Anker is releasing a new pair of wireless athletic headphones under its Soundcore brand, which feature a unique hook design to fit snugly in your ears.
They’re called the Sport X10 headphones and were, the company says, made with comfort in mind. in a statement (opens in new tab), Anker claims that people have complained about how the athletic headphones have a “bulky design” and often fall off during a sweaty workout. Anker’s solution was to add ear hooks that can rotate 210 degrees so people can adjust the buttons until they find the sweet spot.
To combat sweat, the Sport X10 has a water resistance rating of IPX7 (opens in new tab) which means they can be submerged up to one meter (about three feet) underwater. The devices also feature Soundcore’s SweatGuard technology to protect “against the corrosive properties of sweat”. Anker is so confident about the X10’s water resistance that it claims you can rinse the headphones under a tap after an intense workout and they’ll still work.
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In addition to sweat protection and hooks, the Sport X10 buttons have a very long battery life and a variety of features for optimal audio. On a single charge, they can last up to eight hours or 32 hours when used together with the charging case. Anker has also added a fast charging feature to allow for “two hours of playtime” after a 10-minute charge.
Under the hood, the Sport X10 features 10mm dynamic drivers with Soundcore’s BassUp feature that adjusts the bass level of a song in real-time. You can also control the sound of the headphones by connecting them to the Soundcore app (available on iOS and Android) and selecting one of 22 EQ presets. For people who want even more control, the app has a custom 9-band EQ setting to fine-tune the finest details.
Other notable features include a six-microphone system for making calls and hybrid noise cancellation to block out ambient noise. On a windy day, you can enable Wind Noise Reduction in the app to further improve call quality. On the other hand, the headphones have a Transparency mode so you can hear the outside world and pay attention to what’s going on.
And the last important feature for the Sport X10 headphones is stereo mode (opens in new tab) to control the songs. For example, pressing the right earphone twice plays or pauses a song while pressing the left button twice skips a track.
While not as impressive as the Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones, the Sport X10 is still a decent package. The headphones are available in the US ($79), Europe (€99), UK (£89) and Canada ($119 CAD). You can get the black or white pair of oats at Soundcore website (opens in new tab) or amazon (opens in new tab). A red model is planned to be released between late July and early August; no exact date.
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