Anker’s product expansion into new territories under its AnkerWork branding has yielded some rather impressive hardware, and the AnkerWork M650 promises to be no exception. For buyers after a solid wireless microphone setup, the M650 comes with all the ideal ingredients, but what does it manage to do right? Let’s take a look!
What’s in the Box
The AnkerWork M650 comes in a considerably small box that packs in everything you need – there’s a charging case which stores two transmitters, as well as a receiver that comes with an LCD touchscreen. Additionally, there’s also a pair of connectors for iOS and Android devices which you can plug into your smartphone, a USB-C cable, 3.5mm audio cable, and swappable covers for the transmitters.
Design and Hardware
The M650’s transmitters feature a removable clip that lets you pin it on your clothing, although you can also opt to attach the transmitter using the built-in magnets on compatible surfaces. The transmitters also pack a 3.5mm port, which can be used to connect a lav mic instead of the transmitter’s built-in mic. There’s also an action button on the side which can be used to manually turn the transmitter on or off, in addition to an LED indicator that lets users know if the device has been disconnected.
When active, the transmitter units connect wirelessly with the M650’s receiver, which features a touchscreen LCD as mentioned earlier. The screen can be used to check your battery level, and allows users to swipe in different directions to access the various functions included. The touchscreen is surprisingly fluid and has very minimal lag when accessing the menus, which lets users access the built-in noise reduction feature, and even choose between mono and stereo recording.
In terms of connectivity, you can also use the receiver to connect to other devices including smartphones and computers, and even cameras using the included phone adaptors. Of course, you can also directly record to the receiver, which comes with 4GB of built-in storage.
Usage and Battery
Using the M650 is pretty straightforward, making it easy to set up for recording sessions. The M650 turns on once you open the charging case, and you can easily start recording upon taking out the receiver and transmitter. Recorded files are saved with an LC3 plus codec, and are saved in a .wav format. You can also use both receivers simultaneously, should you need to record more than one person or audio source at a time.
Sound quality from the M650 is clean and clear – there’s little to complain about the M650’s recordings, and Anker’s stated 650 feet connectivity range is impressive. Anker does give users the option of installing additional software that can be accessed via desktop, and allows for additional editing and effects such as an equalizer, and noise reduction feature. The app has versions for both Windows and Mac, as well as Android and iOS for a more portable approach.
The charging case is a really great addition to the M650’s set up, and makes sure that your gear is charged every time you open the case for recording sessions. Depending on your usage pattern, you should see an average of between six to eight hours of use on a single charge, although you can top up using the charging case for a total of 15 hours.
Pricing and Final Thoughts
For a price of $249, the AnkerWork M650 makes for a great addition to one’s productivity setup, especially for users who are looking for a good-sounding wireless mic system. It’s a versatile kit to work with thanks to a wealth of connectivity options, and battery endurance is likewise commendable. If we were to nitpick though, it would be that the transmitters are a bit on the chunky side, and might be a bit heavy to discreetly hide during videos and such.
With that being said however, there’s very little to complain about the M650, and content creators should definitely check out this one.
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