Wireless Earphones is The Future! and that is pretty evident with the omission of our beloved 3.5 mm headphone jack from smartphones. Some companies strictly want you to go wireless (cough! cough!) and others have the courtesy to provide an adapter in the box. But, if you are someone who has already transitioned to wireless earphones or who is just about to take that first crucial step, the Anker Soundbuds Slim might turn your eyeballs in its favour. The Anker Soundbuds Slim is available for a price of Rs 2,499 here in India and here is my comprehensive review.
What’s Inside the Box
The packaging here is pretty standard with a user manual, the earbuds themselves, a decent carrying pouch, a clip, a USB to micro USB cable and quite a lot of ear tips. So you get four ear tips of different sizes along with two wing tips to fit you perfectly. That’s it for the box and let’s move to the things that matter.
I am personally not a very big fan of neck-band style wireless earphones. Anker Soubdbuds Slim, thankfully, don’t come with a neck-band. Instead, they come with just a wire connecting the two earbuds. The length of the wire was decent for me, however, some people might feel it to a bit too small. There is no compromise in the quality of the wire though.
The housing of the earbuds is made out of metal which definitely makes them premium. Further, they have magnets on the rear so the earbuds will stick around when you are not listening to them. The size of the each housing is fairly small for a wireless earphones and we get a wing-tip style design here.
The in-line remote compartment is on the right side and comes with a three-button control. It is made of plastic but I don’t have any complaints because metal would have made it a little heavy. The buttons on the remote is tactile and are easy to locate. There is also an LED indicator just besides one of these buttons indicating the battery level, and different modes.
Short press the middle button will turn on/off the Soundbuds Slim. A long press will take them to pairing mode. The volume buttons work just as they should. If you want to skip tracks – you press and hold volume up (+) and volume down (-) for one second to go the next track and previous track respectively.
Comfort and Convenience
Besides design and sound, comfort and convenience is something which is of utmost importance especially when it comes to wireless earphones. The ear tips and wing-tips that came installed on these earphones fitted perfectly to my ears. For the comfort, I have to say – The Anker Soundbuds Slim is perhaps the most comfortable earphones I have ever tried. Trust me, I have used the Mivi Thunder Beats and Sony MDR XB50BS and they are nowhere near the Soundbuds Slim when it comes to comfort.
The ear tips and wing tips are made out of premium quality rubber and they don’t irritate your ear even after extended hours of usage.
What about the convenience? The Anker Soundbuds Slim come with IPX4 water resistance so these earphones will instantly become your workout companion. They don’t come off the ears that easily. I did take them to some of my workout sessions and they exceeded my expectations almost every day. So for me, comfort and convenience was a big plus with the Anker Soundbuds Slim.
For a price point of Rs 2,499, how does the Anket Soundbuds Slim actually sound?
To be honest, I ordered these earphones just for my workout sessions or maybe when I go out running. But, they have immediately become my go to pair of earbuds replacing the awesome RHA MA 390 universal. Don’t get me wrong, the RHA MA 390 U still sound better if you dig deep in the sound department. However, if you are not an audiophile and just enjoy listening to music and watch videos, the Soundbuds Slim won’t disappoint you.
I tested out these earphones with my entire playlist of songs from all kind of genres and here is what I think. The lows are definitely emphasized here but not up to a point where it overpowers the mids and highs. I am not a bass head and the Anker Soundbuds Slim did not sound me like a bass heavy kind. The highs are clear but you will not be blown away. Surprisingly, the mids are also pretty much up on par with the highs in terms of richness.
They get insanely loud and you might feel that the bass is a little too much at high volumes. But – overall, the Soundbuds Slim bridges the gap between the bass heads and the ones who like more balanced sound.
The inline remote performed just fine during my testing. Not that reliable though and that is probably where the biggest flaw of these earphones reside. But I will get on that later on, let’s move on to battery and connectivity.
Battery and Connectivity
So, Anker claims that the Soundbuds slim can last up to 7 hours of play time with one full charge. And this is just kind of true. During my one week usage, the earphones lasted me 3 days with about 6 hours of play time which is not bad, in my opinion. However, the earphones take 1.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100 percent which is a lot given how tiny the battery is inside. I mean, my OnePlus 3 with 3000 mAh battery charges in less than an hour. Yes, it has the Dash Charging but still! You know what I am trying to say.
Apart from this, I didn’t face any issue in terms of the connectivity. Pairing these earphones was a cake walk and I didn’t face any random network drops. These earphones come with Bluetooth v4.1 so they boast a range of about 10 ft.
But Anker Soundbuds Slim are not perfect!
At a price of Rs 2,499, you don’t expect a perfect pair of wireless earphones- Do You? There a couple of downsides here.
First, the in-line remote which also house the battery is a bit heavy on the wire. So it does tend to pull the most of the wire to one side. This becomes a problem when you are working out. As a workaround, you tie the wire at the back of your head with the clip which is provided in the box.
Second, the in-line remote isn’t the best here. In fact, most of the times, you will find yourself pulling the remote near to your mouth ensuring that you speak directly to the microphone. This definitely hits the convenience meter, in my opinion.
Besides, I didn’t like the audio response you get every time you power on/off or connect to a device. The earphones make weird sounds. It does connect flawlessly though
If we can let go the minor trade-offs, the Anker Sounbuds Slim is pretty awesome when it comes to sound and comfort. The design was just perfect for me and I am really a fan of how comfortable they are in the ears. The sound is on par as well. Overall, the Soundbuds Slim does tick all the boxes for me when it comes to wireless earphones. If you are looking to buy a decent pair of earphones and don’t want to shell out a whole lot, the Anker Soundbuds Slim is something worth your consideration.