Bose Ultra Open earbuds launched in India with a unique open ear design

Can it pass off as an ear accessory?

Bose Ultra Open earbuds launched in India with a unique open ear design

There’s no denying that every other wireless earbuds today look like the offshoots of each other. And that’s where Bose is trying to be different with its latest pair of truly wireless earbuds. Called the Ultra Open, these earbuds sport a unique open ear design that makes them look more like an accessory than something used to listen to music.

Bose Ultra Open design

The standout feature of the Bose Ultra Open is its design. The cuff-like design means that these earbuds rest on your outer ear as opposed to being plugged into your ear canal like traditional TWS. Built using soft silicone, these flexible earbuds sort of clip onto your ears, and have two sections – the inner piece sits near your ear canal, the outer piece sits behind your ear.

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This outer piece houses the control buttons, the battery, and the antenna. Speaking of controls, a single press can answer calls or play music, double press to cut calls or skip music forward, and triple press to skip back. Long pressing the right button increases the volume, and left button reduces the volume.

Bose claims these earbuds have been designed for all-day comfort wear, and are meant to be used in various activities. Including workouts thanks to the IPX4 water resistance rating.

Bose Ultra Open key features

Unlike the QuietComfort series that isolate you from the world, Bose wants you to hear your surroundings and your music when using the Ultra Open. With the brand’s Open Audio technology, users get to hear high-quality audio, which doesn’t spill out, so others won’t get disturbed. We tried the earbuds in office and on a recent flight to Delhi. While the buds drown out much of the noise with the music, you’re still aware of people or sounds around you.

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Then there’s the Immersive audio feature, which adds a spatial effect to what you’re listening to. With this mode on, when you move your head from side to side, you will notice the music coming from that side you’re facing.

Connectivity is handled by the Bose Music app (Android and iOS), which also offers a range of other options. You can check the battery status, tweak around with the equaliser, switch between audio source, and toggle the immersive modes.

Bose promises up to 7.5 hours of battery life with immersive audio mode off, and up to 4.5 hours with the mode turned on. The charging case not only houses the earbuds, but also offer up to 19.5 hours of additional charging with support for Quick Charging.

Bose Ultra Open price

Needless to say, these features and the unique design come at a cost. The Bose Ultra Open is priced at Rs 25,900 and comes in two colourways – Satin Black and Quartz White. We will be using these earbuds over the next few days, so stay tuned for our detailed review.

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