Bose QuietComfort 35 II is an upgrade from the original QC35. It has the same aesthetics as its original version. However, they boast a sturdier build having been built from nylon filled with glass. It also provides a pleasant comfort to not tire wearing them. The comfort is made possible by the leather-padded outer headband together with soft earpads. The Bose logo reflects the beauty of the already beautiful headphones.

While both headphones are available in various colors, Bose QuietComfort 35 II offers bolder options including Midnight Blue, Silver, Black, and Triple Midnight. With an extra buck, you can customize your Bose headphone. The Sony WH-1000xM3 is only available in Black and Silver. When it comes to design, Bose QC35 II seems to have it all together.


Sony WH-1000xM3 proves a worthy competitor to Bose QC35 II because of the ingenuity that is associated with it. You can swipe gestures seamlessly, thanks to its highly responsive touch panel. Commands are also performed seamlessly. With a tap on the sensor, you can easily control playback and calls, swipe up/down to increase or reduce volume and navigate your tracks using the left/right control. It has two buttons below the touch panel for listening modes as well as power.

QC35 II is not as ultramodern when it comes to controls. It boasts a series’ signature control scheme on the right side of the headphone. The power/pairing switch on the ear cup is designed with a strong recoil whenever pressed. You will find the volume controls as well as play/pause buttons on the right rear. The action button on the ear cup enables noise-cancelling modes. It is designed with a button layout that offers easy functionality but Sony boasts better touch controls. When it comes to controls, Sony WH-1000Xm3 wins.


It is pretty simple to connect either headphone to a device through either downloading the accompanying app, Bluetooth or using NFC. You can enhance listening by connecting through the app. Additionally, it is easier to connect through the app. QC35 II pairs faster and the process is more reliable.

Other features

Both headphones utilize advanced noise-cancellation technology but QC35 II’s is more sophisticated. QC35 II is more efficient in keeping ambient noise at bay and bring in amazing sound quality. When it comes to audio performance, Sony WH-1000Xm3 is the victor with its sharper clarity in wired mode. BQC35 II is also outstanding when it comes to other features including digital assistant support, connectivity, and call quality. On the other hand, WH-1000xM3 poses other superior features including better battery life, sound quality, applications and value. If you would make me the judge here, Bose QuietComfort 35 II would emerge the better option.