There can be no doubt that wireless Bluetooth earbuds are here to stay. And the range of models is only going to increase.
We have even seen a company known for building killer guitar amps, Marshall, to develop and produce earbuds. That should give you an idea of how large the earbud market is.
One of the newer companies to throw their hat in the earbud ring is Anker, as we’ll find out in our in-depth ZOLO Liberty Bluetooth Earbuds Review.
A diamond in the rough?
Anker is a China-based electronics company dedicated to building reliable and reasonably priced products. The name Anker is German and means “anchor.” The meaning is no fluke; Anker makes things you didn’t know you needed.
Anker makes primarily USB-related products. They produce USB power strips, hubs, docks, chargers, and power banks. In addition to computer and mobile periphery components.
They also have some audio-related products, such as Bluetooth speakers and wired/wireless headphones. Along with an ever-expanding catalog that now includes robotic vacuum cleaners and dash cams.
One of Anker’s selling points is the price of their products. They are very affordable. No, seriously, really, very affordable. Plus, they are quite reliable and can handle the wear and tear of everyday use.
Recently, they rolled out a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds that boast an incredibly long battery life. Bordering on ridiculously long in our estimation, as we shall see later.
So, are these earbuds any good, or has Anker spread themselves a little thin?
Let’s answer that question and more as we go through our review of the ZOLO Liberty Bluetooth Earbuds…
When it comes to wireless earbuds, comfort, and fit are the most important build aspects. Likewise, earbuds should ideally be lightweight to ensure a greater amount of comfort when you wear them.
These earbuds weigh 3.68 ounces. That is certainly not what we would consider as being “lightweight.” Furthermore, these earbuds are slightly bulky. They measure 3.5 x 2.01 x 1.22 inches.
In our opinion, these earbuds are clunkier than most other earbud models. However, they do have some features to improve the overall levels of comfort.
Finding the fit…
The first comfort-enhancing feature is GripFit jackets. The earbuds slide into the jackets and lock in place. There are four pairs of jackets made of soft liquid silicone included. The jackets do a good job of securing a proper fit and do so with decent comfort.
With that said, due to their larger weight and size, you will not want to wear them for an extended period, despite the secure fit. You will also need to remove the jackets when charging the earbuds.
Additionally, there are three sets of ear tips included as well. The ear tips are also made from the same soft liquid silicone. This does make them more comfortable as well as providing a secure fit. They do not feel irritating or add unwanted pressure on your ear canal.
Since these are earbuds, sweat will always be a factor. For protection from water egress, these earbuds employ a hydrophobic nano-coating. It works well at preventing damage related to the salt content of our sweat.
However, it is not a waterproof seal. These are sweat-resistant with an IPX5 rating. While a heavy workout routine won’t affect them, jogging in the rain is not advised.
As for the look, well, there is nothing exciting about it. Nor is there anything that looks out of place or overly flashy. The sleek back finish just kind of… is. Each earbud has the company name printed on it. And which has not been presented in any particularly memorable way. Perhaps another testament to Anker’s function over form approach.
The Controls and Connections
When it comes to the user experience, Anker typically gets positive reviews. They design their products to be universally easy to use. The ZOLO Liberty earbuds are, if nothing else, very simple to use.
The controls are touch buttons located on both earbuds. The “Push and Go” function sums up the physical controls. Press the button in a certain manner for a specific function.
You tap once to answer or end a call. Likewise, when listening to music, one tap will play or pause the music. A long press rejects a call. Long press on the left one to skip to the previous track. On the right one, a long press will skip to the next track.
And, of course, the touch buttons can power the earbuds on or off. However, that function doesn’t get used much. They will automatically turn on when you take them out of the case and switch off when you put them back in.
The touch button also accesses Smart AI voice commands. Compatible with both Siri and Google Assistant.
With the ZoloLife app, you control the sound and playback on your smartphone. It’s a relatively simple interface that works on either Apple or Android.
You have volume and playback controls, as well as some sound shaping options. Serviceable, but nothing highly versatile.
If ZOLO can boast one distinction, it is the battery life of these earbuds. The charging is done in the carrying case via a mini-USB cable. There is no other way to charge them, so you will need to be mindful of the case.
To start with, you receive a generous eight hours of continuous play. Quite an ample amount of time for most people. But ZOLO did not stop there. They boosted the battery to 100 hours! Amazing, impressive, and wholly unnecessary in our view.
Who honestly needs their earbuds to work for one hundred hours? That is just over four days.
Perhaps some lifestyles could require that. But they are unlikely to be looking at budget third-party items to do so. But to be fair, the battery life is quite an accomplishment.
The Sound and Performance
With regards to the soundstage, these earbuds have been studious. Audio comes through balanced and detailed.
At the heart of sound reproduction are the graphene-enhanced drivers. These offer exceptional strength, along with flexibility. The result is mellow mids, clear highs, and full bass. Furthermore, the graphene drivers offer a surprisingly immersive sound.
For an item at this particular price point, it is a very impressive soundstage.
ZOLO Liberty Bluetooth Earbuds Review Pros and Cons
- Graphene-enhanced drivers.
- Balanced and detailed sound.
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
- Comfortable and secure fit.
- Liquid silicone ear tips.
- IXP5 sweat-proof rating.
- Durable carrying and charging case.
- Battery life up to 100 hours.
- Easy operations.
- Smart Assistant voice commands.
- Not very lightweight.
- Slightly bulky size.
- Limited on-ear touch controls.
- No wired connectivity.
- Pairing signals can be glitchy.
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ZOLO Liberty Bluetooth Earbuds Review Final Thoughts
Let’s be frank. These earbuds are, at their core, generic. Don’t get us wrong, generic is often just as good and occasionally better than name brands. When we say generic, we mean simple. There is nothing proprietary, exclusive, or unique about these earbuds. What they are is reliable, usable, and affordable. You know… generic.
The sound is actually quite good, and the battery does last for a good long, long while. They do what they are supposed to do, and really not much else.
Maybe that is a good thing.
But this is a crowded market, and aside from an attractive price point, nothing else really distinguishes the ZOLO Liberty Bluetooth Earbuds. But like we said, maybe that is a good thing.
Until next time, happy listening.