- Small and Lightweight
- Moisture protection adds to product life as a whole
- Great sound quality
- Short battery life
Welcome to The Second Generation
The Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 wireless earbuds are an improvement of their predecessor but still fall short in some key areas.
Comparable to Beats and Monster variants of wireless headphones, the Plantronics headphones are on the fiscally responsible side of the headphones in retail and still are some of the smallest and lightest wireless headphones on the market.
But with models priced at $79.99 and $99.99, the Go 2s are moderately priced compared to their competitors, and for the most part are comparable to other wireless headphones on the market.
Look and Feel
Those who bought the original Backbeat Go will notice that Plantronics kept the simplistic style, the largest change to the look being the small plastic wings that sit in the bottom of your ear lobe, adding more stability. A removable plastic plug hides the micro USB charging port, adding to the overall sleek style.
The silicon ear tips come in small, medium, and large sizes, allowing anyone to wear these earphones comfortably.
The Plantronics Backbeat GO 2 wireless earbuds continue to hold the title of one of the smallest and lightest Bluetooth headphones are the market, with the earbuds themselves being of an identical size to wired earbuds. The inline controls allow you to take calls, adjust volume, and interact with voice-controlled mobile assistants like Siri and Google Now.
The fettuccini-like wire connecting the earbuds not only adheres to the polished style of the Backbeat Go 2 but also make the headphones tangle free.
Though I love the style of the Backbeat Go 2s, they are just strikingly similar to the Go 1s in terms of looks, and a little variety could have gone a long way in setting the Go 2s apart from the rest of the market.
That being said, Plantronics did improve upon the Backbeat Go’s inline microphone and controls, improving the feel and ease of use compared to the originals.
The charging case that comes with the $99.99 model is durable and nice looking, but a bit too compact and restricting for the headphones. Adding on to the fact that the charging case is meant to hold a micro USB to plug into the Go 2’s, it will hold the headphones so tightly that you’ll fear that you will snap off the tooth of the USB inside the headphones. Consider keeping the case in your backpack, not your back pocket, when charging your Backbeat Go 2s.
No Guts, No Glory
One of the greatest gripes I have with this update on the Backbeat Go is the short battery life. The original Go had a rough battery life of four and a half hours, and Plantronics made no effort to improve that this time around.
The charging case is a too little, too late attempt to make up for the short battery life. And even though the case adds another 10.5 hours to the total listening time for the earphones, they can’t be used while being charged, rendering them useless for the moment.
The Go 2s also have a DeepSleep mode. When away from the phone or tablet it’s connected to, they will fall into hibernation, extending the battery life for up to six months.
But where the Go 2s lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. The Backbeat Go 2 has a 6mm third generation speaker, and you can hear the difference. The earphones play louder and play at a higher quality, blowing the Go 1s out of the water.
When you have a secure fit, their noise cancellation can black out most residual noise in the average work or home setting. Walking on the street or not wearing them properly, will dampen the quality of the Go 2’s sound, but someone running with these will want to hear the sound of coming traffic, so this isn’t too big of a negative.
And speaking of water, the Backbeat Go 2s are water and resistant, perfect for the common perspiration in your life.
With moisture resistance and its overall durability, a Backbeat Go is built to last.
But, Do I Put My Money Where My Mouth Is?
Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 wireless earphones are moderately priced earbuds, and at $99.99, they are some of the best earphones out there. Though the battery life is still a big letdown, the quality of the sound and the ease of the use these headphones provide make them worth the price.
If a hundred dollars is too steep of a price for you, spending $79.99 on the earbuds alone are worth the jump. Though the charging case is a great asset, the headphones on their own are perfect for commuters on foot.
Comparing to Beats Powerbeats 2, which go for $129.99, and Adidas Sport Adistar, which go for $89.99, the Go 2’s are the best bang for your buck.
The Final Verdict
These headphones are one of the lightest and smallest Bluetooth headphones on the market. Great for desk job environments and on foot commuters, the Go 2s excel at short burst use.
If the battery life were a third or twice as long than the 4.5 hours currently, these headphones would be perfect. They are not the best headphones for distance runners or workers without constant access to a micro USB charger, and so the charging case would be integral to this demographic.
Owners of Backbeat Go 2’s predecessor will want to purchase these earbuds, and they would be dumb not to. They look better, sound better, and even play louder than the original Backbeat Go earphones.
With high sound quality, water resistance, and impeccable style, Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 headphones are a sound investment that will keep on giving.
Plantronics Backbeat GO 2 Review
Sound Quality - 7/10
Features - 7.3/10
Price - 8.2/10
Battery Life - 6.4/10
The Plantronics Backbeat GO 2 wireless earbuds are a great pick for many as they are very lightweight and portable, but the sound quality could be better and so could the battery life.