Comparison

Quick Points


Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS & Android

Noise Canceling Yes

Microphone Yes

Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS & Android

Noise Canceling Yes

Microphone Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box


Surface Headphones 2

Audio Cable

Charging Cable

Carrying Case

User Manual

Safety Guide, Warranty Card

Bose 700 Headphones

Audio Cable

Charging Cable

Carrying Case

Bose 700 User Manual

Warranty Card

Our Score


8.3

8.5

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them


The brand new Matte Black color of Surface Headphones 2 with shiny Microsoft logo looks classy and fortunately not a fingerprint magnet

They're ideal for Microsoft 365 users because of voice dictation in Word, catch up on emails with Play My Emails in the Outlook app and ability to add real-time captions to PowerPoint presentations during conference calls

The dials on either ear cup are quite intuitive and rotate smoothly, you can adjust the level of active noise cancellation and pass-through mode on the left, while the volume on the right side

They are one of the best Active Noise Canceling headphones, using a set of microphones and proprietary algorithms to block external sounds and have the option to manually select from 13 noise reduction levels

Microsoft Surface headphones 2 have a well-rounded sound signature. There is plenty of punch to the bass and well-balanced mids and highs for an immersive listening experience

These 2nd gen Surface headphones are quite comfortable even for long listening sessions, thanks to their large spongy ear pads and lightweight construction

Microsoft has increased the battery life to 20 hours with ANC enabled. It’s 5 hours longer than the original Surface headphones and on par with the Bose 700 headphones

Surface headphones have excellent multi-point Bluetooth support, which means they can be paired with two devices at once, allowing you to answer phone calls while watching a movie on your laptop

Intuitive on-board controls are top notch. In addition to the rotating dials to adjust volume and ANC levels, you can tap or touch the side of the cups to play or pause music, skip tracks and answer phone calls

Dedicated Surface Audio app to customize the EQ, create sound profiles, check battery life, adjust volume levels, select voice assistant, and adjust ANC levels for a better listening experience

The built-in microphones provide crisp and clear call quality. They pick up the voice well whether you are on the phone or giving a command to phone's virtual assistant

At $250, the Surface headphones are priced $100 less than the original model. This makes them a better value than the Bose 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

The Bose 700 headphones provide 11 levels of effective noise cancellation (compared to the 3 levels of Bose QC 35ii) for silent job seekers that can be selected via the Bose Music app available for iOS and Android

Bose also launched a professional version called “Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 UC”, which is certified for Microsoft Teams to provide the high-quality experience during conference calls and easily switch between audio sources

You can listen to real-time instructions (navigation or landmarks info) from the headphones as you walk the streets using Bose AR, the company's audio-based augmented reality platform

Bose 700 Noise Canceling Headphones support all the three major voice assistants: Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

The Bose 700 is a step away from qc35ii's design language. The minimalist design which is available in three colors: Classic Black, Bright Metallic Silver and limited-edition Soapstone, makes the headphones look much more elegant

Their build quality feels better than QC 35ii, stainless steel headband and plastic ear cups with memory foam pads (that are completely replaceable) feel durable and high quality

They can be paired with two devices at the same time thanks to the multi-pairing functionality, which allows you to answer the phone call while watching a movie on a laptop or tablet

The Bose Music app is quite useful as it acts as an interactive equalizer, allows you to play white noise without music or creates any number of sound profiles

In addition to the updated look, the Bose 700 Bluetooth headphones also abandoned the micro-USB port to get an updated USB Type-C

Bose claims that these cans last up to 20 hours with continuous music streaming and noise cancellation activated all the time

With fast charging technology, these Bose 700 can offer music playback for up to 2 hours on a charge of just 15 minutes

Bose 700 are priced at $399.95, which is $50 more than the bestselling QuiteComfort 35ii headphones, and are sure to be another hit for Bose

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them


The Sony WH-1000XM3 still offers better sound quality, while the Bose QC 35 ii offers better Active Noise Cancellation

The headband requires additional cushioning as it causes discomfort during longer listening sessions

Microsoft Surface headphones are not recommended for people with large heads or wearing glasses, they can be a little uncomfortable due to the strong clamping force

The fast charge provides 1 hour of music playback with 5 minutes of charging time, while Sony WH-1000XM3 can be used for 5 hours with 10 minutes charging time

There is some harmonic distortion, especially with high-pitched sounds when the volume of the headphones exceeds 70-80%

The design and build quality are the same as the original Surface Headphones, except for the new matte black color option and slightly better sound quality

Unfortunately, the headphones are not foldable and the protective case takes up a lot of space in the backpack

Such over-ear headphones tend to accumulate heat due to their snug fit. It is important if you are already in a warm environment

No support for high bitrate AAC codec used by Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPads for better sound quality

Stay up-to-date on your emails with “Play My Emails” in the iOS Outlook mobile app is currently only available to US users

According to Bose, the noise cancellation of the 700s is only a "subtle" improvement compared to the QC35ii, which is evident in some environments and not in others

To use all the functions of the headphones you need to download and register in the Bose app on your smartphone. Also, you need to grant lot of permissions such as location history, full-time microphone access etc.

