Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wireless Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones, 40H Playtime, Hi-Res Audio, Deep Bass, Memory Foam Ear Cups, for Travel, Home Office
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- Hi-Res Audio Certified: Custom oversized 40 mm dynamic drivers produce Hi-Res Audio—a certification only awarded to audio devices capable of producing exceptional sound. Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones reproduce your music with extended high frequencies that reach up to 40 kHz for extraordinary clarity and detail.
- Reduce Ambient Noises By Up to 90%: Our team of engineers conducted more than 100,000 tests in real-life scenarios to fine-tune Life Q20’s 4 built-in ANC microphones and digital active noise cancellation algorithm. As a result, the hybrid active noise cancellation can detect and cancel out a wider range of low and mid-frequency noises such as cars and airplane engines.
- 100% Stronger Bass: Our exclusive BassUp technology conducts real-time analysis of the low frequencies to instantly strengthen the bass output. Double press the play button when listening to bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop for an amplified listening experience.
- 40-Hour Playtime*: Up to 40 hours of non-stop playtime in wireless active noise cancellation mode (at 60% volume) is extended to an enormous 60 hours in standard music mode. A single charge gives you enough juice to listen to over 600 songs or soundtrack multiple long haul flights. And when you’re in a rush, charge Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones for 5 minutes and get 4 hours of listening.
- Universal Comfort: Memory foam earcups gently mold around your ears, while the headband’s rotating joints automatically adjust the angle of the earcups to fit the shape of your head. Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones offer maximum comfort and a secure seal—making them ideal for when you’re working at home, taking online classes, or traveling.
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Hear songs in the way they’re supposed to be with Life Q20’s Hi-Res Audio. The custom 40 mm dynamic drivers reproduce music with rich details and extraordinary clarity for a heightened listening experience.
Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation
Life Q20 active noise cancelling headphones are engineered with internal and external microphones to cancel out an extended range of low and mid-frequency noises such as airplane engines and traffic. Refer to the related videos below for a demonstration of noise cancellation mode.
Our exclusive technology uses a customized algorithm to perform real-time analysis on your music and intensify the low frequencies for hard-hitting beats.
Life Q20’s microphone enhances voice pick-up to ensure you sound crystal clear to the other end.
Get an ultra-fast and virtually unbreakable connection between Life Q20 active noise cancelling headphones and your mobile device. Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, and more.
In the box you’ll find a travel pouch to conveniently store Life Q20 active noise cancelling headphones in, a 3.5 mm AUX cable to keep the music playing when you’re low on battery, and a Micro USB cable to charge them with.
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|Noise Cancellation||Uplink noise reduction for calls||4-microphone hybrid active noise cancellation for music, uplink noise reduction for calls||2-microphone uplink noise cancellation||4-microphones with cVc 8.0 uplink noise reduction technology||4-microphone hybrid active noise cancellation for music, uplink noise reduction for calls||cVc 8.0 Noise Reduction|
|Playtime||60 Hours||60 Hours (ANC off) 40 Hours (ANC on)||5 hours on a single charge, 20 hours with charging case||7 hours on a single charge, 40 hours with charging case||60 Hours (ANC off) 40 Hours (ANC on)||24 hours on a single charge|
|Fast Charging||Charge for 5 minutes, listen for 5 hours||Charge for 5 minutes, listen for 4 hours||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 1 hour||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 1 hour||Charge for 5 minutes, listen for 4 hours||Charge for 5 minutes, listen for 2 hours|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5, AUX||Bluetooth 5, AUX||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5, AUX||Bluetooth 5|
|Other Features||Foldable design with ergonomic headband and memory foam ear cups||Foldable design with ergonomic headband, memory foam ear cups and multi-point rotation, travel pouch||Ultra-lightweight build, GripFit technology, PUSH AND GO technology||Single airbud use, PUSH AND GO technology||Foldable design with ergonomic headband, memory foam ear cups and multi-point rotation, travel pouch||Ergonomic 3D Comfort, Ultra-Lightweight, Flexible Neckband,|
|Recommended For||Travel, flight, train, commute||Travel, flight, train, commute||Commute, gym, travel, workout||Business calls, commute, travel，sports||Life Q20 with Travel Case||Travel, flight, train, commute|
Block Out the World, Immerse Yourself in the Music
Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones pull out all the stops to ensure the music you love listening to always sound its best. Certified Hi-Res Audio with extended treble, enhanced clarity, and fine detailing are further optimized by our exclusive BassUp technology. And to stop ambient sounds from disrupting your listening experience, simply activate hybrid active noise cancellation mode to instantly immerse yourself in the song.
