The Bose Headphones 700 Wireless are comfortable, well-built noise cancelling over-ears. They have an outstanding ANC feature that can easily block out background noises like bus and plane engines, and their long continuous battery life is suitable for long days on-the-go. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme isn't always the easiest to use. That said, their integrated microphone has a good recording quality that makes them a great choice for phone calls, too.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are decent for mixed usage. They're comfortable and have an outstanding noise isolation performance that makes them ideal for listening to music during your commute or in a noisy office. However, their sound profile is suitable for lots of audio content, but it may be too bass-heavy for neutral sound, and they aren't stable enough to wear during your workouts.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are decent for neutral sound. They have a slightly bass-heavy and warm sound profile since their treble is underemphasized. That said, they're still fairly well-balanced as they have a neutral mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present. There's also a graphic EQ in their app so you can customize their sound to your liking.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are very good for commute and travel. They're comfortable and have a long battery life that's ideal for international flights and long days on-the-go. They can also block out the sound of bus and plane engines and chatter from other passengers. However, their bulky design isn't the most portable.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are satisfactory for sports and fitness. They're decently stable, but they may not stay on your head during intense exercises. They're comfortable, but they're also a bit bulky and may make you sweat more than usual.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are good for office use. Their over 20-hour continuous battery life is more than enough to get you through your workday, and they're comfortable enough to wear for long periods without a lot of fatigue. They can also block out typical office noises like voices and AC units, but unfortunately, they leak a bit of noise.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are good for wired gaming. You can plug them into your Xbox One or PS4 controller, but you can only receive audio, so you can't communicate with your teammates. They're comfortable and have low latency, and their bass-heavy sound adds thump and punch to action-packed scenes.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are great for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a good recording quality, and it can separate speech from background noise even in crowded environments. They can also block out background noises so you can focus on your call.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a futuristic look that stands out among Bose’s more traditionally designed over-ears. They have a distinctively shaped headband that integrates directly into the earcups without any visible hinges. They're available in 'Black, 'Silver', 'Triple Midnight', and 'Soapstone' color variants.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are impressively comfortable. They're lightweight and very well-padded, so you can wear them for long periods without feeling a lot of fatigue. However, the ear cups are a little bit shallow, which may not be ideal for some listeners.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have decent controls. There are two buttons on the right ear cup that control power, Bluetooth, mic muting, and your device’s voice assistant as well as one button on the left that controls ANC/talk-through. You can tap the touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup to manage your calls and music. The controls cover a lot of functions and feel complete but can be a bit tricky to use at times due to the small touch-sensitive surface. They also don’t provide very much feedback besides occasional audio prompts. If you're looking for headphones with easier-to-use controls, check out the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless.
Like most closed-back over-ear designs, the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones aren’t very breathable. They create a good seal around your ears which helps with isolation but prevents a lot of airflow. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue for casual listening, but they won’t be ideal for physical activity since you’re more likely to sweat much more than usual.
The Bose 700 Headphones have middling portability. They’re not particularly bulky, but unlike the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless, they don’t fold into a more compact format, which is a bit disappointing. They won’t fit in your pockets and are a bit too large to carry around comfortably, but on the upside, the cups swivel inwards to slide easier into a bag and take up a bit less space.
Update 06/04/2020: You can now purchase a wireless charging case for these headphones. However, we haven't tested it.
The Bose 700 Headphones come with a great hard carrying case that’s designed a bit differently than that of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. It’s less bulky and has a slightly more premium feel with a magnetic pocket to store the provided accessories in.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have an impressive build quality and feel better-built than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. They have a more premium look and are constructed with materials that feel higher-quality. While we originally reported that the headband was plastic, it's actually made of stainless steel. Also, the plastic used in the ear cups feels solid. Since the headband attaches directly to the ear cups, there are fewer mobile pieces that could break. The point where the ear cups and headband join feels like a potential weak spot, but it doesn’t seem like it could be a problem unless the ear cups are pulled apart with great force.
