability, and reduced latency when watching the video and using wireless earphones. I found the connection to be very stable and never experienced dropouts during this review. I also got about 15ft from my device and still enjoy the music when in the same room. However, the connection was not strong enough to work in opposite rooms.

APTX is a codec that allows your music to streaming at a higher quality. Old Bluetooth codecs used to severely compress the audio and result in a loss of detail and dynamic range. With APTX, you are getting better sound due to less compression.

The Soundcore Life P2 is waterproof.

Yes, this was one of the real shocks that even though these are cheap earphones, they also come with an IPX7 waterproof rating. It means that they will be a perfect earphone for the gym to withstand sweat and moisture. Even if they take a full submersion for a few seconds, they should be good to go when they dry out. Combine that with the decent all-round build quality then I can see these having excellent long term durability.

How long does the Anker Soundcore Life P2 Battery last?

Anker claims battery life for the P2 of 7 hours, and in our tests for this review, we were able to get 6 hours and 40 mins with the volume set on 60%. That is very, very impressive as many companies vastly inflate their battery life. Even then, I found in the fifty dollar range that 4-5 hours was closer to the standard playback time, so to go well over 6 hours is a big plus for these earphones.

If you run out of juice on the go, the Life P2 can quickly charge and just 10 minutes back in the case gives you about an hour’s worth of playback.

We were able to charge the earphones six times from utterly dead to full via the carry case, so this should give most commuters and casual listeners a week’s worth of listening without charging the earphones from the mains. When you hook up to the main like me, you will be happy that Anker has moved over to a USB-C cable for the connector, meaning you likely won’t have to carry a different cable than what you already have for your phone.

Does the Anker Soundcore Life P2 Sound good?

Yes, for the money, these are a perfect and clean sounding set of earbuds that surprised us. You won’t be getting audiophile-level listening experiences but what you do get is a much flatter and more natural sound from the competition that seems to use a lot of exaggerated bass and overly warm midranges. 

The Soundcore Life P2 has a bunchy, yet precise sound, and there is some refinement in the top end, which is very common to lose in a cheap earphone like this. I’m sure this is down to the rigidity mentioned above of the graphene drivers. 

The low end is slightly enhanced but not overdone, and it displayed good speed combined while not becoming loose or bleeding into the midrange when I pushed them hard. The P2 has ample mid-bass response and some level of sub-bass. I would not consider them a basshead earbud. I think this works well for most people unless you are super heavy into rap or low note EDM.

The midrange is well balanced with the low end and has just the slightest hint of warmth. You lose out some in the detail retrieval when you compare to earphones for double the price, but these still perform admirably. Male vocals sounded good, but the real bonus came in the female vocals and higher-pitched midrange strings.

The treble was present. The first thing we complain about on a set of cheap earbuds is the lack of treble, but this soundcore has not gone the safe route of overly toning it down not to offend. It sits balanced again with the other frequencies and adds some energy to tracks and opens up the soundstage just a tad more than I would have expected.

Should you buy the Anker Soundcore Life P2?

Just speaking from a personal standpoint, if I were in the market for a sub $50 set of truly wireless earbuds, I would give this serious consideration. Highlights were the inclusion of IPX7 waterproofing, a neutral sound, and excellent battery life.

The Soundcore Life P2 might not be outstanding in any one area, but when you take all that the features it has into consideration, it’s a fantastic all-rounder for not a lot of cash. We can recommend this earphone, and as such, will be added to our list of the best true wireless earbuds at its respective price point.

 

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