Note: According to regulations, the maximum volume of headphones should not exceed 100dB. In order to protect your hearing, Life Q20’s maximum volume has been set to around 95dB. It is recommended that you do not listen to excessively loud volumes for long periods of time.
For optimal noise cancellation, make sure the earcups create a tight seal around your ears.
Playtime varies according to volume and audio content.
Driver (Full Range) 2 × 40 mm
Frequency Response 16 Hz - 40 kHz
Range 15 m / 49.21 ft
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|Item Dimensions||7.68 x 7.09 x 3.07 inches||3.23 x 6.30 x 5.12 inches||7.68 x 6.42 x 3.15 inches||3.30 x 6.10 x 4.90 inches||6.00 x 5.90 x 3.30 inches||7.68 x 6.42 x 3.15 inches|
|Item Weight||0.58 lbs||0.53 lbs||—||7.76 ounces||0.51 lbs||7.70 ounces|
|Special Features||Hi-Res Audio, Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, BassUp Technology, Crystal-Clear Calls, Foldable, Noise Cancellation, Volume-Control||Active Noise Cancelling Technology, Bluetooth 5.0, CVC8.0 Microphone, 35Hrs Playing Time, HiFi Deep Bass Sound||Noise Cancellation, Wireless, Built-in Microphones, Comfortable Over-ear; Hi-Fi stereo, Deep Bass, Lightweight, 40 Hours Playtime, Travel on the plane||Active Noise Cancelling Technology, 45H Playtime, Fast Charging Function, Deep Bass, CVC6.0 Noise-Cancelling Mic, 7.2oz for Long-time Wear; Recommended For Travel, flight, train, commute, mow grass||Bluetooth 4.1, Built_in Mic/ FM/ SD Card Slot; Dual Mode, Foldable, Noise Cancelling Design||Noise Cancellation, Microphone|
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- as noted, nice sound quality, with some reinforcement in the mid-bass frequencies, but the bass is tight, and the mids and highs are mellow
- almost inaudible difference to sound quality with noise cancellation enabled, and no notable hiss with ANC on
- ANC is not 'make the world go away' levels, and lets some higher frequency sound through; this is great, as I am looking to cancel out midrange and bass sounds like an air conditioner, nearby dogs, and the wearing rumble of airplane engines during long flights
- aside from the slightly too small earcups (for my tastes), they are comfortable to wear - neither too loose nor too tight
- the various audible and voice prompts are pleasant and at a reasonable volume
- big problem: can't charge and listen at the same time
- big problem: no ability to use as a phone headset in wired mode (these are headphones only when used with the cable, with no mic available)
- the earcup material is too insulative, resulting in unpleasant warmth and sweating under fairly normal circumstances (74F / 45% RH, just sitting at computer doing work, so these would suck for truly warm, humid, and and/or strenuous activity)
- when switching ANC on and off, the enhanced bass enables momentarily, which is just sloppy design, and rather jarring
- they have stiff creaky hinges and pivots, which is emblematic of inexpensive plastic-on-plastic construction
- they have a light but unpleasant chemical smell, which I suspect is from the earcup material, and it's not dissipating any too quickly
- a general lack of build refinement - they're nice enough, but the point where the earcup cushions meet the body was wrinkled and unevenly finished
All this said, I can't really recommend these, since I think refinement and solid build quality should be reasonable expectations at a $70 price point. If I could give them 3.5 stars, I would, but since their core functionality is great, I'll go with 4 stars instead of 3.
Lets start with what these headphones have to offer. The first item to note about these headphones is that they have bluetooth 5.0. This means their range is ridiculously far and they are low energy data transfer headphones. This is how this pair of headphones packs a 30 hour battery life with all the extras turned on. You can get up to 60
hours if you have a couple features turned off and don't need the volume very loud. They offer noise cancelation and a bass boost function. The padding around your ear is memory foam and my favorite part is that it actually goes around your ear and does not sit on it. They are light and have great sound. The bass is the most impressive part of these headphones. People that do not want bass may want to stay clear of these, but from my testing I really enjoyed the sound. They came with an auxilary cable, charging cable, and a carry pouch.
