The [amazon link=”B0756CYWWD” title=”Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)” link_icon=”none” /] is a dream turned reality for people who need a reliable smart voice assistant feature that goes beyond hands-free calling. Also known as the QC35 II, this noise-cancelling headphones is one of the most incredibly balanced devices from Bose. So, is this worth your hard-earned money? Let us jump right ahead and take a look.
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The most highlighted feature in the QC35 II is the Assistant mode. Yes, it is the same Assistant found in Android smart phones that is there to compete against Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. The Assistant is also the main hub of how everything comes into play for the QC35 II.
Another feature included here is the inclusion of the Bose Connect app for Android and iOS. It is in here that you can manage your Assistant, let you receive incoming events and notify you for messages and calls via headphone notifications.
So, how do you manage to read the text? You can let Assistant read the text for you. The Assistant will even ask you to reply to the message. To do so, all you need to do is voice out what you want to say and the Assistant will automatically type it out for you. It even confirms if your text is right.
One of the unique features of the QC35 II is its ability to link to two devices at the same time. This means you can connect it to your phone and your PC simultaneously, offering a unique experience where you can combine music from your phone and the games that you play on your PC.
And Then Some Flaws
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While it does sound great and all, there are still some underlying issues that need to be addressed. One of which is the disability to manage your music unless you are connected to Spotify or YouTube Premium – a flaw that anybody with pre-downloaded songs in their music library will find as a major blow. Another case is the Assistant not being able to recognize your contacts’ surnames. So, if you have 3 contacts named “John”, you will just have to solve who’s who that texted you. Additionally, since the Assistant is Android-based, you may have a hard time dealing with the headphones if you are an Apple user – both the iPhone and Mac.
While the flaws may appear big, that still does not stray the fact that Bose made an effective pair of headphones that you can use as a smart buddy. You do not get to see that a lot in today’s headphone market.
We do appreciate the overall look of the QC35 II. It sports the classic design of the original 90’s model of the Bose headphones yet utilizes today’s modern smart Internet of Things.
The oblong earpads gives off the old-school Bose design and the contrasting textures of matte and gloss displays aesthetically pleasing visuals. The earpads are foldable too, making it very convenient to bring with you anywhere if you decide not to let it hang around your neck. It also comes with a handy bag too dedicated for the foldable earphones.
Bose definitely lives up to the “Comfort” in its model name. We have absolutely no complaints about it since it is quite light at 240 g even though it is quite large. The texture of the pads feels leathery but smooth and it is definitely soft to the touch for the ears. Thanks to the flexible frame, you can stop worrying about clamping in between your ears as you can go on for hours wearing this pair of headphones without an ounce of pain.
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While it may not be as powerful as you may hope it would be, it is quite soft… but in a good way. By soft, I mean it maintains a certain balance where you can enjoy your music at any volume without ever worrying about audio tearing. In other words, it is very well-balanced.
But, as part of its signature sound quality, the bass is unmatched and weighty – which makes listening to heavy songs like rap, rock and metal all the more immersive.
Another unique bit about its sound quality is its adaptive mode; making each song feel dynamic due to the headphones automatically adjusting itself to deliver music at its best. Whether you are listening to a classic Italian opera or a Billie Eilish playlist, listening is always a joy.
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Words cannot describe how silent the noise cancelling technology is. Truly, Bose lived up to the “quiet” in QuietComfort.
You have a total of 20 hours battery life but it can extend up to 38 hours if you disable the noise cancelling mode. The charging only takes a while but not as fast as, let’s say, the Sony WH-1000XM3.
The key feature in the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) is the added Assistant mode, but if you are just in it for the music, the sound quality is so exceptional that you wouldn’t even hesitate to buy it despite its asking price.