What killed my excitement with the new Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds
Yesterday I got the Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds, which I was eagerly awaiting for months.
I've been testing them thoroughly and unfortunately I have to say, being used to other Bose products, I am a little bit disappointed.
First of all looking at the sound & microphone quality and the comfort of the new ear tips, I am very happy, as one would expect from Bose.
But then when it comes to usability it wasn't exactly what I expected.
Below are my two major thoughts:
- Starting with pairing them with my phone, I have to hold a button on the earbuds case to bring it into pairing mode and then connect it with any device. When I want to change my paired device to my laptop for example, I need to unpair it from my phone and pair it with my laptop and vice versa. Or I can hold the button of the case again, to bring it into pairing mode.
With the Bose SoundSport free wireless headphones I had a button on the earbud itself, which allowed me to either bring it into pairing mode or switch between known devices, which was very convenient for someone working dynamically with different devices.
- Next down side were the limited touch controls. Only Bose introduced me with a very futuristic way to control music with the amazing Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. The way to simply swipe forward between songs and to regulate the volume was just amazing. As I am used to the Bose 700, I expected the same from those new earbuds, as they showcase a new generation of touch control headphones. In addition to this missing feature it is also very limited when looking at customizable controls. I can only customize one gesture and only with one of just two predefined states.
I am sincerely hoping that Bose will come up with updates to enhance the experience. At least customizing the earbuds to have the standard of "2tap -> forward"; "3tap -> previous" and maybe the option to switch between bluethooth devices on hold. Of course the option to swipe would be amazing. Otherwise I just experienced some minor synching lags between the earbuds and some ambient noice in the transparency mode, which I am sure, will be fixed in future updates.