Bose has always been the forefront of audio technology over the years, and while they are most famous for their noise-cancelling headphones, these pair of Bluetooth headphones are close to its noise-cancelling counterparts – and is likely to be one of the best on-ear Bluetooth headphones we’ve tested.
- Height: 18.00 cm
- Width: 14.00 cm
- Depth: 6.00 cm
- Weight: 152.60 grams
- Length of audio cable: 120 cm
- Length of USB cable: 33.4 cm
- Wireless range: 9 meters
- Battery life: Up to 15 hours
- Charging time: 1.5 hours for full charge
- Quick charge: 15 minutes for 2 hours
At 153 grams, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones are definitely comfortable to wear. The ear cups are fitted with memory foam, which adjusts to the shape of your ear whenever you are wearing them. This means that you can also wear the headphones for lone periods of time without having any strain to your ears or head.
The controls for the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones are located on the right ear cup and gives you easy access to the power switch, volume rockers and the playback button. The headphones also support a wired connection in addition to Bluetooth, and can charge using the micro USB port located at the bottom.
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones also includes the company’s own Adaptive Audio Adjustment technology that automatically adjusts the volume of the microphone according to how it hears your voice along with the background noise. This in turns makes it easier for the party on the end to hear you properly especially when using the headphones outside or in a noisy environment.
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones’ primary mode of connection is Bluetooth, which I had no trouble pairing with devices that support it. For testing, I simply paired the device to an iOS and Android device, along with its tablet counterparts.
Pairing the headphones is easy, and the you simply need to place it in pairing mode to make it discoverable by your mobile device. Once paired, you will hear a voice prompt informing you of a successful pairing. Voice prompts are a main feature of the headphones as well, often reading out the name of the caller or the phone number whenever you receive a call.
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones didn’t disappoint when it came to streaming tunes wirelessly from my mobile device. Bass is definitely deep, and even with a heavy thumping it did not distort the audio quality. Same goes when listening to instrumental music – each string from a guitar chord is clearly heard from the headphones, and even if the headphones aren’t the noise-cancelling type it still manages to block out most of the outside noise when I was wearing it. It also provided a clear voice output when I used it for phone calls.
A wired audio cable is also provided just in case you run out of battery though the sound quality isn’t as great as it was when it was on Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth range reaches up to 9 meters, and while it takes about 90 minutes to charge the battery, it can actually offer up to 2 hours of listening after only 15 minutes of charging. A fully charged battery can offer almost 15 hours of listening, and true to their claim, they’ve managed to make the headphones last for almost a whole day of normal usage.
- Wired audio cable
- Micro USB cable
- Carrying case
Pros & Cons:
- Comfortable fit
- Can be used as a headset
- Great battery life
- Price is on the expensive side
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones sell for $250, quite pricey for a headphone of this type. Despite that, this pair of headphone are amongst the best-sounding pair I’ve listened to. It also works as a headset, which is an added bonus.