Bose QC35-ii-vs-QC35

Bose QC35 II Active Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

I have been using both the Bose QC35 and the new QC35 ii for over a month now and before using them I was asking the very same question that has brought you to this page, what is the difference between the Bose QC35 ii vs the Qc35. Both the Bose QC35 and QC35 IIs are fantastic noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones and I personally use a pair of QC35 that I bought myself. I use them for watching films on an iPad, listening to music or when I am editing videos for the Active JR YouTube channel. In this Bose QC35 vs QC35 ii, I will go over the main advantage the QC35 IIs have over the QC35s but first let us talk about the similarities between the two. Both headphones are made of the same material, they both have a comfortable fit and identical controls.

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Other similarities that both the Bose QC35 ii vs QC35 share are;

– 20-hour battery life
– Active noise cancellation
– Wired connectivity if you run out of juice
– Ability to make phone calls
– Great audio quality
– Same design & colours

Until recently before Bose updated the firmware on the QC35 the QC35 ii had 2 advantages, however, since that update brought the ability for the original QC35 to change the levels of the Active noise cancelling its now really only down to one advantage

Bose QC35 ii has Google Assistant

The biggest advantage of the Bose QC35 ii has over the QC35 is the dedicated Google assistant button found on the left earcup. If you have Google Assitant installed on an Android device or an iPhone then pressing this button will allow you to interact with Google Assitant. I am personally a big fan of Google assistant even though I use an iPhone personally, I think its a lot more useful than Siri and Amazons Alexa.

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When I heard that Google Assistant was coming to the QC35 ii I was excited to see how this would work in practice. After using the QC35 ii for a couple of weeks I honestly didn’t use as much as I thought I would and this was mainly down to the fact that it would ask me every now and then to open the Google Assitant app on the iPhone to set up again and simply using Google Assistant via my smartphone was less hassle.

Bose QC35 ii Google Assistant button

The bottom line on the Google assistant feature on the QC35 ii is that you need to decide if you really need this given you already have it on your smartphone. I personally didn’t see much benefit if you can get the original Bose QC35 at a reduced price.

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Bose QC35 price drop

At the time of writing this article, the original Bose QC35 was on offer with £50/$65 off the original price or £329/$329 and comparing this to the full price QC35ii then I think its an easy decision to buy the QC35 vs QC35 ii

Bose QC35 price reduction

Bose QC35 vs QC35 ii – which one should I buy?

My personal view on which one you should buy between the Bose QC35 ii vs QC35 it boils down to 2 things given they both look the same with the same features and great battery life;

why Buy Bose QC35 ii

If you really need Google Assistant then go with the Bose QC35 ii as you will get the latest Google Assistant packed into the QC35 ii and if you use this with an Android phone particular the Google Pixel then it will work really well, just a shame that Siri is not supported also on the iPhone.

Bose QC35 ii vs QC35 comparison

why Buy Bose QC35

If you don’t need Google assistant and you can get the original QC35 on offer with a reduced price then its a no brainer given they have the same features minus Google Assistant.

Which ones do I use, I went for the original Bose QC35 and this was simply down to the fact I got them at the time Amazon was offering a discount on them. I do like Google assistant and I use this, however, I use this with my Google Home and the Google Assistant app on my phone so don’t have the need to use it with the QC35’s

If you have any further questions or have a view then leave it in the comments section below

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  1. Great overview, but surely Google Assistant is not the only feature that is different between them? What about the ANC controls

    • Yes I think it’s all down to personal preference and use. If you are happy with the original QC35 then they are still a great buy

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