Generally talking, you shouldn’t anticipate a lot from a $60 pair of Bluetooth headphones—particularly a set that claims to have lively noise cancellation—however the SoundCore Life Q20 headset from Anker stunned us with its wealthy, lifelike sound and a snug match that allowed for prolonged listening periods.

Active noise cancellation, in the meantime, did a pleasant job of filtering out lower-range engine and background noise, and we have been additionally impressed by the headset’s battery life. That stated, we may do with out the overkill of the Life Q20’s bass-boosting “BassUp” function, whereas tunes sounded flat (and never in a great way) whereas listening over a wired connection.

Design

Weighing in at simply 9.3 ounces, the SoundCore Life Q20 options an adjustable padded headband with foldable earcups that swivel as much as 90 levels, helpful for stashing the headset right into a backpack or a handbag. The reminiscence foam earcups match comfortably round my massive ears, and the scarf by no means made the highest of my head begin to ache; certainly, I wore the headphones for a number of hours straight throughout a coast-to-coast flight with none ache or discomfort.

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The SoundCore Life Q20 folds up for straightforward storage.

The energy button sits on the left earcup and doubles as a Bluetooth pairing button once you long-press it. Pressing the second button on the earcup activates the headset’s noise-cancelling mode, which (in accordance with Anker) is designed to dam 90 % of low- and mid-range noise with assist from a quartet of built-in microphones. (We’ll delve deeper into the Life Q20’s noise-cancelling talents in a second.)

A quantity rocker on the best earcup has an built-in play button that permits you to play and pause music and reply calls. You also can interact the headset’s “BassUp” bass-boosting function by double-pressing the play button, or you may long-press it to summon Siri or Google Assistant. Next to the quantity rocker is a Micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack for wired listening utilizing the included 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable.

Overall, the Life Q20 felt a tad flimsy however pleasingly gentle, and the headset didn’t appear to endure any ailing results from being stuffed in a backpack that I then shoved beneath an airline seat.

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The SoundCore Life Q20’s proper earcup incorporates a quantity rocker and a Play button that permits you to activate BassUp mode or summon your telephone’s digital assistant. There’s additionally a Micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Usage and efficiency

Pairing the headphones with a tool is a straightforward matter of urgent and holding the ability button; I had no bother pairing the Life Q20 to my iPhone XS, my Dell Latitude laptop computer, or the Genki Bluetooth adapterRemove non-product link that I take advantage of with my Nintendo Switch. There isn’t a button that permits you to shortly change between your related gadgets, however I used to be capable of reconnect my gadgets to the headphone with out having to pair them once more.

The vary of the Bluetooth 5-enabled headphone was wonderful. While related to my iPhone XS, I used to be capable of stroll the size of my workplace, stroll down a hallway, after which enterprise a number of yards outdoors earlier than the headphone’s Bluetooth connection lastly sputtered out. In all, I used to be capable of roam a little bit greater than 100 toes from my iPhone whereas sporting the Life Q20.

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