Soundcore Spirit X by Anker
When I received the Anker Soundcore Spirit X's earphones, I thought that I'd be using them not only to exercise but also in my everyday life, such as when commuting. The sound quality is good for routines, but after using them daily, I've found that the Spirit X is a model genuinely designed for sports and that's what they shine at. Also, there's minimal noise reduction built in, which in my view, supports the idea that they have been created for sports. Although I like to hear music, I also want to listen to cars and motorbikes when I'm running or jogging! I'd like to see this model with a bit more bass though, mainly when listening to podcasts.
Pairing the earphones was a straightforward task. The range advertised by Anker is 10m (or 33 ft), and from my experience, it couldn't be any more accurate. In fact, I was astonished when I decided to leave my phone behind me and started walking around the house. Typically the walls in my flat do a great job in breaking any connection, but this time it was different, and the music kept playing with no interference. That was a first!
Anker is well-known for their long-lasting batteries, and that knowledge has been well applied to these earphones. It simply works. It simply lasts. Needless to mention that it charges via a micro-USB cable.
The box brings tons of accessories, such as EarTips and EarWings, cable and shirt clips, and a micro-USB cable. But there's also a pleasant surprise in the box. I've always liked the little pouch bags that came with other Anker earphones; however, the Spirit X travel pouch is super nice and offers greater protection while keeping the portable factor.
Getting the Anker Spirit X paired with multiple devices is an easy task. However, when connected to various devices, it doesn't recognise the one being used, and it pairs with the last one instead. Easier said than done, and there might be technical reasons for this to happen, but I would certainly welcome a smart pair of earphones that know which device I'm using and which one to pair with.
Also, I think it would be nice to have adjustable ear hooks because even though they stand still, they feel big on my ears.
My last wish is to have magnets on the back of the earphones. This is something I've got used to having in other models, and now I miss in the Spirit X, especially when I want to make a pause in my music but not in my run.
I've been using Anker earphones for a long time, and I've never been disappointed. My all-time favourites are the Anker Surge, which I've reviewed here, and have been using for a long time. I know this model quite well, and so it's difficult not to compare both. I'll keep using the Anker Surge for my daily routines, and the Spirit X for sports.
Overall I think this is a good set if you're looking for a good and well-priced pair of earphones that come with the Anker stamp of quality (if for any unforeseen reason they stop to work, there's always the friendly 18-month warranty). Thumbs up.
Edit: a little video I did
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