Soundcore Life P3 Review
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The Soundcore Life P3 sport a similar “stem” design the the Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds. There is a small, stylized “d” logo on the side of the earbud, with a matte finish on a majority of them with a shiny plastic exterior on the sides.
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Sound quality is great with strong bass and the mids and highs come through loud and clear. The sound quality isn’t quite at the level of the Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds, which gives you even clearer sound and separation of the instruments. However, without having the Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds handy to directly compare to the Life P3, I would likely be perfectly happy with the Life P3.
The Active Noise Cancellation is also effective, allowing me to listen to podcasts while on my riding lawn mower. I can still hear the mower’s engine through the earbuds, but the sound level is greatly reduced, allowing me to hear my podcast. Like some of other Soundcore’s earbuds, you can select from Transport, Indoor and Outdoor noise cancellation settings, allowing you to adapt the feature to your environment.
Features of the Soundcore Life P3
- Active Noise Cancellation: Like Soundcore’s other recent releases this year, the Soundcore Life P3 earbuds have 3 Active Noise Cancellation modes: Transport, Indoor and Outdoor. While you can activate noise cancellation by holding down on the touch sensor, you’ll need to use the Soundcore app to change between the 3 different modes.
- Transparency mode: This feature uses the mics on the earbuds to pipe in sound from the outside world, so you can be aware of what is happening around you.
- Gaming Mode: Something new for the Life P3, this feature can be activated via the Soundcore app and will reduce latency when playing mobile games on your phone.
- Sleep Sounds: This is another new feature for the Life P3 earbuds. When paired to the Soundcore app, the app can produce various ambient sounds (ocean waves, bird chirping, etc) to the earbuds. The earbuds are a little too uncomfortable to me to wear while sleeping, but this could be useful if you’re trying to sleep on a plane or if you’re trying to study or work. It’s true that you could accomplish basically the same thing with a white noise app, but I’ve found many of the white noise apps in the App Store come loaded with ads, so this is a nice ad-free option.
- Find Earbud: This is yet another new feature for the Life P3. If you drop an earbud, you can activate a high pitched noise via the Soundcore app that will help locate it. This feature is simply sound-related; there is no type of GPS tracking or “last known location” function.
- IPX5 water resistance: The earbuds are OK against splashes (well, technically IPX5 means low-pressure jet sprays), but you should not submerged the Life P3 in water. Also note that the charging case is not water resistance.
Soundcore Life P3 vs Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro vs Soundcore Life A2 NC
The Soundcore Life P3 headphones can achieve up to 7 hours of playtime, with the charging case providing 4 addition charges for a total of up to 35 hours of playback before the charging case needs recharged.
The charging case can be recharged via USB-C or Qi wireless charging.
The Soundcore Life P3 are a slightly cheaper alternative to the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds with some added features such as gaming mode and an earbud location feature. The sound quality of the Life P3 doesn’t quite match the Liberty Air 2 Pros, but should satisfy most users.
- Great sound quality
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Gaming mode
- No auto-pause when earbud is removed
- No Hear ID personalization
I bought the a2’s for $54 but I’m missing the autopause. I like the bass and the wingtips of the a2’s. I think I would have return them and dropped the extra cash for the p3’s if they would have had autopause. But the more I look around, the more I think the a2’s are a great buy at $54