I’ve had my Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II, headphones for about a year now (based on my Amazon order – I ordered them May 30, 2018). So I think they are relatively well broken in. I use them almost daily to drown out other co-workers and general office chatter. I think some sort of noise cancelling headphones are a requirement for anyone who working in an open office environment, especially if part of your job requirement means you need to focus a specific task for more than 5 minutes.
I’m a principal software engineer, which means I write software requirement, software design specs, perform code reviews and on the lucky days I actually get to code! In general that’s a lot time where I need to focus and keep my head in the game. For me, the best way is music and not music that’s blasting in my head which means in order to drown out the office noise, I need noise cancelling headphones so that can play the music at medium level.
I have two main headphones that I use.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II
Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition – Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Both sound great, but the Plantronics are not “over the ear” like my Bose; instead they are on the ear. They are actually very close to being over the ear (if you have small ears). I haven’t had my wife test them, but for her I think it would function as over the ears. For me the Plantronics aren’t comfortable for all day use just an hour or so at a time. Full disclosure, I like having both around and keep both of them in my backpack. If one starts to die I can one pair while charging the other.
Each has their pros and cons, for example I like the button placement better on the Plantronics. It also has a swivel / rotating side is cool for song advancement. Both have a slide / toggle switch to turn on and off which like a whole lot more than the press, hold and wait it see if it comes to life. The Bose tells you the percentage of life left when you turn it on, while the Plantronics says high, med or low batter.
All in all either are excellent but if you primary goal is all day comfort, I’d go with the Bose (between these two choices). Plantronics does have an over the ear version that I haven’t tried.