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Anker SoundBuds Life Neckband With Water Resistant Earbuds!

Monday, July 03, 2017

The popularity of Neckband style Bluetooth earbuds isn't surprising since they look awesome and they are practical too!
The neckband design makes managing the earbuds easier because they do away with the annoyance of tangled cables thanks to the introduction of the neckband, which holds the earbuds in the band when you're done with them.
Another plus you get with a pair neckband style headphones like the Anker SoundBuds Life is super long battery life. The SoundBuds Life give you a cool 18+ hours of battery life, along with magnetized earbuds and silicone neckband that stops the band sliding on your neck.
The multi-function (triangle) button on the left side of the SoundBuds Life neckband doubles as the Play/Pause button, Answer/End call button and voice control button to activate Siri or Google Assistant. To activate the voice control, hold the button down for 1 second.
You can also reject a call and transfer a call between the headphones and your phone by holding the multi-function triangle button for 1 second while you are receiving a call and/or during a call. The SoundBuds Life also have a vibration alert feature for incoming calls (the white LED will flash during an incoming call).
The left side of the SoundBuds Life neckband also features the built-in microphone, power button and LED indicator. The power button is also the Bluetooth pairing button. Hold down the power button for 4 seconds to enter pairing mode (white LED flashes rapidly). Once paired, you can manually unpair the connected device by holding down the volume (+) button for 3 seconds). Once connected, the white LED will show steady.
The right side of the SoundBuds Life features the volume controls: volume down (-) and volume up (+) as well as the micro USB charging port (with seal)
The volume controls also double as the skip buttons. Long press to skip tracks forwards or backwards, and single press to increase or decrease the volume. 
The built-in rechargeable battery lasts around 20 hours on moderate volume and it's fully charged in just 90 minutes. The battery charges pretty fast so from a quick 10-minute charge you can get 90 minutes of playtime.
The neckband along with the earbuds weigh 59 grams so they are pretty lightweight. The neckband sits around the neck comfortably while the earbuds are water resistant with an IPX5 rating.
The SoundBuds Life earbuds have a nice weight to them with a sleak silver finish housing that houses 10mm drivers with a flat frequency response between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. The lows and highs are nicely balanced so the bass isn't overpowered nor lacking. The sound produced is clear and crisp with volume that can be turned up pretty loud.
Inside the box, you get a SoundBuds Life neckband, micro USB charging cable, earbud tips (XS/S/M/L), soft pouch, user guide and warranty card.

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