I won’t compare these to the BOSE QC or the SONY WH series. Those are significantly more pricey and undoubtedly better. For $60, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth headphones can be yours. With that being said, let’s break it down. 

Based on sound, these are better than their $60 price tag.

The Anker Soundscore Life Q20 offers Bluetooth 5.0, which gives you increased range and lower energy consumption than previous generations.

These headphones will get you around thirty hours of battery life with all the features turned on. If you decide to turn off some options, you can get double that.

Noise cancellation and bass boost are options that are nice to have in this price tier. The bass sounds excellent, and the earcups are comfortable.

What’s included: Charging cable, AUX cable, and a carrying bag.

Sound Quality

If you don’t change any of the settings, these will sound good. The bass really is the best feature, IMO. If you’re like me and want to increase the bass, you can do that.

The sound quality is up there with the $100 range headphones, so if you pick these up just for how well they sound, then these are a good value.


I like the feel of these. the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 doesn’t come off as cheap. If you scrutinize them, you’ll find that the construction won’t live up to more expensive headphones, but that’s to be expected, right?

Earcup is comfortable but is too warm (for me) to wear for long periods.

Noise Cancellation (ANC)

If you’ve worn expensive BOSE or Sony’s, you’ll be disappointed with the noise canceling on these. The noise-canceling works but WILL let in some sound.

One negative I’ve found is a popping sound when moving my head around quickly, but only when I have ANC on.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 – POSITIVES

  • Can use AUX cable to listen without having them powered on.
  • The sound quality, notably the bass, is good.
  • Good battery life.
  • The padding on the earcups is comfortable.
  • 5 min charge will get you around four hours of listening time.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 – NEGATIVES

  • Earcups can make you sweat. These might be too warm to wear for long periods. 
  • Inability to listen and charge at the same time.
  • Can’t use the microphone when connected through an auxiliary cable.
  • Popping sounds (maybe mine is defective) when moving around a lot with the ANC enabled.

Questions Answered

Does Soundcore Life Q20 have a microphone?

Yes, it does have an integrated microphone. It doesn’t have any controls that allow you to adjust any microphone settings, but it does have one. You won’t be able to use the microphone if you’re connected through an AUX cable.

Does Anker Soundcore Life Q20 support aptX?

No, the Q20 doesn’t support aptX.

Is the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 good for gaming?

The latency on these is pretty high for PC gaming. While you can use these for gaming, better options are available even in this price range.

How long does it take to charge Soundcore life Q20 headphones?

It’ll take you 3 hours to fully charge them if they are dead. You can get around 4 hours of playtime with a 5-minute charge if you’re in a rush!


Anker makes some surprisingly good headphones. I’ve had Anker earbuds in the past, and they were great. These are really good too. Remember, $60 is cheap for headphones, so keep your expectations in check, and you’ll be happy with these.