The Bose 700 Headphones have decent stability. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions, but they may fall off your ears during more intense physical activities. If you're looking for stable over-ears for working out, the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless would be a better option.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a slightly bass-heavy and warm sound profile. They have a bit of extra boom which can please fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. Their balanced mid-range makes them suitable for vocal-centric content like podcasts, too. There's also a graphic EQ in their app to help you customize its sound.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have okay frequency response consistency. There’s hardly any variation in the bass range across users, which may be due to their noise cancelling feature checking for bass consistency. However, their treble delivery may vary depending on their fit, seal, or positioning on your head.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a great bass accuracy. The range is a bit overemphasized, so audio has extra boom and punch that can please fans of bass-heavy music genres.
The mid-range is exceptional. The range is very balanced and even, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix.
The treble accuracy is alright. The low-treble is very balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are present and detailed. However, the underemphasis in the mid-treble can make sibilants like cymbals dull or lispy.
These headphones have impressive peaks and dips performance. There's a slight dip in the low bass, so they lack a bit of thump, but the peak in the high-bass adds a boomy quality to the mix. The small dip in the mid-mid range can nudge vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mid makes those same instruments honky or harsh. The dip in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals dull and lispy.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have an impressive imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in amplitude and phase, however, there's a bit of frequency mismatch. As a result, some objects like voices or footsteps may not be accurately placed within the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, so your experience may vary.
These headphones have a poor passive soundstage performance. Their soundstage is a bit unnatural or odd, so audio seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed all around you.
These headphones don't have a virtual soundstage feature.
The Bose 700 Headphones have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a bit of distortion in the treble range, but the rest of the range should reproduce clean and pure audio.
These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
Update 08/22/2019: We've retested the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700's noise isolation after noticing a flaw in our testing methodology.
The Bose 700 Headphones have an outstanding noise isolation performance. They can easily block out most background noises, including bus and plane engines, voices, and the hum of nearby AC units. They actually have better passive isolation when they're are completely off than when the ANC is set to "0". It appears that the lowest levels of ANC control seem to feed some mic input to the headphones, providing a bit of talkthrough. You can consult our more detailed noise isolation graph here .
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a decent leakage performance. They leak a bit of sound across the range, but it may not be noticeable under the noise level of an average office.
These headphones have an integrated microphone. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports online saying that it can't be muted when used with computers.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a good microphone recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and understandable, but also a bit thin.
The Bose 700 Headphones have excellent noise handling performance. The mic can separate your voice from background noises, even if you're calling from a noisy environment like a train station.
Update 06/04/2020: There's now a wireless charging case available for these headphones, advertised to provide up to two full additional charges. However, we haven't tested it.
The Bose 700 Headphones have an impressive battery performance. They provide nearly 21 hours of continuous playback on a charge, and they charge in about two hours. They can also be used passively with the provided audio cable when the battery is dead but can’t be used while charging. They have two auto-off timers, one that can’t be disabled and turns the headset off after 10 minutes of undetected motion, and another one that you can adjust in the app that will power off the headphones after a set time while you’re still wearing them.
The fixed auto-off timer made testing battery life challenging, therefore we suspended the headphones from a fixed surface with a bungee cord and pointed a fan in their direction to make them move continuously during our discharging test.
Update 02/17/2021: We updated the score to reflect that the app now offers a graphic EQ for sound customization
These headphones are compatible with the Bose Music app, which is different from the Bose Connect app that many of this manufacturer's other models use. The new app has a sleek interface that’s fairly easy to use. You can control ANC levels, activate talk-through, adjust the auto-off timer, change voice assistant settings, and access a list of Bose AR-enabled apps. There's also a 3-band graphic EQ for sound customization. However, you need to create an account to use the app, which can be frustrating for some.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are Bluetooth 5.0 headphones that can pair simultaneously with two devices but don't support NFC. Their PC latency is likely too high for gaming without noticing a bit of delay, and even though it's a bit lower on iOS and Android, it may still be too high for streaming videos. Consider the Shure AONIC 50 Wireless, which support the aptX-LL codec, if you're looking for a pair of premium wireless over-ears and intend to watch a lot of movies. That said, some devices and video content apps offer some sort of latency compensation, so your real-world experience may vary.
