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Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Review

Anker by Soundcore has proven time and again that even the budget options can have an uncompromising attitude towards build and design quality.

Some of their other products have suffered from repeated complaints by users. However, two aspects of their products praised from start to finish are their high build quality and fantastic design.

Designing and building a solid Bluetooth speaker might seem simple compared to high-end earbuds and headphones. But, many are cheaply made, and abandoned Bluetooth speakers occupy the landfills of our world.

Does Anker still have what it takes?

The Motion Boom generated great buzz when its release was announced. Hardcore Anker fans expected the same great recipe found with some of the brand’s other products. Reasonable price, excellent build and design, and, of course, sound quality that ranks far above average.

With a price tag of around $100, I can already safely say that the price is just right for a budget Bluetooth speaker. So, I decided to find out what else is right or not in my in-depth Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Review.

Design and Build Quality

Anker Soundcore Motion Boom
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

The first thing one might notice when removing the Motion Boom from the packaging is a lot of plastic. But, that is not a bad thing.

Here’s why…

First off, there’s the weight. Coming in at a featherweight 1.5kg, the Motion Boom is easily one of the lightest Bluetooth speakers you can buy. When you keep in mind the price and features that come with it, this thing starts to build up appeal. More on that later.

The design approach is not aimed and frills and aesthetics. Rather cool-minded practicality and purposefulness. That being said, whether deliberate on the part of Anker or not, the rounded corners and smooth surfaces do give it an almost military sleekness.

The built-in handle has a rubberized grip, which makes it much easier to handle and carry, especially with one hand. This might seem trivial, but many other speakers, some of them much more expensive, can’t seem to get this right.

Stable on any surface…

Located on both sides of the speaker are little raised indents that act as feet. These allow the Motion Boom to stand and operate vertically on both its left and right side. Other more expensive speakers offer this feature. But, their strange shapes or small feet make them unstable.

This is not the case with the Motion Boom. Even when standing on somewhat uneven surfaces, it performs well. When given even a substantial knock with the hand, the speaker does no more than rock once or twice before settling down again.

The rubberized feet perform their task just as well as the handle. Along with the raised indents, all this makes for a truly well-rounded product when it comes to build quality and design.

One of the best features…

Oddly enough, it is an aesthetic one. There are bass radiators located on both sides of the speakers. This means you can see the bass vibrate as the audio plays. Furthermore, both the USB-A and USB-C ports are covered by a waterproof flap.

Functionality and Battery Life

As is standard with many Bluetooth speakers in this price range, the Motion Boom comes with an IPX7 rating. This essentially means it can withstand 30 minutes of full submersion underwater.

Furthermore, the Motion Boom will float. Making it one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

The IPX7 rating is good and adds to the “Outdoor” appeal of the speaker. But, it doesn’t have any dust protection whatsoever, something you find quite a lot of outdoors.

Fun for the whole day and more…

That’s no exaggeration, as the Motion Boom has an advertised battery life of 24 hours. And, we are happy to inform you that the speaker will most definitely deliver this playback time (with BassUp turned off).

Just so you know, there have been reviews by other users of their Motion Boom speakers delivering even more. In other words, it’s one of the best battery life Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

To further add to the longevity of the speaker and to ensure that it’s ready to go when you need it most, there is an auto power-off setting. This can be customized in the Soundcore App, but we’ll get to that later.

Bluetooth and Connections

The Motion Boom features Bluetooth 5.0, which is quite standard on most wireless speakers. The range is good up to 10m. During our testing, we did not experience a single drop or skip in audio. There is no multi-point pairing, so you can only connect one device at a time.


Sadly, the Motion Boom does not come with a 3.5m jack. But this is becoming more common with audio gear manufacturers.

The Motion Boom does not support aptX or even LDAC as many other Soundcore products do. This is likely to be one of the biggest downsides as it’s bad news for audio/visual lag.


