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Bose Frames Alto / Rondo

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Product Overview

Bose Frames are sunglasses with interchangeable lenses that double as wireless headphones. They are also compatible with Bose AR augmented reality app, using the 9-axis head motion sensor.
Bose Frames come in two styles, square and angled. Both block up to 99% of UVA and UVB and feature uniformly tinted lenses. Gold-plated steel hinges and charging pins decorate the frame. Bose Frames are scratch and shatter resistant and lightweight.
They function like true wireless headphones. A minuscule, wafer-thin acoustic package is set in each arm's interior to produce discreet sound for the user, and no one else. A small microphone and multi-function button are embedded into the frame for touch and voice control.
Bose Frames are Bose AR compatible. Though it doesn't change what you see, it knows where you are and what you're facing using the 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your smart device.


What we found

  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bose AR app works well
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found

External score 67%
  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
  • Lacks bass depth
  • Limited app support
  • No wireless charging
  • No IPX4 rating
  • No EQ or useful extras

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 71% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
Bose Frames are sunglasses that are "enhanced with Bose technology to play music and take calls" Available in two styles for $200, they're initially on sale only in the US. While they're a little bulkier than your typical sunglasses, they don't feel too heavy on your face.
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Sound isn't as good as the AirPods


Reviewer score 68% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found:
Bose's Frames offer plenty of enticing ways to splash some music or podcasts into your life, without ever losing touch with the world around you. They're IPX2 certified for basic water resistance, but that means they're only splash proof and can't withstand a serious douse. The Frames offer just 3.5 hours (or less) of playback time per charge.
  • Gorgeous, colorful design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent battery life
  • Limited use cases
  • Can’t charge in the case


Reviewer score 57% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from gizmodo have found:
Open-ear audio sunglasses definitely aren't something that everyone needs. These are best suited for people who do lots of outdoor activity. For those with bad eyesight, you can get prescription versions of the Tempo or Soprano. No one should have to look chic while working up a sweat anyway.
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good sound quality
  • Not for everyone


Reviewer score 66% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from nextpit have found:
The Bose Frames Alto feature miniaturized speakers in the bulky part of each temple. They are positioned to project sound directly into your ear canal, but allow you to hear your surroundings. Sound quality when it comes to music streaming is the weakest of the use cases with the Frames. The Frames Alto are not a replacement for headphones then, absolutely not.
  • Open-ear design
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Sound quality could be better


Reviewer score 49% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
As sunglasses, the Bose Frames are comfortable and stylish. As headphones, they deliver impressive sonic performance for drivers that make no contact with your ears. There's an excellent crispness, which provides clarity, but this is not a terribly bass-infused audio experience. The Frames are made to work with Bose AR, and the company has provided developers with the SDK.
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good audio quality
  • Built-in glasses
  • No prescription lenses
  • No wireless charging


Reviewer score 76% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techadvisor have found:
Bose Frames have a built-in microphone like many pairs of headphones. Music is delivered to the ears through ultra-precise geometry, at the same time being sampled and'silenced' by ports on the arms. With Bose Frames you can have a conversation with a mate whilst nodding along to Grimes, or just enjoy music without having that pressure of a bud in your ear.
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Smart Assistant
  • No prescription lenses


Reviewer score 64% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techradar have found:
The Bose Frames are an impressive piece of hardware. All of the augmented reality features on this pair of glasses are communicated via audio. The glasses themselves have trackers inside and use the GPS on your smartphone to work out your location. There are only six AR apps to choose from, and most of these focus on navigation and entertainment.
  • Impressive AR features
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy to use
  • No charging case
  • Limited app support


Reviewer score 82% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from tomsguide have found:
Bose Frames pair over Bluetooth, so you can listen to everything from your podcast app to YouTube. You can also receive calls on the Bose Frames, by simply clicking the multifunction button. According to Bose, the Frames are rated for up to 3.5 hours of audio playback.
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Easy to use
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Can't be used with other Bose products


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  2. ^ Bose Frames Alto review. [digitaltrends].
  3. ^ I Love The New Bose Frames Even If I Look Like an Absolute Jabroni. [gizmodo].
  4. ^ Bose Frames Alto review: don't throw away your headphones yet. [nextpit].
  5. ^ Bose Frames Review. [pcmag].
  6. ^ Bose Frames review. [techadvisor].
  7. ^ Bose Frames review. [techradar].
  8. ^ Bose Frames Review: Headphones Reinvented. [tomsguide].