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Bose Quietcomfort 35 II Review

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II provides great audio for gameplay and is very comfortable. However, the mic doesn’t work when connected to PCs and gaming consoles, which restricts usability for gamers.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in 2018, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are a set of mid-tier alternatives available in either a black or silver color scheme. The wireless, over-ear headphones have an integrated microphone, and sound can be customized through the Bose Connect app. Active Noise Cancelling comes as a standard feature, as with most of the highest-rated gaming headsets. They can also be paired with two devices via Bluetooth and connect to NFC-capable devices.

The headphones have a hard case for easy carrying and mute/unmute controls for the integrated microphone. Unfortunately, the microphone can’t be used over a wired gaming connection.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is a multipurpose headset that works excellently for gaming, including Xbox, PC, and PlayStation. The wired headphones have a 20-20,000 Hz frequency range, above average for a gaming headset. As a result, the sound profile is warm, accurate, and well-rounded, with deep bases, clear mids, and balanced highs. The headphones are also highly comfortable, sporting a lightweight but well-padded design that makes long gaming sessions a breeze.

However, the main drawback to the headset is that the microphone does not work when connected to gaming devices, which can be a dealbreaker. Also, the closed-back design leads to a highly passive soundstage. Lastly, the headphones come with the Bose Connect App but lack any sound customization features or EQ, meaning users can’t adjust the sound to their liking.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great Audio Quality
    • Gamers receive a well-rounded and powerful audio experience given the headset’s 20-20,000 Hz frequency range, which provides accurate bass, mid, and treble. The audio performance is above average for gaming headphones.

  • Exceptional Comfort
    • The high-quality cushioning and non-restrictive design balances performance and comfort, making this headset ideal for long gaming sessions.

  • Robust Controls
    • Gamers can easily access key functions, like the volume and noise canceling control, as the control scheme is intuitive and accessible.

Reason to Avoid

  • No Gaming Mic
    • Unfortunately, gamers won’t be able to communicate or record with this headset, given the mic doesn’t connect to gaming devices, such as PCs or consoles.

  • Limited Companion Software
    • Gamers can’t customize their sound profiles because the headset’s companion software lacks an EQ or sound customization feature.

  • High Wireless latency
    • The headset doesn’t match audio to visual well during fast-paced gaming, given the wireless latency tests at 239 ms; this is below average for a gaming headset.

Bose Quietcomfort 35 II Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life20 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialSoft Cushion
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response10 Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingYes
Product WeightProduct Weight0.52 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsYes
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)75
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)6.3
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)16.19
BT Latency (ms)239
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)24.837
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,177.303

All Tests

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First released in 2018, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are a set of mid-tier alternatives available in either a black or silver color scheme. The…

First released in 2018, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are a set of mid-tier alternatives available in either a black or silver color scheme. The wireless, over-ear headphones have an integrated microphone, and sound can be customized through the Bose Connect app. Active Noise Cancelling comes as a standard feature, as with most of the highest-rated gaming headsets. They can also be paired with two devices via Bluetooth and connect to NFC-capable devices.

The headphones have a hard case for easy carrying and mute/unmute controls for the integrated microphone. Unfortunately, the microphone can’t be used over a wired gaming connection.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have noise canceling support, which sets them apart from the Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless headphones, which do not. The…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have noise canceling support, which sets them apart from the Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless headphones, which do not. The QuietComfort 35 headphones also have both mute and unmute controls for the microphone, which are missing from the SoundLink 2 hea

Though similar in design, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have an integrated microphone, while the Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headphones have a boom mic. The QuietComfort 35 II gaming headphones also have support for spatial audio, which is missing on the QuietComfort 35 II headphones, as well as a longer 35.2-hour battery life compared to the latter’s 20-hour playback. We’ve covered the gaming headphones in our Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset review.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are the predecessors to the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones, so the QuietComfort 45’s come with some notable upgrades such…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are the predecessors to the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones, so the QuietComfort 45’s come with some notable upgrades such as SimpleSync technology to pair with other Bose sound equipment, as well as an equalizer for quick sound adjustment. See what else the QuietComfort 45 headphones have in store by going through our Bose QuietComfort 45 review.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have noise canceling support, which sets them apart from the Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless headphones, which do not. The…

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have noise canceling support, which sets them apart from the Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless headphones, which do not. The QuietComfort 35 headphones also have both mute and unmute controls for the microphone, which are missing from the SoundLink 2 headphones.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

Battery Life

20 hrs

Compatible Platforms

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

Connector Size

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

No

Driver Size

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

Soft Cushion

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    78
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    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    81
    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are good for neutral sound. They have a very neutral… Read More

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  • Techgear Lab
    75.29

    Category Trust Rating

    86
    Offering field-leading sound quality and great noise cancellation, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II were some… Read More

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    75.29

    Category Trust Rating

    86
    Offering field-leading sound quality and great noise cancellation, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II were some… Read More

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  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Now with Google Assistant, Bose’s latest pair of QuietComfort headphones, the QC35 II, is the… Read More

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    Adam Molina And Lily Katz
  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
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