Why I replaced my Bose QC35 with Bose QC35 II not Bose

It is a short article about the reasons where I explain, why I decided to buy Bose QC35 II instead of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.


I need headphones with noise cancellation for the daily commute (London’s tube can be noisy), travels and do focus work at home. I bought my original QuietComfort 35 in 2016, and it was a wireless replacement for my QC15.  

They served me well, but my Bose QC35 sustains too many damages from extreme hiking and runs and extensive sweating.

I got excited when Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 was released last year because I expected a lot of improvements even if I believe that perfection is hard to improve. I did research, and I have noticed two.

  • Bose 700 has USB-C for charging instead of ancient micro-USB.  
  • Noise cancellation works a bit better thanks to better microphones, and you are sounds for me. 

However, when I tried, then I found some improvement was a downgrade for me.

  1. The main one is touch controls in headphones. I am struggling to select what I want when I am on the move. I made many mistakes, and action was not what I wanted. It is not as terrible as Plantronics BackBeat Fit 6100 but still annoys me. Touch control is a nightmare to use when it is raining (it is a problem when you live in the UK where it is always a high chance of rain). If you are stationary seating on the train or aeroplane, touch control is OK, but I prefer primitive buttons.
  2. They occupy more space during packing that force me to wear them more than I want and increase tear and wear.
  3. The last one is picky, but The QC35 has better adjustment system. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 looks better without ‘gear’ mark on the headphone but having ‘gear’ mark with click’ helps me secure the right position quicker. 

If you consider spent fortune (300 pounds) on headphones and you need them for travelling, commute, work in the office, then you have the following choices.

  • Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II ( my choice)
  • Sony’s WH-1000XM3 (mic for the call not as good as Bose)
  • Sony’s WH-1000XM4 (I haven’t check them yet, but I hear that they fix problems of M3 and improve it ). 

Any of them is an excellent choice because you could waste your money on Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones. Beats Studio 3 headphones cost the same, and while they have overkill bass that causes brainquake (useful when you are under the influence of psychedelic drugs) and it helps you looks like dickhead. My main reason to hate them is worse sound quality, they are so comfortable as a church pew, and noise cancellation barely cancels anything. Therefore Bose or Sony is your best option that it is worth saving money for.


 In my opinion, if you can find promotion, where you can buy QC35 for around 200 British queens, then it is the best option in terms of quality for value. Let’s be clear. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are AMAZING, and they are worth the price.