Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35 II is not the latest set of noise-canceling headphones (it’s the $ 400 noise-canceling headphones 700), but they’s in the news again today because the company has turned them into a wired gaming headphone.
Simply called the Quiet Comfort 35 II gaming headset, the $ 329.95 pack contains what appear to be the same old QC35 II over-ear headphones as well as two new accessories: a detachable wired microphone that connects to your PC via a 3, 5mm port and has Discord certification for voice chat along with a USB desktop button that allows you to adjust both volume and cycle through four phases of microphone monitoring. It is available for pre-order right now.
$ 329.95 is a high price for a gaming headset, but it is tempting to have a (admittedly good) product that can be used both out of the house for podcasts and music and on the PC for games. Few gaming headphones boast active noise reduction, and no other option comes to mind that also offers features like Google Assistant or Alexa voice support when on the go. The headphones alone usually go for around $ 300 these days, so getting a boom microphone and a desktop volume control for $ 30 more seems like a solid value.
While the Bose QC35 II gaming headset offers Bluetooth support, you cannot pair them wirelessly to a device while the headset is connected to your PC. Other headsets, such as SteelSeries’ Arctis 9, offer that feature. The Bose headset deactivates Bluetooth mode when the microphone is connected. It’s a bit of a bummer.
Bose claims that the gaming headset can last up to 40 hours while connected to your PC via its 3.5mm wired microphone and up to 20 hours when used wirelessly. It has a Micro USB port for charging, and Bose says that 15 minutes of charging can deliver up to five hours of wired gaming performance.
I wish this model was wireless, but in this way Bose has ensured that it is compatible with almost all platforms. The DualSense PS5 controller, Microsoft’s new Xbox controller for Series X / S and Nintendo Switch all have a 3.5 mm jack in common.