If you’ve made it to this page, chances are you are on the hunt for an extremely reliable and hip pocket-friendly set of true wireless earbuds.
Well then, have a look at the ones featured in our Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo true wireless earbuds review. They have been making a bit of a stir with reviewers and buyers since their release.
Packed with a bunch of great features like Bluetooth 5.0, 12 hour playback time, rock-solid ultra-lightweight design, exclusive BassUp technology, graphene drivers, and IPX7 sweat guard protection we arent surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reactions.
In the past three years, Anker has fostered a reputation for producing wire-free earbuds that can rival the big guns. So, follow us as we take a deep dive into the Ankers newest (and cheapest) set of true wireless earbuds and see if they can live up to the hype.
First out of the box is the included charging case, which opened to reveal the earbuds. Anker have been pretty generous here with tip options, with four sizes of both silicone ear tips and ear wings included. The standard Micro USB charging cable, user manual, and warranty information are also in the box. The Soundcore Liberty Neo comes with a worry-free 18-month warranty.
Design & Construction
Just like all the other Anker branded earphones that have slid across our desks in the past couple of years, the Soundcore Liberty Neo true wireless earbuds are extremely well made.
Constructed from high-class ultra-durable matte black plastic, with bespoke and professionally tuned graphene drivers (100 times harder than steel and 35% lighter than traditional driver diaphragms). Anker were able to really keep the weight low with these.
Each unit weighs just 0.2 of an ounce, which meant we totally forgot we had them in, most of the time. Adding to the uber comfy feel is the design of the tips. Slightly oval in shape (which helps create a solid seal and passive noise isolation), they slid easily into our ears and never felt in danger of falling out.
The Anker logo on each unit doubles as a button, which is easy and straightforward to use. All the usual controls, such as playback, volume, virtual assistant, and call management, can come directly from the earbuds. The chunkiness of the units helps with grabbing hold of the unit to use the buttons.
The charging case is made from the same materials as the earbuds and is just as durable. It’s small and light enough for it to sit easily in our front pants pocket, no worries. There’s a silicone flap with flips open to reveal a micro USB charging port.
We have the IPX7 sweat guard protection rating, meaning you can rest assured that a little sweat or rain is not going to adversely affect the Soundcore Liberty Neo. In fact, you can even wash these under running water, but they are not rated for full submersion, so don’t take them for a dip.
For a few years now, we have been using an older pair of wired headphones for workouts. After testing true wireless earbuds for gym use a few years ago and being flat out disappointed, we thought it was high time to give a new pair a run for their money.
This set changed how we feel about audio options for working out. The feeling of liberation from being wire-free and having no connection issues really surprised us.
If you like listening to something while you work out and still haven’t tried true wireless earbuds yet, take our advice and get a set. Even if it is not this set, they do make working out much more enjoyable.
Sound & Performance
The first thing we want to point out here is just how good the passive noise isolation is with this set of wire-free earbuds. Even when we had them turned off, they still do a surprisingly good job of muffling the ambient noise.
That only adds to the consumer-friendly sound response, with the tuned graphene drivers producing a broader soundstage with superb accuracy, and crystal-clear clarity across the full frequency range. Both the lower and higher ends have been boosted slightly, leaving room for the mids.
We found this mix to work great for most genres of music – plus audiobooks and podcasts. James Brown’s all-time classic “Drive That Funky Soul” opens with a full brass section launching into a quintessential funk riff. Accompanied by the marching beat of the snare drum, before the Godfather of Soul himself rips into the opening vocals.
All of this relayed with the clarity that we would expect from a much more expensive set of headphones. Even Brown’s uneven breathing pattern is on display, which impressed us for this kind of hearing device.
Changing it up, Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” showed us the range the Soundcore Liberty Neo are able to produce. This is a rolling instrumental tune with a constantly evolving melody, which proved absolutely no problem for these true wireless earbuds.
Overall, there is really nothing we could fault with the sound stage or quality here!
On the box, Anker advertises up to 5.5 hours of playback time from a single charge, and 15 extra hours of charge stored in the handy charging case.
During our six weeks of use of the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo earbuds, we found that 5.5 hours is – shall we say – stretching the truth a little. At 75% volume (our preferred listening level), we averaged four hours 37 minutes for a single charge. The charging case does hold three full charges and does a great job of quickly recharging the earbuds.
This all adds up to mean we rarely felt like the battery was an issue at all, although there were a few times we ran out of juice. But, the positives by far weigh out the negatives in this Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo review.
With Class 1 Bluetooth 5.0, even in busy commuter situations and bustling coffee shops, we really had no connection issues as long as we kept our phone in our right side pocket (which the user manual suggests). There were a few dropouts when we switched to our left pocket. Or, if we moved more than about 20 feet away from our device.
The microphone assembly here is the same that we see in more expensive Anker earbud sets, and boy does it do its job well. We found audio quality on calls was crisp and clear, and worked through both earphones. This not always the case with other, more expensive sets of true wireless earphones.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo True Wireless Earbuds Pros & Cons
- Class-leading passive noise isolation.
- IPX7 water resistance.
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Variety of ear and wingtips.
- Professionally tuned graphene drivers.
- No ANC (active noise cancellation).
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What We Think?
Sure, you could go out and spend upward for $250 dollars and get yourself the best set of wire-free earbuds on the market. But why spend all that money when these days there are so many options out there?
The Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo true wireless earbuds are an awesome set of headphones. And our pick for the best bang for your buck when it comes to this category. The value for money you get here is really second to none. With great design points, styling, sound quality, call quality, warranty, and acceptable battery life.
So what are you waiting for? Check them out and see what you think!