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Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review

The Soundcore Sport X10 meet all the requirements to be a very good pair of wireless sports earphones. They offer a secure and comfortable fit, strong sound with room for customization, and solid battery life.

A special 210° rotatable ear hook is included with the Anker Soundcore Sport X10 wireless earbuds to help you obtain the ideal fit. And it all costs only £90 ($80). Anker’s Soundcore line of affordable audio equipment has long featured beautiful, modern designs and, frequently, one-of-a-kind features; the Sport X10’s appearance is the most recent example of this. These might be the wireless earphones you’ve been looking for if you want to work out.

The Sport X10s don’t just have a distinctive look; they also have SweatGuard technology, which is said to protect against the corrosive effects of sweat, and full IPX7 water resistance. Additionally, when you purchase a pair of Sport X10, you receive a free 30-day trial of the Fiit fitness app, and you can use the Soundcore app to further adjust the sound of your X10 as well. Like many other wireless buds, the Sport X10 feature Bluetooth 5.2, a charging case, and a six-microphone array that includes active noise-canceling for calls.

Additionally, the Sport X10s are capable of playing music for 8 hours on a single charge, while the charging case offers 3 additional charges. Try them out or, as an alternative, take a look at our list of the best sports headphones if you’re looking for an unusual set of sporty earbuds that won’t break the bank and offer something a little different on the design front.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Design and comfort

With a thinner frame, rotatable hooks, and no-touch controls, these earbuds have the same beautiful form as Anker’s Liberty Pro range. This final compromise is difficult (more on that later). Nevertheless, the Sport X10’s sturdy construction cannot be disputed. Most of the design is made of solid plastic, which is durable enough to endure the punishment most ardent exercisers subject their buds to. The Sport X10 is sweatproof and waterproof in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes thanks to IPX7 and SweatGuard technology.

The charging case is not particularly impressive. It has the same small, pill-shaped design as many of its rivals, a pairing button, a USB-C charging connector, and other features. The LED on the front that also serves as a button to open the casing distinguishes this variant from the others in one little way. The case’s construction is adequate, but I thought it could have used stronger magnets and a more durable lid. Now let’s discuss those hooks. They can rotate up to 210 degrees, are flexible, and are pleasant on the ear. Anker’s rotating method requires practice to master, but once done, installing and storing the earbuds in the case is simple. During runs and lateral-heavy activities, I felt safe and stable in my fit. The tips formed a tight seal around the canal, minimizing slippage.

Throughout the exercises, comfort was average. Since the buds gradually exert pressure on the concha, which becomes uncomfortable after two hours of use, I wouldn’t advise wearing them for casual listening. The comfort is impacted by the physical controls.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Controls

The Soundcore Sport X10 earpieces, which come in red, black, or off-white, use hooks that latch over the top of your ears for an extra-secure fit. These unique ear hooks don’t contain a moldable material; instead, they swivel at the base and have a tension that snaps back into place and naturally latches over and onto the upper section of the ear. They apply light pressure to keep the fit snug.

However, if you exercise while wearing glasses these hooks may compete for space on your ear with larger frames or may swivel out of position when you take them off. In addition to five pairs of silicone eartips that range in size from extra tiny to extra big, the box also comes with ear hooks. These eartips make it simple to get the perfect in-canal fit. The audio is output internally by 10mm dynamic drivers. The pair supports the AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs and is Bluetooth 5.2 compliant.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Sound Quality

The X10 prioritizes bass and power, like many other Soundcore earbuds, but if you spend some time fiddling with the EQ settings in the accompanying app, you can get a more satisfying sound for individuals who don’t need that thudding bass.

The Sport employs Soundcore’s own BassUp technology, which analyzes sound in real-time to enhance bass performance, in addition to its 10mm dynamic drivers. On that front, it most definitely did not let me down. That warmth is pleasant rather than obtrusive even at moderate volumes. Although you won’t get buttery smooth mids or sparkling treble performance, the overall sound quality is excellent, and these earbuds sound surprisingly balanced for sports earphones.

There are several EQ presets and a manual EQ option available in the companion app if you wish to further fine-tune the sound. There are a wide variety of presets, some of which are specifically designed for podcasts and spoken word, such as Soundcore’s own Signature EQ that amplifies the bass. There is an opportunity to make your own presets if the default ones don’t work for you. The sleek-looking software has more to offer, including guided breathing exercises you may do before a workout or whenever you need a moment of relaxation. It’s a fantastic addition to the overall package.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Noise cancellation

Although there was some background noise when the ANC mode was on, playback was unaffected. The Soundcore Sport X10’s noise canceling feature significantly decreased low- and medium-frequency sounds, but barely at all seemed to affect high-frequency sources. For instance, the sound of a lawnmower was fairly muffled, and voices faded further into the distance. On the other hand, the majority of the sounds were either birdsong or unusual ringing tones.

The background noise increased in transparency mode, which was unquestionably a drawback. As these sports headphones insulated very tightly from the environment, outside noises were helpfully augmented, increasing one’s own safety, especially during outside exercises. Announcements could be understood when they were halted without taking out the in-ears.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Setup

The Sport X10 is simple to pair, and Google Fast Pair had me up and running on Android in no time. With iOS, I soon made the link, and it was the same with Android. Although some of Anker’s other earbuds’ features, like the Liberty line’s more control options, aren’t quite as broad, most of them are still present. With 21 presets to pick from and an eight-band equalization for customizing the EQ, it will look familiar. When you sign into your Soundcore account, you can utilize them with the Sport X10 if you’ve previously created your own.

Though I do believe it was a mistake for Anker to move Wind Noise Reduction to the settings menu rather than put it somewhere more apparent, you can also select ANC or ambient mode right from the app. It makes sense that it wouldn’t be accessible through the earbuds’ built-in controls, but its presence isn’t immediately apparent. It seems strange to me to include a feature like that in the same menu as firmware updates and the user manual for activity-focused earbuds.

Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review: Battery Life

The X10 earphones have an 8-hour battery life rating on a single charge. Although this appears to be correct, take in mind that earbud ratings are based on playback at a medium volume. Expect more than 6 hours of playback time per charge if you’re blasting your music at maximum volume. Three recharges are offered by the charging case, giving a total of 32 hours of playback. With ANC on, you’ll get noticeably less life, but that’s to be expected.

In less than 90 minutes, the earphones can be fully charged. If you only need a quick charge, it will take 10 minutes to get 2 hours of playback. A little under 2 hours are needed to fully charge the charging case using USB Type-C. The lid release button on the device really makes it possible to see the charging state. It is transparent and has a row of three LEDs inside. When the earphones are charging, the left and right lights will blink before going out. When the case is charging, the center light will flash; once the battery is fully charged, it will turn solid.

Final words

The Anker Soundcore Sport X10 are a high-quality, reasonably priced pair of running headphones that, thanks to their great bass, will particularly appeal to anyone who enjoys running to a pounding beat. Although the lack of touch controls is disappointing, the battery life is good, they are pleasant to wear for extended periods of time, and thanks to their innovative twisting hook design, they can fit into a surprisingly small case.

Dian Erwin
Dian Erwin is a writer for Bollyinside, covering topics related to computing, such as laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. Tony spends much too much of his free time on Twitter, reading speculative fiction novels, playing video games, and reading comic books. He also enjoys reading video game manuals.

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The Anker Soundcore Sport X10 is a high-quality and affordable running headphone that will appeal to those who like to run to a pounding beat, thanks to its powerful bass. Although the lack of touch controls is disappointing, the battery life is good, they are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.Anker Soundcore Sport X10 review