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Anker SoundCore 2 vs SoundCore Motion Q - Which is the better one?

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The SoundCore 2 is a very popular budget speaker from Anker.

I also had a really good opinion about it when I reviewed it, mainly because of its long battery life, decent sound, and good price.

Since then, Anker created a new sub-brand called SoundCore, which is solely focused on audio products and started to release several new speakers.

Today, I will compare one of these new speakers the SoundCore Motion Q with the SoundCore 2, to check if it can surpass the oldish but still popular model.

Bluetooth range

Battery life

Water protection

Pros

Cons

Bottom line

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SoundCore

Motion Q

Bluetooth range:

  • 100 feet

Battery life:

  • 70% volume: 8 hours 40 minutes
  • Maximum volume: 2 hours

Water protection:

  • IPX7
  • Completely waterproof, it can be submerged into 1-meter-deep water for 30 minutes

Pros:

  • Full water protection
  • Good Bluetooth range
  • Nice build quality

Cons:

  • No battery indicator
  • Only average battery life

Bottom line:

  • The Motion Q is a more advanced speaker with better sound quality and full water protection, however, it has shorter battery life.
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Anker

SoundCore 2

Bluetooth range:

  • 90 feet

Battery life:

  • 70% volume: 12 hours
  • Maximum volume: 8 hours

Water protection:

  • IPX5 water protection
  • Splash-proof

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • Good Bluetooth range
  • Nice build quality

Cons:

  • No battery indicator
  • Week deeper lows

Bottom line:

  • The SoundCore 2 has much longer battery life but it is only splashproof and has a smaller sound.

Price

Both speakers come with a similar price tag and compete in the budget speaker category.

In terms of accessories, you get a micro USB cable and in addition, the box of the Motion Q also contains a shoelace type lanyard.

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Click here to check the current price of the SoundCore Motion Q

Click here to check the current price of the Anker SoundCore 2

You can find the reviews of the speakers here:

SoundCore Motion Q full review

Anker SoundCore 2 full review

The Design

While the SoundCore 2 has a very classic and minimalistic boxy design, the new SoundCore speakers got rounded shapes and omnidirectional sounds.

In terms of materials, the SoundCore 2 was made of soft plastic while the Motion Q is covered by a mesh fabric.

Both speakers have good build quality and feel solid in hand.

Music Control

They do not have dedicated music control buttons, only a play button.

With the SoundCore 2, you can pause/play the music by pressing the play button and jump to the next song by double pressing it.

You have more possibilities with the Motion Q since you can also navigate back to the previously played song by triple pressing it.

Both speakers have built-in microphones, so they can be used as a speakerphone to answer phone calls.

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Attachment Option

They are easily portable because of their small size and durable body, however, here the Motion Q has the edge thanks to its lanyard.

It can be used to hang the speaker or to attach it to something and you can also wear it around your wrist giving extra security to avoid accidental drops.

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Unfortunately, the SoundCore 2 does not have such an attachment option and you cannot even attach a carabiner to it.

Water Protection

In terms of water protection, the SoundCore Motion Q is the clear winner.

The SoundCore 2 got IPX5 protection, which means it is protected against rain and splashing water, however, it cannot be submerged.

In contrast, the Motion Q is completely waterproof and it even floats on the water, so if you want something for the beach or for water sports then it is a much better choice.

Connectivity, Bluetooth range

Besides Bluetooth, both speakers got an audio jack input port, so they can be connected also via a cable.

In my outdoor test, I measured 100 feet Bluetooth range by the Motion Q and 90 feet range by the SoundCore 2.

These ranges are pretty good, they are above the average, so likely you will not have a connectivity problem with any of the speakers.

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One extra of the Motion Q over the SoundCore 2 that if you have two units, you can connect them together for an amplified stereo sound.

Battery Life

One strength of the SoundCore 2 is it huge 5200 mAh battery and its long battery life.

In contrast, the Motion Q only got a half size 2600 mAh battery unit.

In my test, when I played various types of songs on the speakers at maximum volume, I measured 2 hours playtime by the Motion Q and 8 hours by the SoundCore 2.

Repeating the same test at 70% volume, I got 8 hours 40 minutes by the Motion Q and 12 hours by the SoundCore 2.

So the difference in the battery size was also reflected in my tests and the SoundCore 2 has a much better playtime.

If the battery life is an important factor for you then the SoundCore 2 is a much better choice.

Unfortunately, none of the speakers have a battery level indicator, so you do not know the exact remaining battery life.

Sound Test

In terms of audio hardware, the SoundCore 2 has two drivers and a passive radiator producing a directional sound.

In opposite, the Motion Q comes with two drivers and two passive radiators, firing into different directions and creating an omnidirectional sound.

Which means you get a good audio experience from whatever direction you are listening to the speaker.

Fortunately, with both speakers you get a clear, balanced, distortion-free sound, which is not obvious in this budget category.

Anker SoundCore 2 vs SoundCore Motion Q Sound Test Video

The SoundCore 2 has a decent sound, however, comparing it to the Motion Q, you can immediately notice how bigger and richer the new model sounds.

It seems that soundwise Anker could significantly improve its speakers and thanks to the double passive radiator of the Motion Q it even produces a punchier bass and stronger low end.

So considering the sound quality the Motion Q is clearly a better choice.

Conclusion

In my tests, both speakers performed pretty well and they are great choices in the budget category.

One big strength of the Anker SoundCore 2 is its much longer battery life, however, otherwise the Motion Q seems to be a more advanced speaker.

It is completely waterproof and has a much better sound quality.

Since they are in the same price range if the battery life is not the most important factor for you then I suggest buying the Motion Q.

Click here to check the current price of the SoundCore Motion Q

Click here to check the current price of the Anker SoundCore 2

If you want to know more about the speakers click here for the full reviews:

SoundCore Motion Q full review

Anker SoundCore 2 full review

Alternatives

One alternative is the bigger brother of the Motion Q the SoundCore Flare.

It is a larger speaker with a similar design and an additional light effect.

If you can pay more bucks then it is worth to check the JBL Flip 4 which is a great outdoor speaker with better bass production and sound quality.

Similarly to the JBL Flip 4, the Tribit XBoom also comes with a fully protected body and with a bigger sound than the sound of the two reviewed speakers.

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