Anker SoundBuds Curve HeadphonesIf you are looking for headphones that you can wear to the gym or during your daily commute, then these are a pretty good choice. They have a great battery life, charge super quickly and there’s virtually no leakage of sound. View Latest Deal
The Anker SoundBuds Curve are affordable, wireless headphones. They are a good choice for the gym and sports in general, since the sound quality is pretty good. And they are also super portable, since they come with a case that can easily fit in your pocket.
But with so many other choices out there, why should you pick these headphones specifically? That’s just one of the questions we’ll try to answer in this detailed Anker SoundBuds Curve review!
We’ll take a good look at their design, performance and value for money, so that you can easily decide whether or not you should pick them up. So, let’s begin!
At first glance, you might actually mistake these for some high-end headphones. They look very elegant, and the matte finish really helps with that. However, they don’t come in too many colors – currently, there are only 4 colors to choose from. And if I’m being completely honest, anything other than black just looks horrible to me.
But that’s up to your personal preference. Let’s talk a little bit about the actual numbers – the specifications of these headphones are below.
As you can see, these are pretty small. Which is expected from wireless in-ear headphones, so no surprises there. But what I actually really like is that even their case is so tiny that it will fit into your pockets! That’s super convenient, especially for people who will use these quite frequently.
The battery life of the Anker SoundBuds Curve is pretty decent. Nearly 13 hours on a single charge is pretty amazing. And when you compare that battery life to some high-end headphones like Beats or Bose, you see that these Ankers actually outperform them. I did not expect that at all.
However, it’s not really that simple. For one thing, the SoundBuds Curve don’t really have any power saving feature. Once you connect them to your phone, they will stay connected until you manually disconnect them. So, if you forget to do that, their battery will just drain.
Additionally, the carrying case that comes with these headphones is just that – a carrying case. It can’t charge them on the go, which is a downside when you compare these to some more expensive headphones. But to be real, you can’t really expect to get both a decent pair of wireless headphones and a charging case for some $20. So, I am okay with that. Especially considering that you only need to charge them for an hour and a half to get half a day of use. Plus, in just ten minutes of charging you can get an entire hour of use, which is pretty cool.
Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth 4.1 Sports Earphones with aptX Audio, Nano Coating, 14H Battery, CVC Noise Cancellation, Headsets (Green)
These are wireless Bluetooth headphones, so they should be compatible with all your devices that have Bluetooth. However, there is not a specific list that tells you exactly which devices these headphones are compatible with. You’re fine getting them for your phone or laptop, but I can’t tell you for sure if they will work with your Xbox or TV – especially because they don’t have a companion app.
Their wireless range is decent, but not that impressive. It’s about 90 feet if there are no obstructions in the way. With obstructions, the range is only about 30 feet, so you don’t want to leave your phone in the locker at the gym!
Another downside of these is that they don’t support multi-device pairing. But at least their hold-to-pair system is fairly easy to use, thanks to the good feedback from the buttons. And generally, the in-line remote of these headphones is super easy to use – there are three buttons, and they are pretty intuitive to use. The only downside is that they are a bit small, so you will need to be extra careful if you have fat fingers.
The overall sound quality of these headphones is good. It’s not amazing, but it’s also not bad – pretty much just what you’d expect for the price. You will probably be able to tell the difference if you previously owned some really expensive headphones. But if you haven’t, then these will sound pretty much just like any others.
What about the bass? Well, if you are fan of heavy bass sounds, you will probably love these Anker headphones. It can be a little overpowering, which is actually fine if you are into that. But if strong bass makes your head hurt, then you might want to think about getting another pair of headphones.
As for the noise cancelling aspect of these, they don’t perform as well as they should. This is an issue because the manufacturer describes these as noise cancelling headphones, but they perform just like your typical in-ear buds. If you are in a really noisy environment, you will hear what’s going on around you.
So, if you were looking to get these specifically because of their noise-cancelling feature, then I’m really sorry to disappoint you, because that would honestly be a waste of money. However, I do have a few ideas on what the best noise cancelling headphones are, so definitely check out that post.
I like to listen to loud music, and I usually crank up the volume to the max. And often times, the sound leaks, especially if I’m using really cheap headphones.
With the SoundBuds Curve, that won’t happen. The leakage is minimal, so these are a pretty good choice for anyone who like to keep their music preferences to themselves. Or for sneaky students who want to listen to music in class unnoticed.