Lets talk about the sound features. The normal sound out of the box is great. if you are bass heavy and want more, they have a bass up feature that really hits. They offer noise canceling to drown out background noises. With bass up and noise canceling on, this is where you get up to 30 hours of battery life. If you don't use these features you can get yourself up to 60 hours of battery. I personally have not needed the noise canceling feature yet and I feel like the sound in normal mode is great. I have easily gotten 40 hours out of these headphones. Louder volumes will affect the battery life as well. If you are an audiofile you may have different opinions than me, but I think these sound as good as Beats or other $100 plus headphones.
These headphones are light and of course they adjust for different head sizes. They don't feel cheap, which I like. The memory foam cushion around the ears is comfortable. The thing I like the most is the fact that they are big enough to
go around my ears instead of sitting on my ears like other headphones do. These are very comfortable well built headphones.
The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 are a great pair of headphones. In my personal opinion they provide the sound a more expensive option would provide. They are comfortable and have great battery life. I would suggest this pair of headphones to anyone looking for an affordable but expensive sounding pair of headphones.
Cons: noise cancellation is decent but not great, ear cups trap heat
I fly a few times a year and commute ok public transit most days. I have a nice pair of IEMs that I use for long haul flights but prefer wireless headphones for my regular commute. These headphones do a decent job reducing train & ambient noise but you can still hear the outside world (it's a good amount quieter, but definitely still there). Another minor issue with these - when I wear these headphones for more than 2 hours at a time, my ears get a little sweaty. This isn't a problem on airplanes (because it tends to be so cold) but out and about I did notice it.
On flights my in ear monitors do a better job blocking out the engine noise and are much better at blocking out voices (especially crying infants, which the soundcore Q20 isn't great at blocking). Still, the Q20 is good enough that it's going to replace my expensive IEMs on shorter flights.
Battery life is probably the strongest argument in favor of the Q20 - I've been using them for my daily commute + a roundtrip flight over the last 2 weeks and still am going off the initial charge. I've never owned wireless headphones with such good battery life.
Overall given the $50-60 price point, sound quality is slightly better than I expected, noise cancelling is decent but not great, and battery life has really impressed me. If you're looking for quiet on long flights this probably isn't your best bet, but for daily use and the occasional <4 hour flight, these are great.
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UPDATED I used these on a couple of 2.5hr flights and the NC was effective (maybe not quite as good as the Sonys but not side by side so can’t be sure). The sound level was fine for watching downloaded tv even when taking off and engines at full throttle! Comfortable to wear as well and possibly breath a bit better than the Sonys. Also used on an intercity train and they were very good. Its a shame that Anker do not provide a hard-shell case as they did with the previous model, as the pouch provided is pretty pointless and offers no protection. I contacted Anker to see if they did the case as an accessory and No....Not helpful!
So, May 2020 update. These are still rocking with great battery life and very solid Bluetooth connection. For music, in the house, side by side then the Sonys win hands down, a different league. But for tv/movie and travelling for £40 these are astonishing value.
Still very happy and have recommenced these to several friends looking for good over ear ANC headphones at a budget. No bluetooth signal loss, no signs of wear at all (but I do look after my gadgets) and ANC is decent enough blocking I'd say 80% of noise. Bose QC35 block probably 90%, Sony XM3 I'd say 95% but you do have to spend around £200 more to get that extra 10-15% - you have to decide for yourself if it's worth it. But having had the Bose they weren't comfortable for me, the Soundcore were better. I had to bent them out a bit to have less clamping force but after that I wore them on several 6hr+ flights and had no fatigue. As far as improvements go, I wish they were less bulky and that Soundocore provided a hard shell carry case (Taotronics do).
This is my second go at reviewing these headphones.
