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Bose QuietComfort35 II vs. Microsoft Surface Headphones: Face-Off

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Microsoft Surface Headphones are two of the market’s most coveted noise-cancelling headphones.

Both feature attractive designs, stellar sound quality and smart features for a premium $349 price. Their noise-cancelling capabilities are also among the best, making either one a great purchase for those who enjoy listening to music in peace.

But choosing between the two isn’t so easy. Our last face-off, which featured the Bose QC35 II versus the Sony WH-1000xM3, was a close battle. Now, it’s time to find out where Microsoft’s latest creation stands, as we pit it against Bose’s hero product to determine the true noise-cancelling victor.

Bose QC35 II versus Microsoft Surface Headphones: Specs compared

Bose QC35 II Microsoft Surface Headphones
Price $349.00 $349.99
Colors Black, Silver, Midnight Blue and Triple Midnight Gray
What’s In the Box Aux cable, carrying case, micro USB cable Aux cable, carrying case, USB-C cable
Battery Life 20 hours (NC on); 40 hours (NC off) 15 hours (NC on and off)
Size 7.1 x 6.7 x 3.2 inches 8.03 x 7.68 x 1.89 inches
Weight 8.2 ounces 10.2 ounces


The Surface Headphones are assembled with comfy materials, sleek aesthetics and striking details that pay homage to their notebook counterpart, the Surface Laptop 2. A blend of aluminum, plastic and steel make up their frame, which is flexible and sturdy for long-term use. Plush padding ensures a cozy, snug fit. Furthermore, the arc above each ear cup and unibody chassis gives the headphones an ultramodern look.

Credit: Microsoft

(Image credit: Microsoft)

The QC35 II displays notable craftsmanship as well, borrowing the same silhouette as its predecessor and swapping out plastic for corrosion-resistant stainless-steel-and glass-filled nylon. The synthetic protein leather used on the ear pads is pleasant, plus the reflective Bose logo adds more pop to the cans.

Color availability is the one design element Bose has Microsoft beat, as the QC35 II comes available in four colors – Black, Silver, Midnight Blue and Triple Midnight – with the option to create your own colorway for $50 extra. The Surface Headphones might be available only in light gray, but they’re well-built and have more swagger to them.

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