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Anker Soundcore Motion+ review

It's loud, sounds good, and packed full of features.
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May 11, 2022
Anker Soundcore Motion+
The bottom line
The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a solid all-around Bluetooth speaker that delivers a loud sound in an affordable package. Bonus features such as IPX7 water resistance, aptX, Bluetooth multipoint, and stereo pairing help it stand out from the crowd, while a fully custom EQ in the Soundcore app enables easy adjustments of the sound to your exact preferences.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a solid all-around Bluetooth speaker that delivers a loud sound in an affordable package. Bonus features such as IPX7 water resistance, aptX, Bluetooth multipoint, and stereo pairing help it stand out from the crowd, while a fully custom EQ in the Soundcore app enables easy adjustments of the sound to your exact preferences.
Release date

February 20, 2019

Price

Original: $139

May 2022: $106 USD

Dimensions

257 x 79 x 81 mm

Weight

1.05kg

Model Number

A3116

Waterproof

IPX7

What we like
IPX7 rating
SBC, aptX, wired audio, and Bluetooth multipoint
Stereo pairing with a second Motion+ speaker
Companion app with custom EQ
Microphone with voice assistant support
What we don't like
Not rated for dust resistance
Default sound lacks bass
Heavy

With the Soundcore Motion+, Anker aims to take on the tightly competitive Bluetooth speaker market. While it may not have fancy features such as the ability to charge your phone, or an optical input, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ aims to deliver good sound in a waterproof and portable package for everyday use.

Is this the best no-nonsense Bluetooth speaker, or should you stick to the tried and true from JBL, Sonos, and Bose? We spent two weeks with the Anker Soundcore Motion Plus to help you decide.

The Motion+ is a great speaker for students, as it’s loud enough for dorm room parties but durable and portable enough to be taken out during the day for a lunch picnic. If you like to listen to lossless audio via a wired connection and also want an on-the-go speaker, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a good option due to its 3.5mm aux input.

What’s it like to use the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

Anker Soundcore Motion+ buttons to control music playback.
Buttons on the top of the speaker control music playback and device connection.

Weighing in at just over a kilogram, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ is not the most portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s still small enough to fit in a backpack, but I prefer to use it at home. The wired and Bluetooth connectivity options provide easy mobility between a variety of rooms and devices, and the size of the speaker means it easily gets loud enough for small gatherings and parties.

With an IPX7 rating, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ also makes for a great pool party companion. However, without any dust resistance, you’ll want to be careful bringing this speaker to a beach. Hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts should probably look for something smaller like the JBL Clip 4 (which also has a dust-proof rating).

Anker Soundcore Motion+ in the rain
IPX7 water resistance means you can listen to your favorite jams in the rain or shower.

The rubberized silicone backing of the speaker provides grip for easy carrying in one hand or stable resting on any flat surface. Meanwhile, the metal grille encasing the speaker components provides a durable and premium feel beyond that of the fabric enclosures that encompass many similar waterproof speakers.

Unlike speakers with 360-degree sound like the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ only aims audio in a single direction. This means you need to be a little nitpicky about speaker placement. However, you can connect two Motion+ speakers together via wireless stereo pairing, which provides a much louder and more immersive sound.

You can choose from black, blue, and red for this Anker Bluetooth speaker.

How do you control the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

You control this speaker from the Soundcore app or directly with the buttons on the top of it. While not backlit, the buttons protrude from the speaker as clearly identifiable shapes, which makes it easy to operate without looking down. We’ve outlined all the different combinations of button taps below.

Power buttonBluetooth buttonMultifunction logo buttonBass button
Single press
Power button
Power on
Bluetooth button
Connect to device
Multifunction logo button
Play/pause, or answer/end call
Bass button
Activate/deactivate increased Bass EQ
Double press
Power button

Bluetooth button

Multifunction logo button
Next song
Bass button

Triple press
Power button

Bluetooth button

Multifunction logo button
Previous song
Bass button

Press and hold
Power button
Power off
Bluetooth button
Enter stereo pairing mode
Multifunction logo button
Switch audio source between phone and speaker, or end call
Bass button
Activate voice assistant

Should you download the Soundcore app?

The Soundcore app (iOS/Android) experience for the Motion+ is relatively simple, though it provides key features like an equalizer and firmware updates. Anker includes a selection of EQ presets within the app, including the bass boost preset. In fact, you can quickly trigger the bass boost mode from a button on the speaker. There’s also a fully custom nine-band equalizer built into the app, so you can tweak the sound of the speaker to your exact liking.

There’s not much else to experience within the app, though that may be a good thing. You probably don’t want to be digging around countless menus while on the go anyways.

What Bluetooth codecs does the Anker Soundcore Motion+ support?

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ uses Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC and aptX support. In theory, Bluetooth 5.0 supports a connection range up to 243m, but you’re unlikely to ever hit this metric. Still, you don’t have to worry about connection dropouts with the Anker Soundcore Motion+, especially within a standard 10m range even with physical barriers. The aptX Bluetooth codec offers superior transfer rates compared to SBC, though Apple devices can’t use it.

You can always use the fallback 3.5mm connection instead, assuming your phone has a headphone jack or you have a dongle.

Yes! To enable Bluetooth multipoint, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the speaker to your first device by clicking the Bluetooth button on the speaker and “pairing” in your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
  2. Then, press the Bluetooth button on the speaker again to pair to your second device.
  3. Once connected to your second device, the speaker will disconnect from the first device.
  4. When you go back into the Bluetooth settings on your first device and click on the speaker, it will re-pair to your first device.
  5. The speaker is now paired to both of your devices via Bluetooth multipoint.

