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Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 20, 2021 at 11:56 am
Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless Picture
7.1
Neutral Sound
7.9
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
5.6
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. They have a more comfortable fit than their predecessor, and they also come with some new features like Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and compatibility with the Anker Soundcore app. Using the app, you can cycle between either 'ANC', 'Ambient', and 'Normal' modes, and you can also set the ANC to either 'Indoor', 'Outdoor', or 'Transport' mode. They have a bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box, and you can also use the graphic EQ and presets in the app to help customize their sound.

Our Verdict

7.1 Neutral Sound

The Anker Life P3 are decent for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds thump and rumble to your audio, which can be a bit overwhelming for listeners who prefer a more neutral sound. That said, the rest of the range is quite balanced, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly. You can even use the graphic EQ and presets in the Anker Soundcore app to customize their sound.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Terrible passive soundstage due to in-ear design.
7.9 Commute/Travel

The Anker Life P3 are very good for commute and travel. Thanks to their adjustable ANC feature, they can block out the bass-heavy rumble of bus and plane engines and higher frequency sounds like chatter from other passengers. They have a comfortable fit suitable for long days on the go, and their portable design fits easily into your pockets. They only last a little over five hours with the ANC on, but their case offers some extra charges.

Pros
  • Amazing noise isolation.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • 5.7-hour continuous battery life.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Anker Life P3 are great for sports and fitness. They have a stable fit in your ears, so they shouldn't fall out during your workouts. They're also comfortable and breathable, meaning that you shouldn't sweat more than usual while wearing them. While their touch-sensitive controls are easy to use mid-workout, unfortunately, they have a limited control scheme, so you may need to use your phone to adjust their volume or skip to a previous track.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Stable enough for workouts.
Cons
  • Limited control scheme.
7.3 Office

The Anker Life P3 are satisfactory for office use. They're comfortable enough to wear during long days at work, and their ANC feature can help block out ambient sounds like coworkers chatting around you as well as the hum of nearby computer equipment. While they only last for over five hours off a single charge, you can recharge them using their portable case that holds around four extra charges. Unfortunately, their microphone performance isn't very impressive, so they may not be ideal for making calls at the office.

Pros
  • Amazing noise isolation.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • 5.7-hour continuous battery life.
  • Mic makes voice sound thin and unnatural.
5.7 Wireless Gaming

The Anker Life P3 are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, their latency is likely too high to be suitable for gaming.

5.6 Wired Gaming

The Anker Life P3 are wireless-only, so they aren't suitable for wired gaming.

6.9 Phone Calls

The Anker Life P3 are fair for phone calls. They have an integrated microphone that offers a mediocre recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and unnatural to whoever's on the other end of the line. That said, they should still be able to understand you, as long as you're calling from a quiet environment. On the upside, their ANC feature can help block out distracting background noises so you can focus on your call.

Pros
  • Amazing noise isolation.
Cons
  • Mic makes voice sound thin and unnatural.
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.6 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 17, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Anker Life P3 are sleek, simple, truly wireless in-ears. They have a similar design to the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, but they're made of glossy plastic instead of matte plastic. There's a small Anker logo on their touch-sensitive controls. You can also choose between several different color variants depending on your preferences.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Anker Life P3 are comfortable. They don't go as deep in your ear as the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, which is nice. They're lightweight, and they come with several different ear tip sizes to help you get the best possible fit.

5.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The touch-sensitive controls are very easy to use. To prevent accidental touches when replacing the buds, a single tap doesn't register any commands. You can tap the left ear twice to skip to the next track and tap the right ear twice to play and pause your audio. If you hold either earbud for two seconds, the ANC turns on and off. They're responsive, and there are audible beeps when you register the commands. You can even turn the beeps off in the Anker Soundcore app if you prefer. That said, the controls aren't very intuitive out-of-the-box, and there isn't any way to control the volume, which is a bit disappointing. Also, there isn't a way to turn them off unless you put them in the case.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 ยฐC

The Anker Life P3 are quite breathable. Like most in-ears, they don't trap any heat inside your ear. You shouldn't notice a temperature difference when wearing them, so they're a solid choice to wear while working out.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.5" (3.7 cm)
W 1.2" (3.0 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 1.68 inยณ (27.50 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless in-ears, they're incredibly portable. They can easily fit into your pocket thanks to their small, lightweight design. Their carrying case helps protect them on the go, and it should also fit easily into your bag.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.1" (5.3 cm)
W 2.4" (6.1 cm)
H 1.3" (3.2 cm)
Volume 6.17 inยณ (101.10 cmยณ)

