Bose Frames: Sounds meet Sun

Open the audio shop and you can see more than your fair share of speakers and headphones, with every new model improving in one way or another on its predecessor but not really making an enormous splash in the industry. This is where Bose and their released Bose Frames come in. A pair of sunglasses designed to pump music into your ear as well, Bose boasts that the frames are designed for "sun and sound." 

At first glance, the Bose Frames look better than most other sunglasses already out there, with the hinges having a matte black frame and golden accents. The only downside is the clunky looking arms that are the place of Bose's state of the art speakers. 


The Bose Frames come packed in a sleek black case which opens up magnetically. Users will also find a small pocket that contains the proprietary charging cable of the Bose Frames in it. The casing is both compact and capable of carrying both the Frames and the charging cable, making it easy to pack it inside and use it on the go. Unfortunately, only the charging cable that it came with can charge the sunglasses so be sure not to lose it. 



We tested this pair of glasses and the battery lives up to its name, it gave us a little more than 3.5 hours of non-stop use. According to Bose, the frames can last for a full 3.5 hours before requiring another charge, which is not, frankly, very long and unlike so many other wireless headphones, the frames can not be charged in their case. 


Fortunately the Frames didn't heat up even though it was worn under direct sun at around 30 degrees celsius. It was pretty impressive because it was barely even warm. The frames are also IPX2 certified for basic water protection, meaning they can withstand one or two splashes but do not drop them into a pool or any other water body. 



The sunglasses may be light, at only 45 grams, but for a pair of sunglasses it's still pretty bulky — especially in arms. The fit of the sunglasses will depend much of the obvious, your face shape. For that there are two different sizes and two different design options, we recommend you checking them out directly at the Bose website.


Hence, this tendency to sit peacefully on our faces resulted in us being constantly conscious that something is on our nose. If you usually wear spectacles you will understand when we say there are times in the day when we forget we even wear glasses. Yet with the Bose Frames this never is the case. 


However, if you can get past all of those problems, the Bose Frames is really an amazingly fine pair of sunglasses for speakers to use. That's right, unlike other audio sunglasses, the Bose Frames don't use bone induction technology and instead feature tiny speakers fitted into the sunglasses' arms that can play music discreetly for their users. 


We were initially suspicious when we first learned about it, but we were happily surprised that unless you stand really close to the person with the sunglasses on, you just won't be able to hear any music coming up. The music plays at a loud pitch, even to the person wearing the sunglasses. 



Since the sunglasses do not come with any in-ear buds or cups to channel the music into the user's ears, when using the Bose Frames, the user will inevitably be able to hear background noises from their environments, such as chirping birds or the chatter from your daily train commute. But it's not all negative because the user should have a substantially greater understanding of the situation than those that use headphones that suppress noise. While nothing top tier and completely rounded, the music that the speaker produces comes with enough base to not sound tinny and one-dimensional. One should not expect anything less from Bose than this. 



The Bose Frames can also be used for telephone calls, and we were also pleasantly surprised how well it did work. The phone call quality was decent, and at the very least, the audio was not low quality. One big downside to using the Bose Frames for phone calls is the simple fact that when you use it in public you will get more than your fair share to stars because without in-ear headphones to let us know you 're speaking to someone, it just looks like you're talking to yourself. 


All users have to do to use the Bose Frames is download the Bose Connect app, and then connect via the app to the Frames. Users will be able to play their music once linked and also test the battery level of the frames. You can simply turn the glasses over and hold them there for at least two seconds to turn the Frames off. Users would also not be able to monitor the volume through the Pictures. It's done on a mobile device, instead. 


Although the Bose Frames look amazing and everything might seem to some, their practical use is actually very minimal. You can't really wear them indoors as sunglasses unless you don't mind looking like you're trying to be a movie star, or even when you're exercising and on a dark, cloudy day. Of course, the option of replacing the dark lens on the Bose Frames with prescription lenses is always available, but these are an additional cost, and Bose is also unable to guarantee the safety and quality of the lenses made by third party vendors. Fortunately, Bose has announced that currently they are pursuing collaborations to allow prescription lenses under the Frames' warranty. 



The Bose Frames mark Bose's big step away from their more well-trodden headphones and speakers into a new market. There is still scope for improvement in design-wise, but the Frame is basically designed for playing music, and it does its job fairly well, albeit at a high price point of $199 USD. If you're already a frequent user of sunglasses and want to stop wasting twice as much money on a separate pair of sunglasses and a pair of headphones, then the Bose Frames are for you. 


Take away; 


Bose 's successful first step into the world of wearable technology, with a classic-looking frame that looks good on almost everyone, and more than decent audio provided by the smallest speakers from Bose. You can select from two frame designs and two different sizes, for detailed information, please visit BOSE official website.

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