The Soundcore Life Dot 2 are a pair of affordable true wireless earbuds that offer a staggering 100 hours of total playtime thanks to their charging case. The earbuds also tout quick charging and an IPX5 water resistance rating. All these features combined make the Life Dot 2 a very promising choice costing only £49 at the time of this review.
The Life Dot 2 are extremely lightweight, featuring a glossy black plastic build and rubber ear tips and ear fins, dubbed AirWings, to help the earbuds sit securely in the ear, particularly during exercise and sports. I’m not a huge fan of black glossy plastic, especially on earbuds, as they can become slippery and show scratches after regular use. This isn’t too much of a problem with these earbuds as quite a bit of it is covered up with the AirWings, but it is something to consider.
The earbuds have physical button controls on each earbud, this button has a matte finish which makes it easily distinguishable as it has a different texture and feel to the rest of the earbuds. Additionally, just below the multi-function button is an LED indicator that will show the status of the earbuds, showing the charging status as well as Bluetooth connection status. The microphones are located below the LED.
The underside of the earbuds is simple and has an ergonomic design to fit securely into the ear. The underside is also home to the charging pins and magnets that securely hold the earbuds into the charging case.
Thanks to their light weight and construction, the earbuds are very comfortable to wear. I can achieve a secure fit within the ear to wear the earbuds for a long time without them becoming uncomfortable. The AirWings could come in quite handy if you want to use these with running, Soundcore includes a few different sizes of both ear tips and AirWings in the box to ensure that you can get the best fit for you. Both of these are easy to remove and swap if needed without too much hassle.
Overall, I think the design of the earbuds is quite nice. Of course, I’d prefer less glossy plastic, but the design is most importantly comfortable to wear and easy and straightforward to get a secure fit.
The charging case for the Life Dot 2 earbuds is pretty hefty and has some weight to it as it provides a total of 100 hours of listening before needing to be plugged in – but I’ll get onto the battery specifics later on during the review. The charging case features a matte black plastic exterior with a glossy plastic interior.
The charging case feels solid, with a small LED indicator for the case status on the front, although this sadly does not show the charging status of the earbuds – you’ll need to open the case to check that. The case features a USB Type-C charging port on the back. The lid of the case also feels solid, it clicks into place once opened so it won’t accidentally close when you’re placing or taking out your earbuds.
The Life Dot 2 is powered by 8mm dynamic drivers, giving a sound that offers clear treble and deep bass. The earbuds definitely have a warmer and bass focused sound profile, but this does not hinder the clarity of the highs and treble – it all sounds fairly well balanced.
For the price of these earbuds, they sound fantastic for listening to a range of different genres of music. Vocals in songs sound clear and well pronounced, I did notice a little bit of sibilance here and there, but overall vocals sounded clear and well balanced although depending on the production of a track they can sometimes be overtaken by bass synthesisers and drum kicks due to the emphasis on the low end.
Despite the emphasis on bass, it still sounds well controlled and does not sound bad and provides a deep low-end listening experience to tracks that make use of it. Stereo separation within the earbuds is also good, each audio channel is identifiable and tracks that make use of stereo panning sound immersive and provide an up-close listening experience. The volume offered by the earbuds is also very good and they could get loud if you want them to, I found my comfortable listening volume to be around 50%.
Overall, the listening experience for the price is excellent. Soundcore has done a great job at providing a great sound at an affordable price point. The bass-focused sound signature could be particularly nice if you choose to use these earbuds during sport and exercise as the beat of the music will be able to keep you energised.
The microphone quality of the earbuds is good, my voice was picked up to a decent volume and sounded clear. If you find yourself needing to make a phone call or want to record q quick voice memo with these earbuds, you should be just fine.
The Life Dot 2 earbuds aren’t packed with features, but they do include a couple of handy features to provide a good experience. The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and also have an IPX5 water resistance rating, making them great for use during exercise as they’ll be able to handle you working up a sweat.
The earbuds also feature one-step pairing and can be swapped in and out of the case without any connection issues. If you choose to use only one of the earbuds, it will automatically switch into mono mode.
Unfortunately, unlike many of Soundcore’s other products, the Life Dot 2 don’t connect to their mobile app, so elements like the EQ and multi-function button configuration can’t be changed. I’m not sure why this is the case as these would be great features to have and I’d definitely like to see these earbuds integrate with the Soundcore app in the future.
The Life Dot 2’s offered battery life is really what sets them apart from the competition. The earbuds offer 8 hours of listening on a single charge which is further extended to a lengthy 100 hours with the charging case, allowing you to listen for 100 hours before needing to plug in the charging case to charge it up. It is the longest battery life I have personally seen on a pair of earbuds, with the case packing in a 2,6000 mAh battery which is larger than the battery in my phone.
I like how the earbuds announce their charge level when turned on, so you know how much juice is left in the earbuds before you even begin your listening session. Charging the earbuds for 10 minutes will provide an hour and a half of additional listening time and charging the case is done over USB Type-C.
If you’re looking for an affordable pair of earbuds that not only sound great but offer excellent battery life, the Soundcore Life Dot 2 are a great option. It’s a shame that there’s no integration with the Soundcore mobile app and the charging case does pack a bit of heft as it offers so much battery life, but you can’t really go wrong with these – they’re a great all-rounder.
The Soundcore Life Dot 2 true wireless earbuds are available to purchase on Amazon.
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- Great sound for the price.
- Very long battery life.
- IPX5 water resistance rating.
- No integration with the Soundcore mobile app.
- Charging case is a little heavy.
- Black glossy plastic could show scratches over time.