The Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker came in the usual Anker packaging which is simple yet premium at the same time. Anker products have become some of my favorite to unbox. Included with the SoundCore speaker is a short micro-USB charging cable and product documentation.
The first thing I noticed about the SoundCore is how well built it is. The entire speaker, other than the aluminum mesh grill on the front, is coated in a soft touch rubber which looks and feels great. You can find the Anker branding embossed on the back of the speaker as well as on the grill in a slightly darker color than the speaker. Behind the grill, oddly off centered is a blue LED status light. All of the controls can be found on top of the speaker including power, minus, play, plus, and bluetooth. All of the controls are intuitive and easy to figure out. On the right side of the speaker their is a micro-USB charging port, microphone and an auxiliary audio port. The speaker as whole feels extremely solid but remains light enough to easily toss in a backpack without really noticing it.
For its size the SoundCore gets extremely loud and sounds good while doing it. It does lack in the bass department but that is to be expected with a speaker of this size. What surprised me the most is the lack of distortion even when the volume is cranked to 11. The microphone does a great job of picking up your voice even from across a room making the SoundCore great as a speaker phone or an on the go conferencing device.
Overall I am extremely pleased with the build and sound from the Anker SoundCore speaker. I highly recommend this speaker to anyone in the market for a small portable speaker that sounds great and gets insane battery life.
If you are interested in purchasing the Anker SoundCore speaker it can be found here.