4 Stars By eekazm on 2017-12-17
Slim vs Slim+
I had tried a few wireless earbuds and original Slims were my favorite. It had a strong connection and the sound quality was really good. There's a lot I want to say about the original Slim but I'll save that for the appropriate review.
Anyhow, when the Slim+ launched, I got curious about what was upgraded and had to try it out. To be honest, if you already have and like the Slim, there isn't much of an upgrade. Here are the differences I see after a few weeks of use:
1. As others have stated, the cord is longer. Slim is 21" from bud to bud while the Slim+ is 24". The distance from the right bud to the controller is identical on both. This extra length would definitely come in handy for some people with thicker necks
2. The little tab that covers the micro USB charge port can actually be pulled out and rotated on the Slim+. On the Slim, the tab could not be pulled out nor rotated so my charge cord would actually fold the tab backward causing it to crease a little. This made me worry about it's waterproofing although I've not had any problems yet. Also, on the Slim+ the tab that covers the port actually is longer and appears to further cover the exposed micro USB contacts. Not sure if this really helps but it's sure a welcome attention to detail!
3. On the Slim+, there's a "Slim+" printed or engraved just above the charge port whereas the Slim has no markings.
4. Sound quality is about the same on both buds. I can't tell them apart. I'm using a Note Edge, 2 different HP ENVY laptops, and an Acer S7 and the sound is generally identical to my non-audiophile ears. Actually, I don't know how to check if I'm using aptX or not so if someone can give me some pointers, that'd help. The reason I put this as a "difference" is because it feels to me like the Slim+ actually LOWERS the volume when ambient noise is high. I work in a place where they have a LOT of ambient noise (trucks, forklifts, etc). While the design of both the Slim and the Slim+ do identical jobs at blocking out ambient sound, when I turn on the music the Slim just feels louder than the Slim+. However, when I'm at home, both sound the same regardless of what volume I have at the source. Not sure if this is even a function of these earbuds but it's something I definitely notice!
5. Aside from sound "quality" on the Slim+ there is a little blipping sound every minute or so. It kind of reminds me of those pulse-dial phones from back in the day or if there's some dust of a scratch on your vinyl record. This does not happen on the Slim at all and it's not that big of a deal when I'm at work or when I'm listening to my tunes LOUD but it's something I should note when comparing these 2 models.
6. The Slim comes with a little cloth sleeve to store your earbuds while the Slim+ comes with a nice zippered case.
So all in all, I'm rating this a 2 star because while its a good product with some noticeable upgrades from the previous model, I still feel the original Slim might be a better choice for the money.
I have been contacted by Anker and they offered a refund for my unit. To be honest, I'm not dissatisfied enough to want a refund as even with the blipping/skipping I mentioned, the Slim/Slim+ blows away the TaoTronics earbuds in sound quality and has a much stronger connection than the TaoTronics and the Phaisers. While the Phaisers (especially the 760) pumps out richer sound than the Slims, they have a pretty short range to them so I tend to reach for the Slim for most activities. I asked them to verify if my unit is a defect before I decide anything and will update this as things develop.
I got the replacement unit a week or so ago and this new Slim+ definitely "skips" less than the first Slim+. Major kudos to Anker for helping me through this! I still feel the volume is a shade lower than the Slim and hence not a notable "upgrade" but I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has never had bluetooth earbuds before. Upping to 4 stars.
4 Stars By armchair traveler on 2018-03-15
Anker's unparalleled focus on customer satisfaction raises the bar for competitors
At this price, the item appears to be of acceptable quality. Obviously, you get what you pay for. As for sound quality, a snug fit into the ear canal is a must. Yet a snug fit also causes sound to resonate (versus an open air style). This is not a problem if you are still but creates an audible thump with each step when walking, jogging, or running. A snug fit also interferes with the call feature as your own voice also resonates. For comparison, the earbuds that come with the phone is far better suited for this purpose. Positioning the earbuds to achieve a balance between sound quality and resonance is not difficult, yet, it remains sound is compromised. Bluetooth is the primary reason to purchase this item and in that regard it again is mediocre. The initial connections to my devices was easy enough but it is its ability to maintain a solid connection that degrades its overall performance. Dropped connections, beeps for no apparent reason, intermittent reduction in sound quality or volume are not uncommon. So far, the observed power is about four hours. I debated returning the item but in the end, even though glitchy, decided to keep it as I can see it can come into its own on train and airplane flights.
Update: Unexpectedly, a Anker representative reached out the day after my posting to address my less than satisfactory experience with the Soundbuds. Also unexpectedly, the rep offered a choice of several Anker products as recompense. We eventually settled on the Anker SoundBuds Bluetooth Earbuds (NB10). Due to Anker's singular focus on customer satisfaction I am raising my initial rating of the Soundbuds from three stars to four stars. To be clear, the Soundbuds are still the same. The game changer is Anker's exceptional customer service. In the future, Anker's customer support will be a high consideration when shopping for electronic devices.
5 Stars By Perfessor101 on 2018-03-19
Thank you Anker for a really good set of Soundbuds at an amazing price.
