Bose in-ear headphones complete set
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As you may know, I wrote about my Bose noise canceling headphones a while ago. I love them but sometimes they’re a bit inconvenient as they do take up quite a bit of space.

As I travel a fair bit space can be an issue (and I don’t always want to walk with them around my neck all the time either) so I decided to also buy the Bose in Ear headphones as it takes up very little space.

But let me first throw in a disclaimer; they’re not cheap

Granted, they’re not as expensive as their bigger brother (the over ear Bose noise canceling headphones) but they’re still not cheap.

You’re likely going to be giving up the equivalent of a flight somewhere to get them. Unless you’re one of my friends in London, then you’ll be giving up the equivalent of a year’s worth of Ryanair and Easyjet flights I think 😉

With that out of the way, on to the earplugs themselves

Bose in-ear headphones carry caseThe headphones come with a little carry case that prevents the cable getting tangled up with other items in your pocket.

I like that it’s a bit understated and without lots of flashy colors. Not only because I’m getting old (I figured I’d say it before somebody else does) but also because they don’t draw that much attention.

And when traveling it’s always nice not to draw too much attention to your valuables.

Bose stayhear headphone tips in-earThe headset comes with 3 different size earpieces. Very nice as you can pick the one that fits best. Apparently, I have average size ears as for me that’s medium which I have to admit, surprised me. Normally when I have earpieces they come in “one size fits all” and they generally start hurting after a while. But, with these iIt’s a nice comfortable fit and I can wear the headphones all day without them bothering me .

The sound is surprisingly good. Or maybe I should say, it’s much better than I expected. It’s not as good as the Bose Q25 but then, that is to be expected. After all, they’re much smaller. And  the headphones also work when the battery is empty and I can’t use noise canceling anymore. But, I prefer the sound with noise canceling on. That might just be a personal preference.

Bose QuietComfort 20 controlsThe QuietComfort 20 also come with a microphone . Quite convenient if you’re walking around and get a call or just remember you need to make a call.

I like the fact that the noise canceling still works when calling. No matter where I am I can always hear the other person loud and clear.

Oh, that reminds me… These come in 2 versions. The QuietComfort 20 and the QuietComfort 20i. The only difference between these is that the QuietComfort 20 works with Android while the QuietComfort 20i works with iPhones.

I was lucky to get the right one as I had no idea there were 2 different versions when I bought them.  Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that anymore as you know now.

A nice feature of the earplugs is what Bose calls the “Aware Mode”. This allows you to hear more of what is going on around you.

I know that sounds counterintuitive. After all, why would you buy noise canceling headphones only to let in more noise again? But this is actually really nice when you’re at the airport. Rather than taking out your earplugs you can just press a button and you’ll hear the service announcements clearly again. I love this!

QC20 chargingInside the control module is a rechargeable battery that fully charges in under 2 hours and then lets you listen to music of over 15 hours. It charges through a micro USB cable so you can charge it pretty much anywhere, even from your laptop.

Although I still prefer the over ear version when I’m traveling I have to admit that I use these more. Not only do I take them on trips when I need every bit of space but I also use them when just walking around town. It works just as well for shutting out the crowds in Amsterdam or Ljubljana as it does for shutting out engine noise.

So, like the other ones, I can definitely recommend these. And, again like the other ones, you can have them delivered to your door easily by clicking the links below.

Bose QuietComfort 20 for Android

Bose QuietComfort 20i for Apple