The case is good. It's mostly made of plastic. There are three LED indicator lights in the front that show the battery level. There's also a reset/pairing button located inside the case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Anker Life P3 have a good build quality. They're mostly made of glossy plastic and feel just as well-built as the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. The manufacturer says that they're rated IPX5 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Overall, they feel pretty solid and durable, though the ear tips seem like they could rip since they're quite thin. Also, the case lid doesn't feel very sturdy, and it's a bit wobbly.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Anker Life P3 have good stability. They should stay in your ears during workouts, even though they don't come with stability fins.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Anker SoundCore Life P3
  • Case
  • 5x ear tip sizes
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.63 dB
Treble Amount
-0.88 dB

The Anker Life P3 have a bass-heavy default sound profile. You feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music genres like EDM and hip-hop, and vocals and lead instruments still reproduce quite accurately. Overall, these headphones are suitable for listening to most types of audio content. There's even a graphic EQ and presets in the Anker Soundcore app to help you adjust their sound.

9.0
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.2 dB

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have incredible frequency response consistency. Regardless of their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, audio reproduction is consistent each time you wear these in-ears.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.15 Hz
Low-Bass
5.56 dB
Mid-Bass
1.33 dB
High-Bass
-2.12 dB

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have very good bass accuracy. The overemphasized low-bass helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM. The rest of the range is mostly balanced, so there's punch and warmth to your audio.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.47 dB
Low-Mid
-0.16 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.97 dB
High-Mid
0.25 dB

The Anker Life P3 have amazing mid accuracy. The entire range is quite balanced and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are clear, accurate, and detailed. The slight dip in the mid-mids may nudge them towards the back of the mix, however.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.13 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.26 dB
Low-Treble
-2.46 dB
High-Treble
-4.22 dB

The treble accuracy is decent. There's a dip across the low-treble and mid-treble that can slightly hurt the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments, and also make sibilants a bit dark and dull.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.39 dB
Dips
1.81 dB

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have good peaks and dips performance. There's a dip in the high-bass that can reduce the warmth in your audio. Also, the slight dip in the mid-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mid and low-treble can make those same instruments harsh or honky at times. Sibilants like S and T sounds are alternately piercing and dull due to the uneven mid-treble.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.17
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.37
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.31

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have a fantastic imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response. As a result, objects like voices accurately localize within the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, however, so your real-world experience can vary.

0.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
1.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.0

Like most in-ear headphones, they have a terrible passive soundstage performance. They don't interact with the outer ear, which is one of the key components in creating a large, speaker-like soundstage. Also, their soundstage doesn't seem as open as those of open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.300
WHD @ 100
0.110

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have a very good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Whether you're listening at a moderate volume level or a louder volume level, most frequencies fall within good limits. Audio reproduction is clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
02.61
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
Soundcore Signature
ANC
Transport
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
8.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.08 dB
Bass
-20.43 dB
Mid
-17.41 dB
Treble
-27.89 dB

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have an amazing noise isolation performance. With their ANC on and set to 'Transport' mode, they can reduce lots of background noises, including the bass-heavy rumble of bus and plane engines as well as ambient chatter from people around you. You can also adjust the ANC level between 'Transport', 'Indoor', and 'Outdoor' depending on where you're located, which is handy.

9.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
26.26 dB

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 have an incredible leakage performance. They don't leak much audio, and escaping noise is largely in the treble range, so it sounds thin. You can crank up the volume without really bothering those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
343.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.79 dB
HFE
6,088.74 Hz
Weighted THD
1.977
Gain
1.4 dB

The mic's recording quality is okay. Your voice sounds thin and a bit unnatural, but it should still be understandable to whoever's on the other end of the line.

6.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
15.75 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic's noise handling performance is okay. It can struggle to separate your voice from background noises, even if you're calling from a moderately noisy location like a busy street. However, you should be heard clearly if you call from quieter places.

