Bose QC Earbuds Review in 2021: Are Bose QC Earbuds worth it?

Bose QC earbuds capture an impressive amount of sound. They also have a decent ambient mode, and they sound pretty good.

But unfortunately for me, it is hard to recommend these earbuds because the form factor of a pair of reasons to carry their daily carry earbuds is very 2018. Generally speaking, this case is enormous compared to today’s super popular everyday carry earbuds.

Bose QC earbuds for $280, making these pairs of premium ANC earbuds. This article will focus on most Bose QC earbuds, but I will compare them to AirPods, Galaxy Bud Live, and Galaxy Bud Plus. Let start our Bose QC Earbuds Review.

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Bose QC Earbuds Specifications

 Bose QC
Item Weight0.317 ounces
Active Noise CancellingYes, adjustable
Water Resistance RatingIPX4
Battery lifeUp to 6 hours
Charging caseUp to 18 hours
Touch Controls
ColorsBlack, Soapstone
Galaxy Buds Plus
Galaxy buds Live

Bose QC Earbuds Review

Carrying Case

First, let us identify this carrying case because It is essential when you are trying to get a pair of carrying earbuds per day. Simply put, this case is enormous.

It dwarfs AirPods, galaxy buds live, and galaxy buds plus case, and it is even more significant than the case of the Sony WF-1000XM3. But with all the seriousness, due to the Bose QC earbuds’ case size, this is an event you will notice when you get it in your pocket.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

However, excluding the size, the points of QC earbuds are relatively premium. This case is made of hard plastic with a matte finish, the lid springs open to present the earbuds to you, and the magnets held in these earbuds are relatively healthy. Build quality is not an issue here, but it is the perfect size in this case.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

Tech Space

When it comes to technology, this case doesn’t do a great job of justifying its size. Now, these earbuds have an integrated battery life of 20 hours. The earbuds themselves can go straight for six hours, and the case can provide two extra full charges.

However, compared to other options in significantly smaller issues such as the Galaxy Bud Plus. These earbuds have an integrated battery life of 22 hours, the AirPods have 24 hours of battery life.

The Galaxy Buds have an integrated battery life of up to 29 hours if you use their dynamic sound. Uses them with cancellation, but I let them know how to use it.

Battery Life

So there is a lack of Bose QC earbuds from case size to a combined battery life ratio. Now, you can do something to offset the lack of glimpse battery life in Bose QC earbuds.

You can always charge them with your phone because your phone has wireless charging in QC earbuds due to power-sharing. But keep in mind that all these small cases also have wireless charging.

Yes, for me, this case is a real breach of contract. But now let’s get to the earbuds; just like their case, these earbuds are abounding. Again these earbuds are enormous compared to other options like AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3, and Momentum 2.  


When it comes to fit, these earbuds seem huge. Now, these earbuds don’t go so much into your ear canals. Airpods and galaxy buds live just outside of them. For those of you who aren’t the biggest fan of earbuds for extended use sessions like me, this might be a good option.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

Thanks to the many tips on these ears, these earbuds still do a great job creating a seal and blocking the surroundings’ sound. These ear tips have built-in ear fins that help keep these earrings in place.

After selling these earbuds, you rarely have to go back and reconfigure, which is excellent. But keep in mind that these ear tips and earplugs are one piece, so there are no customization options like other fitness systems like yours.

You get two different ear gels, but I hope you can mix ear tips and ear fins. However, these earbuds fit very well, and since these earbuds do not go so far into your ear canals, you can wear them for hours on end without any problem. However, these earbuds are very large.


Unfortunately, these earbuds are using a hero and sidekick set up when it comes to Bluetooth connection. Connects to your phone and then the relay, which is connected to the other earbuds.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

So if you want to use one earbud at a time, you have to use the right earbud. In this case, the right earbud.

If you have the right earbud with your ear canal open, you can use the left earbud yourself. However, as soon as you close the case, the left earbud will lose its connection with your phone.

I don’t know; I just thought it would be interesting to identify the cause with the Hero earbuds and most of the other earbuds using the Hero and sidekick set in losing the sidekick connection.

Regardless, however, I feel that it is unfortunate that Bose QC earbuds are still using a hero and sidekick setup that we like to see these days because each earbud can establish a connection to your phone, so you can use one earbud at a time if you want.

