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Anker Soundcore Motion 300 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 01, 2023 at 10:27 am
Latest change: Writing modified Dec 11, 2023 at 08:36 am
Anker Soundcore Motion 300 Picture
6.2
Music
5.4
Videos/Movies
7.2
Podcasts
5.6
Voice Assistant
7.5
Outdoors

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for listening on the go. It has a small, lightweight design with an IPX7 rating for water resistance. The speaker adjusts its audio reproduction based on how you orient it through its Smart Tune technology, so you get the best possible sound, whether upright, on its back, or hanging from its detachable strap. With over eleven hours of playtime, it's great for longer days outdoors.

Our Verdict

6.2 Music

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is acceptable for music. The speaker's Smart Tune technology is designed to optimize the audio reproduction based on how you orient it. It comes with many different preset modes and a graphic EQ to help you customize its performance to your liking. This is especially useful since its default sound is lacking in the treble, which adds a dull quality to the sound. Voices and lead instruments are reproduced clearly, though the speaker struggles to reproduce a deep low-bass.

Pros
  • Lots of sound customization tools.
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • Lacks low-bass.
5.4 Videos/Movies

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 isn't designed for movies, but if you want to watch a video through a paired smartphone, it can get the job done. The speaker lets you pair to up to two devices at once over Bluetooth, and while latency is on the higher side, some apps compensate for this differently. Dialogue is reproduced with clarity. Of course, given its small size, it won't bring a deep, cinematic rumble in the bass, but that's to be expected.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Higher latency via Bluetooth.
7.2 Podcasts

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is decent for podcasts. With a balanced mid-range, this speaker reproduces dialogue and voices with clarity and accuracy. You can even use its Voice preset to emphasize dialogue for a better listening experience. The speaker's portable enough to bring with you from room to room during longer episodes, and it pairs with up to two devices simultaneously. That said, while it gets decently loud for a small device, it has some compression as you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Lots of sound customization tools.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
5.6 Voice Assistant

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 doesn't have built-in voice assistant support. However, you can pair it with a voice assistant-enabled smartphone to use the assistant through your device. The speaker performs best with Google Assistant in noisier settings and when you're farther away, but you can also use Siri if you prefer.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • No built-in support.
7.5 Outdoors

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is good for outdoor use. This small, lightweight speaker is easy to bring with you, and you can strap it to a bag or backpack as you travel around. It's solid and sturdy, with an IPX7 rating for water resistance. It's designed so you can switch up its orientation based on what's convenient to you, and the speaker adjusts its output accordingly for the best possible sound. It still gets pretty loud for a small speaker, although there's some compression as you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • IPX7 rating for water resistance.
  • Lots of sound customization tools.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • 6.2 Music
  • 5.4 Videos/Movies
  • 7.2 Podcasts
  • 5.6 Voice Assistant
  • 7.5 Outdoors
  1. Updated Dec 11, 2023: Added more information about stereo pairing to the App box.
  2. Updated Dec 01, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 27, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Nov 16, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Nov 03, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Oct 25, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 comes in Black. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the forums.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker. Like other speakers in the Motion lineup, it's designed for on-the-go listening thanks to its portable design with dust and water resistance. It also has some good features for the price, like Smart Tune technology to adjust its sound based on its positioning.

See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best outdoor speakers, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

JBL Flip 6

The JBL Flip 6 and the Anker Soundcore Motion 300 are both good choices for listening on the go. The JBL can reproduce a better low-frequency extension, so you enjoy more bass in the mix. However, unlike the Anker, it has to downmix stereo content into mono. The Anker gets louder, too, with a longer-lasting battery life. Plus, it supports voice assistants through a paired smartphone, unlike the JBL.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is better for music than the Anker Soundcore Motion 300. The Motion+ has a better low-frequency extension, meaning you get more thump and rumble in the bass. Its battery life is longer-lasting, too. That said, the Motion 300's detachable strap makes it more suitable for on-the-go listening, which you may prefer.

Anker Soundcore 3

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 and the Anker Soundcore 3 are both lightweight, portable speakers with small form factors. While the Soundcore 3 has a longer continuous battery life, the Motion 300 is better in most other aspects. It features Bluetooth multi-device pairing and a better voice assistant performance. It also gets louder without as many compression artifacts.

Bose SoundLink Flex

The Bose SoundLink Flex and the Anker Soundcore Motion 300 are portable Bluetooth speakers with similar designs. Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Bose can reproduce more low-bass, which is great for genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, unlike the Anker, it has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it back. The Anker gets louder, too, with a longer-lasting battery life. Plus, its companion app has more customization tools, like a graphic EQ.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 and the Anker Soundcore Motion 300 are both solid wallet-friendly options from the manufacturer. The Flare 2 boasts a 360-degree design with customizable RGB lights. Meanwhile, the Motion 300 is designed for on-the-go listening with a detachable strap. The Motion supports multi-device pairing, unlike the Flare 2, and it has a longer-lasting battery life. Plus, it gets louder. However, its low-frequency extension isn't as impressive as the Flare 2, so you notice less bass in the mix.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for on-the-go listening. It has a solid, rugged look with the distinct Soundcore logo on the front. There's a detachable nylon strap, so you can clip it to your bag, too.