How long does the battery last on the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

Anker Soundcore Motion+ charging port
A flap protects the charging port from water damage.

Anker promises 12 hours of battery life with the Soundcore Motion+, which is slightly less than the top competition at this price point. However, in our battery test of constant music playback peaking at 75dB(SPL), the speaker lasted 16 hours and 13 minutes. Seems Anker has taken an under-promise and over-deliver approach, which means you don’t have to worry about running out of charge during a day trip with this speaker.

It takes approximately four hours to charge the speaker using the included USB-C cable. There is no fast charging with the Soundcore Motion Plus.

How does the Anker Soundcore Motion+ sound?

A chart depicts the frequency response for the Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker, revealing its non-existent sub-bass and slightly under-emphasized bass relative to the mids and treble.
Like other standalone portable speakers, the Motion+ has a hard time reproducing sub-bass frequencies but does a good job with mids and treble.

Out of the box (chart above), the speaker leaves most sub-bass notes absent from the mix with a narrow 5dB boost from 55-100Hz relative to the red dotted line representing the ideal. This small boost is pretty normal for a portable speaker and necessary given how frequencies below 50Hz are virtually non-existent. It’s quite difficult for any portable speaker of this size to reproduce those low frequencies at a reasonable volume.

Since the Anker Soundcore Motion+ features a fully custom EQ within the Soundcore app, you can adjust the sound of the speaker to your liking. The speaker has dual tweeters and woofers angled upwards at a 15-degree angle to project the sound up and out. The maximum volume is loud enough for a small indoor or outdoor party—in most listening instances I rarely have to increase the volume above 50%.

Lows, mids, and highs

A chart depicts the frequency response for the Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker with the Bass Up EQ enabled, which is preferable for outdoor listening.
Most consumers will probably prefer the “BassUp” EQ, and it’s a must if you’re outside.

Clicking the “BassUp” button on the speaker, or simply increasing the low-frequency response within the EQ, provides a more enjoyable music listening experience for bass heads. With “BassUp” enabled, 55-100Hz frequencies will sound 10-15dB louder than mids that range from 200-600Hz. This may seem extreme but it makes it easier for you to hear bass lines over the sound of wind or traffic. You still won’t feel the deep rumbles of a Hans Zimmer track like you would with a dedicated sub-woofer speaker setup though.

When you turn on “BassUp,” the Anker Soundcore Motion+ slightly under-emphasizes treble (3kHz and higher), which leaves hi-hats and other cymbals sounding quiet in tracks such as Daydreaming by Milky Chance. Still, this is easy enough to remedy with a slight boost to the highest frequency bands within the Soundcore equalizer.

Can you use the Anker Soundcore Motion+ for phone calls?

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ has a microphone located next to the “BassUp” button on the top of the speaker, which you can use to answer calls without your phone. Your voice won’t sound very clear to the person on the other end of the call, especially if you aren’t close to and directly facing the speaker, though this is pretty typical for this type of product.

Anker Soundcore Motion+ microphone demo (Ideal):

Anker Soundcore Motion+ microphone demo (Street):

How does this microphone sound to you?

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Should you buy the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

Anker Soundcore Motion+ on ledge
The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a fun speaker to use, and doesn’t completely break the bank.

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is one of the best jack-of-all-trades Bluetooth speakers you can buy. It doesn’t have a single standout feature, but it’s good at pretty much everything that matters. Speakers from competitors may be more durable, louder, sound better, or more portable, but none bring together as complete a package as Anker has with the Soundcore Motion+.

Anker Soundcore Motion+
Anker Soundcore Motion+
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Beyond a solid design and good sound, Anker throws in tons of bonus features such as Bluetooth multipoint, aptX, a custom EQ, a microphone with voice assistant support, and stereo pairing. The fact that you can now find the speaker on sale for around $100 USD makes the Anker Soundcore Motion+ a no-brainer.

We like the Motion Plus for its aptX support, 3.5mm audio input for wired playback, and its integrated microphone. You don’t get any of these things with the JBL Flip 6. However, the Flip 6 does have an IP67 rating, 360-degree audio, and passive bass radiators for optimal bass output.

Like many JBL speakers, you can find the Flip 6 for $129 USD but it occasionally dips below that around the holidays or general sale seasons.

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What should you get instead of the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

JBL Charge 5 resting on a wooden step with deer antlers next to it.
The Charge 5 is a great adventure companion.

For only a little more money, you could get the JBL Charge 5 instead. This Bluetooth speaker has an IP67 rating for full water and dust protection, loud sound, and the ability to charge your phone using the speaker’s massive battery. However, you will have to compromise on its lack of a microphone and inability to play music wired.

If you love the Anker brand but aren’t sold on the Soundcore Motion+, there are a couple of other speakers worth checking out. The Anker Motion Boom is best for rugged adventures, with its carrying handle and ability to float. Then there’s the Anker Soundcore 3, which is smaller and quieter but costs only half as much as the Soundcore Motion+. You can also check out our full list of the best Bluetooth speakers to find the perfect speaker for your needs.

Frequently asked questions about the Anker Soundcore Motion+

Follow these directions to pair two Motion+ speakers together:

  1. First, turn both speakers on.
  2. Then, press the Bluetooth button on both speakers at the same time for 5-8 seconds until the Bluetooth light flashes white.
  3. Release the Bluetooth button for both speakers and wait a couple of seconds for the speakers to pair together.
  4. Once a connection is established, you’re ready to go.

Connect the speaker to your device and press “Update Firmware” within the app. The speaker will restart twice during the update process, so hold tight until the app says the update is complete.