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Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Review

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is a mediocre headphone for neutral listening. If you are looking for a solid entry-level headphone with active noise cancellation, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC are very compelling. It produces a warm sound overall, with the low frequencies being the most clearly articulated.

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is an upgraded version of the very decent Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless, and pack in few moderate upgrades. While the older model had a large headband which made them loose for human beings with smaller heads, the Q20s are a bit smaller and should fit most human beings a bit better.

They too have a moderately improved ANC feature that blocks out speech much better and isolates the low rumble of bus or airplane engines slightly better, however they’re still not very good at that. Their V-shaped sound profile is quite exciting, making them a good choice for pop or rock music. Unfortunately, instead of having a nice difficult case like the Life 2, the Q20 now comes with a simpler carrying pouch. On the other hand, their battery is slightly improved and now charges a small faster, which is good.

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 are decent headphones for on-the-go or travel. They are quite comfortable and they come with a basic pouch to give them light protection when you put them in a bag. While their ANC should help block out your talkative seatmate on a plane, it won’t help block out the rumble of the engine. On the bright side, their long battery life should last even the longest days of travel, and they can be used passively if the battery runs dry.

Design

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC won’t win any design awards, but it’s still nice and unobtrusive. Black is the only color available, but in reality it looks more like a slightly metallic dark blue/gray. The plastic casing makes it light and comfortable for prolonged listening, but in return it feels cheap. Also, the keys have a particularly hard click when pressed. Frequent travelers will appreciate that the headphones have rotating ear cups and fold up for storage and transport.

However, there is no hard case included but there is a pouch in the box if you don’t want to scratch them in your bag. Each earbud contains large, easy-to-use physical buttons. On the left side you have buttons for power/pairing and ANC. On the right side you have media playback buttons, which include a multifunction button that activates your phone’s voice assistant and Bass Up, Anker’s name for its bass boost feature.

Charging is done via micro-USB instead of the now common USB-C port, which is a shame. There’s also a 3.5mm analog jack, so you can use the headphones in wired mode when you run out of juice. As for comfort, the headset is lightweight thanks to the plastic construction and ultra-soft leatherette ear cups and headband. We wore the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC for hours without feeling any signs of fatigue, even with glasses on, which is very rare.

Comfort

This is perhaps the most differentiating feature of the Life Q20. Where most budget models skimp on ear cup size and padding, offering comfortable fits only to those with smaller noggins and ears, the Life Q20 instead offers plush padding and plenty of room to ears. The loose, spongy padding and leatherette upholstery mimics the feel of what most high-end models offer. The ear cups themselves are also larger, offering much better accommodation for larger ears than most competing models in the same price range.

Although people with larger ears may still have some contact between their ears and the padding, this padding is so soft that it generally does not create hot spots, even after hours of use. The only gripe we have with the Life Q20 in terms of comfort is its headband. Although it feels perfectly snug against the head, even in its most retracted state, it is quite long. If your head is smaller, chances are you won’t be able to fit the headset small enough for the ear cups to be positioned correctly while the headband fits snugly on top of your head.

Connectivity

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data between mobile devices using short ultra-high radio waves from 2.400 to 2.485 GHz. Bluetooth-enabled headphones can connect to another Bluetooth-enabled device, usually a smartphone or tablet, and play media wirelessly. Bluetooth headphones with microphones can answer calls wirelessly and usually have some kind of operating system that allows you to play and pause music or answer and reject a call, even through your headphones.

All Bluetooth protocols must meet the standards of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, an international standards organization that oversees the development of Bluetooth technology. As a result, Bluetooth has a number of advantages over non-standard wireless radio frequency technologies, such as lower power consumption, less signal interference, and greater device compatibility. However, Bluetooth devices require a pairing process that can be cumbersome and can only connect to a limited number of devices.

Noise Cancellation

Alright, let’s come to the main area of ​​this Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling Review. Noise cancellation is as good as they claim. let’s check them out, The noise canceling feature has microphones inside and outside the headphones to cancel out airplane noise and car noise by up to 90%, which Soundcore claims, So, to control the noise canceling feature of the headset, you have the power button on the left cup and the noise canceling button on the left cup, which turns noise canceling on and off.