These headphones don't support non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
The Bose 700 Headphones use a 1/8” TRS to 1/16” TRS audio cable, which is pretty common but can be a bit trickier to find than a regular 1/8” to 1/8” cable. They come with a USB-C charging cable, which can't be used for audio.
When used wired with the analog cable, only audio is supported on PC and PS4 due to the TRS connector. If you want to use them for meeting calls on PC, you need to use them wirelessly connected to your PC via Bluetooth, but there are reports online that mention that you can't mute your microphone on computers, which is unfortunate. There's a workaround that's been shared by a Bose user on their forums , though it's quite complex and can be tedious to do every time you need the mic-mute feature.
You can plug these headphones into your Xbox One controller, but you can only receive audio.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 come in four different color variants: 'Black', 'Soapstone', 'Triple Midnight', and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant, but we expect the other variants to perform similarly. If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions.
The Bose Headphones 700 are decent noise cancelling headphones for most uses that set themselves apart thanks to their impressive integrated microphone, outstanding isolation performance, and stylish, futuristic design. Unfortunately, they don’t sound quite as balanced as other high-end competing models we’ve reviewed and lack NFC compatibility. See our recommendations for the best headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best wireless headphones.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better headphones than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless for some listeners. The Sony have a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life. They offer more talk-through controls, ideal for users who want to stay aware of their environment while listening. The Bose have a more neutral, less bass-heavy default sound profile, and their integrated microphone performs better than the Sony's.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets but serve slightly different purposes. The Bose NC 700 have a significantly better-integrated microphone which makes them great if you take a lot of calls on-the-go. The QC35 II, on the other hand, are more comfortable and have a more balanced, neutral frequency response, which makes them better if you want something ultra-comfortable to enjoy your favorite tracks with. In addition, the QC35 II have NFC pairing, which the Bose 700 are lacking, and have a physical control scheme that’s easier-to-use. That said, the Bose 700 Headphones feel better-built and offer mic muting, which makes them handy during conference calls.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Bose over-ear design is noticeably more comfortable and isn't as tight as the Beats. Their ANC feature is also better for blocking out sound in noisy environments and their microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling capability. On the other hand, the Beats have a longer continuous battery life from a single charge, although they don't have a power-saving feature. The Beats take advantage of the H1 chip, which may result in better overall connectivity performance, but we couldn't test this.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets that share a few similarities. Both are comfortable, feel well-built, and have touch-sensitive controls wrapped up in a sleek monochromatic design. The Sony are easier to use since the touch-sensitive surface is larger and can fold up into a more portable format. Both headphones have a more bass-heavy sound profile and offer a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the Bose have a vastly superior integrated microphone and even feature a mic mute button, which makes them slightly better for business users.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better headphones for commute and travel than the Apple AirPods Max Wireless. While both over-ears have a similarly warm sound profile and offer an outstanding ANC feature, the Bose are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a better performing integrated mic. You can also control their ANC via their companion app and they can be paired with up to two devices at a time. However, the Apple have lower latency on iOS and Android.
The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are very similar to the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. The Bose are slightly more comfortable, feel a bit better built, and have better ANC. On the other hand, the Sennheiser feel more stable on the head, breathe better, and have a very similar sound profile.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better-performing headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have better controls, and have noticeably better noise isolation and microphone performances. On the other hand, the Sennheiser have a slightly better audio quality. The battery performance is better for the Bose 700, but on the other hand, the Sennheiser are compatible with lower latency codecs.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless are evenly matched over-ear office-oriented headphones. The Jabra have more intuitive controls, a longer continuous battery life, and are easier to carry around. However, the Bose are better-built, have lower Bluetooth latency, and an integrated microphone that's more effective at filtering out ambient noise than the Jabra's boom mic.
