I have a pair of Beats Studio Wireless headphones that I’ve loved and used for several years. The sound is great, the battery life is good, but there was always two downsides to them: (1) they’re heavy, and (2) you cannot use them if the battery is dead.
I went searching for another pair of Bluetooth headphones earlier this year, my main criteria was: lightweight, good battery life, and the ability to listen wired if the battery died. After doing a lot of research and listening to a few friends, I settled on the Bose QC35s.
It checked all of the boxes that I was looking for, and as I began using them, I found a few more goodies that I wasn’t expecting. The first was the ability to keep the headphones paired to two active devices at any given time. With this feature, I can turn on the headphones and they immediately pair to my iPad and Mac. I can switch between these two devices and listen to audio — you can’t listen simultaneously from two devices, but one at a time is a nice feature.
The next feature that I like was the battery life. I can charge these headphones every two weeks and use them for hours per day without an issue. Best part: When they finally run out of juice, I don’t have to ditch the headphones, I can simply plug in the cable and continue listening. While you don’t get any noise cancelation in wired mode with no battery, you can still continue listening without interruption.
When I first got the headphones, I kept comparing them to my Beats. The sound wasn’t quite as good as the Beats at first. The Bose were considerably quieter, not as much bass, and things just sounded a bit flatter. After a few weeks of use, however, I became adjusted to the sound of the Bose and now prefer them over the sound of the Beats, even if I wish the Bose had just a little more bass.
Overall, I love the Bose QC35s. They perform very well, the noise cancelation is among the best that I’ve ever used, and the battery life is phenomenal. If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, you’d be hard-pressed to find any better than the QC35s.
The Objective Developer is a blog written by Cory Bohon