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The new Bose QuietComfort 35 ii noise reduction wireless headset has the same design and delivers the same audio performance as the original model , with one exception: the addition of an action button on the Left headset that activates the Google Assistant without having to take out your smartphone.
Bose Quietcomfort 35 ii Complete Review
As a result, the QC35 II is the first wireless headset to integrate the Google Assistant. With this button, you just need to say a command to make a phone call, view news, control music playback and some compatible home devices. The added attraction of this action button is that it can be reprogrammed for other functions, such as adjusting the level of noise reduction.
But apart from this button, it is clear that nothing else has changed. The QC35 II always offers the same lightweight and super comfortable design, the same autonomy of 20 hours with the noise reduction activated. And if the battery fails, you can switch to wired mode with the supplied cable.
One of The Best Sounds
As we said in our first QC35 trial, it’s not the best Bluetooth headset in terms of sound, but it’s part of the elite. We compared it to Sennheiser’s Momentum 2.0 Wireless which was a bit better, especially for the precision of its bass, a slightly better clarity and a more natural sound overall. The Sony MDR-1000X , replaced by the WH-1000X M2, is also a little higher in audio quality. Still, the perception of these performances also depends greatly on the quality of recording and the type of music that we listen to.
What is the Difference Between Bose Quietcomfort 35 And 35 ii
The Bose offers great versatility with an ability to make everything soft and enjoyable with balanced sound and dynamic bass. The sound and quite excellent for a Bluetooth headset. That said, Steve Guttenberg, our audiophile expert, believes that the Sony is clearer and more open. According to him, the QC35 does not demerit, but the audio rendering is less “alive” and the definition of the bass less precise than that of the MDR-1000X. However, we have given a higher score to the Bose compared to the old Sony taking into account factors other than sound. The QC35 is more comfortable and better thought from an ergonomic point of view. The Sony has a lot of features, maybe too much.
The Bose is also better for hands-free calls, especially because it attenuates the ambient noise so that your interlocutors hear you clearly. You also need to know that you can hear your own voice when you speak, which avoids raising your voice.
The Interest of Google Assistant in a Helmet?
After a week spent with the QC35 II, we are not sure of the value of this direct connection to the Google Assistant. Some people will use it regularly but others not at all. Still, this service progresses over time and can become more useful.
In any case, if you already have a QC35, we do not think there is material to pass on this version 2. The integration of the Google Assistant only gives a touch of personality to an already excellent headset. And although the audio performance has not changed, this option still allows Bose to stay on top of Sony MDR-1000X and Beats Studio3 Wireless which are in the same price range.