Headphones par excellence – a tough act to follow
The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphone is doing it again – that is, outdoing itself. Already in a league of its own, it’s back with an even better feature than it had during its original release in September 2017. Apart from this new feature, it still has everything that it had offered at that time, which are unparalleled, and begs a quick recap of what makes the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphone so special.
What I consider one of the most interesting features about the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphone is a button dedicated to Google Assistant, which can also be programed for other functions, while giving you total control over your headphones as you give instructions verbally. This is in addition to giving you access to Amazon Alexa. It also offers balanced, high performance audio that rejects external sounds regardless of high or low volume levels, with three different options of noise cancelling levels.
I find the performance and design quite similar to the previous model. However, the Google Assistant app has been known to update firmware without the users’ knowledge. And unfortunately, the battery can’t be replaced.
If you are an existing owner you don’t need to get an upgrade. However, the Google Assistant button provides a value addition to a product that was already considered excellent.
Innovations – Bose-style
Running true to form, Bose has combined the dynamism of its next-gen audio products with innovative mobile apps with the introduction of Bose AR – a pathbreaking audio augmented reality platform. This gave me the flexibility and hands-free freedom to exercise, travel, learn and play, while listening to fabulous sound.
Don’t just listen – speak!
I enjoyed using my voice to enhance my listening experience. Since Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series ll) wireless headphones are optimized for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, I get total control over my headphones by giving instructions verbally. All this without compromising on the quality of the noise cancelling technology that is an integral part of these headphones. Another bonus was getting hands-free access to a phenomenal collection of music.
If you don’t have Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa – no stress. You still have the ability to adjust your noise cancellation levels by using an Action button.
Tough and luxurious – an unbeatable combination
This may sound contradictory, but if you and your headphones are never parted (like me) – they better be tough. And luxurious. Fortunately, the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series ll) wireless headphones offer you both ends of the spectrum. Made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, glass-filled nylon and impact-resistant materials, these headphones are wrapped in a soft material used as covering in high-end vehicles and yachts – Alcantara®, while a synthetic protein leather is used for the ear cushions – all for your listening pleasure. All day, everywhere, and you may not even remember that you’re using headphones.
My take on the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series ll) wireless headphones
- Acoustic noise cancelling – keeps measuring, comparing and reacting to external sounds, while cancelling them with the opposite signal, simultaneously.
- Drivers with volume-optimized EQ provide balanced audio at all volumes, and a noise-rejecting dual microphone to ensure clarity of calls even in noisy locations.
- Amazing battery life – up to 20 hours of listening time. And then, a short 15-minute recharge provides another 2 ½ hours of listening time. In the unlikely event of you running out of charge, you get a cable to plug in and power up.
- Voice assistants – Alexa or Google Assistant
- Voice prompts – great help when it comes to Bluetooth pairing
Size and specs…and what you get
Dimensions/weight without cable:
- Headphones: 7.1″ H x 6.7″ W x 3.2″ D (8.3 oz)
- Audio cable: 47.2″
- USB cable: 12″
Contents of box:
- QC35 wireless headphones II
- USB charging cable
- Audio cable
- Carrying case