Additionally, this makes them a pretty good choice for the office. You won’t disturb anyone around you no matter how much you crank up the volume, and that’s pretty great. But then again, the fact that they are not really noise cancelling means that the other people in the office can still disturb you, so there’s that.
For some people, the microphone on the headphones is really important. And this is usually the case for those of you that take a lot of phone calls when wearing them, and just generally use them for things other listening to music.
And the microphone on these is decent, but not great. In quiet environments it works fine, and it picks up your voice quite easily. You do sound a little muffled, but definitely understandable. However, that’s not really the case in noisy environments – the SoundBuds Curve struggle somewhat to isolate your voice from the background noise.
So, I would say that the quality of the microphone is slightly below average. However, if you are getting this mostly for listening to music, then that shouldn’t be a big deal for you. It definitely wasn’t for me, as I rarely use headphones for phone calls.
So, when you open up the box these come in, you actually get quite a lot of things.
You get the Anker SoundBuds Curve headphones, obviously, along with 6 pairs of earbud tips, 3 stability fins, a USB charging cable, a hard case with an aluminium carabiner and of course the manual.
Overall, I am really glad that they included the case here, especially since the headphones and all their pieces are so small. If you are anything like me and tend to lose things a lot, then I’m sure you understand why that’s so important.
And let’s talk a little bit more about that case – it is a hard case, and it does a great job at protecting the headphones from any scratches and scuffs. However, the shell of the case isn’t 100% rigid, and it will bend if you apply a lot of pressure on it. Moral of that story is don’t put them in your jeans’ back pocket!
I also have a bone to pick with that charging cable – it is just so short. And this is coming from someone who buys 2-meter cables for their phone’s charger. But the good news is that it’s a micro USB cable, so you can pretty much just ditch this one, and charge them up with the one you already own.
These headphones are not 100% waterproof, so definitely don’t submerge them underwater. That would be the end of them.
But they are water-resistant, meaning that they can handle rain and sweat just fine. And considering that these are sports headphones, that’s pretty important – you want them to be able to endure all types of weather conditions.
To be specific, the internal components of these headphones are stored in a water-resistant casing, and they also feature impermeable Nano-coating. That’s what keeping them safe and dry even I you do splash them with water from time to time.
These headphones come with a worry-free 18-month warranty. Which is pretty amazing actually – in case your headphones stop working due to a manufacturing defect, the company will replace them free of charge.
If you manage to damage or break them, you won’t be able to replace them for free. But if they just stop working out of nowhere, you will get a new pair which is awesome.
The way I see it, you are paying about $20 for headphones that you are guaranteed to use for the next year and a half, and probably even longer. And I think that’s actually pretty cool – I can’t tell you how many times I bought dirty-cheap headphones, only to have them die after just 3-4 months of use. And basically, the only pair of headphones I’ve owned that actually did last several years were pretty expensive, so this is an awesome deal for me.
Did you ever actually get a pair of earphones that fit perfectly right out of the box? Me neither. I actually have a pair of earbud tips that I’ve owned for ages, and I pretty much use them on all of the headphones I buy. The ones that they are compatible with them, anyway.
Since you get 6 different sizes of earbud tips with these, I think you will be able to easily get them to fit you right. That’s actually a lot more than you usually get with headphones – last time I checked 3 pairs was the standard.
Plus, the stability fins are also of different sizes, so you can even adjust these to the outer shape of your ears. Which is actually really great – it means that most people will be able to customize the Anker SoundBuds Curve to fit them perfectly.
The audio cable is also pretty long, so there shouldn’t be any issues with it being really tight when you’re wearing the headphones. However, it is also really thin and that just makes it look fragile and cheap. So just be a little careful with it.
If you are looking for headphones that you can wear to the gym or during your daily commute, then these are a pretty good choice. They have a great battery life, charge super quickly and there’s virtually no leakage of sound.
The sound quality is also great, and the bass is pretty strong, which some of you will love. Plus, you get 18-month worry-free warranty with these, which pretty much guarantees that you’ll be able to use them for the next year and a half.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve are good headphones, especially for their price. But when you go and compare them to some high-end headphones, you start to see their faults. Their microphone is not really great, there are no power saving options and you have to manually disconnect them from your phone if you don’t want the battery to drain out.
Overall, I think that these are definitely worth the money. They are super affordable, and they are actually great headphones for the price. But if you want great wireless headphones period, you will need to look elsewhere – and spend a lot more cash.