If you are looking for a pair of over-the-head wireless headphones then the Bose QC35II and Beats studio 3 are definitely the best two options in the market. Today we look at the pros and cons of both these headphones and try to find which one scores more brownie points over the other.
The Bose QC35II has lightweight earcups and fits in a comfortable position over the ears. The grip is not too tight and provides ample support to the ears while listening. This makes it extremely comfortable for using them for long periods. On the other hand, the Beats Studio 3 headphones are a bit clampy and you can feel your ear warming up after using for an hour or so.
Built quality of Bose QC35II & Beats Studio 3
Both these noise cancelling headphones are of premium quality but the Bose QC35II is much lighter than the beats Studio 3. The bose quietcomfort 35 ii feels much luxurious, comfortable and durable too. On the other hand, the Beats Studio 3 is sleek, stylish and comes in a variety of colors and including matte finish options. Personally, I prefer the Bose to the other because of its comfort. However, if Bose could update its professional yet outdated design, then it will appeal to a wider customer base.
Sound quality of Bose QC35II & Beats Studio 3
Choosing the best pair of headphones based on sound quality is very subjective. However, the Studio 3 headphones are very loud and it has high bass, which the Bose QC35II does not possess. But, it is difficult to listen to high-volume high-bass audio for long periods. Therefore, I prefer the Bose QC35II to the Beats headphones. The Bose QC35II has a rich, warm and balanced sound quality, wider soundstage and balanced frequencies all throughout the audio spectrum. Both the headphones portray an individual character to themselves depending and the choice may vary depending on the person using it.
Connectivity and controls
Both of the headphones use Bluetooth 4.2 but the Beats Studio 3 headphones has a dedicated W1 chip for better connectivity. The Studio 3 headphones have better reception, audio quality, good connectivity through walls and doors and have approximately 100 feet of Bluetooth range. Bose QC35II has a lesser Bluetooth range off only 30 feet and often creates lags and breaks when listening to streaming videos.
The controls on the Bose feel luxurious and the feedback is impressive. On the other hand, controls on the Studio 3 headphones feel ‘plasticky’ and a bit cheap. The feedback is ‘okayish’ and leaves a feeling of lot more to be desired.
The Bose QC35II headphones have the best active noise cancellation feature. Beats Studio3 headphones use adaptive noise cancellation, which seems average, after listening to the Bose QC35II. While working out or jogging, the Beats have enough level of noise cancelling for listening purposes and also allows surrounding sounds in to keep you alert. With the Bose QC35II there is a constant feeling that the headphones might slip and fall during workout or jogging.
Battery and fast charging
The Beats Studio 3 headphones give 22+ hours of battery life in one single charge while the Bose QC35II manages a 20-hour battery life. However, the Bose battery life remains same for both iOS and Android devices. The Beats gives better battery life on iOS devices than Android and this may be one of the deciding factors, as people who use iPhones may generally prefer the Beats Studio 3 for its longer battery life. When it comes to fast charging the beats gives you 3 hours of battery with 10 minutes of fast charging while Bose QC35II manages only 2.5 hours of usage on a 15-minute fast charging.
Pros and Cons
|Pleasantly comfortable for long time use||Feels a bit loose and can feels they might fall while jogging|
|Excellent Active Noise Cancellation performance||Weak Bluetooth|
|Durability||2.5mm audio jack|
|Built-in voice assistant|
|Replaceable ear pads|
|Balanced, wider soundstage and built in equalizer for better audio (subjective)|
|Same battery life on iOS and Android Devices|
|Voice prompts for battery levels|
Beats Studio 3
|Sleek and Stylish Design||Lesser battery life on Android devices|
|Better Bluetooth connectivity through walls and doors||No Voice prompts for battery levels|
|WI chip enables faster pairing for iOS devices||Has Adaptive Noise Cancellation instead of Active Noise Cancellation|
|Tight secure fit||Ear pads are replaceable but are not easily available in the market|
|High bass sound, (subjective) real-time audio calibration and better than its predecessor||Phone needs to be unlocked for accessing Google assistant|
|Not comfortable for long hour usage|
Here is a comparison chart to make it easy for you to decide
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