Included in the Box:
(Anker SoundBuds Life are a neckband style wireless setup, so there is a neckband that rests with the buds attached, no other wires.)
Micro USB cable for charging
Sized earbud tips XS to L
Cloth storage pouch
10mm magnetic drivers
IPX5 Water Resistance (Splashproof, not for water submersion)
Bluetooth Version 4.1
Vibration Motor on neckband for connectivity notifications
Up to 20 hour playback with a single full charge
Build quality is more than ideal which has become a staple of Anker products when compared to competing brands. The neckband itself has some flex to it around the sides but is more rigid along the curve that rests at the back of the neck which is good, something with too much flex would have a very flimsy cheap feel to it, overall the product is extremely lightweight at only 2oz which brings no discomfort to the neck over prolonged periods of wear. The buds themselves are comfortable and do not irritate the ear canals from overreach or size of the drivers, they are free of ear hooks but rest easily when in ear, the buds can be inverted so the small cords connected to the drivers could double as pseudo ear hooks if you find this more comfortable without compromising the soundstage. My preferred method of storage is to hang the buds from a nightstand or headphone puck/hook but the included storage pouch is nice for travel and I don’t feel like the product would be damaged even if it's tossed in a packed bag.
The sound is solid, full, and has power behind it when compared to similar products. I’d say the sound is more leaning to the warm side which is expected from most earbuds of this type and not a bad thing unless you’re looking for neutral (but then I don’t think you’d be looking at the right products, to begin with.)
As with all neckband based earbuds, I wouldn’t recommend these for anything above light workouts, basic weight lifting, maybe vertical yoga, but the style just isn’t the best for running or anything with a ton of movement because the band will bounce which can be heard in the buds as they’re connected. Daily on the go commuting or easy listen would be the preferred usage for the Soundbuds Life.
Voice/Video chat is another section where these really shine, clear and crisp for both the wearer and the person on the other end. Tested the Soundbuds over Wifi Calling, VoLTE, and 3g fallback, performance was outstanding all around with the exception of the limitations of each technology (3g isn’t ideal over its successors due to its age.)
Battery Life Test:
There is a claimed 20 hour playback from a single charge with these earbuds and after multiple tests over a week I could average 20 hours without an issue making sure to charge the buds fully after testing them to death each time, A+ there.
Neckband style earbuds are not my first choice when looking for great sound quality based on past experiences, but the Anker Soundbuds Life brings a refreshing image to the style delivering a product I would recommend to anyone in the market for a good commuter or overall lifestyle audio device. With great performance for both music and communication and a price point that doesn’t break the bank Anker brings another fine product to its family of devices.