December 9, 2018

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I have been using the Bose QC35 (series 1) noise cancelling headphones for travel for the last couple years. Recently both Valerie and I were going to be traveling internationally at the same time and I wanted her to have the joy of noise cancelling while on her flight. Because I know the Bose are great, I gave her mine since she was going to be leaving on her trip before I did. I then set out to see what else was out there..

So what did I look at?

Bose QC35 (Series 1) Headphones 🎧
Purchased: July 2016

  • Great sound quality. πŸ‘
  • Very comfortable for long listening sessions. πŸ‘
  • Charges with micro USB. πŸ‘Ž
  • So-so battery life. πŸ‘Ž
  • Wired connection is a 2.5mm jack. πŸ‘Ž

Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones 🎧
Purchased: November 2018

  • Touch controls are annoying to activate consistently. πŸ‘Ž
  • Great battery life: 30 hours. πŸ‘
  • Switching between devices sucks. I have had to remove and add the headphones to various devices a lot just to get them connected when I switch. πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
  • Charges with USB-C. πŸ‘
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. πŸ‘
  • Very comfortable. πŸ‘

Microsoft Surface Headphones 🎧
Purchased: December 2018

  • The cups make my ears hot. πŸ‘Ž
  • Top band not comfortable. πŸ‘Ž
  • Squeezes my head to much. πŸ‘Ž
  • Charges with USB-C. πŸ‘
  • Tells you the battery level (in hours) and what device it is connected to when you turn them on. πŸ‘
  • Tap controls on both sides so it doesn’t matter which side you tap. πŸ‘
  • Turning rings on each side. Volume on right, NC on left. πŸ‘
  • You need to tap lightly or the noise is irritating in the ear cup. πŸ‘Ž
  • Long pressing the controls will activate voice assistant (Siri for me). πŸ‘
  • Pretty good battery life: 15 hours. πŸ‘
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. πŸ‘
  • Automatically pauses playback when you take off headphones. πŸ‘

So what’s the verdict? Well, I ended up returning both the Sony and Microsoft headphones. Overall, after weighing the the pros and cons, neither were good enough for me to justify the $350 they each cost.

The Bose QC35 (series 1) aren’t perfect, but I will hold on to them a little bit longer until something else comes along that is worth the upgrade.


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