Bose converted its Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones into a gaming headset

Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35 II is not the latest set of noise-canceling headphones (they are $ 400 noise-canceling headphones 700), but they are again in the news today as the company turns them into a wired gaming headset .

Called simply the Quiet Comfort 35 II Gaming Headset, the $ 329.95 package seems to have the same old QC35 II over-ear headphones, plus two new accessories: a detachable wired boom microphone that connects to your PC with a 3.5 mm port. And there is disk certification with a USB desktop dial for voice chat that allows you to adjust both volume and cycle through four stages of mic monitoring. It is currently available for preorder.

$ 329.95 is a high price for a gaming headset, but it is a (of course great) product that can be used for both podcasts and music out-of-home and in PCs for gaming. Some gaming headsets claim active noise cancellation, and no other option comes to mind that also provide features such as Google Assistant, or Alexa voice support when you’re on the go. Headphones alone usually go for about $ 300 these days, so getting a boom microphone and a desktop volume controller for $ 30 seems like a solid price.

This photo features detachable boom microphone and desktop volume dial.
Picture: Bose

While the Bose QC35 II gaming headset offers Bluetooth support, you won’t be able to pair them wirelessly when plugging the headset into your PC. Other headsets, such as SteelSeries’ Architis 9, offer that feature. Bose’s headset will disable Bluetooth mode upon plugging in the microphone.

Bose claims that the gaming headset can last up to 40 hours while it is connected to your PC via its 3.5mm wired microphone, and up to 20 hours when used wirelessly. It has a micro USB port for charging, and Bose says that 15 minutes of charging can deliver up to five hours of wired gaming performance.

I wish this model would have been all-wireless, but as such, Bose ensured that it was compatible with practically every platform. The DualEasy PS5 controller, Microsoft’s new Xbox controller for the Series X / S, and the Nintendo Switch all feature a 3.5mm jack.