Anker Soundcore Life Q20
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 won’t win any design awards but they’re still handsome and understated. Black is the only colour that’s available but it looks more like a slightly metallic dark blue/grey in real life. The plastic build makes them light and comfortable for extended listening but, as a tradeoff, it does feel cheap. Also, weirdly, the buttons especially have a harsh clang when pressed.
Frequent travellers will like the fact that the headphones have rotatable ear cups and can fold up for storage and travel. However, there’s no hard case included but there’s a pouch in the box if you don’t want to scratch them up in your bag.
Each ear cup houses physical buttons that are large and easy to use. On the left side, you have buttons for power/pairing and ANC. On the right side, you have media playback buttons, which include a multi-function button that activates your phone’s voice assistant and BassUp, Anker’s name for its bass boost function.
Charging is achieved via micro USB instead of the now-common USB-C port, which is a bummer. There’s also a 3.5mm analogue jack so you can use the headphones in wired mode if you run out of juice.
In terms of comfort, the headphone is lightweight because of its plastic build and ultra-plush leatherette ear cups and headband. We wore the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC for hours on end without feeling any fatigue, even with our glasses on, which is very rare.
Battery life is rated for 30 hours with ANC on and up to 60 hours with ANC off – and we had no problem hitting the rated 30 hours with ANC on during our testing.
With Anker Soundcore life Q20 you can get 4 hours of music playback from a 5-minute charge.
The Ankers also support Bluetooth 5.0 and have no audio dropouts. It will only cut out if the signal has to make it through too many walls.
The sound quality for the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC is good. The tonal balance is definitely on the warm side, emphasizing bass. This makes the headphone easy to listen to for extended periods as the sound is non-fatiguing.