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 Motion+ isn’t certainly one of them, however this compact, $100 speaker may do with a little bit extra high-end element. Its consideration to mid-range frequencies, then again, pays dividends on the subject of delivering wealthy, sturdy sound, with a powerful (however not overbearing, supplied a sure characteristic is turned off) basis of bass response . The Motion+’s weatherized design, app-based EQ settings, and aptX help sweeten the deal.

Design

Measuring a little bit shy of a foot broad, about three inches excessive and thick, the two.3-pound Soundcore Motion+ feels heavy given its dimension. Encased in a nearly waterproof shell (Anker claims an ingress safety score of IPX7, which means the speaker can withsetand being immersed in as much as a meter of water for 30 minutes), the Motion+ incorporates a black aluminum grille that reveals its twin tweeters and woofers flanking a big passive radiator. The wedge-like design of the Motion+’s enclosure goals its drivers at a couple of 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 additionally they accumulate oily fingerprints.

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

The Motion+’s energy button is on the proper 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’ll 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 couple 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 Motion+ right into a speakerphone). Hold the button down for a few seconds and you will summon Siri or Google Assistant in your iPhone or Android telephone respectively. Hold the button for greater than three seconds, and you may sync the Motion+ to a second Motion+ to create a left/proper stereo pair.

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

Features and performance

Besides its Bluetooth 5.0 help, the Soundcore Motion+ additionally options the aptX audio codec, which might ship near-CD-quality sound–provided you are the system you are streaming music from additionally helps aptX. Support for that codec is comparatively frequent on Android telephones, however you will not discover help for it on any iOS system (though Macbooks do help it). That’s unlucky, as we like aptX (and we like aptX HD much more).

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You can fiddle with the Anker Soundcore Motion+’s EQ settings utilizing the Soundcore cell app.

If you need to tinker with the Motion+’s EQ, you are able to do so utilizing the Soundcore cell app. Once the app connects to the speaker, you’ll be able to swap between six EQ presets or fiddle with the app’s 9 equalizer sliders.

One of the EQ presets is named “BassUp,” which is the title of Anker’s bass-boosting audio know-how. We’ll cowl the Motion+’s BassUp efficiency in a second; for now, simply know that you would be able to 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 allows you to regulate the Motion+’s computerized power-off characteristic, which you’ll be able to set for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. That’s a pleasant characteristic, however these are the solely settings out there. There’s no sleep timer, both.

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