The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is the reason the company is most popular with travelers, due to its noise cancellation feature and balanced sound.
- Noise canceling is a pioneer in its class
- Balanced but smooth sound quality
- Incredibly comfortable
- No auto play / pause
- There is no instant mute
- Plastic construction, plain design
Fast Talk (QuietComfort 35 II)
We’ve missed a lot for the noise canceling feature on the block since the release of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700, and here I found it again in the QuietComfort 35 II, which is one of the best noise canceling headphones we have tested.
It also introduced the Bose QC35 II NC, the world’s first pair of headphones to integrate Google’s voice assistant.
You can use Google Assistant on board, press and hold the button to interact with Google only, “OK Google”.
Then the headphones will also read you notifications so you don’t have to dig in your pocket.
The addition of Google Assistant is a great touch, but despite that it comes at the expense of other more useful features such as automatic playback, pause or instant mute, and this is a feature we needed.
The QuietComfort 35 II is a solid pick for travelers and commuters, and it comes at a price of $ 350 / £ 330 / AU $ 500 / R9,500.
|Battery life||20 hours (BT and ANC); 40 hours (wired and ANC)|
QuietComfort 35 II: Amazing Design with good controls
In terms of design, the QuietComfort 35 II headphones are identical to the previous generation headphones preserved for the new Google Assistant button on the left earbud.
They come in only two colors, black or silver, and are generally well-designed and durable that makes them ideal for the modest business class traveler.
But we did not like its plastic body to some extent, although it works to save weight but it seems very cheap,
Especially compared to luxury headphones like the Master & Dynamic MW50, which have a very luxurious and durable design.
But don’t worry, the plastic design won’t affect the headphones’ ability to punish it because it feels very sturdy, and the QuietComfort 35 II also comes with a hard travel case, and it’s one of the nicer bags that many headphone makers choose to include.
And the plastic structure in QuietComfort 35 II headphones helps with comfort, as when we tested we found that it offers you great comfort when using the headset for long periods, although the plastic does not look as nice as metal, but as we said it helps in saving the weight that travelers will love On long trips.
The QuietComfort 35 II has an amazing cushion
it blocks a lot of ambient noise even when the noise canceling feature is turned off. You will benefit from this feature when the battery is drained and you want to listen to songs with the noise canceling turned off.
The controls on the QuietComfort 35 II are simple and extremely effective.
You have a power and pairing slider on the right earbud, as well as buttons for volume up / down and power on.
The left ear piece contains only one button for the Google Assistant.
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QuietComfort 35 II Features: Google Assistant
The QuietComfort 35 II headphones have a major feature which is the Google Assistant,
it works well most of the time. We were very impressed by the speed
and accuracy of the Google Assistant and how well the headphones can capture our voice even in crowded streets.
In the beginning, when you turn on the headphones for the first time after purchase,
it will require you to download the Bose app for your phone, because the headset will require the use of the application for many features,
for example switching noise cancellation, resetting the Google Assistant button, in addition to updating the firmware and more.
During testing we found the app to be simple and works well, but we encountered some connection issues from time to time on Android as the app did not detect our headphones.
The QuietComfort 35 II headphones use the Google Assistant just like in Google Home,
for example you can ask them to read headlines or add reminders
or other questions, adding the Google Assistant is great.
QuietComfort 35 II has an instant mute feature like the Sony WH-1000XM2
where you can place your palm on the earpiece to hear what’s going on around you.
This feature is great for travelers who need the ability to quickly hear the airport’s sound.
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Performance: Amazing noise cancellation With a battery that lasts
As for the performance of the QuietComfort 35 II headphones, the first thing that caught our attention was the noise cancellation feature, where turning on the noise canceling is like entering a quiet room after being in a busy city street or a loud party.
We found that the headphones do an excellent job at drowning everything from the sounds of people on the street, cars and bells to nearby sounds in the same room.
But we noticed that there was some stress we felt when turning on the noise canceling but it wasn’t bad, but overall the QuietComfort 35 II does an excellent job of blocking out ambient noise even with the noise cancellation turned off.
As for the sound quality, the QuietComfort 35 II has a good and balanced sound, but it is not ideal,
as the tonal balance is relatively neutral with a slight bump to the average bass,
and the sound is somewhat weak compared to competitors such as the Sony WH-1000X M2.
This puts us to know that the dynamic range is a bit limited and leads to a somewhat faint presentation,
but in general the fidelity is good but it is not great in addition to that the sound stage is average.
One of the things that we liked is the battery life, and we found that it withstands about 20 hours excellent with noise cancellation on and listening at moderate volumes.
Like the B&O Beoplay H9, the battery is non-removable, so you should have the microUSB charging cable and battery pack just in case.
If you can’t charge your headphones and want to save some energy,
you can listen in wired mode with noise cancellation still turned on,
but it’s annoying that Bose choose to use a 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable.
The QuietComfort 35 II was crowned with the addition of the Google Assistant feature.
They are identical in every respect except for the new Google Assistant button.
However, you will still get the class-leading noise cancellation that Bose is known for,
and the good sound quality, and amazing comfort provided by the rugged and durable design.
We found that Google Assistant works well on either Android or iOS and provides a similar experience to using Google Home.
In the end, the Bose QC35 II headphones can be excellent for travelers and commuters, as they provide you with a good balance of features that satisfy most casual listeners.