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Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 03, 2020 at 08:18 am
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7.1
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are versatile truly wireless in-ear headphones that offer good value. They’re quite well-built, reasonably comfortable, and should do a good job of staying in your ear when you’re on the move. They have a decently well-balanced sound profile that provides a bit of extra bass to keep you pumped up, but not to the point where it overwhelms finer details. Their case is advertised to hold enough charge for just under 100 hours of playback, so they’ll be able to cope with the daily grind without completely running out of battery. On the downside, their control scheme is somewhat limited in functionality and takes some time to get used to.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are decent for mixed usage. They’re well-built and decently comfortable, so they shouldn’t be too fatiguing to wear for extended periods. While their 7.3-hour battery life isn’t best in class, it should be more than enough to get you through the day when you take their charging case with you. They provide a reasonably well-balanced sound profile overall that’s versatile enough for everything from audiobooks to EDM.

Pros
  • Outstanding total battery life.
  • Punchy, reasonably well-balanced sound profile.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Impressive noise isolation and audio leakage performance.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bluetooth audio latency too high for streaming video without audio lag.
  • No companion app to customize listening experience.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are alright for neutral sound. They provide an amazingly consistent listening experience with overemphasized bass, very accurate mids, and slightly dull treble. Unfortunately, like most truly wireless in-ear headphones, they have a very closed-off soundstage.

Pros
  • Punchy, reasonably well-balanced sound profile.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Closed-off soundstage.
  • No companion app to customize listening experience.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are a very good choice for commuting and traveling. They’re extremely portable, quite well-built, and do a solid job of isolating you from ambient noise. Their advertised near-100-hour total battery life should be more than enough to get you through a couple of long trips if you put them back in their case to charge every once in a while.

Pros
  • Outstanding total battery life.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Impressive noise isolation and audio leakage performance.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bluetooth audio latency too high for streaming video without audio lag.
  • No companion app to customize listening experience.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are a great pick for sports and fitness. Once you find the right-sized stability sleeves and ear tips to ensure a tight seal, they shouldn’t fall out of your ears even if you’re moving around vigorously. They’re also quite sturdy and are rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, though we don’t test that claim. On the downside, their control scheme is missing volume controls and is a little unintuitive due to its single-button layout.

Pros
  • Punchy, reasonably well-balanced sound profile.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Unintuitive control scheme lacks functionality.
7.0 Office

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are decent for office use. They block out quite a bit of sound, meaning that you shouldn’t hear the chatter of nearby coworkers, and barely leak any audio, so you can listen to your music at very high volumes without having to worry about disrupting people nearby. Unfortunately, they don’t support multi-device pairing, which is a little annoying if you tend to switch between your phone and computer when listening to content.

Pros
  • Outstanding total battery life.
  • Impressive noise isolation and audio leakage performance.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • No companion app to customize listening experience.
  • No multi-device pairing
5.2 Wireless Gaming

Due to their high latency, the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 aren't suitable for wireless gaming.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are truly wireless headphones and can't be used wired.

6.5 Phone Calls

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are okay for making phone calls. Those on the other end of the line should hear your voice as sounding clear and almost completely free of distortion, but their integrated mic struggles to isolate speech from loud ambient noise.

Pros
  • Punchy, reasonably well-balanced sound profile.
  • Secure, decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Integrated microphone struggles to separate speech from ambient noise.
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Anker Life Dot 2 are fairly traditional-looking truly wireless headphones. They’re a little on the bigger side and stick further outside of the ears than the smaller Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, but they’re also a long way from being annoyingly cumbersome or bulky. The buds feature a primarily glossy plastic construction, though the center caps are made of a matte speckled material that adds a bit of contrast.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Anker Life Dot 2 are decently comfortable. They enter pretty deeply into the ear canal but don’t exert much in the way of pressure, so they shouldn’t be too irritating to wear throughout long listening sessions. They come with a pretty broad selection of ear tips and stability sleeves, so finding a comfortable, secure seal shouldn’t be too hard.