Initially I bought several headphones to compare and decide on my new pair of ANC headphones, having lost my original Taotronics Bh22 at the airport. I wanted a step up in terms of ANC quality and comfort. I got these Ankers and the 2019 version of BH22 at the same time. Whilst the Ankers were better than the TT, I found that the ANC was a bit too sensitive leading to wind noise and internal sound pick up issues. I ended up returning them both and decided to spend much more money on Bose QC35 - had them for about a week but wasn't that impressed with them at all especially for the money, and the cabin pressure sensation I got from them made me return them too. But that experience also made me think again about the Ankers. In the meantime Anker customer service got in touch and I ended up giving them another chance.
I found that the ANC on the Ankers is actually not that far behind the Bose (and definitely better than TT). Obviously it depends how you use it, but I found that in my commute on London Underground, both the Bose and the Ankers let it some of the high pitched sounds. The Bose probably a bit better and removes a bit more of low humming noises, but the Ankers are pretty impressive especially as they are nearly £200 cheaper! Neither removed 100% of the noise so you still hear maybe l5-10%. The hybrid noise cancellation on these with external and internal mics (a major difference vs most other cheap ANC headphones) works well in my opinion. Plus if you have a larger head, a lot of the cheaper headphones in the £50 ish price range are just far too small. With the Ankers I have room to spare and I can bend the headband to fit me even better so they are not too tight. I found the pads actually more comfortable than the Bose, very similar to Sony 1000xm3.
The initial complaint I had about wind noise pickup, I also experienced with the Bose. The difference with the Bose is that you have an app with the option to turn ANC down. But with the Ankers you can simply switch the ANC off with a button, which is much easier than the app, and even with ANC off the passive isolation of the ear cups works very well to remove a lot of the annoying sounds.
Turning the ANC off also removes the problem I had with feedback from the cups when running / walking fast. The ANC is simply very sensitive - so keep that in mind. But it's not a big issue for me.
The battery life is great too. Also I like that Anker have come up with an original design and colour which is very dark matt grey as opposed to a lot of other models on Amazon that all look the same cheap glossy black.
My only real gripes are that I wish they were less bulky, and that the sound is too focused on mids and lows - if you like base you will like these, but I wouldn't use them for critical listening at home (which is fine, I have my Grados for that).
But the comfort, ANC and general quality can't be beat for this price in my opinion. Plus, Anker customer service is outstanding. I am happy to recommend them.
The sound quality is a bit difficult to justify at the moment as the pair of headphones that I have received seems to have problem with the volume. Usually when I listen to music on headphones via my iPhone I only need to set the volume to around 50%~60%. However, on the Soundcore Q20 I have to set the volume to 100% in order to get the same amount of sound output. I’ve tried to connect to my laptop and the same problem persists. I’ve also tried to rest the headphones but it doesn’t resolve the problem.
Hope Anker will read this comment and provide advice on this problem.
2 Stars for now as I won’t be able to listen to them without setting the volume to 100%.
------Update on 2019-08-22------
I’ve done the sound test via 3.5mm aux & Bluetooth connection and the Soundcore Q20 sounds brilliant for its price. The NC is also very decent and it only creates minimal “pressure” when it is on. I have had a few other headphones that are at similar price and Overall the Soundcore Q20 is the best sounding and most comfortable headphones.
Anker is providing excellent support on the volume issue. Brilliant customer service.
Anker's Soundcore Life Q20's met my expectations on all counts save for somewhat dated styling.
Noise-cancellation. Excellent. Honestly you might find slightly better NC in the high-end market, but it'll cost you five to six times the price. These "hybrid" NC headphones feature good quality NC that has little effect on overall sound quality.
Sound-quality. Pretty epic for the price. They're bluetooth, and obviously not made with all the hi-end components, so they don't reproduce sound perfectly. That said they feature nimble bass with balanced mids. Overall sound clarity is good given the price point.
Bluetooth. I've owned several pairs of Bluetooth 4 headsets and all seemed to suffer a degree of on-the-go signal loss, particularly when around other Bluetooth signals during my commute. These apparently use Bluetooth 5 and seem to perform better with more reliable signal strength and quality.
Battery-life. Excellent. I use them wirelessly 5-6 days a week with NC on, drawing them down to 60-70 percent capacity. I've never run them down to nil so I couldn't tell you how long they run, but a solid week of use, 3 hours per day, with plenty of juice remaining seems pretty good to me.