The headphones have a new driver and "new acoustic design" but still sound familiar and similar to the Bose QuiteComfort 35ii

The Bose 700 wireless headphones still do not support the higher quality aptX and aptX HD codecs used by all new Android smartphones

There is no clever way to temporarily amplifying your surroundings, such as covering one of the earcups with your hand when you need it

Hands-free support only for Alexa voice commands, for Google Assistant or Siri you need to press the dedicated integrated button

Great pair for phone calls, but not so great for Teams or zoom video calls on laptops with Windows 10. You can't use them in stereo mode with the built-in microphone, so you need to use the laptop microphone for this or buy the professional version which is Microsoft Teams certified for conference calls

These Bose NCH 700 headphones are not foldable and come with a large carry-on protective case (larger than that of QC35ii), which can take up a lot of space in your bag

Because the Bose 700 headphones have a non-folding design, they cannot rest comfortably against your body when wrapped around your neck

Sony WH-1000XM3 is a strong competitor with more dynamic sound, better battery life, and better gesture support

Such headphones tend to accumulate heat due to their dense padding. It is important if you are already in a warm environment

Highlights


Experience your favorite music and shows with rich, immersive Omnisonic sound

13 levels of adjustable active noise cancellation allow you to select the amount of isolation you want

If you want to know more about what's going on around you, dial up the surrounding sounds

Soft, lightweight and breathable earpads designed to make you feel comfortable throughout the day

Effortlessly rotate the on-ear dial and touch or tap the on-ear sensors to control music playback, ANC, and volume levels

Type using voice dictation in Word or catch up on emails using Play My Emails in the Outlook mobile app

Enjoy music all day long with an impressive battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge

Connect Surface Headphones 2 to your Windows 10 PC immediately with Swift Pair functionality

Available in two colors: Light Gray and new Matte Black

The lightweight, wireless and upgraded stainless-steel head band with angled earcups provides a perfect and comfortable fit for daily hearing

Enhance the way you experience the world with Bose AR, an audio augmented reality platform

Signature Active EQ offers an immersive listening experience on any volume

The unrivaled adaptive system with four microphones isolates your voice from ambient noise so you can confidently answer a call or talk to your voice assistant in any environment

Access the virtual assistant of your choice. Just say “Alexa " or press the dedicated VPA button for Google or Siri

Choose from 11 levels of noise cancellation to avoid distractions or minimize noise canceling to hear everything around you

Thanks to the simple earcup controls, you stay connected without having to pick up your phone

Keep your phone in your pocket and stay up to date with voice control services for music, navigation, weather and more

Customize controls for quick and easy access to the features you use most often

The Bose Music app ensures that your Bose Smart products work together for a more personal experience

Get up to 20 hours of battery life and time-based power information

The Bose 700 only get better over time as future software updates will add new features

General

Dimensions


Headphone Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 8.03 in (20.4 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 290 g (10.24 oz)

Foldable Design No

Headphone Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 8 in (20 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 254 g (8.96 oz)

Foldable Design No

Connectivity


Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices Yes

On Device Controls Power, Call, Volume, Mute, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Pass Through Mode, ANC, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant + Siri + Cortana

Companion App Surface Audio App

Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices Yes

On Device Controls Power, Bluetooth, Call, Volume, Skip Tracks, ANC, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant + Siri + Alexa

Companion App Yes

Audio


Noise Cancelation Type Active Noise Cancelling

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Noise Cancelation Type Acoustic Noise Cancellation

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Features


Water/Sweat Resistant No

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Water/Sweat Resistant Yes

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Battery


Battery Life Up To 20 Hours

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 5 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Battery Life Up To 20 Hours

Auto Pause & Play No

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 15 Minutes = Up To 3.5 Hours Playback

Technical

Technical Data


Driver Size 40 mm

Driver Unit Free Edge

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20000 Hz

Sensitivity (dB/mW) 115 dB/mW

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.5%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.8%

Supported Codecs aptX, SBC

Driver Size 40 mm

Driver Unit Dynamic

Magnet Neodymium

Impedance (OHM) 32 Ohm

Frequency Response 10 Hz - 20000 Hz

Sensitivity (dB/mW) 95 dB/mW

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.4%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.2%

Supported Codecs AAC, SBC

Wireless


Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, BTLE

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Noise Canceling


Noise Canceling Adjustment Automatic + Manual

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch Yes

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Noise Canceling Adjustment Automatic + Manual

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch Yes

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Audio Cable


Audio Cable Length 1.2 m

Detachable Audio Cable Yes

Audio Cable Length 1.05 m

Detachable Audio Cable Yes

Microphone


Microphone Feature On-board Dual Microphones

Microphone Feature On-board 8 X Adaptive Microphones

Power


Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 2 Hours

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 2.5 Hours

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Operating & Storage Temperature 32°F - 113°F

Compatibility

iOS


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Android


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Windows


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Xbox


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Playstation


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

TV & Home Theater


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls Limited

Service & Support

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 90 Days Limited Warranty

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Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 1 Year Limited Warranty

Helpline 1 (800) 379-2073

Email bit.ly/bo-con

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