5.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

They have a somewhat disappointing control scheme that can take some time to get used to due to their one-button layout. Functions comprise pausing and playing music, track skipping and rewinding, and accepting or rejecting phone calls, which are achieved through hold or tap commands. Unfortunately, there are no volume controls. A single tap on either bud pauses and plays music, but also answers calls while a 1s press rejects them. Meanwhile, a 1s press on the right bud skips forward and a 1s press on the left one rewinds. Mobile voice assistants are activated via a quick double-tap on either bud. Thankfully, a beeping audio prompt is heard when inputs are registered.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.3 "
W 1.2 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 1.7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Anker Life Dot 2 are exceptionally portable. They’re small enough to fit into your pocket and have strong magnets in each bud to keep them together. That said, their included charging case is a little on the bulky side.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.2 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.7 "
Volume 8.2 Cu. Inches

These headphones come with a good charging case. It feels solid and looks somewhat premium, with dense construction and glossy plastic interior. The large battery inside is advertised as providing 100 hours of total playback, but that comes at the cost of portability.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Anker Life Dot 2 feel well-built. The buds are made of high-grade plastic and are rated IPX5 for water and sweat resistance, though that isn’t something we test for. Their charging case feels quite sturdy, so it should take a few drops and bumps without sustaining much in the way of damage.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Anker Life Dot 2 are quite stable in the ear. Once you find the right-sized stability sleeves and ear tips, they create a pretty tight seal in the ear and shouldn’t fall out, even during high-intensity workouts. That said, if you're looking for truly wireless headphones that are even less likely to fall out of your ears, take a look at the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless.

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In The Box

  • Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 5x Ear tips
  • 3x Stability sleeves
  • USB-C Charging cable
  • Quick start guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.39 db
Treble Amount
-1.47 db

The Anker Life Dot 2's sound profile is reasonably well-balanced overall. Bass is overemphasized across the range but very flat, which adds some thump and rumble to your favorite EDM and hip-hop tracks without much in the way of boominess. Mids are reproduced very accurately, so vocals and instruments should also be clear and present, but a dip in the treble range slightly dulls some finer details. You may want to take a look at the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless if you want a pair of truly wireless headphones with a less overemphasized bass response and more even treble range.

9.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.05 dB

The frequency response consistency is superb. So long as you’ve attached the right-sized ear tips and sleeves, you should be able to achieve a practically identical listening experience every time you wear them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.1 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.99 dB
Mid-Bass
4.1 dB
High-Bass
2.68 dB

The Anker Life Dot 2 have very good bass accuracy. It’s overemphasized but very flat across the range, so there should be enough thump and rumble to please bass-hungry listeners without sounding overpowering or boomy.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.56 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.28 dB
High-Mid
-0.78 dB

Their mid-range accuracy is excellent. It’s quite flat across the entire range, so vocals should sound full, clear, and present. While a small dip in the middle of the mid-range nudges vocals slightly toward the back of the mix, this shouldn’t be too noticeable for most listeners.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.78 dB
Low-Treble
-2.8 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.78 dB
High-Treble
-3.57 dB

The Anker Life Dot 2’s treble accuracy is decent. While vocals and instruments should sound reasonably bright and airy, a dip in the low-treble range veils some finer details.

8.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.14 db
Dips
1.34 db

The peaks and dips performance is very good. There aren’t too many severe shifts throughout the range, though a dip in the mid-mid range recesses some vocals and instruments while an even steeper drop in the low-treble range causes a loss in clarity and detail.

8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.21
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.78

The Anker Life Dot 2’s stereo imaging performance is very good. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are remarkably well-matched in regards to frequency, amplitude, and phase response, so they can model the location of objects in the stereo field with reasonable accuracy. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.1

These headphones have a terrible passive soundstage, which is normal for closed-back in-ear headphones. They completely bypass outer-ear interaction and employ a closed-back design, creating an extremely closed-off listening experience that causes sound to perceived as coming from the inside of your head rather than in front of you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don’t have any virtual soundstage features.

7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.249
WHD @ 100
0.141

The Anker Life Dot 2 have good weighted harmonic distortion performance. While some distortion is present at higher frequencies, it still falls within acceptable limits and shouldn’t be noticeable overall.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. These results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
8.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-24.47 dB
Bass
-10.09 dB
Mid
-20.52 dB
Treble
-43.62 dB

The Anker Life Dot 2 do a good job of passively blocking out ambient noise. They perform quite well in the mid and treble range, so you shouldn’t have to crank up your music to drown out chatting coworkers or the high-pitched hum of a nearby AC unit. That said, some sound in the bass range might sneak in, so you'll probably hear the rumbling of bus engines if you wear them on your commute.

9.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
21.38 dB

The Anker Life Dot 2 deliver incredible audio leakage performance. You should be able to listen to your music at very high volumes without worrying about disrupting people nearby, even in a quiet room.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have an integrated microphone.

