Anker Soundcore Life Q35 review

Anker Soundcore Life Q35

Anker has made a name for itself in the audio industry. One of the latest entries of Anker into the world of audio is its Soundcore Life Q35 truly wireless headphone. Although, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 is the latest pair of the company’s flagship over-ear headphones and apparently seeks to pack as many features as possible into the sub-$ 200 headphones. Let’s see, what features this headphone provides us.

Pros
  • comfortable ear cups
  • comfortable headband
  • Great controls
  • NFC is nice to have LDAC actual produces clear audio and sound quality
  • ANC is good but not superb, the seal definitely effects performance
Cons
  • Ears sweat A LOT but that’s true of a lot of over ears so I can’t really fault them
  • I actually wish it was a big more snug on the head

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Price and availability

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 comes with a three color variant such as Black, Blue and pink color. It is price $129.99. You can purchase this headphone through the company’s official website us.soundcore.com.

Who should have to buy this Anker Soundcore Life Q35?

  • World travelers will appreciate the amazing battery life, noise cancellation, and included airplane adapter that all come with the Q35.
  • Remote workers can benefit from the multi-device pairing and decent microphone for conference calls with this headset.

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Box Content

  • Headset
  • carrying case
  • 3.5MM Aux cable
  • USB Type-C cable

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What is the design of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35?

Anker Soundcore Life Q35

Starting with the design, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 comes with excellent design and excellent portability through the Travel Pouch. The matte finish arch headband is fairly adjustable and looks sturdy. The metal joint between the earcup and the headband is very secure and handles the holding without discomfort. Additionally, the headphone encloses and folds into a hard shell protective case, which also holds a USB-C charging cable, a 3.5mm cord, and a pouch for an airplane adapter.

Moreover, the memory foam earcups are not thick enough to give a passive isolation. Also, they can make wearing the Life Q35 uncomfortable over time. Although, the ear pads don’t breathe particularly well, resulting in warm ears even in an office setting. You won’t want to wear them for too long on a hot summer day.

Built from a plastic construction, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 does not come with an IP rating for water and sweat resistance. Which means you won’t be able to use it while swimming or in the rain. Besides, the headset is almost not as strong with some level of metal construction. If you throw it around your backpack every day, don’t expect it to last forever.

One of the most useful features of a headset is the auto-play / pause function, which detects whether the headphones are worn or not. This feature appears on premium headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4, but at this price it is rare.

Should we have to download the Soundcore app?

The Soundcore app offers considerably great customization with quality experience. Upon downloading it, you can do the following

  • You will get a prompt to update to version 1.20, which adds improvements to LDAC performance, EQ, call quality and smart-wear detection.
  • Firmware updates such as this one pushing application is important for performance improvement and longevity of the device.
  • Custom EQ profile or choose from several Soundcore presets for different styles and listening preferences.
  • Free music streaming service courtesy of Lüm, with tons of playlists for checking headphone settings
  • Sleep mode that can play the sounds of the surrounding nature for a certain period of time.

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How does the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 sound?

Anker Soundcore Life Q35

Looking for sound quality, the Soundcore Life Q35 truly wireless headphone come with a 40mm silk-diaphragm drivers with improve sound quality and thumpy bass. This high-resolution audio means you’ll always enjoy the best sound – whether you’re listening in wireless or wired mode. Out of the box, there is a strong boost at low-end frequencies below 150Hz which the bass-head will appreciate.

Furthermore, the drivers deliver vibrant audio performance and powerful bass. The in-line frequency response provides a high bass with crystal clear sound experience. Additionally, after your demand and deserve, a great soundstage, low distortion and high dynamic range. It’s what makes music come alive. In addition, the Life Q35 has provide unique High-Performance audio mode on board.

In addition, the Soundcore app includes an option for a custom EQ settings. Which means you can create much more clear sound from this headphone. Or you can go wild and crank the bass up even more, if you’re into that kind of thing.

