Bose OE2i Headphones Review

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Stylish, compact, practical … and after all, Bose. So many words to describe what are being hailed as the next generation of headphones – the Bose OE2 and OE2i. This second generation of Bose on-ear headphones have a contoured headband and a lightweight frame that is very comfortable and places just enough of a mild pressure on the distinctive oval-shaped flat earcups.

Bose OE2 / OE2i Earcups

Speaking of earcups, their open design coupled with the contoured headband means that they merely rest on the ear. This is perhaps one of the nicest yet limitation of the Bose OE2 and OE2i since people next to you may be able to hear what you are listening to – something which happens less when using headphones that fully cover the ears. That being said, their cushioning and memory foam which covers the earcups adapts to the shape of your ear and hence audio leakage is truly minimal. And for the first time ever, these Bose on-ear headphones come in white (apart from the classic black).

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Collapsible And Compact

Bose recognises that headphones are for people on the move. Not only are they comfortable and lightweight but also, the earcups of the OE2 and OE2i are collapsible and can rotate into the headband for easier portability. In fact, they can fit in the pouch that is supplied, which measures just 5 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches. They also have a detachable cable so that there is less tangling when they are stored.

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Superior Sound

Needless to mention, thanks to their advanced acoustic design, the Bose OE2 and OE2i offer a deep, clear overall audio playback with a strong bass response. Thanks to the exclusive Bose TriPort® headphone technology, the Bose OE2 and OE2i manage to release those deep bass sounds that most headphones will fail to deliver.

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The Difference between Bose OE2 and OE2i

So you might ask what is the difference between the Bose OE2 and OE2i?. Simply put, the Bose OE2i comes equipped with a microphone that enables phone calls – even hands-free ones. This is possible via a three-button remote control that allows you to accept and reject phone calls. In addition to this, the remote control is compatible with the iPhone, iPod and iPad and allows you to adjust the volume without having to touch the device. And if that is not enough, the microphone also enables you to take advantage of the voice recognition facilities of Apple products.

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Technical Specifications

  • 1 year warranty on parts and labour
  • Headphone dimensions: 7.5″ (height) x 6″ (width) x 2″ (depth)
  • Ear cushion dimensions: 2.3″ (height) x 2″ (width)
  • Weight: 4.94oz (140g)
  • Cord length: 69″
  • Available in black and white
  • On ear fitting style
  • Closed earcup
  • No noise cancellation
  • Foldable

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  • Andrew Gough

    I also like these headphones. From a usability perspective though they have one annoying drawback (that might, arguably, be specific to the OE2i not OE2) and that’s the cord which is 2m long. Whilst that might make sense for home based reference headphones, it make no sense on something designed to be used with a smartphone. The key distance is ear to hand with an outstretched arm. Anything longer is just going to snag, tangle and annoy.