The Bose QuietComfort 35 II was getting pretty long in the tooth when it was replaced by the QuietComfort 45 last year. Now an SE model is out, which seems to be a rebrand of the 45. They flew under the radar, but they are listed in many US stores (and should be coming to Europe soon).
The Bose QuietComfort SE promises 24 hours of playtime per charge (compared to 20 hours on the 35 II and 45) and requires 2.5 hours to charge. A quick 15 minute charge is enough for 3 hours. 35 II owners will be pleased to hear that micro USB is nowhere to be seen, with the SE using USB-C instead (just like the 45).
Bose QuietComfort SE
Like previous models, there’s high-quality active noise cancellation on board. It and other functions like Aware Mode (Bose’s name for Ambient Mode) are done using hardware buttons instead of touch controls. Of course, there’s a mobile app that lets you adjust settings like balance.
The retail package includes a carrying case, the headphones themselves, a USB A-to-C cable, and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm audio cable if you want to plug and play Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.
As usual for the series, these are light and comfortable headphones that can be folded flat for better portability.
The Bose QuietComfort SE is expected to launch soon (in a few days) for $330 and later in Europe for €350 – these are the same prices as the QC 45 when it launched (although it has dropped to $250 / €270) now on bose.com and may be available elsewhere).
If you’re in the US, check out Sam’s Club and Costco to pick up a pair.
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