Luckily, there are saving graces to distract from these ailments in the form of stereo functionality from two Motion Boom speakers connected together. You can achieve this by using the TWS button on the speaker.

Additionally, you can charge a smartphone using the USB-A port on the back. Essentially, this means it can double as a power bank.

Sound Quality

Some will bemoan the Motion Boom for its lack of a 3.5 jack and no high-res codec support. Fortunately, the sound quality, when enhanced using the Soundcore App, adds a tremendous bang to your buck.

SoundCore App

The equalizer alone is one of the best features of this speaker. This is not some flimsy three-band EQ with no transparency; this is a proper nine-band graphic equalizer. It comes with a selection of presets that covers a wide range of genres and the ability to save custom profiles as well.

One thing to take note of is that the BassUp functionality cannot be used while the EQ is active. In addition, the startup and power-down noise, which is labeled “voice prompt” in the app, can be turned on or off.

Sound Signature

When first turning on the Motion Boom and listening to a few tracks, we were disappointed. Without any enhancements whatsoever, the sound signature of the Motion Boom can only be described as transparently flat. But not in a good way.

The Bass, mids, and highs all seem as if they aren’t aiming nearly as high as they should. Weak and timid is the vibe all-around. Luckily, there is one button that solves almost all of this.


When you press the BassUp button, your ears will breathe a proverbial sigh when they hear the marked improvement. The low-end, which was without definition or presence, suddenly appears out of nowhere and fills in the entire bottom half of the spectrum.

This function works so well that it almost bleeds over into the mids. I recommend never turning this off. However, if you’re using the EQ to customize your sound, remember to boost the low-end. That’s because the BassUp functionality will be overwritten when the EQ is activated.

Overall impression…

The sound quality is going to vary depending on how you use the functions available to you. I found that by using the equalizer, you can achieve a sound signature that is more than capable of bringing a smile to your face for most genres.

Vocals can be made to shine particularly well. A slight dip in the low-mids and an equally slight boost in the high-mids make the overtones of each voice more prominent. When it comes to bass and low-end presence, this is one of the best bass reproduction Bluetooth speakers in any price range.

No matter the material…

Whether it be heavy and slow Rammstein and Sabbath songs or more defined and upbeat Hip Hop beats, the low-end has pure power and presence in the mix. Bass, you can feel instead of just hear.

Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Review – Pros and Cons


  • Quality build.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Excellent graphic EQ and presets.
  • Loud, all things considered.
  • Good quality sound.


  • Can’t use the BassUp function and Graphic EQ simultaneously.
  • Narrow soundstage.

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Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Review – Conclusion

When it comes to budget audio that makes a big bang, the Motion Boom should be in the top five on everyone’s list. If you can forgive the lack of a 3.5mm jack and support of aptX and LDAC, there is almost no reason why you wouldn’t buy this speaker.

The design might not be as aesthetically eye-catching as competitors. But, it more than makes up for that in its sturdiness and functionality. Not to mention that it’s got the comfiest handle by far.

Plenty of Value

When used in conjunction with the Soundcore App (and the best EQ of any App!), the Motion Boom can deliver the best bottom end of any Bluetooth speaker. No matter how much you pay. Some clarity in the mids and highs might be lost, but not enough to turn you off.

Add to all this the fact that it only costs about $100, making it possibly the best low cost Bluetooth speaker that money can buy. The final score is 8 out of 10.

Until next time, happy listening!

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About Joseph L. Hollen

Joseph is a session musician, writer, and filmmaker from south Florida. He has recorded a number of albums and made numerous short films, as well as contributing music to shorts and commercials. 

He doesn't get as much time to practice and play as he used to, but still manages (just about!) to fulfill all his session requests. According to Joseph, it just gets harder as you get older; you rely on what you learned decades ago and can play without thinking. Thankfully that's what most producers still want from him.

He is a devout gear heat and has been collecting musical instruments all his life. As his wife, Jill, keeps on saying, "You're very good at buying nice instruments, but terrible at selling them!".

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