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Bose Quietcomfort 35 II Gaming Headset Review

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82
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86
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If you value premium comfort and audio quality over everything else, then the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headset is a good choice. However, those needing in-game chat should consider alternatives.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a high-end closed-back wireless model that was first released back in late 2020, and it promises active noise canceling technology for uninterrupted gameplay in noisy environments. Similar to some of the highest-rated gaming headsets in its range, it comes with a detachable boom microphone for in-game voice chats.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset comes with a USB cable with in-line volume controls and a ⅛ inch to 1/16 inch TRRS audio cable for wired analog sound output. And it comes with a case for easy carrying. It also has Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity and supports multi-device pairing (up to two devices at the same time).

Consensus

our Verdict

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are an excellent choice for gamers who want both a gaming headset and a headset for listening to music. This headset offers the renowned Bose audio quality with a balanced and neutral sound profile. Most people will enjoy this sound profile from the get-go, but the headphones unfortunately don’t offer any further sound customization, which is disappointing for those looking to tweak preferences.

These headphones are comfortable, which is good for long gaming sessions. They don’t leak audio like other headsets and offer great active noise cancelation. Unfortunately, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones can only connect to gaming consoles using a wired connection and can only receive audio. They cannot be used for in-game chat, which severely limits their versatility for gamers.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Consistent Premium Audio Quality
    • The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones deliver consistent sound quality with an overall neutral sound profile. There is some emphasis on the bass response, but it doesn’t overpower the mids and highs.

  • Incredibly Comfortable Design
    • These headphones offer a much more comfortable design than similar alternatives on the market today. At only 0.5 pounds, they’re lighter than most other gaming headsets, making them easy to wear for extended gaming sessions.

    • The ear cups are also padded very well, and the headband is tight enough for a snug fit but loose enough to prevent tight clamping.

  • Excellent ANC Capabilities
    • These Bose headphones offer some of the best ANC capabilities available today. They can easily block out ambient noises, from traveling sound to background chatter.

Reason to Avoid

  • Lacks EQ Customization
    • The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones lack graphic EQ functionality for customizing your sound profile. They also don’t feature any EQ presets through which you can cycle. This means you can’t adjust the sound profile to fit your individual preferences.

  • Disappointing Microphone Quality
    • It has a microphone Sound Quality Rating of 7 out of 10.0, but your voice will often sound thin and muffled on the other end of the line.

    • The microphone will not work for in-game chatting, which isn’t great for competitive or online gamers.

  • Cannot Connect Wirelessly to Consoles
    • The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are technically wireless but cannot connect wirelessly to gaming consoles. Instead, you’ll need to plug them directly into your console controllers.

Bose Quietcomfort 35 II Gaming Headset Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life20 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size2.5 mm, 3.5mm, USB, USB Type-A
Detachable MicDetachable MicYes
Driver SizeDriver Size
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialFoam
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Responsen/a
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Responsen/a
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingYes
Product WeightProduct Weight0.52 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsYes
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, NFC

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)7
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)24.81
BT Latency (ms)235
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)14.142
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,450.796

All Tests

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a high-end closed-back wireless model that was first released back in late 2020, and it promises active…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a high-end closed-back wireless model that was first released back in late 2020, and it promises active noise canceling technology for uninterrupted gameplay in noisy environments. Similar to some of the highest-rated gaming headsets in its range, it comes with a detachable boom microphone for in-game voice chats.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset comes with a USB cable with in-line volume controls and a ⅛ inch to 1/16 inch TRRS audio cable for wired analog sound output. And it comes with a case for easy carrying. It also has Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity and supports multi-device pairing (up to two devices at the same time).

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro offers a significantly better and more durable overall build quality when pitted against the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset….

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro offers a significantly better and more durable overall build quality when pitted against the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset. And unlike most modern gaming headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset only has a mobile app that doesn’t even allow EQ adjustments. In contrast, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro offers three different apps (SteelSeries GG, Sonar, and the paid Dolby Atmos app) for both PCs and Xbox consoles. But the QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset does have a slightly better ANC system

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is slightly more comfortable than the Sony WH-1000XM4 for long gaming sessions, thanks to its marginally looser fit….

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is slightly more comfortable than the Sony WH-1000XM4 for long gaming sessions, thanks to its marginally looser fit. Additionally, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset has a much less bass-heavy neutral, and balanced sound profile compared to the Sony WH-1000XM4, which most audiophile users should prefer. On the other hand, Sony’s native app offers EQ customization, which the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset lacks. The WH-1000XM4 also has a better overall build quality than the QC35.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a gaming-focused revision of the original Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones, and both of them perform very…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a gaming-focused revision of the original Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones, and both of them perform very similarly in almost all regards. The only notable difference is that the newer Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset comes with a detachable boom microphone for a clearer voice capture for Discord calls and in-game chats. And the newer 35 II Gaming Headset has an in-line volume control knob, unlike the older Bose QC35 II. To learn more about the original model, visit our Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is, as the name suggests, specifically designed for gaming, whereas the Bose QuietComfort 45 is more of an…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is, as the name suggests, specifically designed for gaming, whereas the Bose QuietComfort 45 is more of an everyday wireless headset. That’s why the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset has a detachable extended boom microphone for clearer in-game voice chats, while the Bose QuietComfort 45 just features an integrated mic for picking up calls on the go. On the other hand, the Bose QuietComfort 45’s native smartphone app allows EQ adjustments and ANC controls, but the Gaming model’s app only has ANC adjustment.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

Yes

Battery Life

20 hrs

Wired

30 hrs

Compatible Platforms

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, VR Box, Windows

Connector Size

2.5 mm, 3.5mm, USB, USB Type-A

3.5mm, USB Type-C

Detachable Mic

Yes

Yes

Driver Size

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

Foam

AirWeave Fabric

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

81

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

86

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

82

Any product with a True Score above 70 is a Mixed Reviews

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    77
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is great for neutral sound. This headset has… Read More

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro, Vanessa Mccuaig, And Yannick Khong
  • Techgear Lab
    75.29

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is an incredible piece of tech. Easily the… Read More

    By:

    Austin Palmer And Conrad Salonites
  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is exactly what it sounds like: a QC… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    If you don’t have a gaming headset or everyday headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II… Read More

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Rating

    50
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming are excellent wireless headphones shoehorned into a disappointing gaming… Read More

    By:

    Matthew S. Smith
  • Techhive
    39.37

    Category Trust Rating

    92
    Value shoppers (and gift buyers) will find the premium quality and user-customizable Bose QC 35… Read More

    By:

    Jonathan Takiff

Customer Scores

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