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Bose QuietComfort 35 Review

This is the headphone that you must have been waiting for; an excellent noise-cancelling headset that is also wireless. I have a good taste for music and I’m careful about the devices I employ to deliver undistorted and undisrupted sounds to my ear drums. I would want an elegantly designed exterior with a quality input-output ratio. I may categorically assert that the Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones are more versatile than ever as it is being released from the leash.

Bose QC35 vs QC25Bose QuietComfort 35 (Left) | Bose QuietComfort 25 (Right) – Which one is better?

This is one of the best noise-cancelling headphones you could ever buy. It has a refined design, sporty and strong look, a balanced sound and impressive battery life. I have been using the Bose QuietComfort 35 for a while now, and I bring you the review from the perspective of an end user.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Specifications

  • Active noise cancelling.
  • Bluetooth.
  • 2.5mm jack for wired connection.
  • 20-hour battery life.
  • Black and grey colour available.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones Review

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones

PACKAGING

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Packaging

For a headphone of this worth, it is disappointing the way the product was packaged. It lacks the glamour of unboxing a gadget of this calibre. There’s no wow factor; it’s like you are unboxing a $30 accessory.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Packaging

The unimpressive first impression is eroded by the view of a semi-hard neoprene black case with the Bose Logo clearly emblazoned on it. Inside, you’ll find the Quiet Comfort 35 neatly wrapped, tight and kept safe throughout shipping; you will also find a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and Micro-Usb charging cable. The hard carrying case is one of the reasons I love the QC35; it helps to safeguard the headphone from destructive elements.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Packaging

I was a bit worried about the asymmetric shape of the case and figuring out how to fit and fold the QC35 inside. It will fit inside the case quickly regardless of how you wrap the right or left ear cup.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Package

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Package Contents

  • QC35 headphones.
  • Audio cable for wired connection.
  • USB cable.
  • Airline Adapter.
  • Carrying case.

DESIGN

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Design

If you’re conversant with Bose headphones, the QuietComfort 35 is not a strange or outlier design. It looks like most of the manufacturer’s product barring some minor trim and colour differences. The Bose QuietComfort 35 is designed for an understated palette; the dull looks will catch the fancy of most average users.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Build

The outer layer of the ear cups is crafted with metal, while the frame and head band are made of thick plastic. They’re adorned in a beautiful faux-leather that strives to stay quite cool, even in hot weather. There must be a reason for Bose to have coined the word “Comfort” in the name of these headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Comfort

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones come in two colour variants. There’s the classic Bose silvery-grey, of which I’m a great fan – the two-tone trim works perfectly for me; and the most austere black, which in my view lacks the glamour of a top range headphone. Surprisingly, the headphone is light in weight; it weighs 234 grams without the wires.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Headband

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Headband Comfort

SOUND QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Performance

Noise-cancelling headphones have never been my best choice; I used to believe the algorithm always affect the quality of the sounds. I can only point to Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 headphones like the one I’ve used on a long-term. But Bose QuietComfort 35 makes me want to throw out my Audio-Technica headphones. I appreciate the wide and encompassing sound stage, despite being close-backed units, and lack any hissing and white noise that usually muddle the sound.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Speakers

The QC35 has a digital equaliser that automatically customizes the sound on the go, preventing one aspect from overpowering the other at any volume.

At lower volumes where some element of the sounds becomes inaudible, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones continually provide excellent sound at a smooth and accurate level. The detailed treble or mid-range is not drowned out by the apparently meaty bass output which is actually under control, nor go missing at a very low volume.

There’s a good balance achieved by the equaliser (might be debated by audio purists) no matter the genre, tempo and loudness of your smooth jazz or harmonica. Nonetheless, the Bose QuietComfort 35 delivers excellently regarding sound despite the Bluetooth streaming. A significant loss is an incompatibility with aptX which is a codec that would have added to the quality of the audio over Bluetooth.

CONTROLS

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Controls

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Volume Controls

The entirety of the controls is fixed on the right ear-cup. A press turns the headphones on and sets up Bluetooth connections; it allows for up to two devices to be connected at once, or switch between multiple devices using the Bose app.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Bluetooth

The side buttons are meant to adjust volume and control your device. The multi-function button plays or pauses music accepts calls and initiates voice commands. With your right hand, you have everything within your reach.

BATTERY

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Charging & Battery

I confirmed the manufacturer’s claim of a 20-hour life after a single full charge of the device. Since I listen to music at a lower volume, I achieved more. It isn’t bad at all, and matches the best rechargeable noise-cancelling headphones available out there in battery life.

Do not by mistake or sleeping off forget to switch off the QuietComfort 35; it doesn’t turn off automatically. If left without turning off overnight, the juice will be totally drained. You can only use the Boss Connect app to remedy this annoying oversight by the manufacturer. With the app, you can schedule it to turn off for a range of time intervals between 5 minutes and three hours.

PROs

  • The noise cancelling is superb.
  • The mic is a good use for calls.
  • Very light and comfortable.
  • The battery life is impressive.
  • If battery dies, works in wire mode with the included cable.

CONS

  • Absence of aptX.
  • ANC cannot be turn off.
  • The battery is not user replaceable.
  • Boring design.

VERDICT

In just a day of blasting good music on my new Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones, it has become my new love. I can now listen to music frequently and longer without having a kind of itchy feeling in my ear. I never wanted to put this away as I was enjoying good sounds in a comfortable manner, it is so easy, calm and firm on the ear in more ways than just the noise cancelling feature.

I would have said Bose came quite late to the hybrid party, but they came prepared. With a long standing battery of around 20-hours of good music, with an unrivalled noise cancelling, the QuietComfort 35 is a game changer.

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Stephen Ojo

Fascinated by tech in all dimensions, and likes to tell people what he knows of it. Head Butcher at TechAbattoir. Also develops Android apps.

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