The selling points are that they are more fashion forward, there are 11 noise cancelling levels instead of 3, and they have better noise cancellation for people on the other end of your phone call.
They are easier on the eyes and feel more premium, I’ll give you that much:
Why do I love Bose headphones so much?
I can’t travel without my Bose QuietComfort 35s headphones.
The Bose noise cancellation drowns out the drone of an airplane engine so well that when you take them off in middle of a flight you’ll be in shock that you were ever able to fly without them. They make for a peaceful flight and I sleep like a baby on the plane with them over my ears.
They are so incredibly comfortable that you can wear them for hours without noticing that they’re there.
I use the QC35s for phone calls every day and find them to be much more comfortable than its predecessors. Being able to move around with out any cords attached at work or on a plane is a true pleasure. They are excellent for making phone calls, listening to music, or drowning out background noise. They also fold into a more compact case than previous versions.
If my kids are around though, it can be difficult to make phone calls on the QC35s as a lot of noise goes through to the person on the other end of the call.
So I bought the Bose 700 Noise Cancelling Headphones, assuming that I’d love them.
- They aren’t nearly as comfortable as the QC35s. They are tighter on your head and I noticed the extra weight immediately. I simply was not able to forget that I was wearing them, which is what I love about the QC35s. I don’t wear glasses, but the tightness will be even more noticeable if you wear glasses.
- They don’t fold down as nicely as the QC35s, so they take up more precious carry-on space.
- They make surprisingly loud noise prompts when you turn them on or off. These loud prompts even come when you reach someone’s voicemail or even when you turn the volume off. I couldn’t find any way to disable these prompts.
- Swipe gestures may be the future, but I’ll take tactile buttons every day. I much preferred the physical buttons on the QC35s over the swipe gestures on the Bose 700s.
- The on/off button placement on the Bose 700s mean that it’s easier to accidentally turn them on or off when putting them on or taking them off.
- I didn’t like the new app that is required to use the Bose 700s.
- I didn’t find any great benefit from having 11 levels of noise cancelling on the Bose 700s over 3 levels on the QC35s. Perhaps the noise cancelling is ever so slightly better on the 700s, but the difference is barely perceptible.
Sure, it’s great that the Bose 700s are better at blocking out noise for the person on the receiving end of the phone call. But talk about taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back!
And all of this is ignoring the price.
The QC35s can be had for $249 today. The Bose 700s are $399. They simply are not worth the premium unless it is absolutely critical that the person on the other end of your phone calls doesn’t hear any background noise, and you are willing to overlook the 700s weaknesses.
Hopefully Bose updates the QC35s with better noise cancellation for people on the other end of your phone call. But the 700s are not the replacement I’ll be using, even if the upgrade would cost me nothing.
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