My wife and I have been shopping for wireless headsets to use with our iPhones for a good while and had pretty well settled on a couple of brands in the $150 to $200 price range when I came across the Anker Soundbuds Slim+. The price seemed too low for me to believe they could be any good, but as I have been very happy with Anker chargers and USB data port, I decided these were cheap enough to take a chance on. Less than 24 hours after mine arrived my wife insisted I order her a pair as well. The Soundbuds Slim+ are light enough and fit so comfortably in the ear it is easy to forget you are wearing them and the extra hooks and buds provided assure almost anyone a comfortable fit. The magnetic back is really convenient to keep them corralled when they are hanging around your neck and the case with its carabiner clip is generally a $10 extra at this price point. Initial pairing was easy and since then they pair quickly and reliably every time they are switched on. While I might wish the controls were a an inch or two further down the connecting wire, the operation is intuitive enough that we caught on quickly. Most surprising of all is how good the sound is. It is not the equal of a $300 over the ear set of headphones, but for normal day to day listening they are better than "good enough" and at this price point that is amazing. When flying I generally use over the ear headphones with active noise cancelation and while these do not have active sound cancellation, switching to the next size larger bud does an amazing job of shutting out environmental noise; close enough to my active noise cancelling over the ear headphones that the difference is academic. As to my wife's reaction, she just keeps saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" So I will say, "Thank you Anker for a good set of Soundbuds at an amazing price."
5 Stars By Mike on 2017-11-30
Bought these base on reviews being better than the other wireless buds I had seen and ...
Bought these base on reviews being better than the other wireless buds I had seen and the fact that Anker gives an 18 month warranty. I have other Anker products and have always been impressed that I get what is promised.
day 1 I opened the package and was able to pair with my iPhone 6s with no issue. Sound quality was pretty good through the headset, and the included buds fit. This is my first set of wireless buds, but past experience with wired buds have always been bad overall since they would not stay in. I like the little fin, the fit is good and they stay in much better than those without it. I gave them a full charge and decided to put them to the test on my next day at work.
Bluetooth range - I walked over 40 feet away to get coffee and sound stayed consistent, really impressed. Generally I keep my phone on me though so for headphones this is not normally an issue, but shows good signal.
Fit - overall stays in great, but I tend to have some issue with the collar on my shirt catching the cord. I am sure stay put great with shirts that don't have a collar. The buds cut off all other sounds around me (much to my wife's annoyance) when they are snug into the ear. as they work loose a little they still minimize external sound. I am looking forward to trying these out against my chainsaw and lawnmower, and of course on my next flight.
Sound - clear sound on everything from country to R&B. I ran through an assortment in my playlists and everything had great sound. Good operation of signal on the stereo tracks. If you want better sound then go ahead and spend over $100.00 on name brands, but if you want really great or perfect sound you are not going to use buds. I have not had a chance to try these out on phone call, but will update if there is an issue.
Battery - Only used for one day, but the drain running my music at about 60-70% of full sound looks like they will make it at least close to the promised 7 hours.
5 Stars By LL on 2018-02-15
Finally! After buying 2 other brand headphones
In the span of 3 weeks I have bought and return 2 headphones because they were terrible!
The first were the Soundpeats Q30 which had horrible Bluetooth range, headphones kept cutting out while in my pocket during workouts..
The second were the Taotronics TT-BH07 which weren’t good because the wire is flat and curls up, causing it to rub all over your face like a coil, and Bluetooth was horrible as well.. Also it didn’t come with a cord clip to clip on your shirt..
I finally got these on the 3rd try and I am finally happy! The cord is round, it comes with several tips and ear hooks, comes with a very nice case, and comes with a heavy duty cord clip to clip on your shirt. Bluetooth range has great range as well, I knew I should have went with Anker from the beginning.. I never had issues with them on any of there other items...
Compared to the other 2 headphones, these just also seem/feel like to just made with better quality... These are a Go!
Trust me if you don’t get these, look for Bluetooth headphones with round cord vs flat..
4 Stars By John Mann on 2018-03-17
I picked up these wireless earbuds about a week ago. They're really not that bad, but far from amazing. Only a few minor problems so far. I'm satisfied with my purchase for the price, but I think I will spend more on my next wireless earbud purchase in hopes of getting something that impresses me.
- The clarity of the sound is great, all the way to maximum volume. There's no distortion at louder settings, and you don't miss out on any notes.
- The battery life is also great - I have not had the opportunity to use them until they died, but I was still showing power reserve after a six hour usage at maximum volume, so I'm confident the claims are accurate.
- The earbuds and earclips(?) are comfortable against my ear even after long periods of time
- The maximum volume is pretty low. I'm not sure if that's a safety choice, or just a limitation with the speakers used in these earbuds, but I was not impressed.
- In addition, when you reach the maximum volume, your music is muted while the earbuds play a tone to let you know you've reached the maximum, but this is just an annoying interruption IMO.
- There's very, very little bass. I'm not a huge fan of earth-shattering bass, but if you're looking for any at all, these really don't have much.