Unfortunately, there is no ambient noise setting on these headphones. Does the noise cancellation really do anything, or is it just a gimmick that spoils the listening experience? The noise cancellation is good, but not quite as good as the high-end models that you spend three, four, and five times as much on as these headphones. So we wouldn’t say they compete with them, but for the money they work great and you can hear a slight difference in the music when the noise cancellation mode is on.

However, the on-ear headphones still sounded good, we have used them in taxis and long drives, and they made a big difference honestly, so on the Traveling the engine noise was reduced by about 60% where Sony and Bose will do about 90% pretty well at this price ha? This essentially makes the experience of listening to movies and music much easier on planes and taxis. As we said before, it reduces engine noise by about 60%, which is really nice.

Features

We may not have been blown away by the looks of these headphones, but they offer an impressive set of features for the price. The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 packs four high-sensitivity active noise-canceling microphones which Anker claims reduce external din by up to 90%. We’re usually suspicious when we see claims of ANC in a pair of budget over-ear headphones, but it works well enough here, with low-frequency rumble like the clothes dryer and roommate farts becoming non-existent.

Chatter and laughter remained audible, but that might not be such a bad thing if you need to listen to important information. Besides ANC, there are a range of other features designed to enhance your listening experience. With their custom 40mm dynamic drivers and ability to cover frequencies down to 40Hz, the Soundcore Life Q20s are built to handle Hi-Res Audio.

Anker has also included its exclusive BassUp technology, which if you select it analyzes the profile of your music in real time, then automatically boosts the low frequencies by up to 43%. When it comes to their wireless capabilities, Anker’s cans pair with your device via Bluetooth 5. In our test, we found that they maintained an uninterrupted signal for about 15 meters, which should cover roughly nearly all areas of your home.

Audio Quality

The sound quality of the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC is good, but nothing extraordinary. There’s not a lot of detail and the tonal balance is definitely on the warm side, emphasizing bass. This makes the headphones easy to listen to for long periods as the sound isn’t fatiguing, but those looking for more detail in their listening experience will be disappointed.

Unfortunately, Anker doesn’t offer an app to adjust the equalizer to your liking, so you’re stuck with Anker’s out-of-the-box adjustment, but it does have a BassUp feature, which boosts the bass even more, but we recommend leaving it off because it sounds terrible. The bass is already muddy enough and the BassUp feature only exacerbates this deficit even further.

Battery

We are going to check the second most important thing about a wireless headphone battery Moving on to battery life, these can last up to 60 hours with noise canceling off, and 40 hours with noise canceling on means it can survive at least two long flights with ease.

If you charge these headphones for 5 minutes, you’ll get around four hours of playtime, which again is pretty good. It’s a big disappointment that they use micro USB instead of type c cable to charge because we think at this point many of us have a lot more type c cables than micro USB. Normally, Anker Soundcore Life Q20 took about 3 hours to fully charge, which can last up to 60 hours.

Final Words

We hope you understand and enjoy this review list. Offering fantastic value for money wireless headphones, the SoundCore Life Q20 is a great choice for those shopping on a budget. While no aspect of these earphones is state-of-the-art, the sound quality, active noise cancellation, and wearing comfort are well above average, all at a below-average price. The only downside to these headphones is the headband, which is quite large even at the smallest setting. This means that people with smaller heads may have trouble finding a secure and comfortable fit.

John Brister
John Brister is a writer for the Bollyinside, where he primarily focuses on providing coverage of reviews, news, and bargains. He is the one that is in charge of writing about all of the monitors, webcams, and gaming headsets that are deserving of your attention. On the other hand, his byline appears on postings about virtual reality (VR), computers, televisions (TVs), battery packs, and many other topics.

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The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 features four high-sensitivity active noise-canceling microphones that reduce outside noise by up to 90%, according to Anker. The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC won't win any design awards, but it's still beautiful and unobtrusive. Black is the only available color, but in reality it looks more like a slightly metallic dark blue/gray.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Review