Styling. I wish they were a little more minimalist and/or contemporary. That being said the branding is generally muted, and they're colour (black) non-discript, and they don't look bad by any stretch. So for all the other features, I'll deal with a slightly dated look, and enjoy listening to music and podcasts in peace and tranquillity on my way to work.
I hope you've found this review helpful.
So these headphones are actually really good. And for £40 I would say they are fairly priced. This review is more about how anker have handled a fault than the product itself.
So why the negative review.... well, mine appear to be faulty. They randomly produce a loud base thump which is not related at all to what is being played through them at the time.
I have been buying anker for years and have only had to use their customer service once a while back. It was great... sadly this time it was awful.
They still include the lovely little card saying to co tact them if you aren’t happy, only now they don’t appear to care much.
I won’t go on too much but suffice to say they make you jump through hoops. They want scans of invoices, copies of orders and actual photographs of the product. Then they want you to pay up front for warranty postage and then, you guessed it, scan and email proof of postage and costs which they will then process as a refund.
They just don’t seem to have the same customer care they built their brand on and my worry is that they have become the same as all the other importer sellers on amazon. Shame.
- highs are 'okay'
- mids are almost invisible
- lows are murky and very hard to divorce from the highs when tuning the sound via EQ
The fit is fine with adequate clamping force, and they are nice and light - so if you have weak neck muscles, these are definitely for you
Truthfully, I can only recommend these based on the ANC and the price - as they will be torturous for anyone who considers themselves any sort of audiophile
EDIT: Anker really tried to make me happy by sending out an alternative product at no cost to me - and while it wasn't a good fit for various reasons, I would recommend you give Anker a fair chance if you're not as particular as me (and I've always had success with their various peripherals)
All in all an excellent purchase at an excellent price point with all the bells and whistles that you can find in more expensive headphones. Anker did it again!
J'ai pris celui-ci en remplacement en voyant les bonnes critiques sur des sites US, parce que Bose m'a beaucoup déçu quand j'ai vu à quel point le problème que j'ai rencontré sur mon QC 25 était fréquent.
Les points positifs :
- le son est bon
- il n'est vraiment pas cher
- il fonctionne aussi en mode filaire
- la réduction de bruit est bonne dans certains contextes (bureau silencieux ^^)
Les points négatifs :
- si vous prenez le train, quand vous croisez un autre train vous allez prendre un son strident horrible parce que la réduction de bruite ne gère pas la variation de pression brutale (et ça fait objectivement mal aux oreilles)
- la réduction de bruit ne marche pas du tout pour les voix donc si vous avez des voisins bruyants, c'est mort. Pareil pour les bébés qui pleurent.
- le micro intégré est bof
- il y a un problème de masse quand on relie le casque à la l'ordinateur en mode filaire (je n'avais pas ce souci avec le Bose qui était 100% filaire) & c'est très pénible même si moins prononcé que sur d'autre modèles que j'ai pu tester
La housse fournie ne sert à rien (plastique mou, ça protège des taches mais pas des chocs).
Voilà, en espérant que ça vous aide à faire votre choix :)
The second problem with ANC is random static pops. No idea what's going on with that. It has nothing to do with motion. Every so often the sound just craps out and comes back. Like bad FM reception. This problem does not exist with ANC turned off. <-- 10/24/19 update: this issue was fixed by resetting the headphones.
If using these with ANC off, these sound great. However I bought these for ANC and that feature is just broken on these headphones.
The bass up feature causes the music to distort. No idea why anyone would use that feature. Every song clips with this feature turned on. Bass up may be suited to podcasts but definitely not music.
Otherwise they are very comfortable to wear and sound great as long as the noise cancelling is turned off. This of course defeats the purpose in buying ANC headphones when the feature is unusable.
I am just disappointed with these and surprised Anker would release headphones of this quality.
The ANC on both are basically identical to me, they both let in and blocked sound the same. Sound quality is also comparable with the Ankers having a "touch" more rumble, although the H12s can be eq'd to sound the same. My first issue with these is that they are definitely on the lower end in terms of volume compared to other wireless headphones I've listened to. It's not that they are quiet, but depending on the user or the type of music you listen to, there will be no headroom if you are listening to a song that's quiet, or if you want to really feel the ooomph in one of your favourite tracks.
