If there is one complain that is normally heard with earphones, it has to be about the wires coming in the wrong length or the hassle of keeping them properly so that they don’t get entangled. Thankfully with the rise of Bluetooth technology, wireless earphones are no longer just a dream but a reality and have gained a foothold in the market.
It is not hard to spot the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 box with its red colour box
Always one to update their products to move with the flow of trend and technology, Plantronics has updated their line of Bluetooth stereo earphones line with BackBeat Go 2.
Taken right out of the box, the BackBeat Go 2 is a sleek looking device that will please both Techies and non-Techies with its looks and compact design. In fact it is quite a feat to have all that hardware like battery, drivers and Bluetooth device packed into the two earbuds.
Sure the ear buds do look a little on the big side but the slim wire connecting the two together plus the equally sleek looking control helps to reduce the overall footprint. In fact, it is still quite amazing that the designers of the BackBeat Go 2 managed to fit a micro usb port for the charging of the battery into the right earbuds.
The earbuds might look comfortable with the transparent piece but in actual usage it feels like any other earphones and it does a good job of staying in your ears even during jogging.
Sound quality wise is very decent, almost to giving sub $100 wired earphones a good run for their money. While it is never going to be ranked together with customs or your high grade earphones, the BackBeat Go 2 does a good job with Plantronic’s 3rd gen 6mm speaker drivers.
While I don’t really use it much to take calls especially during my evening jogs, the few times that I did was a painless process as the BackBeat Go 2 did the job well. The built in mic picked up my voice properly (as per the caller) and it took the caller a while before concluding that I was on wireless Bluetooth.
Connection quality is also very good with both my HTC One X handphone and MSI GE40 Laptop connecting to it with no problems and giving me decent range when I have to move around my work cubicle. Even when bringing the BackBeat Go 2 for a evening jog, it still connects well with minimal loss. While it is not going to give the same kind of experience like wired earphones, it does a commendable job.
A nice touch by Plantronics is to include ear tips in different sizes so that you can pick the best fit for your ears.
The only downside to the BackBeat Go 2 is the battery life as while rated at 4.5 hours, my pair managed about an estimated time of 4 hours. This means you have to bring your charging device with you (wall charger or mobile battery charger). While this shouldn’t much of an issue since most of us bring our wall charger or mobile battery charger with us for our smart phones (the BackBeat Go 2 uses the same micro usb found on most phones), I was hoping for at least 6 hours in case of longer journeys without a chance to charge like going overseas.
Overall it is not hard to recommend the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 to anyone looking to move to the realm of wireless Bluetooth earphones as long as you are ok with the slightly shorter battery life.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars.
By Kenneth Wong
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