You get a different output when you listen over a wire

The mode that the headphones are in has a direct impact on the overall audio reproduction. the bass is less emphasized and more accurate when the headphones are wired compared to the Bluetooth LDAC connection. Similarly, turning on noise cancellation affected the sound and minimally decreased the bass output compared to playback with ANC off.

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Can you use the headset for phone calls?

The microphone on the Life Q35 is more than good enough for taking calls on the go or having quick meetings. The company claim that the beamforming microphones on the Life Q35 use an AI algorithm to detect voice without unwanted noise. We didn’t run into any problems with the microphones while testing, though you can listen to the microphone test for yourself and let us know what you think.

Where headphones fall short they are in operation, eliminating sound quality and noise which leaves a lot to be desired. Anchor doesn’t have much experience in the premium headphones market, and that shows. The Life Q35 looks, feels and performs more like the company’s other affordable headphones than Sony or Bose’s premium offer.

How well does the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 cancel noise?

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 can adapt to nearly any environment. A single button on the back of the left ear cup switches between passive isolation, active noise cancellation (ANC), and transparency modes. However, the tight seal between the ear cups and your ear create a fair amount of passive noise cancellation.

Turning on the ANC lowers most ambient sounds below 1kHz which reduces them to half or one-quarter loudness. The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 is one of the most functional and utilitarian headphones you can find in the budget over-ear headphone category.

Furthermore, the Soundcore app provide a three different mode of Active noise cancelling. Such as transport, indoor, and outdoor active noise cancellation modes. Each mode has a different amount of noise cancellation at different frequencies. The “outdoor” mode has the strongest active noise cancellation and most listeners are bound to prefer this. The transparency mode works great for hearing surroundings. The tap-to-talk feature quickly activates transparency mode for a conversation by simply holding the right ear cup for one second.

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What connectivity does the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 support?

Anker Soundcore Life Q35

The Life Q35 comes with Bluetooth 5.0, SBC, AAC and LDAC, Sony’s Lossless Bluetooth Codec which is theoretically capable of up to 990kbps with 24-bit / 96kHz Hi-Res playback. Any device running Android 8.0 or later supports LDAC, however you can manually switch to SBC or AAC in your Android phone’s developer settings.

Moreover, It’s quick and easy to connect headphones to multiple devices, although audio can only be played from one source at a time. The company includes NFC pairing inside the headphones, so only one tap is needed to pair with an Android phone.

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How long does the battery last?

The Life Q35 comes with 40 hours of battery per charge, but in our battery test with music playback at 75dB(SPL) with active noise cancelling turned on, the headphones battery reduce a bit.

The headphones also support fast charging, which Anker says can achieve a 4-hour charge in only 5 minutes. In our testing, after only 5 minutes of charging the headphones were up to 20%, enough to power through pretty much a full day of normal use.

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What are some alternatives to the Anker Soundcore Life Q35?

Sony WH-1000XM5 is right now the best alternative to the Life Q35 headphone. The headphone come with a Active noise cancellation, magnificent sound, hands free-calling, Up to 30 hours of battery, Bluetooth Multi-connectivity and DSEE Extreme & Hi-Res audio support the WH-1000XM5 headphones provide awe-inspiring audio quality. Additionally, it includes total 8 microphone for clear voice calls, 360-degree spatial sound and Dolby Atmos sound.

The Sennheiser HD 450 BT is also worth a look if you are looking for high sound quality in this price range. It come with an active noise cancelling (ANC) and great sound quality for just $159. Moreover, the headphone offer Bluetooth® 5.0, High-quality wireless codec support (AAC, aptX™ Low Latency), Voice Assistant access, Sennheiser Smart Control App and 30-hour battery life. It come with two color such as Black and White.

Frequently asked questions about the Anker Soundcore Life Q35

What should I do if Life Q35 does not take a charge?

Try using a different charging cable and a certified wall charger with at least a 5V/1A output. If you are using a charger or USB port with a low output, Life Q35 may not charge correctly.

What is Life Q35’s playtime with a full charge?

Playtime with active noise cancelling off: 60 hours at 60% volume. – Playtime with active noise cancelling on: 40 hours at 60% volume. – A 5-minute charge gives you 4 hours of listening.

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