Noise cancellation made perfect.
Bose has always excelled in the field of consumer audio products, with their noise-canceling headphones usually being at the top of everyone’s must-have list. While the company is now facing competition from the likes of Apple and Sony, they’re back with their own noise-canceling earbuds that are unarguably one of the best we’ve tested.
Selling for 1,199 AED, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds isn’t actually on the affordable side, and with the Apple AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3’s cheaper in comparison, some of you may consider getting the less expensive alternatives instead. But worry not, since the performance of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds easily makes it worth every dirham.
The QuietComfort Earbuds has a smaller design when compared to the SoundSport Free released a couple of years ago. It fits nicely inside my ears without any bulk and sits securely flushed inside when worn. They’re comfortable to wear even for long hours, evident when I took it camping and even forgot I was wearing it. It comes with three different ear tips so we suggest you try them all to get the best fit. I had difficulty trying to figure out how to properly wear it, but the soft silicone tips made it easier.
The outer panel of the earbuds is touch-sensitive and lets you control playback, answering calls, and bringing up your voice assistant. Volume can’t be adjusted, however, so you may need to resort to your smartphone to be able to do that. Additional functions also let you cycle through different levels of noise cancelation that you can configure using the Bose Music app and a touch-and-hold shortcut that you can also customize.
The QuietComfort Earbuds come in their own charging case, and while the matte finish is a preferred material, it’s rather big and bulky. I played around with the QuietComfort Earbuds with an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and given its also bulky built I felt like I had a brick in my pocket when bringing both. The case has a Bluetooth pairing button along with charging via USB-C and also supports Qi wireless charging.
But let’s get into the good stuff. We already know how Bose excels in noise cancelation technology, and the QuietComfort Earbuds are no exception. Turning on active noise cancelation literally blocks out any noise surrounding you. Using the highest level of noise cancelation means whisper-quiet even when I was outside on the street.
Sound output is also excellent, with the QuietComfort Earbuds perfectly capable of producing clear and crisp audio. Vocals are spot on, and even the slightest background vocals are easily heard. I didn’t notice any distortion even when I cranked up to maximum volume. The connection is stable all throughout thanks to the new Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Bose promised around six hours of listening time on the QuietComfort Earbuds with active noise cancellation turned on, so it’s likely you can extend that if it’s turned off. You can get an extra 12 hours of battery life with the charging case.
So here’s the thing, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are an almost perfect pair of noise-canceling earbuds, and fans of the brand definitely consider picking this up. That being said, the price is higher than the competition, and if you’re on a budget you can consider picking those alternatives instead.
+ Incredible active noise cancellation
+ Great sound output
+ Decent fit
– Large charging case
Final Rating: 5/5