Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II ($350, £330, AU$500) wi-fi noise-cancelling headphone appears, sounds and performs similar to the unique apart from one key function: There is a new “Motion” button on the left ear cup that means that you can hook up with your Google Assistant with out having to the touch your telephone. And that makes the QC35 II — obtainable in black or silver — the primary headphone to combine Google Assistant.

Related to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, Google Assistant is accessible for Android and iOS units. As a substitute of speaking to your telephone to entry Google Assistant (it’s important to obtain the free app), you simply press and maintain the Motion button on the QC35 II and concern instructions corresponding to “Inform me the newest information,” “name Mother” and “What are some good Indian eating places close by?” You can even use your voice to manage your music playback and appropriate sensible units in your house.

The brand new “Motion” button is within the left ear cup.

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This is the higher information: You do not have to make use of the Motion button for Google Assistant. Utilizing the Bose Join app, you may select as a substitute to map the Motion button to noise-cancellation ranges, toggling between Low, Excessive and Off with every button press. You can even modify the noise-cancelling settings within the app, an necessary function for many who could also be delicate to the sensation of sunshine strain that may be the by-product of energetic noise-cancellation.   

Apart from that new button, nothing else has modified. The QC35 has the identical comfortable match, identical top-notch noise cancelling, an identical controls on the proper ear cup — sure, you may entry Siri on iPhones — and the identical battery life at as much as 20 hours in wi-fi mode with noise cancelling on. If the battery runs out, you may nonetheless use the headphone in passive mode (it sounds good not nice) and also you get a wire for plugging in when you could.

The QC35 II is available in silver or black.

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Not the most effective sound, however among the many greatest

As I mentioned in my evaluate of the unique QC35, this will not be the best-sounding Bluetooth headphone on the market, however it’s actually amongst them. Previously I’ve in contrast it to the Sennheiser Momentum Wi-fi, noting that the Sennhesier sounded barely higher, with a bit tighter bass, barely higher readability and was total extra pure sounding.

Sony’s MDR-1000X, which has now been up to date to the WH-1000X M2, may be barely forward on the sound high quality entrance. However how you’re feeling about every headphone shall be impacted by the recording high quality of the tracks, which implies it’s going to range relying on the sorts of music you hearken to and the place you get it from.


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