Anker Soundcore Motion+ review (2024)

With the Soundcore Motion+, Anker aims to take on the tightly competitive Bluetooth speaker market. While it may not have fancy features such as the ability to charge your phone, or an optical input, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ aims to deliver good sound in a waterproof and portable package for everyday use.

Is this the best no-nonsense Bluetooth speaker, or should you stick to the tried and true from JBL, Sonos, and Bose? We spent two weeks with the Anker Soundcore Motion Plus to help you decide.

Editor’s note: this Anker Soundcore Motion+ review was updated on November 1, 2023, to address the Anker Soundcore Motion X600 and Motion 300, and answer frequently asked questions.

About this Anker Soundcore Motion+ review: We tested the Soundcore Motion+ over a period of one week. SoundGuys purchased the unit for this review. We originally published this article on May 11, 2022.

The Motion+ is a great speaker for students, as it’s loud enough for dorm room parties but durable and portable enough to be taken out during the day for a lunch picnic. If you like to listen to lossless audio via a wired connection and also want an on-the-go speaker, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a good option due to its 3.5mm aux input.

What’s it like to use the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

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Buttons on the top of the speaker control music playback and device connection.

Weighing in at just over a kilogram, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ is not the most portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s still small enough to fit in a backpack, but I prefer to use it at home. The wired and Bluetooth connectivity options provide easy mobility between a variety of rooms and devices, and the size of the speaker means it easily gets loud enough for small gatherings and parties.

With an IPX7 rating, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ also makes for a great pool party companion. However, without any dust resistance, you’ll want to be careful bringing this speaker to a beach. Hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts should probably look for something smaller like the JBL Clip 4 (which also has a dust-proof rating).

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IPX7 water resistance means you can listen to your favorite jams in the rain or shower.

The rubberized silicone backing of the speaker provides grip for easy carrying in one hand or stable resting on any flat surface. Meanwhile, the metal grille encasing the speaker components provides a durable and premium feel beyond that of the fabric enclosures that encompass many similar waterproof speakers.

Unlike speakers with 360-degree sound like the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ only aims audio in a single direction. This means you need to be a little nitpicky about speaker placement. However, you can connect two Motion+ speakers together via wireless stereo pairing, which provides a much louder and more immersive sound.

You can choose from black, blue, and red for this Anker Bluetooth speaker.

How do you control the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

You control this speaker from the Soundcore app or directly with the buttons on the top of it. While not backlit, the buttons protrude from the speaker as clearly identifiable shapes, which makes it easy to operate without looking down. We’ve outlined all the different combinations of button taps below.

Power buttonBluetooth buttonMultifunction logo buttonBass button

Single press

Power button

Power on

Bluetooth button

Connect to device

Multifunction logo button

Play/pause, or answer/end call

Bass button

Activate/deactivate increased Bass EQ

Double press

Power buttonBluetooth buttonMultifunction logo button

Next song

Bass button

Triple press

Power buttonBluetooth buttonMultifunction logo button

Previous song

Bass button

Press and hold

Power button

Power off

Bluetooth button

Enter stereo pairing mode

Multifunction logo button

Switch audio source between phone and speaker, or end call

Bass button

Activate voice assistant

Should you download the Soundcore app?

The Soundcore app (iOS/Android) experience for the Motion+ is relatively simple, though it provides key features like an equalizer and firmware updates. Anker includes a selection of EQ presets within the app, including the bass boost preset. In fact, you can quickly trigger the bass boost mode from a button on the speaker. There’s also a fully custom nine-band equalizer built into the app, so you can tweak the sound of the speaker to your exact liking.

There’s not much else to experience within the app, though that may be a good thing. You probably don’t want to be digging around countless menus while on the go anyways.

What Bluetooth codecs does the Anker Soundcore Motion+ support?

