Anker's $130 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds are aimed squarely at AirPods Pro

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro (Image credit: Anker)

What you need to know

  • Anker's new $130 ANC earbuds are taking on Apple's AirPods Pro.

Anker has announced its new Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro wireless earbuds, complete with active noise cancellation (ANC) technology. Users can control the ANC via the Soundcore app on their phone and touch controls on the outside of the earbuds can be used to skip tracks, play and pause audio, and more. That's where you'll find your volume controls as well.

In terms of sound, Anker says its PureNote Driver Technology will deliver improved bass and a wider frequency bandwidth as well,

PureNote™ Driver Technology: Get a 45% boost to your bass, and a 30% wider frequency bandwidth than ordinary drivers. Drivers coated with 10 hardened nano-layers offer incredible stiffness to generate stunning accuracy and clarity.

Listening will last for a good long time as well, with seven hours of playback from a single charge. Factor in the three full recharges you'll get from the included charging case and you'll be bopping along for more than a day.

Unlike AirPods Pro, Liberty Air 2 Pro buyers get to choose between four different colors; Onyx Black, Titanium White, Sapphire Blue, and Crystal Pink. I'm a sucker for Onyx Black, but it's just nice to be able to choose something that isn't white for a change.

For what it's worth, Anker says these earbuds have been endorsed by ten GRAMMY winners, the likes of which include NE-YO, Mustard, and Halestorm. So make of that what you will.

You can order your pair of Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds right now, priced at $129.99.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.