Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

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BEST RATING
Music:
4.6
MUSIC: Very Good8.6/10
CALLS: Poor5.1/10
GAMING: Very Good8.8/10
TV: Very Good8.1/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Fair6.0/10
EXERCISE: Very Good8.3/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.7/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Very Good8.9/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10

The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds offer excellent overall sound quality, with superb noise isolation which makes them perfect for air travel and use in noisy environments. They also have a high comfort score, ideal for extended listening periods. These earbuds are wireless, supporting AAC and AptX Adaptive codecs for better sound, and they are sweatproof, enhancing their suitability for exercise. However, calls and meetings might not be optimal due to the earbuds' fair mic quality. Designed for durability, they come with stability bands but the poor gaming score suggests they may not be the best choice for gamers due to possible latency issues. They provide an impressive 6.5 hours of battery life, with a case offering an additional 21 hours, though they lack wireless charging. The earbuds are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, and they come with an integrated app that allows equalizer and controls customization for a personalized experience. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent overall sound quality
  • Very good comfort
  • Best in class noise isolation
  • Good for air travel
  • App customization available
Cons
  • Fair microphone quality
  • Poor for gaming usage
  • Only fair for calls and meetings
  • Non-detachable cable

Ratings by Category

Music:
4.6
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.
Gaming:
4.6
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are well-suited for gaming due to their support for AptX Adaptive, which ensures low latency for a synchronized and responsive audio experience. However, the microphone quality is rated as fair, which may not be ideal for gamers who rely on clear communication during gameplay.
Air Travel:
4.6
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.
Exercise:
4.5
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
TV & Video:
4.4
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are excellent for watching TV and videos because they feature low latency technology, meaning there's minimal delay between the video you see and the audio you hear, and they also offer very good sound quality for an immersive viewing experience.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Battery Life:
4.4
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
3.1
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.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$249
Brand
Bose
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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8.7/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Score
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8.8/10
TV and Video Score
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8.2/10
Exercise Score
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8.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6.5 hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
2 hours
Bluetooth version
5.3
Case Battery Life
21

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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8.9/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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6.2/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
7.7 grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Christian Thomas | October 2023
"Bose put the time in to fix the major issues with the previous earbuds, and the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are very befitting of its price point. While you might be tempted to save a few bucks and go with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II on sale, fight the urge. There are enough upgrades here to justify the newer model."

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