Active Features
6.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.7 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
28.5 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Anker Life P3 have an acceptable battery performance. While they're advertised to last for six hours off of a single charge with the ANC on, they lasted for a little less than that during our tests. With the ANC off, the battery life is expected to be around seven hours. Unfortunately, unlike the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless, they don't have an auto-off feature to help conserve battery life. The case also has around four extra charges. That said, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Anker Soundcore
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
Adjustable
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Anker Soundcore app is great. You can adjust the ANC feature between 'ANC', 'Ambient', and 'Normal' modes. 'Normal' turns off the ANC, while 'Ambient' mode lets in some ambient sound for when you want to stay aware of your surroundings. When on 'ANC' mode, you can adjust the ANC level between 'Transport', 'Indoor', and 'Outdoor', which is handy. The 'Transport' function targets low-end frequencies like engine and road noises. The 'Indoor' mode reduces voices and mid-frequency noise, while the 'Outdoor' mode reduces ambient sounds typically found in cities. There's a graphic EQ to help you customize its sound, as well as a Gaming Mode feature to reduce latency.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
271.65 ft (82.80 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
213 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
184 ms
Android Latency
165 ms

The Anker Life P3 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. Out-of-the-box, their latency with PCs and iOS and Android devices is likely too high to be suitable for gaming. That said, you can use the Anker Soundcore app to turn on Gaming Mode, which slightly reduces latency with PCs to 149ms, 101ms with iOS devices, and 104ms with Android devices, which is a bit more suitable for gaming. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

You can't use these truly wireless headphones wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging their case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. That said, their latency may be too high to be suitable for gaming.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Anker Life P3 comes with a charging case that holds around four extra charges. It also supports wireless Qi charging, or you can charge it using the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 come in 'Black', 'Navy Blue', 'Sky Blue', 'Oat White', and 'Coral Red'. We tested the 'Black' variant, but we expect all color variants to perform similarly. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 are the next generation of the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. These headphones are compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, which gives you access to many customization features, including a unique adjustable ANC feature and a graphic EQ and presets. They don't sit as deep in your ears as their predecessor, so they have a more comfortable fit.

See our recommendations for the best wireless in-ears and earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $100, and the best noise cancelling earbuds.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are slightly better than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. The Life P3 are more comfortable, and they have better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature. However, the Liberty Air 2's continuous battery life is a bit longer.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are slightly better than the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Life P3 are more comfortable, and they have a longer continuous battery life. Also, their microphone has a better recording quality.

EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The EarFun have a longer continuous battery life, a better microphone performance, and some listeners may prefer their more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, the Anker have better noise isolation, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets as well as an adjustable ANC feature.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are better than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. The Anker are more comfortable, and thanks to their ANC feature, they have better noise isolation. Also, they're compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, so you can customize their sound using the graphic EQ and presets.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are better than the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The P3 are more comfortable, and they come with an ANC feature that offers better noise isolation. They also support the Anker Soundcore app, so you can customize their sound using the graphic EQ and presets and also adjust their ANC. Also, they have a better microphone performance.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Apple are better-built and more stable. Some users may prefer their more neutral out-of-the-box sound compared to the Anker's bass-heavy sound. That said, the Anker come with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, and their ANC feature is adjustable.

Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Life A2 NC are more stable, and they have a longer continuous battery life. However, the Life P3 have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, their mic has a better recording quality.

Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are better than the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Life P3 are more comfortable, and they have a better microphone performance. They also come with an ANC feature that offers better noise isolation. That said, the Liberty 2 Pro are more stable.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better for most uses than the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Samsung are more stable, and they have a longer continuous battery life. Also, they have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. However, the Anker have better noise isolation, so they're better-suited for your commute. Also, they come with a graphic EQ, so they're more customizable.

Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are slightly better than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. The Life P3 are more comfortable, and thanks to their ANC feature, they have better noise isolation. Also, they're compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, so you can customize their sound using the graphic EQ and presets.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Jabra are better built, and they offer more comprehensive controls. That said, the Anker have better noise isolation thanks to their unique adjustable ANC feature.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have similar performances. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their mic has a better recording quality. They also have a low-latency 'Game Mode', but it's only available on supported Samsung devices. The Anker have a better noise isolation performance, a better battery performance, and a more customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ.

EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless. The Anker have a more comfortable and stable in-ear fit, their ANC system can block out significantly more ambient noise, and they have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the EarFun have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their battery performance is better.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Anker have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, their microphone has a better recording quality. However, the Sony are better-built with a longer continuous battery life.

Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Anker are more comfortable, their ANC can block out significantly more ambient noise, and their battery performance is better. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you're able to customize their sound to your preferences. However, the Wyze have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.

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