The Good The Bose OE headphones have a compact design, extra-comfortable cushy foam earpieces, full sound, and they fold up for compact storage in their included carrying case. Additionally, Bose offers a 30-day home trial.
The Bad While they're cheaper than Bose's noise-canceling models, they're still fairly pricey.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a good value in Bose headphones, the company's OE (On-Ear) models makes a strong case--even if they're not cheap.
Editors' note (December 2, 2011): The product reviewed here, the Bose OE Headphones, has since been replaced by two updated models: the Bose OE2 Headphones and the Bose OE2i Headset. After testing those new models, we've lowered the ratings of this one from 8.0 to 7.3.
Editors' note: Since this review was first published, Bose has shorted the name of this product to "Bose OE." Readers interested in this model should also check out the sibling Bose AE2 headphones, which utilize an around-the-ear design.
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