Update: …and our winner is @KJ_Mack, thanks to all that entered!
Anker first announced its Zolo lineup last June with a successful Kickstarter campaign that saw its Liberty wireless earbuds raise over $2.8 million. After going through the manufacturing process, these AirPod competitors are now available for purchase at an affordable $99.99.
We’ve partnered with Anker to giveaway a pair of its truly wireless earphones, offering our readers a chance to cut the cord on their next workout. Head below for a brief hands-on look and to learn how you can win these earphones for yourself.
Value and features |
Anker’s ZOLO line is made to deliver quality audio at an attractive price point. In fact, ZOLO Liberty earphones are almost 40% less than Apple’s in-house AirPods. You won’t find a W1 chip here for instant pairing with your iPhone, but the value aspect will outweigh that feature for some.
ZOLO Liberty sports an impressive 24-hours of playback when using the integrated charging case. An internal battery supplies around 3.5-hours at a time which will outlast most workout sessions. Anker uses its ‘PUSH AND GO’ fast pairing system to get your earphones connected in a timely fashion. Ultimately, I found this to be much like a traditional Bluetooth pairing process, but it did work as advertised.
Anker includes the usual right and left earbuds, along with a nice charging case with integrated LED indicators on the outside. MicroUSB charging and three different eartips round out the list of included accessories in the box. Anker’s usual 12-month warranty is present, as well.
Fit and Finish |
Like all truly wireless earbuds, be it Apple’s own, Jaybird or any other pair we’ve featured here, the fit of Anker’s Liberty is going to be different for each user. I found the smallest eartips to fit the best for my ears, but it certainly took some trial and error. I recommend using the “GripFit” jackets to keep each earbud in place while in use.
Overall, I’d rate the comfort level somewhere below Apple’s own AirPods and in-line with Jaybird’s Run series. Wireless earbuds are a tricky proposition, as they just don’t work for every ear canal. Anker’s inclusion of various eartips are certainly helpful in this regard.
Conclusion and Giveaway |
Anker’s Zolo line certainly offers appeal for the value-focused. Under $100, and even less with various promotions, is an attractive price point for those after a truly wireless experience. The audio quality isn’t quite on par with your Bose or AirPod systems, but during workouts, I find that to be the least of my worries. Are they comfortable? Yes. Do they stay in? Yes. Those are often priorities while on the treadmill, and Anker certainly delivers.