The Bose 700 Headphones and the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless are both decent noise cancelling headphones that are good for business users thanks to their improved Bluetooth microphone performance. The Bose mic performs even better than that of the Jabra, though, with even better noise handling. However, their touch-sensitive control scheme can be a bit tricky to use at times, so some people may prefer the physical controls of the Jabra. The Jabra also have a more balanced sound profile and better battery life than the Bose, but they don’t isolate noise as well. Both headsets have a unique design, so ultimately the difference lies in personal taste.
The Razer Opus Wireless are better headphones for mixed usage than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. Both headphones are equally comfortable, but the physical controls on the Razer are easier to use than the touch-sensitive controls found on the Bose 700. The Razer's battery also lasts significantly longer at over 32 hours. On the other hand, the ANC of the Bose 700 works quite a bit better, especially against very low engine rumbles. The Bose also have a significantly better microphone, which can be important if you take a lot of phone calls.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are more versatile than the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable to wear, feel better-built, block out more ambient noise, and can pair with two devices at once. Their integrated microphone also does a much better job of isolating speech from background noise. Conversely, the Sony have a much longer battery life, leak less audio, and are a little more compact.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better headphones for commuting than the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless. The Bose are slightly more comfortable, they can isolate more noise, and they have a better-balanced sound profile. They also have a great performing integrated microphone, and their battery life lasts longer too. However, the Microsoft have full audio and microphone support with PS4 and Xbox One, and they have easier-to-use controls.
The over-ear Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better for office use than the on-ear Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, better-built, and have a more comprehensive control scheme. Conversely, the Jabra have a boom microphone that outperforms the Bose's impressive integrated mic, and they last roughly three times as long on a single charge.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are noticeably better headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a more neutral and accurate sound signature, and a better isolation performance thanks to their great ANC feature. They also have a great microphone for calls. On the other hand, the Bowers & Wilkins have a sturdier feel and a longer battery life. They can also be used while charging thanks to their USB-C cable, but need power to function, meaning you can’t use them wired with an analog audio cable if their battery is dead, which you can do with the Bose.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for mixed usage than the Shure AONIC 50 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a better-balanced sound profile, a longer battery life, and a much better-integrated microphone. They also do a better job of blocking out ambient noise. However, the Shure provide a more consistent listening experience, easier-to-use controls, and aptX-LL compatibility, so they’re better suited for streaming videos wirelessly with low latency.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are designed to serve different purposes. The Bose are noise cancelling over-ears with excellent microphone performance for taking business calls on-the-go, while the TOZO are truly wireless in-ears for more casual use. The earbuds don't have the same level of mic quality, nor are they as comfortable, but they're a lot more portable.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless. While the Bowers & Wilkins feel better-built, the Bose are much more comfortable and have more modern features, like voice assistant support. They also sound better than the Bowers & Wilkins, which have a rather muddy, cluttered sound. The Bowers & Wilkins do have better noise isolation performance than the Bose, though, and their leakage also sounds less full. That said, their microphone performance isn’t as good, and they take four hours to charge, which is disappointing for a premium headset and swings the balance in favor of the Bose in terms of overall performance.
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are designed for different uses, but they're both great at what they do. The Astro are wired gaming headphones that come with an amplifier designed for mixing audio channels while streaming. The Bose are Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones geared towards business professionals who need good mic quality on-the-go.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better office headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Bose are substantially comfier, block out more ambient noise, and can pair with two devices at once, which is helpful if you tend to listen to content on your phone and computer. That said, the Logitech are smaller and lighter and deliver a more consistent listening experience, not to mention a specialized control scheme that offers a little more native functionality with conferencing software like Microsoft Teams.