Bose revealed the long-awaited Bose QuietComfort® Earphones II, the next generation of truly wireless noise-canceling earbuds. Featuring Bose CustomTune™ sound calibration technology that intelligently personalizes audio and noise cancellation performance to the unique shape of every ear resulting in an unmatched listening experience and the world’s best noise cancellation.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II arrived in a black box with a white sleeve wrap with the brand’s logo, features, and specs.
Straight out of the box, you’ll find the QuietComfort Earbuds II charging case with the earbuds inside, USB-A to USB-C cable, two extra pairs of silicone ear cups, two extra silicone stabilizers, and the paper documents including the warranty card.
Design And Build Quality
The QuietComfort Earbuds II charging case and earphones are mostly made of high-quality plastic with a matte and glossy finish. This makes the case and earbuds lightweight but sturdy to grip. The matte finish also makes it simpler to handle and prevents fingerprint smudges. Unfortunately, the glossy portions are prone to fingerprint smudges.
The LED light and the Bose branding are located on the front of the casing, while the pairing button is located on the back. The USB-C port is located at the bottom of the case.
The microphones and the Bose logo are on the exterior of the earphones, while the silicone stabilizers, silicone cups, charging pins, additional microphones, and the L/R indication are on the inside. The silicone ear cups and silicone stabilizers are changeable to better suit the user’s ears. There are two extra pairs of silicone ear cups and two extra silicone stabilizers included in the package.
Bose Music App Experience
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II can be customized using Bose Music companion app, which is available for Android and iOS devices. The app allows the wearer to customize their listening experience by modifying the EQ settings, updating touch control preferences, and displaying the remaining battery life in each earbud.
- Single tap: Plays and pauses audio. It also accepts calls.
- Double tap: Skips to the next track. It also ends calls.
- Triple tap: Skips to the previous track.
- Touch and hold: Cycles between ANC modes: ‘Quiet’, which is ANC on, and ‘Aware’, which is a talk-through mode, so that you can hear your environment without taking your earbuds out. You can also remap these controls to add voice assistant control.
- Swipe up: Raises the volume.
- Swipe down: Lowers the volume.
There are two ANC available options by default in the Modes section: Full Noise Cancelling (“Quiet mode“) and Full Transparency (“Aware mode“). Unfortunately, you cannot change the settings for the Quiet mode, but you may turn the ActiveSense function for the Aware mode. You may also add two additional modes, bringing the total to four. Although creating and updating a mode is simple, their capabilities are restricted. The app just allows you to change the ANC level or select from a selection of preset options (such as Commute, Focus, Home, and others).
While testing, I occasionally had to exit and restart the program for various reasons. The volume fader would sometimes do nothing, or the Modes section would refuse to create a new mode. In each case, restarting the app resolves the problem.
According to Bose, the QuietComfort Earbuds II can last about six hours per charge and the case has an 18-hour battery life. Of course, your results may vary depending on your average listening volume. According to Bose, it takes three hours to fully charge the battery from empty, and 20 minutes of charging gives you up to two hours of listening time. These estimations are all quite average—not so low especially given the strong ANC, but also not particularly outstanding.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are a genuine advancement rather than a minor enhancement. The earbuds and case have been updated with a more refined design, they also upgraded the hardware for next-level sound and noise cancellation. The ANC performance here represents a significant improvement for the overall category.
These active noise-canceling earbuds from Bose are clearly costly, and I’m not sure how long the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II will remain at the top, considering that Apple is about to release its third-generation AirPods Pro, which promises its own advancements in noise cancellation. But nonetheless, they feature unrivaled noise-canceling characteristics, are comfortable to wear, and sound fantastic, particularly when voices are involved. With their truly wireless noise-canceling earbuds, Bose has clearly edged its competition.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Specifications
- Water resistance: sweat resistant (IPX4)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3, SBC, AAC
- Battery life: 6 hours (up to 24 hours with case)
- Earbud dimensions: 17.2 x 30.5 x 22.4mm
- Earbud weight: 6.24g each
- Charging case dimensions: 59.4 x 66.3 x 26.7mm
- Charging case weight: 59.8g
- Case charging: USB-C
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