I’ve never owned these but I’ve owned 4 different wireless headphones from Anker and I’ve liked them all. This is a good deal and I think anyone that’s looking for a cheap pair of wireless headphones will be happy with them.
I’m a fan of many Anker products, and have used them personally, as well as for work… But these ones are not high on my list; I’d rather save a few more dollars for a different set, or buy a cheaper Anker set where the compromises make more sense (much like the Monoprice option). With where these are supposedly priced, I would expect reviews to show better quality sound, noise isolation, as well as some better features like aptX/Hi-Res support, and at least USB-C charging. I really am tired of the laundry list of connectors, and would love to be getting rid of things that use the older micro-USB, rather than prolonging my need to support it anywhere else. I understand that it sounds like a small thing, and it does cost a decent amount more for them to make it (the connectors and cables have a significant cost increase to produce), but this is just my opinion. The compromises may work for some; Just not for me, and not when there are other options that better match my preference.
Ditto on the charging. My last necklace type earbuds died recently and I’d said to myself I’d at least try not to buy anything with micro USB this time. I ended up buying several sets of earbuds around this price from no name companies each with USB C (one also can use Qi wireless charging). I mean, I’m down for another set from meh, but in not happy about needing micro at all
@japraptor@wilder_raven So what happens if you only turn on the left one? Nothing? Even the weird chinese ones I got here for like $12 work independently, I just use them one at a time like in-ear monitors (which is fortunate because they’re so shitty they can’t stay connected without cutting out constantly–apparently my head produces too much interference for them to be used in stereo [⋟﹏⋞]).
I originally kickstarted these, and they did the trick for a while, until the “Grip Fit” jacket became stretched out and would stay on anymore.
The worst thing about them is that you can’t use the left side by itself, only the right side…
@dimwittedanimal@jmhsrv I can vouch, their customer service is great, have 3 different pairs, and love them all. (don’t have any experience with this pair but have never had any issue with any soundcore product other than a warranty issue they took care of.)
@dimwittedanimal I have these (an older model) as well as bluetooth “earpods” from Samsung (both 2018 & 2019 versions) and Airpods Pro. These are just fine for listening to podcasts while I walk the dog, and induce a lot less misery when you lose one. Never used them for any audiophile challenges, but never had any complaint when listening to, say, rock music. I would definitely recommend them with the understanding that you won’t get various touch sensitive controls, waterproofing, the pinnacle of power efficiency, or fancy gimmicks like Siri integration (which is just a PITA anyhow).
Same as some others mentioned, I kickstarted these a couple of years back and still use them for running, every other day. I’m pretty happy with them and at this price I think they’re a steal. Definitely recommend for anyone in the market for headphones.
@RedOak I don’t even think about them it terms of how I got them. For me it was just another store (discount). I paid $89 for them via kickstarter and I still think they are worth that (and much more in 2017 when I got them). As I said, $50 seems like a super deal for these. They consistently connect to my BT transmitter I have hooked up to my TV which is all I want since I run on the treadmill with them.
@ACraigL wasn’t trying to imply your assessment was off. Looking at but never putting money into a lot of Kickstarter campaigns, I was sincerely curious if a KS campaign achieved one of the objectives - true-believer loyalty over and above the product attributes.
@RedOak I participated in 3 Kickstarters I can think of. The first one was not good, very late product, not as capable as promised, a lot of people said it was a scam but they did actually deliver a product. The second was significantly late but as described. The last one was a complete ripoff, company was in UK, took all the money and went bankrupt, made a lot of news and my last hope failed as my bank would not reverse the charges (a few hundred dollars). I’d say Kickstarter has done the opposite for me. I am somewhere on the scale between overly cautious and not at all interested in them now. You might be sold on the hype and the idea but if what you wind up with is garbage that believer status can dry up fast.
@djslack that would be my cynicism from the start. True startups are heavily failure prone and not having the internal health-visibility enjoyed by Venture Capitalists, why would I want to take on the risk, blindly?
Seems like Kickstarter’s “credible” role has become as a marketing tool for established, or at least semi-established companies to launch additional products.
@Bumplepimp@Spheyr I agree, I loved these types of earbuds during riding. I used Rowkin wireless earbuds that were sold here and I have been very happy with them. Does anyone know how they compare. I have been thinking about getting a pair of these since the Kickstart just never pulled the trigger. I might have to today.
For what it’s worth I own these and use them every single day while at work and they are might go to running earbuds. They sound great and the battery life is freaking amazing. Eight hours on a charge and I don’t have to charge the case but like once every two weeks. It’s crazy value
I have these and the Jabra version that cost more than 2x. I am not an audiophile but prefer equipment that sounds good vs just loud. These sound good, every bit as good or better than the hardware costing much more. Battery life is good, pairing is good. Wish I would have bought a couple extras at less than 50 bucks.