You can use one without considering it. This can be done by AirPods, Galaxy Bud Plus, and Galaxy Bud Live.

Watching movie or Videos

Whether you use this iPhone or Android device when it comes to watching movies or videos on your phone is zero-delayed across this board, which is always good.

However, when it comes to audio codecs, these earbuds only support SBC and AAC like the Bose NC700.


Now let’s talk about listening to music with these earbuds. These earbuds like to emphasize vocals, which are very bosses, but these earrings have an excellent boss, which also resonates with a reasonable amount. And these earbuds are also found in high volume.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

The instrument segmentation and sound stage in these earbuds are much better than your standard pairing with real wireless earbuds, but other earbuds sound more open and balanced.

These earbuds sound good and have a good division between the vocalist, the instrument, and just their sheer pit. However, these earbuds are very vocal forward now, these earbuds get the job done, but I hope the mids were dialed back a bit.

And unfortunately, you are now at the mercy of Bose stock because these earbuds do not have a compatible case. Added a permanent problem. For me, I want to redial the mids in these earbuds. 

Media Controls

Now when it comes to media control in these earbuds. They are super limited. Now, these earbuds have touchpads. If you double-tap on the right earbud, they will play your music and pause, and if you go to the menu option, you can make it so that you can avoid any tracks by pressing the left touchpad are held down.

However, this is extremely limited with other earbuds because you can play and pause your music, skip ahead or avoid a trackback and you can hold your volume directly from the earbuds by pressing or holding the earbuds by swiping on them.

You can now press and hold the right earbud to activate your voice assistant, but the media controls in these earbuds are minimal. The boss needs to change it so that a single tap on an earbud plays or breaks your music.

Double-tap Avoid a track, triple tapping reverses a track, and pressing a hold will increase or decrease your volume. And that’s something they can quickly fix with a software update.

The boss got on the right side because if you double-tap on the left earbud, they will keep the cycle between ambient mode and active sound consolation. And I mentioned this at the top of the review.

These earbuds capture an impressive amount of sound. Now I want to perfect the expectations here. These earbuds don’t sound like a pair of over-ear headphones like the Bose NC700.


These earbuds have zero hedgings in the background of active noise cancellation. It doesn’t change how your music sounds, and the microphone arrays in these earbuds do a great job of blocking the sound of the wind as you walk outside.

Bose QC Earbuds Review

They will occasionally make windy noises in the wind, but beyond that, they are believable. When I use active noise cancellation on most of my earbuds, the most important to me is a modest enclosure mode for most earbuds.

My only criticism is that these earbuds develop a bit of hedging, confusing if you do how they surround them less than the last 3.

So I set my maximum ambient mode to Favorite 3. But besides that, the ambient way seems very familiar in these earbuds, and again this microphone array does a great job of blocking the sound of the wind.

Microphone Test

And finally, here’s the microphone test. In a quiet room, I think the microphone from the Bose QC earbuds is a bit more familiar than the microphones found on AirPods.

Pair with AirPods; although your voice sounds good, they have a bit wider than the Bose QC earbuds.

But when it comes to stopping chatter, Bose QC earbuds don’t work best. You can hear my voice, but you can also hear a lot of discussion in the background.

Because for comparison, if we move the Galaxy buds away from the quiet room, my voice sounds a bit better than the Bose QC earbuds, and in this coffee shop demo, the Galaxy buds live doing a much better job of isolating my voice.


These earbuds are also reasonably comfortable to wear for hours because they don’t go into your ear canal all that much. But as a pair of everyday carry genuinely wireless earbuds, these are a hard pass for me cause of their colossal case and earbuds.

This case is almost four iPhones thick, and they have an enormous footprint. So this case is more noticeable in your pocket than your actual phone.

And it also doesn’t help that these earbuds have less combined battery life than AirPods, Galaxy Buds Plus, and Galaxy buds Live, which all have significantly smaller cases that are way more convenient to take on the go with you, and they all have wireless charging.

They’re also the fact that these earbuds have minimal media controls, and these earbuds are still using a hero and sidekick set up. Now, suppose you’re looking for a pair of wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation.

In that case, I highly recommend you either go with the AirPods Pro or Sennheiser Momentum 2 and if you’re just interested in sound quality, you could go with the Sennheiser CX 400BT’s.

But overall, even though the Bose QC earbuds block out an impressive amount of noise. Their form factor is already super dated.

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