Getting ready to head back to school? For some of you it might be the first time you've actually left the house to go to school in a while. It's unfamiliar ground, and you might want to take comfort in your own music with some noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the crowds and the teachers and all the noise of a busy campus. Well, Microsoft is taking $50 off the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth headphones just in time for your back-to-school adventures. You can get a pair for just $249 compared to their regular price of $299. That matches the lowest price of 2021.
Would you prefer a pair of true wireless earbuds? Microsoft is also having a sale on the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, knocking the price down to $99.99 from $150. They use Ambient Aware tech that lets you decide just how much environmental noise you want to let through. Plus you can get up to 11 hours on a single charge with up to 11 hours more from the charging case.
For these headphones, it's all about the extra microphones. With more than one mic, these headphones are able to listen to you, isolate your voice, and isolate all the other sounds around you. The active noise-cancelling can then cancel out that background noise, removing it from the equation so you're only listening to the sounds you want to hear. The ANC is even adjustable so you can get some of that noise if you need to hear it, like the sound of traffic while you're walking.
You can also use the mic to contact your voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant and get some questions answered. Or use it to take phone calls, letting the phone cancel out background noises while you talk so you have a crystal clear voice every time.
Bluetooth and NFC pairing make it easy to connect every time, and the battery lasts for up to 20 hours even with Bluetooth and ANC on. Turning off either one can extend the life of your headphones. If you choose to go with wired listening instead of wireless, you can make the ANC last up to 40 hours. That's great for long plane rides and things like that where you need the extra time.
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