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ uses Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC and aptX support. In theory, Bluetooth 5.0 supports a connection range up to 243m, but you’re unlikely to ever hit this metric. Still, you don’t have to worry about connection dropouts with the Anker Soundcore Motion+, especially within a standard 10m range even with physical barriers. The aptXBluetooth codecoffers superior transfer rates compared to SBC, though Apple devices can’t use it.

You can always use the fallback 3.5mm connection instead, assuming your phone has a headphone jack or you have a dongle.

1. Press the power button on the right side of the speaker.

2. Press and hold the Bluetooth button on top of the speaker for 3 seconds until the LED light begins flashing blue.

3. Open the Bluetooth settings on your phone and look for the Soundcore Motion+.

Yes! To enable Bluetooth multipoint, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the speaker to your first device by clicking the Bluetooth button on the speaker and “pairing” in your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
  2. Then, press the Bluetooth button on the speaker again to pair to your second device.
  3. Once connected to your second device, the speaker will disconnect from the first device.
  4. When you go back into the Bluetooth settings on your first device and click on the speaker, it will re-pair to your first device.
  5. The speaker is now paired to both of your devices via Bluetooth multipoint.

How long does the battery last on the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

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A flap protects the charging port from water damage.

Anker promises 12 hours of battery life with the Soundcore Motion+, which is slightly less than the top competition at this price point. However, in our battery test of constant music playback peaking at 75dB(SPL), the speaker lasted 16 hours and 13 minutes. Seems Anker has taken an under-promise and over-deliver approach, which means you don’t have to worry about running out of charge during a day trip with this speaker.

It takes approximately four hours to charge the speaker using the included USB-C cable. There is no fast charging with the Soundcore Motion Plus.

How does the Anker Soundcore Motion+ sound?

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Like other standalone portable speakers, the Motion+ has difficulty reproducing sub-bass frequencies but does a good job with mids and treble.

Out of the box (chart above), the speaker leaves most sub-bass notes absent from the mix with a narrow 5dB boost from 55-100Hz relative to the red dotted line representing the ideal. This small boost is pretty normal for a portable speaker and necessary given how frequencies below 50Hz are virtually non-existent. It’s quite difficult forany portable speaker of this size to reproduce those low frequencies at a reasonable volume.

Since the Anker Soundcore Motion+ features a fully custom EQ within the Soundcore app, you can adjust the speaker’s sound to your liking. The speaker has dual tweeters and woofers angled upwards at a 15-degree angle to project the sound up and out. The maximum volume is loud enough for a small indoor or outdoor party—in most listening instances, I rarely have to increase the volume above 50%.

Lows, mids, and highs

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Most consumers will probably prefer the “BassUp” EQ, and it’s a must if you’re outside.

Clicking the “BassUp” button on the speaker, or simply increasing the low-frequency response within the EQ, provides a more enjoyable music listening experience for bass heads. With “BassUp” enabled, 55-100Hz frequencies will sound 10-15dB louder than mids that range from 200-600Hz. This may seem extreme but it makes it easier for you to hear bass lines over the sound of wind or traffic. You still won’t feel the deep rumbles of a Hans Zimmer track like you would with a dedicated sub-woofer speaker setup though.

When you turn on “BassUp,” the Anker Soundcore Motion+ slightly under-emphasizes treble (3kHz and higher), which leaves hi-hats and other cymbals sounding quiet in tracks such as Daydreaming by Milky Chance. Still, this is easy enough to remedy with a slight boost to the highest frequency bands within the Soundcore equalizer.

Can you use the Anker Soundcore Motion+ for phone calls?

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ has a microphone located next to the “BassUp” button on the top of the speaker, which you can use to answer calls without your phone. Your voice won’t sound very clear to the person on the other end of the call, especially if you aren’t close to and directly facing the speaker, though this is pretty typical for this type of product.

Anker Soundcore Motion+ microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

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Should you buy the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

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The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a fun speaker to use, and doesn’t completely break the bank.

