These earbuds have more cons than pros! The major con, a dealbreaker in my opinion, is the constant need to reset the earbuds, as the left earbud stops working all the time after resetting them! No wonder, a separate instruction sheet is sent with the earbuds on how to...
These earbuds have more cons than pros! The major con, a dealbreaker in my opinion, is the constant need to reset the earbuds, as the left earbud stops working all the time after resetting them! No wonder, a separate instruction sheet is sent with the earbuds on how to reset them! The reset would then initially work, both the left and right earbuds would work properly but only until it was time to put the earbuds back into the charging case. So, every time I wanted to use the earbuds, I would have to pull them out and do a ‘test run’ to see if they would work before/when I would ‘finally’ start using them! This got to be very annoying after a while and then, it started happening so frequently that each time I would put the earbuds back into the charging case, I knew that the left earbud wouldn’t work the next time I pulled them out of the earbuds! I decided to cut my losses after only a week of using them and returned them!
Unless you are willing to keep resetting the earbuds each time that the left earbud stops working which is almost each time that you place the earbuds in the charging case, then keep doing your research and get earbuds that will connect each and every time you use them and will not need to be reset before each use!
Let’s keep it moving!
1. (See above!) They frequently don’t pair when pulled out of the case, with only the right one working and you have to keep resetting them to pair them. The ‘original’ Liberty Air earbuds (not the X with AptX) are notorious for having a left earbud that’s not working/pairing. There are reset instructions shipped with the earbuds. I thought that since these were a 2020 upgrade, the ‘left earbud not working’ issue had been solved. Apparently not!
2. The volume is lower than usual and you have to really increase the volume to hear your music as you intended.
3. The ‘Soundcore’ app doesn’t feature these earbuds. Therefore, you can’t customize them by, for example, changing the equalizer functions and changing the bass, mids and/or treble. The Liberty Air 2s, for example, are featured in the app.
4. They come with a micro USB cable, not a USB type C cable. (Womp womp, some consider this a dealbreaker!)
5. Charging case has a matte finish and shows fingerprints easily.
1. Isolate/reduce noise quite well with the right ear tips. Comes with 5 pairs of differently sized ear tips.
2. Battery lasts very long. The 7 hour claim is more or less accurate. Even after the ‘battery low’ message, they keep playing for a while. (45 minutes or more without constant reminders) They also recharge quickly when in the case.
3. Comfortable in the ears, even when you use them for long periods of time.
4. Small charging case that also packs quite a punch.
5. No latency while watching videos.
6. (Manufacturers’ claim) AptX Qualcomm feature for android users slightly enhances sound.
7. (Manufacturer’s claim, didn’t test it for water resistance ) IPX 7 water resistant.
8. Decent call quality.
On to the main review. Remember, the left earbud is almost always not working each time you start a listening session with these earbuds, so that particular issue will outweigh the various advantages that the earbuds might have over other earbuds.
⁃ Yes, when you receive these earbuds, they’ll be the Liberty Air X. The package doesn’t have ‘X’ written on it but the earbuds have Qualcomm AptX and the model number is A3902. There is a reviewer for these earbuds who returned 2 sets thinking that they were the ‘ordinary/original’ Liberty Air earbuds.
⁃ They come with numerous (5 pairs) differently sized silicone ear tips, (but no foam tips) a micro USB cable (not a USB type C cable) normal instructions, instructions for resetting the earbuds (now I know why as you need to reset these earbuds almost each time you pull them out of the case for use!) and cleaning tips for the charging case interior.
⁃ To pair them, you have to remove the film that covers the charging connectors for both earbuds and then put them back into the charging case and pull them out and place them close to each other. Both the earbuds and charging case have a little juice and you can pair the earbuds immediately if you wish. However, a ‘low battery’ notification comes on and you are compelled to charge the earbuds by placing them back into the charging case.
⁃ I had a problem pairing the earbuds the first time. Only the right one worked. I placed the earbuds back on the charging case and removed them after a few seconds. I then reset them using the instructions provided and the left earbud started working. This was a harbinger of things to come! Almost always, the left earbud wouldn’t work when taken out of the charging case even after constantly resetting the earbuds! After each reset, the left (and right) earbud would work until it was time to put it (them) back into the charging case and then the left earbud would stop working the next time you pulled them out of the charging case!
⁃ Make sure you have the correct ear tips for the earbuds. I usually use the earbuds that come standard with most earbuds but I realized that the sound was awfully tinny and I removed the ear tips and switched over to the largest ear tips available. They sounded much better after the change in ear tips.
⁃ I realized that the earbuds have a lower than normal volume, compared to other earbuds and I had to ‘crank’ up the volume to more than 80%! I have never had to add the volume to more than 60%-70% on any earbuds! When using an iPhone, (iPhone 8 plus) if you enable the ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ setting to get to the ‘safe’ and ear-friendly 85 decibels (Settings, Sounds & Haptics, Headphone Audio, and then turn on ‘Reduce loud sounds’) you get an extremely low volume! You are ‘forced’ to turn that feature off as the volume is just too low.
⁃ They do a good job of noise reduction, albeit at higher than normal volume. They are some of the best noise reduction earbuds I have used.
⁃ The earbuds are very comfortable even when used for a long period of time. I actually purchased them for use during the hot seasons due to their AirPod-like shape which works well with me during the heat. I have a clean shaven head and I wear winter beanie and trapper/bomber/aviator hats and they have been comfortable even when I have been using these outdoors. You sort of forget that you are wearing them.
⁃ These earbuds are not part of the earbuds that are featured on the ‘Soundcore’ app. You need to have the Liberty Air 2 earbuds to use the app. Therefore, you can’t customize or use the Anker Soundcore specific app to enhance your listening experience. What you hear is what you get!
⁃ The 7 hour battery usage claim is more or less accurate. After using them for 2 hours straight without putting them in the charging case, they were down to about 3/4 (75%) charge on my iPhone Bluetooth earbuds charge indicator. They lasted me about 6 hours when I tested them and used them continuously, without returning them to the charging case. There was a ‘battery low’ notification close to the 6 hour mark and I thought that the earbuds would soon shut off. However, they kept going for more than 45 minutes and I put them back in the case even before the battery was completely drained. The ‘battery low’ notifications are not constant or annoying and I think they chime in every 15 minutes.
⁃ The charging case is not huge but it has a lot of juice when charged. It charged the earbuds quickly. There is no way of accurately verifying the time it takes to recharge the earbuds (as these earbuds’ functions are not accessible on the ‘Soundcore’ app) but a few minutes of charging got them out of the ‘low battery’ charge notification to the ‘medium battery’ charge notification.
⁃ The charging case has a matte finish. Fingerprints will show easily. Just something to point out.
⁃ Call quality is decent. The other person hears you clearly.