6.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
253.98 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.27 dB
HFE
3225.4 Hz
Weighted THD
0.022
Gain
-6.38 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is okay. While your voice should sound clear and almost completely distortion-free to those on the other end of the line, it might also be lacking body and detail.

5.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
9.33 dB

Like most truly wireless Bluetooth headphones, the Anker Life Dot 2’s microphone struggles to isolate speech from ambient noise. These might not be the best choice if you frequently make calls in loud or crowded environments.

Active Features
7.3
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.3 hrs
Additional Charges
12.5
Total Battery Life
98.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

These headphones offer a decent battery life of 7.3 hours. That’s much less than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless’ 13-hour battery life, but that’s somewhat mitigated by the fact that they have a case that provides just under 100 hours of charge according to the manufacturer, but we don't test this. There’s no master bud, so one can be used while the other charges in the case. They also have a standby timer, turning off the headphones after two minutes of inactivity. Anker indicates that a 10-minute charge yields 90 minutes of playback in their promotional material, but we also don’t test for this.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don’t have a companion app.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
233 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
213 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
205 ms
Android Latency
177 ms

The Anker Life Dot 2 are Bluetooth 5.0-compatible but unfortunately don’t support multi-device or NFC pairing. While their latency on PC and mobile devices is too high to play video games or stream videos without noticeable audio lag, some apps do a better job of compensating for this, so your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Anker Life Dot 2 are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones can’t be used wired.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only be used for PC gaming via Bluetooth, and aren’t PS4-compatible. Their relatively high latency makes them a poor fit for gaming anyway.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones only support Bluetooth connections. As such, they aren’t compatible with Xbox One consoles.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Anker Life Dot 2’s case holds enough charge for almost 100 hours of playback according to the manufacturer, but doesn’t have any inputs.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are versatile truly wireless in-ear headphones with a high price-to-performance ratio. They’re quite well-built, reasonably comfortable, and provide a decently well-balanced listening experience. On the downside, their one-button control scheme lacks some functionality and takes some getting used to. If you’re looking for similar options, take a look at our list of recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50, the best true wireless headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless and the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are very similar truly wireless headphones. The Life Dot 2 block out more ambient noise, feature a better integrated mic, and have a much longer total runtime of close to 100 hours. Conversely, the Life P2 support the aptX Bluetooth codec and have much lower latency on mobile Android and iOS devices.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless and Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wirelessare very well-matched for mixed usage. The Liberty Air 2 have a more comprehensive touch-sensitive control scheme, an integrated microphone that does a better job of isolating speech from ambient noise, and a dedicated companion app with a graphic EQ and audio presets. On the other hand, the Life Dot 2 are a bit cheaper, have a much longer total battery life, and marginally better noise isolation performance.

Mpow M30 Truly Wireless

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are similarly-performing truly wireless headphones. The Mpow have an easier-to-use control scheme, a more stable fit, and a higher IPX8 rating for water resistance, although we don’t test for that. Meanwhile, the Anker have a much longer battery life, a better-balanced sound profile, and reduce the volume of ambient noise more effectively.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Anker are well-suited for the daily commute and working in the office, since they’re better at blocking out ambient noise, leak less audio, and have a longer battery life. The TaoTronics are better for sports and fitness, since they offer a more secure fit and have a control scheme that’s easier to use when you’re on the move.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones for mixed usage than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. The Samsung offer a more comfortable, stable fit, a better-balanced sound profile with EQ presets in their companion app, as well as a longer battery life off of a single charge. Conversely, the Anker block out more ambient noise and have a case that yields almost four times the battery life as that of the Samsung.

JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are slightly better overall than the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless. The Anker are better-built, more stable in the ear, block out more ambient noise, and leak less audio. They have a much longer total battery life of almost 100 hours, not to mention a battery-saving standby mode. However, the JBL have an easier-to-use control scheme and a better-balanced sound profile.

TOZO T12 Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are slightly better for mixed usage than the TOZO T12 Truly Wireless. The Anker offer a more neutral listening experience, block out a greater amount of ambient noise, and have a better integrated microphone. However, their largest advantage is their battery life: not only do they last longer off of a single charge, they also have a case that yields almost 100 hours of total runtime, which comfortably eclipses the TOZO’s 23.9-hour total battery life. With that said, the TOZO have slightly lower latency on mobile devices, charge a bit faster, and have a higher IPX8 rating for water resistance, though we don’t currently test for this.

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