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is one of the best jack-of-all-trades Bluetooth speakers you can buy. It doesn’t have a single standout feature, but it’s good at pretty much everything that matters. Speakers from competitors may be more durable, louder, sound better, or more portable, but none bring together as complete a package as Anker has with the Soundcore Motion+.

Anker Soundcore Motion Plus

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Anker Soundcore Motion Plus

Waterproof • USB-C charging • Simple look

MSRP: $106.99

30W portable Bluetooth speaker is waterproof to go where you go

The Soundcore Motion Plus Bluetooth speaker has 30W of power to keep the party going. Since it's waterproof, it goes wherever you go, whether that's the beach, the office, or anywhere.

Beyond a solid design and good sound, Anker throws in tons of bonus features such as Bluetooth multipoint, aptX, a custom EQ, a microphone with voice assistant support, and stereo pairing. The fact that you can now find the speaker on sale for around $100 USD makes the Anker Soundcore Motion+ a no-brainer.

We like the Motion Plus for its aptX support, 3.5mm audio input for wired playback, and its integrated microphone. You don’t get any of these things with the JBL Flip 6. However, the Flip 6 does have an IP67 rating, 360-degree audio, and passive bass radiators for optimal bass output.

Like many JBL speakers, you can find the Flip 6 for $129 USD but it occasionally dips below that around the holidays or general sale seasons.

What should you get instead of the Anker Soundcore Motion+?

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The Charge 5 is a great adventure companion.

For only a little more money, you could get the JBL Charge 5 instead. This Bluetooth speaker has an IP67 rating for full water and dust protection, loud sound, and the ability to charge your phone using the speaker’s massive battery. However, you will have to compromise on its lack of a microphone and inability to play music wired.

If you love the Anker brand but aren’t sold on the Soundcore Motion+, there are a couple of other speakers worth checking out. The Anker Motion Boom is best for rugged adventures, with its carrying handle and ability to float. Then there’s the Anker Soundcore 3, which is smaller and quieter but costs only half as much as the Soundcore Motion+.

You can also check out our full list of the best Bluetooth speakers to find the perfect speaker for your needs.

Frequently asked questions about the Anker Soundcore Motion+

It’s hard to determine which is better without more information, but we can tell you that the Motion+ from Soundcore is more portable than the Soundcore Motion Boom. The Motion Boom (and Motion Boom+) is made to go toe-to-toe with the JBL Xtreme series, while the Motion+ gives the JBL Flip series a run for its money. We like the Anker Soundcore Motion+ because it can do almost everything and is an unobtrusive companion. Travel with the Motion Boom speaker will be a bit more cumbersome but you do get louder audio out of it, so perhaps it’s worth it. Currently, the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom costs $99 at Amazon.

Follow these directions to pair two Motion+ speakers together:

  1. First, turn both speakers on.
  2. Then, press the Bluetooth button on both speakers at the same time for 5-8 seconds until the Bluetooth light flashes white.
  3. Release the Bluetooth button for both speakers and wait a couple of seconds for the speakers to pair together.
  4. Once a connection is established, you’re ready to go.

Connect the speaker to your device and press “Update Firmware” within the app. The speaker will restart twice during the update process, so hold tight until the app says the update is complete.

The Motion X500 and Motion X600 are newer speakers from Anker Soundcore that feature upward-firing speakers to simulate spatial audio. You also get LDAC support for higher-resolution Bluetooth streaming. If you care about sound quality, you should consider getting the X600 or X500 instead of the Motion+.

No, the Anker Soundcore Motion+ does not support AAC over Bluetooth. You can still use the speaker with Apple devices using the SBC Bluetooth codec, which we didn’t experience any problems with.

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FAQs

Is Soundcore Motion Plus any good? ›

Soundcore Motion+ has an excellent design and build that can really help with the sound dispersion and nice stereo separation. I have played with the eq bands quite a lot and they are real eq. Motion+ is a champion in its size category by delivering great bass response and exceptional mids and highs …

What is the difference between Anker Soundcore Motion+ and Flare+? ›

Side-by-Side Comparison

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a slightly better speaker than the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. The Motion+ is better suited to outdoor use since its battery lasts longer and it can get louder than the Flare.

