Bose has recently introduce its latest Over-ear Gaming headphone the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. It come with a up to 33 ft Bluetooth range, SBC AND AAC support, 7 microphones include, 2.5 mm audio cable for the headphone side and a standard 3.5 mm jack for the device side. Additionally, it has up to 20 hours wireless and up to 40 hours gaming/wired.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is exactly what it sounds like: a QC 35 II turned into a gaming headset. It’s an excellent pair of noise-cancelling headphones that now features a handy boom mic and a desktop volume wheel. US Street Price$329.00
- Excellent sound
- Good voice quality
- Top-notch noise cancellation
- Limited controls in app
- No spatial audio processing license included or built into PC controller
- QuietComfort® 35 II Gaming Headset
- Travel case
- Micro USB charging cable
- Removable gaming module with boom mic and aux cable
- 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm aux cable
- PC desktop controller
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II : Design and comfort
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset is similar to the non-gaming version introduced four years ago, with the same design and layout. Because of this layout, it seems that the boss’s headphones tend to stand the test of time. The QC 35 II is just as well-designed and stylishly understated today as it was when it was launched.
The headphones are black save for the Rose Gold Bose logo on the back of the earcaps, and the inside of the earcaps has the same colored fabric stripes. The over-ear earpad is Fox-Leather-wrapped memory foam; They feel soft and comfortable around the ears. The headband is also wrapped in fox leather at the top, with padded fabric at the bottom. The earpacks are folded inwards on the hinges for storage in the included hard-shell zip-up carrying case.
In addition to switching to the rear panel of the right earcup to power and pair the headset. All the controls and attachments of the QC 35 II fit along the sides and bottom edges of each earcup. The left earcup includes a multifunction action button that can be set to activate your phone’s voice assistant or switch between mute modes. Along with a 2.5mm connector for a gaming headset cable or a separate audio cable (without a boom mic).
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The right earcup has three buttons: one for volume up, one for volume down and one for playback control (press once to play or pose, press twice to go forward or three times to go back). Bluetooth and battery indicator LEDs and a micro-USB port for charging are also located on the right earcup. The USB-C port for charging would be a bit better (it’s more common in wireless headphones, and easier to plug in than micro-USB). But again, this is exactly the same pair of wireless headphones as the QuietComfort 35 II.
Furthermore, the accessories of the QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset make it worthy as a gaming headset. The first is its audio cable with a boom microphone. The 40-inch cable is securely clipped to the bottom edge of the left earcup and plugged into the 2.5mm aux port; Both connections help keep the attached boom mic stable. The microphone points forward like a normal gaming headset mic, and is a small, black plastic capsule with a rose-gold-colored back panel mounted on a flexible black arm. The remote module with the large, sliding mute switch sits further under the wire, ending in a 3.5mm plug.
In addition to the cable with the boom mic, the QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset also comes with a PC control module. Which effectively has a USB sound card and a DAC that sits on your desk with a large volume wheel. This giant, black puck-shaped device has a leading dial at the top and rubber legs at the bottom, a 3.5mm port that can work with any headphone or headset, and a mic monitoring button that can adjust the mic audio that passes through. By headphones, on the sides. The eight-foot cable extends from the puck and ends in a USB-A plug.
The headset has all the same accessories as the QuietComfort 35 II headphones. Including the aforementioned carrying case, a 47-inch aux 2.5mm-to-3.5mm cable (without a boom mic), and a foot long. Micro-USB cable. The carrying case is useful for topping around headphones, with axes and charging cables. But it was clearly designed for the non-gaming variant of the QuietComfort 35 II only. You can wedge the hard clip of the boom mic in the case, but it fits. Of course, the PC controller does not fit.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II : Sound Quality
While QuietComfort 35 II headphones are many years old, you may not know it by its performance. Apple’s ANC circuitry is still one of the best. And can easily block most street noise and subway and plane crashing. Noise cancellation doesn’t even affect the sound signature of headphones. So you’ll get the same audio profile whether the feature is on or off. Both the Apple AirPods Max and the Sony WH-1000XM4 are a bit more effective at tamping out the sound. But they are both more expensive and lack a boom mic to use while gaming.