What's more, these actually distort pretty easily near max volume if listening to bass heavy music. Kendrick Lamar's "DNA" causes these headphones to garble even though the sound is on the quieter end. I could get the H12s to do the same but that is at ear piercing levels which none should be listening at. Easy distortion coupled with lower volume than normal and the problems begin to rise.
Bass up mode is a gimmick and turns sound into a humbling mess, not worth it at all. Why it's advertised as a feature? God knows.
3 stars given the price I paid for them (they are being returned nonetheless) of £36 odd, 2 stars if an unfortunate soul pays full price for these (at the time £51). To be fair, this review is written in a negative tone simply because the MPOW H12s exist and I've been able to compare both side by side.
Still, I don't recommend these simply because of the H12s existence.
+ Great comfort, they have nice big cushy earcups that seal well even over my big ears.
+ The buttons are decent and easy to locate
+ Bluetooth pairing worked without many issues
+ 3.5mm cable and jack so you can use them wired if you need to (will probably still need charge?)
+ came with a vinyl carry bag
- USB micro-B charging connector
- Kinda chunky design that doesn't fold up that small
- Noise Cancelling has a slight background hiss during silence, I have no idea if this is expected as these are my first NC headphones
- if I move around a lot (i.e. walk around my flat) with the NC on it sometimes makes some weird chirping noises when there's no music/sound on. Not hugely noticeable but a bit weird.
For comparison against more premium products (such as the QC35), audio separation could be better and the sound profile is very bass-heavy/forward (even without the comical “BassBoost”), but general audio quality is good.
The ANC I very much enjoy: although it does add some white noise in the absence of any background noise, when cooking or travelling etc it fully removes the rumble of engines or other continuous noise, whilst leaving the voices of people trying to talk to you quite clear. Battery life is exemplary.
I would only ask going forward for the option to replace the pads, which have been the first parts to wear down on Bose pairs.
UPDATE: having now tried these in a few new settings, the ANC is not performant as all where the background noise is “bassy” — the BART is quite screechy and the ANC does a terrible job in this context.
I primarily got these headphones for their active noise cancelling ability. Now all active cancelling headphones add a bit of static in the background (not sure why) so I was expecting this a bit, but sadly this pair are terrible. The moment you switch on the active noise cancelling, the static is extremely loud, just about the worst of any active noise cancelling headphone I've ever used. It's annoying and I can't stand it for very long. This is my fourth pair of active noise cancelling headphones and I use them on flights. These are worse even than the wired Lidls pair that I bought in 2007 for a few pounds! It's a real shame because the headphones themselves are over-ear style and they otherwise do a really good job of blocking out noise with (ironically) the noise cancelling turned off. Just to be sure, I even did a test against my other noise reducing headphones (all shown in the photo) and confirmed that these are the worst....which is quite sad.
Apart from this issue, the headphones are good. They are extremely comfortable with lovely padded earcups, the sound quality when used without noise cancelling is pretty good, and the battery life is truly amazing (I have no idea how long they last but it feels like forever).
Other downsides - the buttons are a bit hard to tell apart and there is an annoying voice command when you change settings (e.g. NOISE CANCELLATION - ON!") which I could do without. There's also no storage case (just a cheap useless flimsy draw bag that offers no protection). Build quality is a bit so-so, I'm not sure they'll last years but not terrible either and they won't fall apart quickly.
One other point - the microphone quality for calls is pretty bad - you sound to the other person like you're talking from inside a tunnel. This is unfortunately par for the course with budget bluetooth headphones, so although these are bad they are no worse than any others. Definitely don't get these for work calls, but they would be just about OK for occasional social calls.
1) The buttons all feel pretty much the same so it's extremely hard to remember or work out which buttons are which just by touch, so I keep pressing the wrong ones by mistake and have to keep taking them on and off to find and press the right ones.
2) The noise cancellation usually works wonders (I use them on my daily commute) but they can add noise if you're already in a quiet environment so you may need to toggle noise cancellation on and off depending on the situation
3) The sound is a little flat and doesn't have very wide stereo separation
So there's plenty of room for improvement!
NOTE: I previously complained about low volume and have since received a replacement pair from Anker with identical model number/details/etc but they're much louder so I'm now much happier and have revised my review accordingly, including adding a star.