Is Soundcore actually good? ›

Sound quality, especially for its size and price, is surprisingly good. The Anker Soundcore doesn't just play music; it fills your shower with rich, clear sound that can rival more expensive models. It's like having a mini-concert in your bathroom.

What is the frequency response of Soundcore motion plus? ›

Exceptional depth and clarity: motion+'s Ultra-wide frequency range stretches from 50 Hz to 40 kHz and is paired with an advanced DSP to ensure all the details and idiosyncrasies of a song are faithfully reproduced.

How loud is Soundcore Motion Plus? ›

The Anker Soundcore Motion Plus is a fairly small speaker that's well-suited for outdoor use. It has a very long battery life, and it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. It can also get quite loud, though there are some compression artifacts at max volume.

Why is Soundcore so good? ›

These wireless earbuds offer nearly everything you'd want at less than half the price. Excellent noise canceling for the money. Clear and detailed sound performance. Flagship features like multipoint pairing and a wireless charging case.

Is Soundcore a Chinese company? ›

Soundcore is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China .

What is Soundcore Motion+? ›

Soundcore Motion Boom Plus IP67 Portable Speaker, 80W Stereo Sound, Custom EQ & BassUp, Built-in Power Bank, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for Camping, Beach, and Backyard.

How many devices can Soundcore motion+ connect to? ›

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a better speaker than the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom overall. The Motion+ has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. You can pair it to up to two devices at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.

What's better JBL or Soundcore? ›

This depends very much on the category. The Motion+ and Boom, and maybe the Boom Plus, are “JBL beaters”, but if we're talking about party speakers, I'd definitely buy JBL. Unfortunately, the Boombox 3, but the even bigger and louder JBL speakers have no competition from Soundcore.

Is Soundcore owned by Amazon? ›

soundcore is part of the Anker Innovations' family of consumer brands. For more information, please visit soundcore.com. Anker Innovations is a global leader in mobile charging and a developer of unique consumer products that support premium audio, mobile entertainment, and the emerging smart home space.

Why is my Anker Soundcore so quiet? ›

It could be because of the speaker's battery, the device connected with the speaker, the audio source, and so on. If your Soundcore 3's volume is too low, please try these steps: Confirm that Soundcore 3 is fully charged. Reset Soundcore 3 by holding the Bluetooth and Vol+ buttons at the same time for 5-10 seconds.

How long is the playtime for Soundcore motion plus? ›

12-Hour playtime: motion+'s built-in 6, 700 mAh battery lets you effortlessly soundtrack wild weekends, cozy evenings, or long summer days outdoors.

How many watts is Soundcore Motion Plus? ›

Product information
Product Dimensions‎3.1 x 3.2 x 10.1 inches
Speakers Maximum Output Power30 Watts
Item Weight‎2.31 Pounds
Battery Capacity‎6700 Milliamp Hours
Number Of Items‎1
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Does Soundcore Motion+ have aux input? ›

Plugging in an audio cable will automatically switch to AUX mode. When using AUX mode, control audio playback via the connected device. Use the included USB cable to charge your Soundcore Motion+ and make sure it is fully charged before its first use.

Is soundcore a good brand of headphones? ›

Overall, they're an excellent value and well worth your attention if you're on a budget. If you want more accurate sound out of the box, Audio-Technica's $79.99 ATH-M20xBT headphones are a fine alternative, though they lack noise cancellation and higher-end codec options.

How long is the playtime for soundcore motion plus? ›

12-Hour playtime: motion+'s built-in 6, 700 mAh battery lets you effortlessly soundtrack wild weekends, cozy evenings, or long summer days outdoors.

Is soundcore a Chinese company? ›

Soundcore is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China .

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