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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review

Bose’s reputation for quality sound has been well earned over its 58-year history. From making quality speakers and headphones to once supplying many of Audi’s vehicles with superb sound, Bose has become known for being good at everything they try. 

The brand’s success in creating some of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market has inspired fierce loyalty among Bose’s users. Their wireless earbuds will no doubt have to fill big shoes to keep hardcore fans happy in this Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review.

Design and Build

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

The first impression upon opening the simple square packaging is that they are large; there are just no two ways about it. This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to hardcore Bose fans. They’ve been known to feature designs that favor function over form. 

In some cases, some might even argue that it’s all function and no form. When keeping this in mind, the largeness of the QuietComfort earbuds might put a smile on your face, but we’ll get to that later. 

Like an Expensive car…

As for the case, it’s a very simple pill shape with a 5 LED design on the front. While this might appear plain at first, it somehow doesn’t manage to be totally boring thanks to that all-important 5 LED design. 

The lid of the case opens by pushing the release just below the LEDs. It does take a second or two longer than a manually operated design, and some might find this frustrating. 

For some reason…

I found myself taking pleasure in watching the lid smoothly open; like the roof of an expensive car, it even has a nice rubberized inside. Not everyone will like this, but those who do will never tire of it. As for the build quality, everything feels as well put together as it should feel, coming from Bose. The locking magnets are some of the toughest out there.

Not for the looks

As mentioned earlier, Bose has often relegated form to the rear seat, in favor of function and sound quality. So, users who’ve come across, or own a pair of the Bose Sport earbuds will not find the QuietComfort buds too alien-looking. 

The bean-shaped design is slightly larger, and the plastic has a sandblasted look as opposed to gloss. This hints at Bose’s practical philosophy since the QuietComfort earbuds use touch controls, but more on those later. Long story short, the QuietComfort earbuds are not for users who go for aesthetics. 

They look big but feel small

Looks can be deceiving. Such is the case with the QuietComfort earbuds. Don’t get me wrong, put one on a scale, and I’m sure it will weigh in with the heaviest of them. You just don’t feel their weight when you put them in your ears. 

This miraculous defiance of gravity and physics is no doubt thanks to Bose’s StayHear Max tips, of which the user is given three pairs to choose from. They may look strange but are obscured by the earbuds themselves. As a result, these are some of the best fitting earbuds you can buy. Good for running and going to the gym.

Functionality and Battery Life

Having a dedicated pairing button on the case is yet another feature that some users might not like. Those who know Bose will perhaps be expecting this and will be happy to hear that it works as fast as simple as you would hope. The Bluetooth 5.1 connection takes place in a few seconds and is very intuitive. 

If you like rocking just one earbud, no problem. The QuietComfort earbuds have very responsive auto-connect features. Testing the in-ear detection also yielded top-notch results. As for range, The QuietComfort earbuds fully deliver on their promise with no drop in signal at a distance of 50 ft. 

The QuietComfort earbuds offer a six-hour playtime on a charge, with the case offering an additional two charges (twelve hours). Sadly, this is a bit lower than one would expect from one of the leaders of sound electronics in the industry, especially at around 200$. 

Still, fast charging is supported, allowing for two hours of playtime from a fifteen-minute charge. Charging can be done via USB-C cable or wirelessly and will take around half an hour to fully charge from almost flat. 

ANC and Transparency Mode

The QuietComfort earbuds feature three main modes, controlled via the accompanying Bose App. Noise cancelation can be adjusted to eleven different levels, and you can save three presets. Therefore, these are some of the best noise canceling earbuds on the market.

The NC slider is conveniently placed below the main volume control. The interface for the Bose App is perhaps as straightforward as can be. High marks for ease of use. 

Touch Controls

The touch controls on the Quiet Comfort earbuds are some of the most responsive and well-made on the market. Unfortunately, the customization options leave something to be desired. The QuietComfort earbuds have the capability to interpret taps, presses, long presses, and best of all, swipes. 

The larger size of the earbuds now seems to have at least one advantage, but there is one more to come. The downside is that functions like volume control and skipping between tracks cannot be mapped to swipe gestures. Not very intuitive since Bose went through all that trouble. 

Another frustrating aspect… 

It seems none of the gestures can be set to go to the previous track. In fact, the touch controls are perhaps the Achillies heel for the QuietComfort earbuds. What was one of the biggest draws as far as functionality was concerned is now one of the biggest downsides.

Transparency Mode can also be set to varying degrees of intensity. Combined with the IPX4 rating, these features make the QuietComfort earbuds still appealing to active users who favor practicality. Consequently, these are some of the best earbuds for outdoor use.

Sound Quality

The giant size of the QuietComfort earbuds finally starts making sense in earnest when you play some tunes and turn the volume up. Everything sounds big on the QuietComfort earbuds

A variety of genres can be enjoyed with splendid quality and plenty of volume. Easily some of the loudest wireless earbuds you will come across.

Balanced and Beautiful

The seal created by the MaxHear Tips makes for excellent bass reproduction, and believe me, you’ll want some low-end. The bass frequencies on the QuietComfort Earbuds are particularly pleasant. Not that anything is lacking anywhere else either. 

The mids are sticking out in all the right places, and vocals sound natural and rich. Highs are never screechy or bright, nor are they too timid or weak. Plenty of detail can be made out in even the most complex of mixes. 

This is thanks, in no small part, to the Volume Optimized Active EQ. For me, it’s so good that it makes up for the lack of a controllable EQ feature. From Beethoven to Billie Eilish, Bose has got this covered.

ANC and Mics

Bose’s previous models may have been praised for their high-quality noise cancellation. However, they were mono-only when it came to voice. At the time, they argued it made for better clarity since a mono signal is less complex than a stereo one. 

Thankfully, the switch to stereo has proven no problem for Bose. High-quality mics make for a nice clear voice response, even with some mild background noise. A busy street or the gym should be okay too if you use the noise canceling. As before, the ANC is among the best out there

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review – Pros and Cons


  • Great build quality.
  • Secure and comfortable fit.
  • Easy to use.
  • Wireless and fast charging.
  • Great Bluetooth range.
  • Superb sound quality.
  • Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Very loud.


  • Not the best looking.
  • Average battery life.
  • Uncomfortable to carry in a pocket.
  • Very limited use of gesture controls.
  • Expensive.

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review – Conclusion

For sheer quality of build and sound, combined with a practical mindset, the Bose QuietComfort earbuds will be the final word. Just not for every user. You will either be attracted to their special quirks (dedicated pairing button, slowly folding case lid) or put off. 

However, the superb sound and voice quality cannot be denied and can easily be ranked among the best and loudest. Poor battery life and very ineffective gesture controls will be an irritation whether you’re Bose lover or not. 

The final score is 7 out of 10.

Until next time, happy listening.

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Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

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