Bose OE2i headphones

The Good The Bose OE2i Headphones are more compact than the original OE ("on-ear") headphones. They're lightweight, very comfortable, and feature a fold-up design with an included carrying case, a detachable headphone cord, and an inline remote and microphone for iPhone users. They also offer very good sound quality.

The Bad The fidelity comes up short on bass resonance.

The Bottom Line You can debate the price, but the iPhone-friendly Bose OE2is are very comfortable everyday-use headphones with a compact frame and balanced, detailed sound.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Bose OE2i headphones

Editors' note (June 13, 2014): As of April 2014, Bose is retiring the OE2 and OE2i headphones reviewed here and replacing them with the new Bose SoundTrue models. That said, if you can find a discounted OE2/OE2i (for $100 or less), it's a great deal.

Here's something you don't see every day: a pair of white Bose headphones. Yes, it's the company's second-generation on-ear headphones, the OE2 ($149.95) and OE2i ($179.95), each offered in black or white.

That "i" in the step-up OE2i adds a microphone for cell phone calls along with an Apple- friendly inline remote compatible with more recent iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, and MacBook Pro models. (Some Android smartphones also recognize the remote functionality, but volume control from headphones that carry the "Made for iPhone" stamp doesn't always work).

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $150
  • Brand Bose Corp.
  • Type headphones
  • Color white
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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