Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones review: Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good Modeled after Bose's popular QuietComfort2 noise-cancelling headphones, Targus headphones are much more affordable. Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones are relatively comfortable to wear and fold up for compact storage in their included cloth pouch. Plus, they offer okay sound quality, effective noise-cancelling circuitry, and a push-to-hear feature.

The Bad The Travel-Ease headphones look and feel like a cheaper version of the Bose headphones, the noise-cancellation circuitry is housed in an inline dongle rather than one of the earcups, and critical listeners may experience listening fatigue.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a more humble imitation of Bose's QuietComfort 2 headphones, Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones may just fit the bill.

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If you're among the many who want Bose's QuietComfort 2 noise-cancelling headphones but think $300 is too much to pay for them, something like Targus' $70 Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones are probably going to catch your eye. While not a true knock-off of the QC2, their design has certainly been inspired by that popular and well-advertised model, though these Targus headphones' noise-cancellation circuitry is housed in an in-line dongle rather than inside the ear-cup, which makes them a closer match to Bose's original QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones.

Like the Bose headphones, the Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones feature an over-the-ear (circumaural) design and soft, cushioned earpieces that effectively seal off your ears from the noisy environment. The Targus headphones offer the same fold-flat design of the QuietComfort 2s and come with a cloth carrying case and a two-prong adapter for plane travel. Because the noise-cancellation circuitry is part of the headphone cord (the dongle incorporates a battery bay for a single AA battery), you can't detach the headphone's cord and use the headphones to simply hush noise sans music--say, while you're riding on your lawnmower--without the hassle of dangling cables. However, the cord is nice and thick, and the Targus headphones have one key feature that's missing from the Bose headphones: a push-to-hear button on the in-line dongle.

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Where to Buy

Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones

Part Number: AEH01US

MSRP: $69.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Weight 8 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features foldable
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm