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Prime Day 2021 is just a few hours away, and Amazon has already launched an early deal on one of our favorite pairs of Bose headphones.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are on sale for $249, which is $100 off their full retail price and $50 less than their typical $300 street price. Though a good deal, the current discount doesn’t match the all-time low of $199 we saw during Black Friday last year.
The Bose QC35 II deal is currently available to all Amazon shoppers, but most Prime Day deals are exclusive to Prime members. Amazon Prime costs $13 a month or $120 a year. Prime members get access to tons of special discounts throughout Prime Day. The sales event runs from June 21 through June 22.
How do the Bose QC35 II compare to the Bose 700?
The QC35 II were first released in September 2017, which makes them almost four years old. That’s not too old in headphone years, but Bose did release a new set of wireless noise-cancelling headphones called the Bose 700 in 2019. This newer model usually sells for around $379.
Bose didn’t discontinue the QC35 II, which means they’re not considered the “old” model. Rather, the Bose 700 are in a newly minted “ultra-premium” category, while the QC35 II exist alongside them as the standard premium option.
It was around the release of the Bose 700 that the company reduced the retail price of the QC35 II from $350 to $300, and now they’re even cheaper thanks to Prime Day.
Bose’s QC35 IIs are still excellent headphones – especially for this deal price
With the QC35 II headphones, you’re getting deep, rich sound with a healthy dose of bass and balance of mids and highs. They’re also incredibly comfortable with soft ear pads and plenty of room for your ears. Their noise cancelation is top-notch and only bested by Bose’s own 700 headphones, and perhaps Sony’s most recent WH-1000XM4.
While the QC35 II are excellent, they’re not entirely perfect. For one, I expected better build quality for a pair of headphones that used to cost $350. It’s not bad, but they’re made of light and hollow plastic that can easily scuff over time.
Something else to note is that the QC35 II use the old microUSB standard for charging. This could be annoying if you’ve been ditching microUSB devices for products that use the newer USB-C standard. One extra cable you have to carry around isn’t too much of a drawback, however.
There’s no such thing as the perfect device, and this discount more than makes up for any complaints.
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