Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35 II isn’t the latest in noise-canceling headphones (that’s the $ 400 noise-canceling headphones 700), but they’re back in the news today for the company turned them into a wired gaming headset.
The $ 329.95 Quiet Comfort 35 II gaming headset contains what appears to be the same old QC35 II over-ear headphones, plus two new accessories: a detachable wired boom microphone that has a 3.5mm connector Connected to your PC and has Discord certification for voice chat, plus a USB desktop dial that allows you to both adjust the volume and cycle through four levels of microphone monitoring. It is now available for pre-order.
$ 329.95 is a high price for a gaming headset, but it̵
While the Bose QC35 II gaming headset has Bluetooth support, you cannot wirelessly pair it with a device while the headset is connected to your PC. Other headsets such as the SteelSeries Arctis 9 offer this feature. The Bose headset turns off Bluetooth mode when the microphone is connected. That’s a little stupid.
Bose claims the gaming headset can last up to 40 hours while connected to your PC via its 3.5mm cable microphone and up to 20 hours when used wirelessly. It has a micro-USB port for charging and, according to Bose, 15 minutes of charge can provide up to five hours of wired gaming performance.
I wish this model were completely wireless, but this is how Bose made sure it was compatible with virtually every platform. The DualSense PS5 controller, the new Xbox controller from Microsoft for the X / S series and the Nintendo Switch all have a 3.5mm socket in common.