Anker Soundcore Q30 Bluetooth Headset Review: When Premium Is Basic Price [análise/vídeo]


Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Anker is a well-known manufacturer for external batteries, cables and other accessories, but it also has a respectable presence in the audio segment. O Soundcore Life Q30 it’s a Bluetooth headphone with active noise canceling, transparency mode and battery life for up to 60 hours.

Still without an official sale by Anker in Brazil, Soundcore is easily found on marketplaces and can also be imported from Chinese websites. Is it worth it, does it sound good, is it comfortable? I’ve used the Q30 for the past few weeks and I’ll tell you these answers in the next few moments.

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Design, finish and comfort

Anyone who sees the Soundcore Q30 from afar can understand that it is a common headphone. The design is very discreet, investing heavily in curves and round bases, which manage to disguise the oval shape of the shells.


Anker Soundcore Q30 Cushions (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Taking the Q30 in your hand for the first time, you can understand that this is not a very expensive headset: the finish is mostly plastic, and only the outer part of the strap has some kind of metallic material. But this is not such a big demerit: the product demonstrates robustness to withstand the daily grind.


Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Anker Soundcore Q30 handle (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

The cushions and headrest use some type of synthetic leather, and guarantee the comfort of wearing the headset for many extended hours. I confess that I have a bit of difficulty using headphones for a long time due to the heat, but I believe the Q30 is within the average.

About buttons and connectivity: On the left side are the on/off keys and for activating noise cancellation, plus a USB-C port (hallelujah!) for charging. On the right is the volume and play/pause control, in addition to the 3.5 mm input for using the Q30 via P2 cable, which comes with the product.


Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

There is still another type of control, but one that is hidden: resting your hand on the right shell activates the Transparency mode, which combines the ambient sound with the audio you are listening to. And in that same place is the NFC antenna, which allows quick pairing with Android smartphones.

By the way, the Q30 comes with a very elegant case, which is rigid and finished in fabric. There is also a small cloth bag to store the USB cable for charging and the P2 wire, and this is a solution that I didn’t really like: it would be much better if there were an internal pocket to store these accessories, as in the case from several other headphones.


Anker Soundcore Q30 with case (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

One thing I find negative is that the Q30’s pads are non-removable, and the synthetic leather will probably start to peel off after a few years of use. This compromises the headset’s lifespan.

Features, connectivity and battery

The SoundCore Q30 is a relatively easy-to-use Bluetooth headset: just turn it on for the first time, open the device menu and pair with the headphone. Anyone who has an Android smartphone with NFC can do this faster, bringing the phone closer to the left shell.

An extra is the Soundcore app, available for iOS and Android. It allows you to control the headphone equalizer and adjust the noise canceling mode. It also has a mode called “Advanced Sleep”, which plays sounds of rain, wind, sea and even noises that some people swear to be relaxing, such as fan or train noise.

Anker Soundcore Q30 Equalization Presets (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)
Anker Soundcore Q30 Equalization Presets (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Speaking of battery, Anker promises 40 hours of autonomy in reproductions with active noise cancellation or 60 hours with the ANC turned off. As such, the Q30 will be away from the wall for a long time, especially considering that five minutes of charge can provide up to four hours of continuous use.

Another interesting thing is that the Q30 can stay connected to more than one device at the same time, and around here I left it on both on the notebook and on the cell phone. The audio transition between different equipment is not perfect and takes a few seconds, but it is much more convenient than having to change the pairing manually.

Anker Soundcore Q30 app brings white noises (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)
Anker Soundcore Q30 app brings white noises (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Finally, it’s important to remember that the Q30 has a built-in microphone. As with any Bluetooth headset, the quality is not too impressive and will allow you to take phone calls or participate in online meetings without too many hassles.

Noise cancellation

One of the SoundCore Q30’s big draws is its active noise cancellation, and I can say it’s pretty honest. Through the app it is possible to switch between three modes:

  • Transport: cancellation of low frequencies such as engine noise and road noise
  • Interior: cancellation of medium frequencies indoors, such as offices and cafeterias
  • Exterior: for use in outdoor street and car noise environments.

Anker Soundcore Q30 app brings white noises (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Around here, I had better canceling results with Outdoor mode, as I could often hear computer keyboard noise when the Indoor option was activated.

