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Updated April 11, 2024·

headphones with different strengths. The Razer Kraken V3 is wired, has a boom mic that's better for gaming, and offers good sound quality and comfort. It is suitable if you prioritize gaming and want virtual surround sound, but lacks wireless convenience and active noise cancelling. The Soundcore Life Q30, on the other hand, is both wired and wireless, with excellent active noise cancelling and a very good battery life, making it ideal for air travel and use in noisy environments. However, they have poor performance for gaming and TV due to the potential for latency. Choose the Kraken V3 for gaming and the Q30 for versatile use and noise cancellation. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Razer Kraken V3
  • Good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Soundcore Life Q30
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

7.3
Kraken V3
Life Q30
5.3
The Razer Kraken V3 is good for gaming, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is poor.

TV and Video

7.0
Kraken V3
Life Q30
5.4
The Razer Kraken V3 is good for TV and video, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
Kraken V3
Life Q30
8.7
The Soundcore Life Q30 is very good for noise reduction, while the Razer Kraken V3 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
Kraken V3
Life Q30
44.0 Hours
The Razer Kraken V3 does not have a battery. The Soundcore Life Q30 has 44 hours of battery life.

Cost

$99
Kraken V3
Life Q30
$80
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The Razer Kraken V3 has a price of $99 and the Soundcore Life Q30 costs $80.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.3
Kraken V3
Life Q30
7.1
The Razer Kraken V3 and Soundcore Life Q30 are both good for music.

Phone Calls

5.0
Kraken V3
Life Q30
5.1
The Soundcore Life Q30 and Razer Kraken V3 are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

4.7
Kraken V3
Life Q30
4.8
The Soundcore Life Q30 and Razer Kraken V3 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

Build Quality

8.5
Kraken V3
Life Q30
8.0
The Razer Kraken V3 and Soundcore Life Q30 both have very good build quality.

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How the Razer Kraken V3 and the Soundcore Life Q30 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Razer Kraken V3Soundcore Life Q30
Razer Kraken V3Soundcore Life Q30

GENERAL

Price
$99
$80
Brand
RazerSoundcore
Release Date
June 1, 2021August 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.3/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
5.1/105.2/10
Gaming Score
7.4/105.3/10
TV and Video Score
7/105.4/10
Exercise Score
4.1/105.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A44 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.7 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.8/10
Virtual Surround
YesN/A
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
7/108/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
7/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
325 Grams263 Grams
Microphone style
BoomIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Razer Kraken V3

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Soundguys

Sam Smart | November 2022
"This Razer Kraken V3 is a great headset for gamers who want comfort, surround sound, and software customization for a reasonable price. It's primarily a headset for PC gamers since THX Spatial audio is only supported on Windows. If you want something more multifaceted for multiple systems, this won't be an ideal headset for you. Luckily, there are plenty of competent Kraken V3 alternatives available to you."

Soundcore Life Q30

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Headphones Addict

Peter Susic | December 2021
"Every once in a while, headphones with an excellent price/performance ratio arrive that truly deserves all attention. Anker Soundcore Life Q30 are one of those headphones. Of course, they aren’t perfect, but they do most things better than their competition. Or they give you the option to make them better."

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About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean hardware manufacturer aimed specifically toward the gaming market. They manufacture a very wide array of gaming laptops, tablets, phones, peripherals and, of course, headphones and earbuds both wired and wireless. Since 2016, Razer has owned the THX suite, aimed at quality assurance of audiovisual systems such as speaker sets, video game consoles and even movie theaters.

About Soundcore

Soundcore is a sub-brand belonging to Anker Innovations. Starting in 2014, initially marketing wireless, Bluetooth, speakers, Anker now offers an array of, budget-friendly, wireless earbuds and headphones that directly compete, especially in the Active Noise Canceling field, with other brands several times as expensive.

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