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Anker Zolo Liberty Plus review: Anker's top totally wireless earphones don't top the AirPods

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The Good The Zolo Liberty are totally wireless earphones that offer a strong feature set and good sound at their price point. They're sweatproof and include a charging case that delivers twice as much battery life as the AirPods charging case.

The Bad May not fit some people's ears securely. If you can't get a secure fit, sound will suffer badly. Cost almost as much as the AirPods.

The Bottom Line The Anker Zolo Liberty Plus can be a very good totally wireless headphone, but it won't fit some people's ears -- and that's a problem.

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6.8 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 8
  • Sound 8
  • Value 6

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Anker's better known for its mobile battery accessories, but lately it's been making a serious push into the headphone market. It's selling two new totally wireless headphones, the Zolo Liberty and Zolo Liberty Plus, that respectively retail for $100 (£70 or about $AU130 converted) and $150 (£110 or about $AU190 converted). They're both pretty good but not quite good enough to make you forget about the AirPods or Jabra's Elite 65t.

These are noise isolating buds and from a design standpoint aren't so different from Jaybird's Run headphones and Bragi's entry-level The Headphone.

The headphones also come in white.

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What's different about the Plus? Well, for starters it's got a little bit of a premium look and feel to it. I got an early listen to it shortly before Anker launched an Indiegogo campaign for it last summer (2017), with early-bird pricing set at less than $100. From what I saw and heard, it seemed like a good deal at the time, but after using the final product for a few weeks, I'm less enthusiastic about it at $150, especially after the new Jabra hit the market.  

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