Musically, the QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset looks impressive. It reproduces the kick drum hits and bass synth notes of our bass test track. The Knife’s “Silent Shout”, generously generating low frequency response. Which producing clear force and not distorting even at maximum (and unprotected) volume. Yes, the opening acoustic guitar plucks in “Roundabout” get plenty of resonance and string texture. When the track starts properly, the baseline, drums, guitar strings and vocals all maintain clarity and presence in the mix.
Don’t expect any big gaming tricks out of the box with the QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset. Remember, the headset itself is simply QuietComfort 35 II headphones. Which turned into a gaming headset with the addition of a clip-on boom mic cable and PC controller. If you want any kind of simulated surround sound, you have to turn to software-based processing on your PC or game system of choice.
Looking for spatial audio,
Sony’s robust spatial audio processing on PlayStation 5 or the well-not-great Windows Sonic 10 and Xbox on Windows. If you don’t mind paying extra, Dolby Atmos or DTS Headphone: X on Xbox or Windows 10 is another option, like THX Spatial Audio (for Windows 10 only). Given the price of the headset, Bose should bundle the license for one of the best gaming surround processing systems.
As a stereo headset,
The QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset looks surprisingly excellent. The sound of gunfire and footsteps in Fortnite is complete and distinct, and let me choose a variety of guns in the cocofoni of war. The stereo-only setup doesn’t obviously provide exceptional direction. But the clarity of the blast is still impressive and pleasant to hear. I enabled the use of the headset with DTS Headphone: X in the match and the audio processing provided a better understanding of the general direction from which the shots were coming. Again, this software is not included with the headset, though.
The recently released Quake Remaster using the QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset also looks complete and detailed. Or at least as complete and detailed as it can sound decades old. Shotgun, Railgun Spray and Monster Grows all come clearly on the headset. The game also looks great on a soundtrack headset produced by the classic Trent Reznor, which retains the mid-1990s industrial atmosphere.
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Connectivity: Wireless for Music, Wired for Gaming
The QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset works as both a Bluetooth headphone and a wired gaming headset. Bluetooth connections work with any phone, tablet, or computer that supports wireless technology. However, wireless use of headphones limits your voice communication to built-in microphones instead of better boom mic; As a result, your voice will sound farther and less isolated. You also have to rely on the headset’s built-in battery for this mode which the boss says can last up to 20 hours between charges (although using ANC will reduce that time), generous for Bluetooth headphones. Bluetooth connection supports AAC and SBC codecs.
The wired connection uses a boom mic (unless you use a regular Ax cable, which doesn’t have a mic), and can connect to any phone, tablet, computer, or game console with a 3.5mm headphone or headset jack. The headset works completely idle in this mode. So you don’t have to worry about keeping it charged. Keeping the headset switched off also means you won’t get sound cancellation. By turning on the headset when the boom mic is connect via cable you can enjoy wired audio connection and sound cancellation. The boss says the headset’s battery can last up to 40 hours in this wired mode.
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If the Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset were just a wired headset. Its excellent sound quality alone wouldn’t justify its 330 price tag. However, the headset also acts as a stunning pair of sound-cancelling Bluetooth headphones and adds really high quality accessories. So it’s one of the best choices available. In fact, the non-gaming version of the QC 35 II holds up so well that it still retails for 300. It would be nice to get a space audio license with the headset or a slightly redesigned case that holds the Boom microphone cable better. But this is still a cool package that takes a large pair of headphones. And adds useful gaming functionality for a modest premium. The combined value of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset makes it the winner of editors’ choice.
If you’re only interested in a top-notch gaming headset and don’t care much about noise cancellation or Bluetooth connectivity, the $44.95 Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen2 is one of our favorite wired headsets. On the other hand, if you only want noise-cancelling headphones, the $522 Bowers & Wilkins PX7 and $349 Sony WH-1000XM4 are our favorites for featuring even better ANC technology than the QuietComfort 35 II. The $199 Sennheiser HD 450BT, another Editors’ Choice pick.