Overall, I can say that the Q30’s ANC is satisfactory: it doesn’t impress, but it doesn’t disappoint either. I tend to have better experiences with active noise cancellation on other headphones like AirPods Pro and Bose QC35, but it would be cowardly to expect the same performance in a headphone that costs much less than half the price.


Activation of the transfer mode on the Anker Soundcore Q30: just rest your hand on the right shell (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

The Q30 also has transparency mode, which is useful for you who need to use the headset at work and want to catch up on office buddies gossip. You can activate it either through the app or in the phone itself, resting your hand on the right shell. I’m not a big fan of this kind of solution because all the ambient noises end up mixing with the music, but for those who like it: go ahead, it works well.

But there is a catch…

The Anker Q30 can also be used as a wired headset, which is great for use in the in-flight entertainment system, for example. If it wasn’t a big setback: depending on the firmware version, it is not possible to use active noise cancellation with the P2 connection.

It’s something I find very frustrating because not everyone wants to use Bluetooth – especially if you work with a computer without this connectivity or don’t want to deal with Windows’ problematic support with the wireless connectivity standard.

When a P2 cable is connected, the handset ignores power key commands. I tried another way, keeping the Q30 turned on and then putting the wire in and… the phone hung up. 🤡

I researched this problem a little more and found reports of users who had the feature working in firmware version 02.10, while in version 02.30 it was impossible to activate the ANC with the phone connected via cable.

It’s strange that Anker has removed this feature in an incremental update. Meanwhile, hope remains that a future upgrade will allow the use of noise canceling with the Q30 connected via cable.

As

This is the most important part of the review, and I can say that the Q30 doesn’t disappoint in sound. Quite the contrary, I found the quality impressive and that it manages to put it on the level of much more expensive headphones.


Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

What I’ve noticed here is that the Q30 tends to prioritize the bass, but the mids and trebles aren’t far behind. This is also enhanced with the standard equalizer. Soundcore subscription, and should please most people. However, through the app it is possible to put other predefined styles or even customize the frequencies – I preferred the Deep, which accentuates the mids more.

Hardly anyone will not like the sound of the Q30. And it’s really nice to hear songs that pull to both extremes, like The Bay, by Metronomy, which has both treble and bass instrumentals while the voices have their deserved prominence.

Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)
Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

With the bass highlighted, the Q30 is a good headphone for listening to pop and electronic music and ensures an immersion in the beats and vocals. I say the same for a more rocky feel, like Starlight from Muse, which had the most accentuated and involving instrumentals, or 1901 from Phoenix, whose bass were well defined and without exaggerations.

And here I open parentheses to Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish. It’s a song that I find very difficult to listen to on headphones due to the distortion of the second part instrumentals (which exist by the artist’s decision, who am I not to agree), but it sounded really good on the Q30.

Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)
Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

Finally, I didn’t realize that active noise cancellation affected the music quality so much. I also didn’t get high latency on the Q30, and watching movies and other media didn’t cause significant delays that left the audio out of sync with the video.

It is worth it?

The Q30 has some relevant downsides: the fact that the earpads are not interchangeable is a problem that will limit the device’s lifespan, and it’s shameful that you can’t use noise canceling when the earphone is connected via cable.

Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)
Anker Soundcore Q30 (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

On the other hand, the sound of the Q30 impressed me a lot. I didn’t expect a headphone of less than R$600 to sound like high-end headphones with active noise cancellation.

Therefore, it is easy to believe that the Soundcore Q30 has an excellent cost-benefit ratio. Even with the negative points, I consider it a worthwhile purchase and Anker manages to deliver a product with superior quality compared to other headphones of similar price.

A shame is that the Soundcore Q30 is not officially sold by Anker in Brazil, but you can find it in several national marketplaces with prices around R$600. The suggested price for the North American market is US$79, 99, but Chinese sites that deliver here usually do good deals.

Fone Bluetooth Anker Soundcore Q30

pros

  • Sound quality equivalent to much more expensive headphones
  • Noise canceling with transparency mode
  • battery lasts a lot
  • Very competitive price

Cons

  • Cushions are not interchangeable
  • ANC does not work with the phone connected via cable

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