Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Good7.1/10
CALLS: Fair6.6/10
GAMING: Poor5.6/10
TV: Fair6.0/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Best in Class9.5/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.7/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.8/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Excellent9.1/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds offer very good overall sound quality and excellent active noise cancelling, making them ideal for music listening and air travel. They are comfortable and have a secure fit with silicone fins, suitable for exercise, but their weight is on the heavier side for earbuds. The earbuds support AAC codec which is optimized for Apple devices but also work well with Android. They provide app controls customization, including an equalizer. However, they have poor microphone quality, which may be a drawback for calls and meetings. Additionally, there is no wireless charging, and they have a shorter battery life compared to some other options, lasting about 7 hours on a single charge. With midrange pricing, they offer a balance between performance and cost. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Superior noise cancelling
  • Great comfort
  • Dynamic driver, rich sound
  • Sweatproof, suitable for exercise
  • Convenient touch controls
Cons
  • Poor microphone quality
  • Limited battery life
  • No wireless charging
  • Large size, less portable

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.9
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
4.7
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Music:
4.1
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Exercise:
3.8
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Calls:
3.7
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
TV & Video:
3.0
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds, being wireless with no low latency feature, can lead to audio lag which hinders their performance for watching TV and Videos. Additionally, while they have very good overall sound quality, the lack of a wired connection may also contribute to potential audio syncing issues in those scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$199
Brand
Bose
Release Date
October 1, 2020
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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7.1/10
Phone Calls Score
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6.7/10
Gaming Score
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5.6/10
TV and Video Score
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6/10
Exercise Score
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6.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
7 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.1
Case Battery Life
18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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9.1/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.9/10
Comfort score
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8.6/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
8.5 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Lily Katz | March 2023
"The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds is a great do-it-all option for anyone, so long as you can afford it. This is a great alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. You can choose the degree of noise canceling, and enjoy premium features like automatic ear-detection. These earbuds merit an IPX4 rating, making them a fine workout companion."

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