Budget Noise Cancelling Headphones

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I have been a remote worker since 2011. I have worked at airports, libraries, coffee shops, but never have I faced the work-from-home challenge that is the children being home with me 24/7. My first generation AirPods aren’t cutting it anymore. I figured it was time to look into some noise-cancelling headphones.

Enter the Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless Headphones by Anker. Anker is better known for their portable battery packs than they are for headphones, but the Q20 headphones are my new favorite headphones. The headphones are lightweight, offer active noise-cancelling, boast great battery life with up to 40 hours of playtime and Bluetooth 5.0 technology that offers up to 50 feet of range from the sound source.

The headphones arrive in pretty basic packaging. They come packaged with a user manual, a carrying pouch, an auxiliary cable for wired listening and a USB cable for charging. The Soundcore Life Q20 wireless headphones are extremely lightweight. They are just a tad heavier than my wife’s Beats Solo3’s. They offer a foldable design so when it becomes safe to go out into the world again, they will take up very little space in my bag. The material used on the ear cups are incredibly soft and comfortable.

I am not much of an audiophile, but the sound quality is considerably better than my first generation AirPods and the Tascam TH-02’s that have been my desktop headphones of choice for several years now. The bass bumps hard on the Mid-90’s to 00’s hip hop I listen to. I can barely hear the kids carrying on the background while I work on my TPS Reports for the day job.

The battery life for the Soundcore Life Q20’s shows in the battery section of the Today View and Control Center of the iPad when connected. I mostly use these headphones when I am working on an iPad Pro 11 (2018).

The Soundcore Life Q20’s won’t win any design awards. They are matte black and understated. Nothing flashy here. The physical buttons on the headphones include buttons to power on/off, activate/deactivate ANC, raise/lower volume and a combo button to play/pause audio or answer, reject, or hang up a phone call.

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless headphones are super comfortable, offer great battery life, and are very good wireless over-ear headphones with decent enough noise-cancelling capabilities at a very affordable price.