Bose, an audio equipment company, was founded in 1964 in Massachusetts. The brand is renown all over the world for its home and vehicle audio systems, speakers and headphones. Their noise-cancelling headphone options have been highly praised for their performance and the company has even dabbled in making headsets for aviation. Speaking to both the capability and high-quality features of their products, Bose’s aviation headsets were eventually used in a space shuttle to help prevent any damage to astronaut’s hearing.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 comes after the company’s fairly well-received QC25 model. The upgraded version is close to half an inch taller and wider than its predecessor. The QC35 is also nearly 1.5 ounces heavier than the 25. The increase in weight is mostly due to the addition of the built-in lithium-ion battery and the integrated microphone and music controls. While these new features do make the QC35 a heavier wireless headphone option, we feel that the benefits far outweigh the extra weight. Let’s take a bit of a deeper dive into these headphones and see what they have to offer consumers.
-Exceptional noise canceling
-Carrying case works well
-No highs or lows in terms of sound quality
-Feel very comfortable on
-Battery is not replaceable
-Cannot disable noise cancellation
-Not as great wireless range in comparison to other similar products
-Short charging cable
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The inline microphone and remote works with certain Apple products and other popular smartphone models. When you purchase these headphones, you can download a free accompanying app that makes connecting to and switching between your devices even easier. The app also will provide useful tips and will allow you the option of personalizing your settings.
The bass capabilities are great, but not overpowering like with other options. Users mentioned that the bass extends deep, to below 15hz without distorting, which is perfect for music that produces low thumping sounds.
Some reviewers felt that the QuietComfort 35 in wireless mode did not reach an adequate volume level. In wired mode, the volume didn’t seem to be a problem.
Pairing your devices to the headphones seems to be an easy process which can be made even easier if you own an Android phone that supports NFC pairing. In this situation, all you’ll need to do is tap the back of your phone against the headphones and you’ll be connected. Some reviewers mentioned that the Bluetooth was glitchy at the best of times.
The left earcup features a 2.5mm jack which you would use if you choose to use the wired configuration of the QC35’s. The right earcup is where the magic is, however. Users will find the power slider, a micro USB port as well as all the audio playback buttons you’ll find yourself needing (pause, skip, volume control).
Bose claims that the QC35 will last about twenty hours when operating wirelessly which is a reasonable amount of time considering the noise cancellation. Many reviewers mentioned that their headphones lasted longer than the expected time frame on one charge, however. If you choose to use them wired, one can expect the battery life to rise to about 40 hours. Of course, when you choose to use the wired configuration, you’re sacrificing the noise-canceling and Active EQ technology but for some users, they prefer the “old school” connection anyway. One can expect the battery to take about 2.25 hours to charge.
To utilize the noise-canceling feature on these headphones, it should be noted that one will need to recharge their lithium-ion battery. That said, however, you can use the headphones in their wired configuration without having to activate the noise canceling switch. This can be adjusted in the accompanying Bose app as well as choose which level you prefer – high, low or off.
It should be noted here that the battery for these headphones is not replaceable. If it dies, users will need to send their product away to a third party company for replacement. This seems like a bit of an oversight on Bose’s part, as this entire process would be very inconvenient for users.
-NFC technology for flawless and simple pairing with compatible devices
-Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
-Up to 20 hours of wireless use