The SoundCore Nano is currently the smallest and lowest priced speaker in Anker’s SoundCore range. They say good things come in small packages and the Nano does try to live up to that statement.
In the box
SoundCore Nano Speaker
Micro USB Charging Cable
Micro USB to Aux Cable
User Manual and warranty card
The Nano’s shell is crafted from a single piece of aluminium-alloy, which gives it a premium and robust feel in the hand while still maintaining a light and small footprint, as per its name. Coming in five different colours of space grey, rose gold, gold, black and silver you could be forgiven for thinking this was an unlaunched Apple speaker but it isn’t. Measuring 54mm x 54mm x 28mm, about the size of a jewelry ring box, it will easily fit in a pocket, backpack or purse allowing you to enjoy your music on the go. The underside of the speaker is non-slip rubber, in which the button is also contained. Pairing, play/pause, skip forward track and answer/reject call can be completed via this button.
Containing just a single 3w speaker, don’t expect the audio output to rival its bigger brothers. Despite this though, the Nano produces decent sound, being more than capable of giving an audio boost to the average smartphone or 7” tablet for example. Testing with several audio genres such as rock, pop and electronic gave better than expected results, with clear vocals and instrumentals but it does highlight the low amount of bass that the speaker has. Even at a 10-15ft radius at around 75-100% volume, audio still remained clear and at a listenable volume despite moderate background noise. If you’re after audiophile quality, this is not the speaker for you but it works well for small group use and even playing of audio books.
Coming part charged at around 40%, I found I was able to get on average around 3 ½ to 4 hours out of the 400mAh internal battery on a single charge, depending on volume level and audio content played such as aac or lossless. The average recharge time is around 90 min. This is something to take into account if you’re after a speaker that can make it through the average work day without having to recharge or if you have limited access for recharging.
Rounding out, the speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 allowing quick and easy pairing to devices, also included is an internal microphone allowing the speaker to be used as a hands free device such as for conference calling with a small group.
Sleek design and robust construction
Small Form Factor
Microphone for conference calls
On The Fence
With a sleek look and robust build this speaker is good for those who need audio on the move, where lightness and convenience outweigh the need for bass driven audio. Ideal for use in small groups for audio playback, conference call solution with your mobile/tablet or for listening to audio books.
If longer battery life, improved sound drivers and bass are required you would be best looking to Anker’s SoundCore Mini, which on average is just less than double the price of this unit but comes with a 5w speaker inc passive subwoofer, microSD support, FM radio and a 15 hour average playtime.