When it comes to quality headphones, seems no further than Bose QuietComfort 35 II
They are the perfect combination of balanced, clear sound and simplicity.
With added features that include Google Assistant, there is a lot that this casual pair of headphones has to offer and I will break it down briefly in this review.
A closer look at the headphones
In this modern era, customers are in search of headphones that not only provide wireless listening but also, cancel out noise to make your experience more enjoyable and less distracted.
With the previous Bose QuietComfort 35 II, you were already provided with those two features but, this new pair comes with added Google Assistant to further enhance their function.
The ability to navigate Google and have easier access to your notifications without ever needing to reach for a smartphone is quite tech savvy and definitely handy.
However, at a steep price of $329 that does not incorporate much needed features such as mute, or auto pause and play many customers might not be attracted to this particular pair of headphones.
With that in mind, I have compiled a list of positive and negative aspects of the headphones in order to give help you make a more informed decision about whether or not to invest in the headphones:
√ State of the art noise canceling.
√ Soft and incredibly balanced sound.
√ High tech comfort.
⊙ Do not come with an automatic pause and play feature.
⊙ No mute feature.
⊙ Design is plain and plastic to the feel which is not appealing.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphone set is fairly tech savvy and not a bad choice for customers looking for good quality sound and a simple to understand design. That being said, the lack of certain features such as automatic pause/play, for example, paints them as not quite the best value for your money.
The Design of Bose QuietComfort 35 II
These headphones are almost identical to their predecessor with the exception of the Google Assistant feature. Much like the previous model, they are quite generic and come in the basic colors silver and black. Not exactly the most creative or eccentric design for fashionistas looking to make a statement but more than adequate for buyers looking for a straightforward and simple set of headphones.
Unlike luxury brands of headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are not made out of fancy materials like aluminum or leather. Instead, they are built with a plastic exterior that gives them a rather flimsy and cheap feel…disappointing when you consider how expensive they are.
Despite this, the headphones are sturdy and able to endure challenging conditions for a substantial period of time. An added bonus is solid travelling case that is step ahead of pouches commonly offered by other headphone manufacturers.
For users who might be turned off by the plastic exterior, I must admit that it makes the headphones pretty comfortable, especially if you plan to wear them for a long time. Granted, plastic is not as luxurious as leather but, it’s easier on the ears when you are on a long flight, for example.
Coupled with the lightweight design are nifty pads that are designed to block excess noise out even without the use of the noise cancelling feature. This is perfect if you wish to save battery.
All in all, when you ignore the generic design and the flimsy looking plastic, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are simple and well-designed for buyers not in search for extravagance and over the top accessories and features.
Perhaps the most impressive feature on these headphones is their 20-hour long battery life which is perfect for long, cross-country flights.
After trying out the headphones, I was pretty happy with the efficiency of Google Assistant feature as well the headphones ability to pick my voice up regardless of how crowded and noisy my surroundings were.
The manufacturers request you download their Bose App and install it on your smartphone. Most features on the headphones will require the use of the Bose App. Save for a few hiccups here and there, the app is fairly easy to use.
Overall, the QuietComfort 35 II headphones are well-equipped but, I would have appreciated the addition of auto pause and mute. Hopefully, Bose will include the features in their next release.
When it comes to cancelling out noise, there is no better option than Bose and the QuietComfort 35 II are no exception.
From traffic to rain, this feature is design to drown every little sound out. For users uncomfortable with the pressure caused by turning on noise cancellation, you might want to rely on just the earpads which are effective enough to block out excess noise on their own.
The general quality of sound is decent but not the best.
It is softer than a lot of its rival brands but, still good enough to give you 20 hours of clear listening. For users travelling on long flights, I would advise bringing a charging microUSB cable in case you need to recharge the battery. To save battery, avoid switching on the noise cancelling feature and instead, choose the wired mode.
Despite having a very basic and somewhat flimsy looking design, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are still a cut above most models.
They come with an added Google Assistant feature that makes navigating Google and receiving notifications much easier. This is coupled with a top-notch noise cancelling feature that offers clear and undisturbed listening for your enjoyment.
While plastic is no match for the luxury of leather and other expensive material, it does offer a reasonable level of comfort and lightweight listening that is perfect when travelling on long flights or basic day to day use.
With the exception of a few missing features, I am impressed with this pair of headphones in general and I would recommend it to commuters and people who travel a lot. It is not the cheapest of headphones but, it offers decent quality sound and a sturdy feel that overtime, should be good value for its steep price.