9.2
Design
Portability
Volume
59 inยณ (969 cmยณ)
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This small, lightweight speaker is easy to bring wherever you go. It's battery-powered, so you don't need to plug it into an outlet to use it.

7.1
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

Overall, this speaker feels very sturdy and solid, which is great for listening on the go. It's covered in silicone, which the manufacturer says helps with impact resistance. A metal grille in front protects the drivers inside. The USB port is protected by a tight rubber seal, and rubber feet on the bottom and back of the speaker help to hold it in place, whether standing up or laying on its back. The nylon strap feels cheap, but it's still sturdy enough to hold if you attach it to your bag or backpack.

7.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
Yes (Physical)
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

On top of the speaker, there are some simple-to-use controls. You can power the speaker on/off, adjust the volume, and turn on the Xtra Bass preset from the control. The play/pause button lets you skip to different tracks and answer/end phone calls, and you can hold it down to activate the voice assistant. Holding the Bluetooth pairing button lets you pair to another compatible speaker. The buttons are backlit for easier use in low-light settings, and there's some audible feedback to let you know when you've turned the device on and off. Plus, the power button blinks red to tell you when the battery is low and white to let you know you've reached max volume.

Design
In The Box

  • Soundcore Motion 300 speaker
  • Manuals
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable (length: 23 in / 58.4 cm)

Sound
5.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.29
Std. Err.
4.14 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
89.8 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.2 kHz

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 has middling frequency response accuracy. Its balanced response in the mid-range means that it reproduces voices and lead instruments with accuracy and clarity. However, the underemphasis in the treble leads to a dull sound. As with most small speakers, it can't bring the deep rumble in the low-bass, which is especially noticeable in genres like EDM and hip-hop.

While our results represent the speaker's performance on its Soundcore Signature preset, we also tested the speaker's performance with its other presets, as you can see here. The Xtra Bass preset adds more punch in the high-bass, while the Voice preset emphasizes the treble. The Soundcore Signature and Balanced presets fall somewhere in between. You can play with the different modes to find which you like best or use the graphic EQ for a custom sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.6
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.48 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Anker Soundcore Motion 300 is designed for audio playback in three orientations: standing up, lying down, and hanging from its strap. Its Smart Tune feature automatically adjusts the speaker's output based on the orientation, so you don't have to turn this feature on to use it. Our results represent the speaker standing up, which is how we figure most will use it. It plays stereo sound in this orientation and also when it's lying on its back. However, when it's hanging, it downmixes stereo sound to mono. It's a front-facing speaker that doesn't bring consistent sound from all angles like a 360-degree speaker, though its directivity is likely to slightly improve if it's lying on its back.

7.1
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
91.6 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.66 dB

This speaker is small, and still, it's loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound. There's some compression as you push it to max volume, though.

Active Features
8.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
11.5 hrs
Charge Time
3.0 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

The manufacturer advertises a 13-hour battery life, which isn't far from the 11.5 hours we measured in our tests. Different settings you use, like the EQ preset and the volume level, can impact its battery performance. If you want to save battery, you can set the speaker to automatically power off after five, ten, twenty, or sixty minutes of inactivity through the Soundcore app.

5.1
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Speakerphone
Yes
Siri
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Great

Pairing your smartphone to the speaker lets you use the voice assistant through that smartphone. It works with Siri and Google Assistant, and while Alexa appears as an option on a paired smartphone, we couldn't get this assistant to respond to our commands. Through this speaker, Google Assistant can hear your commands clearly from far away and in noisy settings. Siri's performance with this speaker is a little worse, though.

4.7
Active Features
App
App Name
Soundcore
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Graphic + Presets
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No

The Soundcore app has many features to enhance your listening experience. First, you can use its Smart Tune feature to adjust the speaker's sound based on its orientation. Smart Tune automatically works if you use the EQ presets, and you can also set custom EQs for each orientation if you prefer. You can also use the app to set the auto-off timer, change the button brightness, and switch between different audio codecs. You can't control the voice prompts, but you can adjust the sounds made as the speaker turns on and off or pairs to another device over Bluetooth. While you can't use the app to stereo pair, you can do it manually by holding down the Bluetooth button on the second speaker. See a video of the app in action here.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

There's a USB-C port to charge the speaker, but that's it.

7.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Bluetooth iOS Latency
217 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
198 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

This Bluetooth-compatible speaker pairs to up to two devices at the same time. It supports various codecs over Bluetooth, including SBC, AAC, and LDAC. LDAC allows for higher-resolution audio playback with certain apps like Tidal, and the manufacturer recommends turning it on if possible. This codec only works with compatible Android 8.0 or later devices, though, and it increases power consumption and reduces overall playtime. Our latency measurements represent the more commonly available SBC codec, and while they're on the higher side, it's important to note that some apps compensate for latency differently.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
No
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A