You know that Christmas is just around the corner when every major online retail shop is having deals all month long (even if it's already past Black Friday). Amazon, being the shopping giant that it is, will always participate in whatever occasion there is to hold sales and discounts.
Right now, we have their "12 Days of "Deal sale, which is, for lack of any other way to say it, 12 days of sales of various items. Today, Amazon is selling the Bose QuietComfort35 II for a whopping $70 off its normal price tag. But when you're splurging this much money on a pair of cans, you better get something more than decent. Let's take a quick look at what this pair of Bose headphones have to offer.
Looks and Fit
The QuietComfort II comes in either Black or Silver (there was a limited edition run of Rose Gold too, but sadly isn't part of the sale). Its design is very much nonchalant and doesn't really warrant any attention. Which is great because, after all, these are noise-canceling headsets. You'd usually use one of these to drown out the outside world, and the last thing you'd want is someone tapping you on the shoulder to give comments about your headset.
As for the fit, it sits comfortably well on most people's heads. The cups are wrapped in microfiber, so it is soft to the touch and doesn't flake with excessive use. The headband is just the right size and easily adjustable. It is also bendy enough that the whole headset perfectly encloses your ears without any tightness or discomfort.
The headset is mainly used handsfree, so Bluetooth is the primary way to connect to these headphones. If you prefer something analog, the headset still supports the standard 3.5mm jack. There are dedicated volume buttons on the right ear cup, with a multifunction button nested in-between them. The headset can run for around 30 hours and can be charged using a micro-USB cable.
One of the selling points of the QuietComfort 35 II is its connectivity. Upon downloading Bose's Connect+ app on your smartphone (both iOS and Android are supported), you can choose to associate your headset with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The headset has a dedicated button on the left cup to easily call up your digital assistant.
Sound Quality and Noise Cancellation
Of course, the main reason why you buy an expensive type of headsets is the sound quality. Out of the box, the QuietComfort II has a very neutral sound to it. This makes it an excellent choice for those who don't want to tinker with their equalizer much and those who do. The folks over at sound guys have a better breakdown of how the QuietComfort 35 II sounds.
As for noise canceling, the QuietComfort II has three settings to choose from High, Low, and Off. High is best used for those commuting, as its actively trying to cancel out external sounds. Low mode is best used for quieter-but-still noisy environments. We'd probably use this setting for places such as offices or libraries where you'd still want to hear some external sound. And off should be self-explanatory. You can choose to remap the Action button on the left earcup to toggle between the three modes.