The great thing about technological advancement is that it changes the way we do things. For one, we no longer have to be tied to an office desk – something I take advantage of regularly. You can now literally work from anywhere in the world if you have an internet connection and no physical restrictions with your job.
I often find myself working in cafes, on planes, and in co-working offices. Generally, this is great, but sometimes it’s hard to concentrate with all the noise around. This is where a great set of noise cancelling headphones come in handy.
I wanted a pair of headphones that blocked out most of the sounds around me and also provided great sound quality for music. After doing some research, I quickly found that the Bose QC35 noise cancelling headphones were highly regarded.
From the first time I put them on, I could tell they would live up to what I needed. The ear cups cover your entire ear, which actually blocks out a lot of noise without even turning the noise cancelling feature on. Once it is turned on, though, it blocks out nearly all background noise. I found that unfortunately, really high pitched voices still penetrate, but this isn’t always a huge issue. Bose consider themselves the experts in noise cancelling technology. With over 40 years of research going into it, they do a pretty stellar job too. While using the QC35 on a plane, I couldn’t hear any of the engine noise once I turned on the headphones – an impressive feat that allowed me to actually get a bit of work done while up in the air.
When tossing up between the QC35 or the earlier iteration in the noise cancelling line of Bose headphones, the QC25, a couple of major points informed my decision. First, the QC35 is wireless – a big draw card. Even more so now thanks to the iPhone 7, which I’ve just switched to. Furthermore, the QC25 is powered by a loose AAA battery, while the newer model features a rechargeable lithium ion battery. This is preferable because, for one, it’s better for the environment, and second, it’s a lot more convenient than trying to find a new battery when you need it. The charge on the lithium ion battery lasts an impressive 20 hours when used without a cable, and 40 if you use it wired.
Another aspect of the newer version that I really like is that when you put them on, a pleasant voice sounds in your ears to tell you how much battery you have left and which devices the headphones are connected to. You can pair up to two devices to it at a time, which makes it easy to switch between things like listening to music from your laptop, then answering a phone call with the headphones.
The construction of the QC35 makes them super durable, flexible and comfortable. Foregoing plastic in favour of glass-filled nylon, Bose has created a lightweight product that sits really nicely on your head. The cushioning on the ear pads are crafted from a super soft synthetic protein leather that feels quite nice. They’re a bit larger than those on the QC25, which makes them easier to wear over longer periods of time.
Of course, arguably the most important thing to consider when you’re in the market for new headphones is their sound quality. As expected from a Bose product, the QC35 makes my tunes sound deep and rich, with especially nice mid-tones. Phone calls also come through really clearly.
All things considered, I highly recommend using the Bose QC35 headphones in the office or anywhere you need to escape the background noise. They’re also large enough to send a clear signal to those around you that you need to focus and can’t be distracted.
For more info on the Bose QC35 Headphones, head to bose.com.au.