- On occasion, after an hour or two of continuous usage, the earbuds like to drop the bluetooth connection and require me to turn them off and back on in order for them to connect again. I don't mind this too much, as I'm almost never listening for more than an hour at a time anyway, and it doesn't happen every single time I listen for more than an hour, just randomly.
- Also randomly, no more often than every half hour when it does happen, the earbuds emit a little static/popping noises which sound like if my phone were too far away, despite it being in my pocket. It is probably just some kind of interference, but I can't pinpoint any correlations yet.
- So far, I have not been able to get Siri to activate by using the instructions. Siri does work if I activate it from my phone, but pressing the button for 1 second as described doesn't seem to do anything for me. I'm probably just not hitting the sweet spot in timing, and I will keep trying, but it's rather difficult if that's the case.
5 Stars By Farhan Ahmad on 2017-11-11
Great, inexpensive headphones
I am not an audiophile, and I have always preferred the in-ear headphones. There have been a few relevant options, but most of those need the extra neckband for battery. My budget was around $150, so I first tried the Jaybird X3 Bluetooth headphones (the Freedom just didn't feel right for me). When I saw these Anker ones and read the excellent feedback about them, I was surprised enough that I gave them a try.
Out of the box, the Jaybird X3s weren't configured to my liking; low bass and high treble. I had to download their app and play around with a few sound profiles, but, surprisingly, I still couldn't get it right. That's when the Anker SoundBuds Slim+ arrived.
I tried the Anker SoundBuds out and was pleasantly surprised at how well they sounded. Interestingly, I wanted to use the Jaybird X3s again to finalize my pick, but I have not felt like spending the time to find the right sound profile. So, I will very likely end up returning the X3s in the next few days.
As expected, these have very few "features" compared to the X3s. With other electronics, I would have cared about this, but for wireless headphones, I am not very picky as long as they are in-ear, sound good enough, and have good battery life. These check all the boxes _and_ are inexpensive enough that it would not be a big deal if I lose them or break them.
I wish Anker had used a soft case instead of the hard case because the provided hard case takes up too much space. I will probably end up using one of my leftover soft cases to store these when traveling.
I have had these for about two weeks so far and still like them. If you are not an audiophile and don't care for all the bells and whistles that some other headphones provide, then the updated Anker SoundBuds Slim+ headphones are a great option.
5 Stars By Q on 2018-03-05
Solid for this price point!
Pleasantly surprised by these wireless earbuds. Rich and clean bass, even at higher volume (75% +). Mids and highs are clear, crisp, and vibrant. I can even hear subtleties in tracks that I listen to. These work well with different types of listening; bass heavy, classical, pop, podcasts...they all sound good. No noise bleed, so don't worry about disturbing others with these at higher volume.
Fit and form is good. With various ear tips, you can get just the right fit. Come with clips to keep them from moving around while doing rigorous activity. The construction of the headset is solid. Doesn't seem cheap in hand, but solid. I do wish the cord was a flat, tangle-free cord, though. Made of metal on the ends with magnets to keep them around your neck when not in use.
The functionality of the in-line remote is basic and solid. There are audible tones for on/off, pairing, and when you've maxed out the volume. Buttons are nice and raised, so they are easy to find without looking at it. Micro-usb port covered under rubber seal and easy to remove and put back in place, unlike other earbuds I've tried. I do wish there were a couple more hours of listening out of these buds, but at this price point, I'm satisfied.
3 Stars By Chris Kelly-Capone on 2018-03-28
not what I expected but The customer service was perfect!
(Please read to the bottom, I added an update)
I usually find anker products satisfying and maybe I set the bar too high for a budget product but I feel I could have saved a few $ for the same results. Phone calls sound washed out and when listening to music it is as if someone cranked up the treble knob. I waited and bought the + version because they were supposed to have used new tech to fix the bass problem the originals had.
Anker contacted me almost immediately after my original review and they offered to replace my possibly defective slim+ with the NB10 sport. I got the NB10’s today and these have MUCH better sound quality. I should have bought the NB10 the first go around. Thanks to the amazing customer service I am bumping this from a 1 star to a 3. I will go review the NB10’s now as 5 because of the quality vs cost + the great customer service. My Faith in Anker products has been restored.
2 Stars By Broon on 2017-12-22
Sound great, Bluetooth still a problem
01/12/2018 Update: Anker contacted me and then sent me a new pair to check out. So far they are working well. The bluetooth seems to be working as it should BUT will update if that changes. For now, because of Customer service and the new pair working well, I'm changing to 4 stars.
Update 2/5/18 earphones having same issues as first pair. Still sound great but have to reset after a half hours use so BT is still an issue. They did offer to replace or give me back my money so CS is great but will keep them for using around the house when my other earphones need recharging
Sound great, Bluetooth connection stinks. After about an hour of use they start to stutter and have to restart them. Battery life is as advertised. If it wasn’t for the Bluetooth problems these would be 5 stars but as is, they sit in my bag as a back up, in case my other ear buds run out of juice.