If you’ve followed any of my reviews recently, you’ll know I love VR. So when a VR accessory comes along that can improve the experience, I’m intrigued. This time, it’s the Anker Soundcore VR P10 earbuds. While standalone VR headsets are great, they lack earphones out of the box. Step up Anker, who has developed a unique earbuds solution aimed at VR headsets. While the advertising states explicitly that they’re for the Meta Quest 2, using the earbuds is far more versatile.
The case is a simple pebble shape with a nice matte-white finish and an embossed logo. Featuring one button on the back and an LED light on the front. The case has a magnetic closure, so it feels secure when carrying it around. Inside the case, the earbuds light up when opening and again feel secured by the magnets. I particularly like the design that the lid of the case has a spot for the dongle to attach magnetically. It’s simple but very effective. The dongle can be a bit fiddly to remove, so be careful!
The earbuds come with three sets of small, medium, and large tips and fit well in the ear canal. While wearing them during extended VR gameplay, they didn’t fall out, and I wasn’t concerned about the fit or ear fatigue.
One of the best features of the Anker Soundcore VR P10 earbuds is the wide range of compatibility. While one of the first ‘Meta approved’ solutions for Quest 2, the earbuds will just about work with any device that offers USB-C or Bluetooth connectivity.
In my testing, I could use the earbuds with my PS5, Nintendo Switch, PICO 4, Steam Deck, Android Phone and Windows PC. With the dongle, it’s super easy to plug in and go. I find the low latency much better when using the earbuds this way and would always recommend a dongle connection for gaming. It was also handy to keep the earbuds connected to my phone via Bluetooth; the dual connectivity works well. This meant that if a call came in during a play session, I didn’t have to scramble around to try and find another headset to connect to it.
Pros and Cons Of the Anker Soundcore VR P10
|+ Great sound quality||– Lacks active noise cancellation|
|+ Multiple connectivity options/compatibility||– The lows could be stronger|
|+ Dual connection support||– Microphone is average|
|+ Great use of magnets in the case||– Charging case has no water resistance|
|+ USB-C pass-through on the Dongle|
|+ Gamery RGB lighting|
|+ Earbuds have IPX4 water resistance|
|+ Supporting app for easy use|
Using the earbuds was a good experience, with the excellent sound quality overall. The low latency was appreciated during gaming, and including a dongle makes connectivity easy. This is especially the case with, for example, my Windows PC, where Bluetooth connections have never been the most reliable. Technically, the earbuds can connect to several dongles and cycle through them in the app.
Another great feature of the Anker Soundcore VR P10 earbuds is the app. Its simple UI makes it easy to configure sound profiles and balance to taste; however, one of the downsides to these earbuds is the lack of depth in the lows.
This headset is touted as a premium option for gaming. With much gaming now on the go (Switch, Steam Deck… standalone VR if you’re brave), active noise cancellation would have been a handy feature, but sadly the earbuds don’t feature this. While I don’t often play online games that require voice chat, I did take a few calls during play sessions, and the feedback I got was that the microphone wasn’t the best in clarity. As such, if you need your teammates to be able to hear you perfectly every time, this might not be the headset for you.
While playing games on multiple platforms, or even using them with my Phone, and PC to watch content or listen to music/podcasts, I found them to be of fantastic quality. The latency was barely noticeable with each connection and better than some wireless headphones I’ve used. The 11mm driver combined with the codec results in a good, wide sound that feels full and provides decent details.
Regarding battery life, the earbuds last for around six hours, and the case will give you three total charges, which is fantastic for extended play sessions across multiple devices.
What’s in the Box?
The unboxing experience is satisfying. When you open the small-sized box, you’re presented with the charging case and earbuds. Removing them and lifting the top layer, you’ll find the cable and ear tips. General literature completes the package.
In the box, you get:
- Charging Case x1
- VR P10 Earbuds x2
- USB-C Dongle x1
- S/M/L Ear Tips x6
- USB-C Cable
- Instructions and Literature
Anker Soundcore VR P10 Specification
- 11mm drivers
- Ultra-low latency (less than 30ms)
- IPX4 waterproof (for the earbuds only; the charging has no IPX rating)
- 6 hours of usage per charge with a fully charged case providing three full charges
- Multi-connectivity – Dongle and Bluetooth
- Bluetooth, 5.2 with LC4/SBC,AAC
Final Thoughts on Anker Soundcore VR P10 Earbuds
Overall, the Anker Soundcore VR P10 earbuds offer fantastic quality for the price with a versatile use case. With multi-connectivity and the dongle, these ultra-low latency earbuds are fantastic for gamers on any platform, especially those using VR headsets. With a simple design, some added gamer elements and a good build, if you’re in the market for earphones, I would recommend them. This is despite lacking a little on the lows and with the sub-par microphone.
The Anker Soundcore VR P10 Earbuds are available now from Amazon for £79.99/$79.00.*
To find out more, you can view the Anker website.
* Price correct at the time of publication