Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones is the latest headphones from Bose. Released in June 2016, the QC35 adds wireless bluetooth functionality to the QuietComfort alongside the QC25. I’ve been a big fan of Bose ever since my Bose TriPort Around Ear Headphones, and was very excited to get my hands on this pair, which you can buy here.
After having the Sudio Vasa Blå, I learned to appreciate wireless headphones. The freedom you get to be able to move around without getting tied up with a cord is just amazing. Therefore, I’m glad that the Bose QuietComfort 35 gives the same wireless freedom.
My issue with the Sudio earphones was the 8-hour battery life because it doesn’t even last me a day in the office. I’m very happy that the QC35 lasts for 20 hours on a full battery. I’ve used it for 3 days already and had only charged it once. It charges via micro USB that plugs to the right earcup. What’s amazing is a 15-minute charge gives the headphones juice for 2.5 hours, meaning it takes 2 hours for a complete charge.
This is my first time using a noise cancelling headphone as the Bose TriPort wasn’t noise cancelling. My initial impression? I was blown away. Once you place the headphones on your ears, turn the power on and play some sound, you suddenly feel isolated in your own audio bliss. To test this, I tried listening to music from my laptop at my usual sound level. On the side, I played music in my phone in full volume. Guess what? I hear NOTHING from my phone despite being right beside it and even when I try to get closer to the phone. This really puts the Quiet in QuietComfort! I can’t wait to use it in my travels! Why is their Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology so good? With microphones inside and outside the earcups, which you can easily spot, the Bose QuietComfort 35 continuously measures, compares and reacts to outside noise by sending an opposite signal to cancel them.
Another big issue they solved for me was being able to use the headphone as a wired headphone, using the 1.2m audio cable that comes with it. This means your headphones don’t become useless when battery runs out. The only difference is you don’t get the noise cancelling and Active EQ technologies because those require battery. Did you know? When you still have battery, you can do both noise cancelling and Active EQ with the wired connection! This actually gives you 40 hours of battery life since you are saving from bluetooth.
What’s one of your biggest issues in using headphones? It becomes quite uncomfortable after wearing it for long periods as you feel the earcups pressing against your ear or face. Putting the Comfort in QuietComfort, these QC35s are super comfortable – the most comfortable headphones/earphones I’ve had! This is the longest time I’ve ever used an earphone or headphone without feeling discomfort. I’ll definitely be using this in long flights! My only comment is sometimes it feels sweaty around the cups. What brings this comfort? The headband is wrapped in Alcantara — the soft covering material used by international companies for yachts and high-end automobiles, providing a welcome comfort around the head for all-day listening. The ear cushions, made of memory foam, are wrapped in a synthetic protein leather, and have a silicone bead for passive noise reduction.
The carrying case is very compact but holds everything including the cables and adapter that comes with it. Best of all, it fits nicely in my Kenneth Cole Reaction messenger bag, making it so much easier to bring around.
What’s in the box? The QC35 wireless headphones, 30.5cm USB cable, 1.2m audio cable for wired connection, airline adapter (something unique), carrying case and manual (in various languages).
You can buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 thru Amazon.
What’s your favourite noise-cancelling headphones? Have you tried Bose yet?
DISCLAIMER: Though the Bose QuietComfort 35 was provided complimentary by Bose to replace my TriPorts, all opinions are my own.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones