Anker is launching a new pair of athletic wireless earbuds under its Soundcore brand that feature a unique hook design that fits snugly around your ears.
Called the Sport X10 earbuds, they’re made with comfort in mind, the company says. In an opinion (opens in new tab), Anker claims people have complained that athletic earbuds have a “bulky design” and often fall out during a sweaty workout. Anker’s solution was to add earhooks that rotate 210 degrees so people can adjust the buds until they find that sweet spot.
To fight sweat, the Sport X10 has a water resistance rating of IPX7 (opens in new tab) which means they can be submerged up to a meter under water. The devices also feature Soundcore’s SweatGuard technology to protect “from the caustic properties of sweat.” Anker is so confident in the X10’s water resistance that it claims you can rinse the earbuds under a tap after a hard workout and they’ll still work.
battery and sound
Sweat guard and hooks aside, the Sport X10 buds have fairly long battery life and a range of features for optimal audio. They can last up to eight hours on a single charge, or 32 hours when used with the charging case. Anker also added a quick-charge feature to allow “two hours of playback” from a 10-minute charge.
Under the hood of the Sport X10 are 10mm dynamic drivers with Soundcore’s BassUp feature, which adjusts a song’s bass level in real-time. You can also control the sound of the earbuds by connecting them to the Soundcore app (available for iOS and Android) and choosing one of 22 EQ presets. For people who want even more control, the app offers a custom 9-band EQ setting to tweak the finer details.
Other notable features include a six-microphone system for making calls and hybrid noise-cancellation to block out ambient noise. On a windy day, you can enable wind noise cancellation in the app to further improve call quality. Conversely, the earbuds have a transparency mode so you can hear the outside world and pay attention to what’s happening.
And the last key feature for the Sport X10 earbuds is the stereo mode (opens in new tab) to control songs. For example, a double press on the right earbud will play or pause a song, while a double press on the left earbud will skip a track.
Although not as impressive as that Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earphones, the Sport X10 is still a decent package. The earbuds are available in the US ($79), Europe (€99), UK (£89) and Canada (CAD 119). You can dress the pair up in either black or oat white Soundcore website (opens in new tab) or Amazon (opens in new tab). A red model is planned for late July to early August; no exact date given.
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