Sometime I a few months ago, I picked up a pair of the Soundcore Life Q20s through the power user program. I think I’ve used them enough to develop an opinion to write a review. Let’s jump right in!
I know this was the first question on all of your minds,
so I figured I’ll answer it first. This headset is all around, extremely comfortable. Much more comfortable then pretty much any other headset I’ve used before. This is quite honesty the biggest way these stand out for me. I wear them all day with no fatigue or discomfort. Big win for this headset!
I pretty much always use the ANC. Nothing to brag about, but also nothing to complain about. I can listen to audiobooks while running an industrial mower, which is make than can be said for most headsets (or earbuds with good passive NC) without ANC. If you’re just sitting around the house with a dishwasher running in the background or something, it should block it out pretty well. The ANC definitely gives preference to lower frequency sound. When I run a mower, the big loud low roar is greatly reduced, but the higher frequency noises that the whip of a string trimmer puts out is still very noticeable.
small disclaimer. I’m not that all that familiar with ANC so this may not be the best analysis you will get
The sound quality on these is okay. It’s better then the spirit X, but not as good as my liberty airs. Sometimes the sound can be a little muddled while listening. As in, the different frequencies get melded together. This is especially present when bassup is on (don’t recommend). The Sound is pretty balanced, which I was happy about. Without bassup on, you can hear the treble and mids equally, with the bass properly coming from below. I would pretty much say these sound like a $60 headset. Not amazing, but also not bad.
Quality of build
The plastic used on the main body and on the head bar seems to be pretty high quality. I have thrown these things across a lawn a few times and they have held up perfectly. The soft material covering the ear pieces is also pretty well made. It’s not a cheap material that “shreds” easily (like cheap synthetic couches). The biggest problem that I have, is that the buttons are extremely cheap feeling. The plastic is much cheaper, and the button will wiggle when you push them. The buttons are just really cheap. They got it right on the soundcore flare, they just need to us that design.
Ease Of use
The controls for this headset are extremely intuitive. It’s really natural and easy to control. I also really like that for certain controls (bassup and ANC) they speak out loud that you toggles them. This ensures you don’t mess them up on accident.
The battery life on these is really good. They easily last a whole work week with ANC on, and without it on they would just last forever. The only downside is that when you have to charge them, you’re still stuck with Micro-USB.
Let’s condense this review down real quick.
Decent sound quality
Decent ANC (I think so anyway)
Great battery life
Overall good build quality
Intuitive to use
Cheaply made buttons
Charges using micro-USB
No hard case (only soft bag)
The sound can be muddled sometimes
Bassup is bad (as usual)
Do I recommend these? I have mixed feelings on this one. I think as long as your expectations aren’t too high, you will enjoy this purchase. I definitely don’t regret the purchase.
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