Anker Soundcore Life Q30
Anker Soundcore Life Q30 is only sold in one colour: Black. Bundled with the purchase are an aux cable, USB-C charging case, and carrying case that stores everything.
Anker took to heart many of the Life Q20’s design criticisms and improved the aesthetics of this next-gen model. The end result is impressive, with the Life Q30 looking and feeling more premium. If it weren’t for Anker’s reputation as an inexpensive brand, you would believe these were sub-luxury headphones.
The hinges and headband no longer feel flimsy, as Anker employed stronger plastic, leather, and steel, which make up the entire construction. Small details like the gold embossed Soundcore logo on each earcup and active noise cancelling imprints on the extenders are also nice touches that give these minimalist-looking headphones some swagger.
At 7.8 x 7.09 x 3.07 inches and 9 ounces, these are some bulky, heavy headphones. All of my siblings-in-law hit me with some “damn, those are some big a** headphones” stares when walking through the living room. You will feel the extra weight atop your head or around the shoulders when worn for long stretches. Also, the headband’s clamp force is very tight, which reduces slippage but also applies discomfort to the skull that becomes unpleasant after an hour.
Anker Soundcore Life Q30: Controls and digital assistant
With so much functionality stuffed into these cans, it’s surprising to see the lack of touch controls present. There is only one: holding your finger on the right earcup to cycle through the different listening modes. The good news is there are physical buttons located at the rear of each earcup that is easy to locate and respond accurately to press gestures.
Active noise cancellation and ambient listening
ANC isn’t Anker’s forte, but the company’s noise neutralization has improved with every new release. The Life Q30 is exemplary. Is it Bose or Sony quality? Of course not. That doesn’t mean the ANC performance on these cans isn’t any less effective.
Wearing the headphones around the house, I was barely distracted by the ambient chaos that took place on Halloween, which ranged from bratty trick-or-treaters ringing the doorbell to my brother-in-law indulging in a Halloween marathon during AMC’s FearFest. The technology blocks out about 80% of external sounds, though you’ll still hear high-frequency noises like whistles and sirens. But even in those cases, the noises aren’t blaring enough to pull you away from whatever you’re doing.
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