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Bose QC35 II vs QC35 – Noise Canceling Headphones Comparison
We cover the main differences between the Bose QC35 vs QC35 II...
Bose QC35 II Active Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones
Both the Bose QC35 and QC35 IIs are awesome bluetooth headphones – no doubt about it. We use the QC35s around the office and they sound fantastic. We will go over the main advantages the QC35 IIs have over the QC35s but first lets talk about the similarities between the two. Both headphones are made of the same material, they both have a comfortable fit and identical controls.
Other similarities include:
– 20 hour battery life
– Active noise cancellation
– Wired connectivity
– Phone call functionality
– Great audio quality
– Same design & colors
Honestly, not much has changed between these headphones. The Bose QC35 IIs only have two advantages over the QC35s.
Dedicated Google Assistant Button on the QC35 II
The main advantage the QC35 IIs have over the QC35s is the new Google Assistant Action Button that works on Android 7.0 or newer. You press and hold the button and it activates Google Assistant where you are now able to check calendar events, send messages, interact with your notifications, control music playback and more. The idea is that now you can access Google Assistant more efficiently with a press of a button, while your smartphone is in your pocket.
What’s more, Google Assistant is compatible with iPhones. Just download the Google Assistant app from iTunes and follow the on screen instructions to set it up. They pretty much do the same thing.
Control Active Noise Cancellation from Your Headphones
When the QC35s first came out, there was no way to adjust the ANC options when you were in wireless mode. They eventually came out with a firmware update so you could turn ANC off but you had to manually do it through the Bose Connect app. Now with the QC35 IIs, you can control the ANC levels with a press of the Action Button and cycle between high, low and off.
The new Google Assistant Action Button
Ultimately, you get the QC35 IIs if the Action Button feature is a necessity to your lifestyle but other than that, they are exactly the same as the original QC35s. We find it hard to justify paying MSRP of $350 for this feature alone. Also, if you already have the QC35s, it isn’t enough of a difference to upgrade.
Really, the big advantage the original QC35s have now is price. As with pretty much all consumer products, once the new version is released, the older generation starts being discounted. We’ve seen the QC35s as low as $300 before [check current price on Amazon].
They look exactly the same as the QC35 IIs.
At the end of the day, the QC35s are the better option – save your money. We think these headphones are more than enough, especially with the recent price reductions.