Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Review
Wireless headphones are becoming ever popular. Coupled with the convenience of not being tied down to your device with the increasing improvements being made to the sound quality, wireless headphones are becoming ever popular for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. Founded in 2011 and has over the past 8 years made its name as a reputable peripherals manufacturer that consumers trust with products ranging from power banks, chargers, and even headphones. Their latter product line is what we are taking a look into today with this article. With a deeper look into their Anker Soundcore Life Q20. These are on-ear noise-canceling headphones that despite not costing too much offer a comparable listening experience.
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Let’s start with what you get in the box and the unboxing experience with these. The included items and accessories aren’t that over the top but you do get the necessities. You get the headphones themselves, a 1/8″ TRRS audio cable, an included micro-USB charging cable along with a carrying pouch so you can easily carry these around without damaging them.
Even the included items might not be much, these should get you started and besides we would rather have a well-performing pair of headphones with good design and quality and sound signature in a price-friendly in-ear headphone.
Design and Quality
Anker has done a remarkable job with the design of these. They are minimal and undoubtedly stylish. The muted and subdues design language of these allows you to wear these out and about without looking ridiculous.
That isn’t to say these look boring, quite far from that. What you get is a pair of professional-looking modern wireless headphones that have a touch of personality. As for comfort, we can’t complain about these. The memory foam on the ear cups is comfortable to wear even for longer periods without any significant fatigue. The shape of the earcups themselves sits quite well as well. The build is sure to last you a long time too. The majority is plastic built, the quality of the plastic is durable and should be just fine for normal use.
There are button controls on the headphones itself too. You have your volume and play/pause controls. There is also a dedicated button for the ANC (active noise cancellation). Speaking of ANC, let’s get into the main part of the review – the sound quality and battery life.
Great Sound with Commendable Battery Life
Now let us move on to the sound quality of these headphones. Soundcore is Anker’s brand for audio products and the industry-standard seems to be they are pretty good. In our testing, we found the same performance. The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is Hi-Res audio certified and produces some decent quality tunes. The sound signature is balanced with a slight preference for bass.
Anker markets the high bass capabilities of the Soundcore Q20 with the company’s BASSUP feature. The bass response is clean and quite decent. Normally some headphone’s sound signature lends themselves to perform best with a certain type of music genre.
You have your bass-heavy headphone that goes great with electro music and house and generally music with heavy bass. Whereas, headphones with a highly pronounced mid to high tones work well for other genres. These headphones, quite impressively work with almost all genres. Music sound crisp and you can hear the mid and high tones are balanced all while not losing out on the bass at all.
Another great feature of this is the noise cancellation you get with these. The active noise cancellation you get with these headphones punches well above its weight class. We were particularly impressed with how much outside noise these can block. Anker boasts that these headphones can block up to 90% of ambient noise. We do not know of Anker’s testing methods for these, but in our testing, the performance was very commendable.
At this price point, the ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) coupled with the sound quality is truly a deal that is worth a look. For listeners on the go that need good quality headphones which won’t be dying out on them just after a couple of hours of listening would be happy to know that these Anker models boast very impressive listening hours.
The battery life was pleasantly surprising. The battery lasted for long listening sessions. If you are the type of listening to music on and off, you won’t be to charge these much. Anker claims that you can listen to these for 40 hours with the ANC on and the volume set at 60%. That is quite a lot of music you can go through. All in all, the battery level was impressive and lives up to its claim. Maybe not exactly but a little different is nothing to complain about.
As if the battery level was not enough, these can give you 4 hours of listening time for just 5 minutes of charge. Picture this, you are about to go out and you go to grab your headphones. You see you haven’t charged them yet. We know, happened to the best of us.
Luckily, as mentioned, all you need to do it charge these for just about 5 minutes and voila! You have 4 hours of listening time, just like that.
Anker has managed to make an impressive piece of kit with its Soundcore Life Q20 model. If you are in the market for not so expensive headphones that sound great these is the perfect pair. The battery life is also commendable which just the cherry on top is. These are an easy recommendation from us.