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Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 Review

Soundcore by Anker has been hitting home runs with recent releases. Favored by users who like a comfortable and secure fit and super-long battery life, their wireless earbuds and headphones have popped up around faces all over. 

The original Spirit Dot earbuds were among the company’s first big hitters but were by no means competing with the best their competitors had to offer back then. This new generation promises to win the hearts of new users and old users alike. 

New look, new tech, and a new sheriff in the town of budget earbuds? Let’s see if it’s so in my in-depth Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 Review.

Design and Build

Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2
Our rating: [usr 4.0]

The new case has got plenty to offer, first among those being the case itself. There’s so much of it. It has got to be said; I was not expecting such a big case at such a low price. Hopefully, this indicates long battery life, like other earbuds offered by Soundcore, but more on that later.

The glossy black design isn’t what you’d call completely shiny, which means prints and scratches won’t be as visible. It’s not entirely matte but more than I was expecting for less than $80.

Underneath the flat-top pill-shaped case…

You’ll find a USB-C cable for charging and four pairs of Soundcore’s distinctive wings and tips. The Spirit Dot 2 features a new design called Zero-Pressure AirWings, which are hollow but well get to those in a bit.

The case feels solid enough, and it must be said, very plasticky. That being said, at this price range, I wasn’t expecting it would feel as solid as it does. Furthermore, the fact that the USB-C port on the front has its cover that clicks in and out of place is not something you would expect at this price range at all.

This prevents dust build-up and is a detail that many higher-end earbuds don’t offer. The sliding lid is probably the nicest design feature. It feels very well put together and is unique. The white inside looks shiny but not in a cheap way, and the earphones have a secure feel under a light tug.

Fit and Comfort

The Spirit Dot 2 earbuds themselves are in the most fundamental way opposites of the case they come in. These are some of the smallest and most compact earbuds in this price range and up.

The new ergonomic design is very pleasing, and they look slim and futuristic, even sexy. Something I have never seen on any other budget earbuds. These are easily some of the coolest looking wireless earbuds you can buy for under $100.

But there’s a catch….

The new Zero Pressure Airwings are a big part of what makes the Spirit Dot 2 look so unique. They certainly make for a very comfortable fit when you first wear them. The lightweight of the Spirit Dot 2’ combined with the fact that the wings are hollow means they easily mold to the inside of your ear to create a nice seal. 

They also feel very secure while you wear them, and I would trust these to go jogging or to the gym for a workout. The only downside is that when you take them out, they almost always slip from their places on the earbuds. Getting them back into place is a tedious process and can get frustrating after a while. 

Functionality and Battery Life  


With an IPX7 rating, the Spirit Dot 2 is essentially water and sweat-proof. This, combined with their lightweight design, will make them some of the best earbuds for exercising you can buy.

This brings us to one of the biggest letdowns of the new Spirit Dot 2. Battery life on a single charge is five and a half hours of playtime. The case provides an additional 11 and a half hours. This is very disappointing as I was hoping the large case was because the battery life would be very impressive.

Other wireless earbuds offered by Soundcore have some of the longest battery life in their respective classes. Sadly, this is not the case with the Spirit Dot 2, and the user will have to be content with a below-average total of 16 hours.

Fast charging is supported

Ten minutes of charging will give an hour of playtime which isn’t bad, but not very much better than competitors. Furthermore, there is no wireless charging. Some might say that it’s asking a lot at this price range, but there are others out there that offer this feature, so it must be mentioned.

The Spirit Dot 2 features Bluetooth 5.0 and dual transmitters (one in each earbud). The connection is certainly solid and has a very good range. A nice added feature is that the Spirit Dot 2 earbuds automatically connect when they are lifted from the case. The connection is super fast and stable. There is also a mono mode if you want to use them independently.

Some downsides… 

There is no multi-point pairing, so they can’t be used with more than one device at a time. Furthermore, when you place them back into the case, they do not turn off. You will have to remember to do this yourself; otherwise, it will lead to many missed calls. 

Finally, there is no Souncore App support for the Spirit Dot 2 wireless earbuds. This means no customizing sound or functionality. 

Luckily, the touch controls work great 

They are very responsive, and I had no problems with false inputs. The gestures, while not customizable, are well thought out and will work well if you get used to them. Very well built for this price range.

Another nice feature is audio prompts that confirm your actions when they’re completed. It would have been nice if there was a volume control programmed into the touch controls, but still, overall, very well done.

Sound Quality


The Spirit Dot 2 earbuds produce virtually no lag when used with Netflix, YouTube, and Disney+. The same goes for gaming. Therefore, these are some of the best wireless earbuds for videos and gaming on the market.

Microphone

The mic quality on the Spirit Dot 2 is a bit of a sad duality. Soundcore doesn’t advertise any big noise-canceling tech with the Spirit Dot 2, but they definitely should. 

Tested with background music and alongside a busy street, the Spirit DOt 2 does an excellent job of removing background noise and maintaining clarity. Unfortunately, the quality of the mic itself, and therefore, the voice is not very good. It is almost below average, for that matter.

Sound Signature 

When it comes to listening quality, it has to be said these are some of the best sounding earbuds under $100. They even sound better than some much more expensive options.

Like many other Soundcore budget products, and many other budget earbuds, for that matter, the Spirit Dot 2 has a strong bass boosted signature. Bass heads will find these appealing. These little earbuds have got some of the strongest bass capabilities I’ve come across. 

However…

It must be said that in some cases where the bass is already heavily boosted or distorted, the boost will become unpleasant. The mids are very well defined and loud enough in some cases, but again when you listen to bass-heavy mixes, they might get overpowered. 

The highs are beautifully clear and crisp, more so than with many other earbuds in this price range. But they can also be overpowered and lost in some bass-heavy mixes. 

One final downside, and this is a big one, is there is some audio hiss at low levels. This is a big letdown after the sound quality that is so pleasant. But then again, the average user probably won’t even notice. 

Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 Review – Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Good looking and very comfortable
  • Water and sweatproof
  • Fast and easy connection
  • Very good sound if you like bass

Cons

  • Below-average battery life
  • No wireless charging
  • Audio Hiss at low levels

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Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 Review – Conclusion

The Spirit Dot 2 wireless earbuds will cross your radar if you’re on the hunt for a pair of budget wireless earbuds. First, they’re hard to beat on price. If you add to that the fact that they sound better than many of their peers, and in some cases even their more expensive rivals, they have even more appeal. 


They look cool, they feel great, but those tips can be frustrating. You can virtually take them for a swim, and they won’t fall out when you run home in the rain. Unfortunately, the great-sounding bass doesn’t last too long, thanks to the below-average battery life and the fact that you might notice that irritating hiss at low levels. The final score is 7 out of 10.

Until next, time happy listening. 

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