Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Review

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Review

The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 is a wireless headset that uses Bluetooth and offers an excellent sound experience, as you will see in this review.

Presentation

In the box of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35, the customer first expects a valuable and practical storage box made of plastic. The Soundcore metallic inscription is inscribed on the soft surface. Inside are the folded headphones and a fabric pouch containing a USB-C charging cable, a jack cable (3.5mm to 3.5mm), an airplane adapter for the jack cable, and a short manual.

PROS:

  • Sound quality is outstanding.
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Premium, long-lasting design
  • With two devices connected at the same time, the connection is stable.
  • EQ can be extensively customized with this companion app.

CONS:

  • On some tracks, the bass is a little too heavy.
  • For the most part, upgrades aren’t worth the extra cost.
  • It’s difficult to tell if someone is wearing something smart.
  • It’s a tad heavier than Q30.

The visual appearance at first glance resembles the previous model. Only the color has changed a little. Instead of black, the Q35 presents itself to the customer in bluish, shimmering anthracite.

The headphones are controlled by buttons located on the ear cups. On the left are the power button, the USB-C port, and the button for ANC modes. At the bottom right are the pause/play and volume buttons, as well as the headphone jack. Unfortunately, the layout of the controls is only moderately intuitive, and you will have to search and fumble around to find the controls first. The button pressure point and manufacturing are overall better than in the Q30. The individual wrenches are now much tighter and do not click.

Unlike previous models, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 now has a built-in wear sensor. It detects when the headphones are removed. Music playback will then stop automatically and resume when the headphones are replaced. Unfortunately, the sensor is relatively sensitive, so sometimes, you need to slide the headphones around for the music to stop. In this case, it is enough to straighten the headphones – in practice, unintentional pauses are always very annoying. Fortunately, you can turn off the sensors in the Soundcore app.

Soundcore consistently relies on plastic to choose materials, which can be forgiven given the quality of the haptics and design. What is much more important is that the headphones are very comfortable and reliable even for a long time. The ear padding is large enough to cover the ears without exerting pressure neatly. Although the ears get warm when worn, they do not sweat.

Scope of delivery, processing, design

In the box of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35, the customer can initially expect a high-quality and practical storage box made of plastic. The metallic Soundcore lettering is emblazoned on the soft surface. Inside are the folded headphones and a cloth bag with a USB-C charging cable, a jack cable (3.5 mm to 3.5 mm), an airplane adapter for the jack cable, and brief instructions.

At first glance, the visual appearance is the same as that of the previous model. Only the color has changed. Instead of black, the Q35 comes to customers in bluish shimmering anthracite.
The headphones are operated using buttons on the ear cups. On the left are the on / off switch, the USB-C connection, and the controller for the ANC modes. At the bottom right are the buttons for pause/playback and volume, as well as the jack socket. Unfortunately, the arrangement of the controls is only moderately intuitive, so searching and fumbling around for the controls is initially the order of the day. However, the pressure point of the keys and their quality are overall better than on the Q30. In addition, the individual keys are now much tighter and don’t rattle.

Unlike the previous models, the Q35 now also has a carry sensor integrated. This recognizes when you take off the headphones. The music playback then stops automatically and starts when you put it on again. Unfortunately, the sensor is relatively sensitive and so sometimes just slipping the headphones is enough, and the music stops. Here it is enough to straighten the headphones again – in practice. However, the unintentional pauses are still highly annoying. Fortunately, you can deactivate the sensors in the Soundcore app.

The sound quality of Anker Soundcore Life Q35

The predecessor was already convincing in terms of sound quality. This is also the case with the Life Q35, which is even a little better tuned. Bulky sound is now much smoother, although bass dominates the soundscape in the Q35 as well. At least in normal mode. In ANC and transparency mode, the bass is noticeably more restricted, which is suitable for the overall performance. Those who prefer electronic sounds or hip-hop beats will appreciate the punchy bass in Normal Mode. For classical music or acoustic guitar solos, however, the warmth of the woofers comes at the expense of differentiability.

If in doubt, the equalizer in the Soundcore app can be optimized. However, we are already very satisfied with the result of the factory. It is only at a maximum volume that the tweeters take a minimal delay. This is especially noticeable in very complex songs.

The Q35 reproduces speech very well, like audiobooks or podcasts. This also applies to phone calls. The built-in microphones work great; the other party understood us well during the test and confirmed a clear reproduction of the voice. In addition, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35’s microphones filter out background noise well. The headset is not ideal for watching movies due to the lack of the AptX codec, but the latency is acceptable for occasional TV watching. We also connected the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 to our Huawei Matebook D16 ultrabook, and the connection went perfectly.

Now we come to Hi-Res sound, which is the main differentiator from its predecessor. The LDAC codec provides optimum sound quality with high data rates, at least with the suitable source material. For better understanding: The standard audio codec for Bluetooth, SBC, works with a data rate of 345 kbps. With LDAC, the throughput can reach 991 kBit / s. As with other audio codes, the following conditions apply: For the headset to use the codec, the playback device must also support it. This is the case, for example, with all current Android smartphones. On the other hand, iPhone users are left behind and have to use another playback device, such as an LDAC-certified MP3 player.
The second problem is the availability of high-resolution sound. With traditional streaming services like Spotify, only significantly lower data rates are available. So if you want to use your Life Q35 to its full potential, you need a suitable source. Sony, for example, lists the right Hi-Res offerings on its homepage.

If you have the right player and high-resolution sounds, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 will reward you with very clear, differentiable, and clean sound. The differences with the SBC codec are noticeable even to untrained ears. Compared to AptX HD headsets, with a data rate of up to 577 kBit / s, however, the added value of LDAC is only noticeable for people with trained hearing.

The ANC function is well implemented and noticeable in the Q35. Background noise is barely or not at all noticeable with noise cancellation enabled. This mode is different from the normal mode, which mutes but does not isolate. In transparency mode, voices, birdsong, or street noise are audible – ideal for use on the go.

The range of the Soundcore Life Q35 is approximately 10 meters – depending on the environment. Switching to the next part is possible without any problems and without interrupting the test. The 40-hour battery life announced by Soundcore is best possible with the ANC function turned off. However, the over 35 hours measured in the test is also an excellent value suitable for everyday use.

ANC function

The ANC function is well implemented in the Q35 and is noticeable. Background noises such as the chirping of birds or dishwashers are barely perceptible with activated noise suppression, unlike in normal mode, which attenuates but does not isolate. In the transparency mode, voices, birdsong, or street noise can be heard – ideal for use on the go.

Battery life and range
The range of the Soundcore Life Q35 is around 10 meters – depending on the environment. In the test, going to the next room was possible without any problems and interruption. The battery life of 40 hours specified by Soundcore is at best possible with the ANC function deactivated. But the over 36 hours measured in the test are also an outstanding value that is suitable for everyday use.

Conclusion

The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 does an excellent job – especially when you consider the price of 130 euros. The headphones convince excellent wearing comfort, not perfect, but very decent sound quality and good battery life. The excellent quality and accessories speak for the headphones.

Compared to the previous model, the almost 50 Euro additional costs are justified due to the Hi-Res codec and the slightly better features and quality. Still, in our opinion, the surcharge is only worthwhile if you have appropriate audio sources with a high-resolution codec. Therefore, for everyday use and streaming Spotify & Co., the cheaper Soundcore Life Q30 (test report) remains our first choice.

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Review
Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Review

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