[Review] Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Wireless Earbuds

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Earphones to me, are an integral part of my daily life. I have this irritating need and demand for good quality sound when I listen to music, and throughout my years of owning headphones, my preference has always been in-bud ear phones compared to the cotton budded ones.

Photo credit: Sennheiser

Photo credit: Sennheiser

My current Sennheiser CX200 Street has served me well for the past 2 years or so, and I’m really impressed by it’s sound quality, powerful bass boost, and most importantly, it’s ability to block out noise from outside. This gets really irritating when you’re on the train and the announcement comes on or some inconsiderate auntie starts yakking beside you.

Another pet peeve of mine regarding headphones is the dangling wire from your ears all the way to your pocket. If that’s not “in-the-way” enough, the troublesome part comes when you get this…

Now this is exaggerating by you get my meaning LOL

Now this is exaggerating by you get my meaning LOL

So, I was really happy when I got hold of the new Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds!

The new Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless ear buds

The new Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless ear buds

This wireless marvel allows you to switch between music, video and calls at the touch of a button, without that dangling wire hanging from your ears to your pocket or phone! The BackBeat GO 2 (or GO 2 as I’m going to call it from here since it’s such a mouthful) is an ideal solution for users in any environment, whether they are immersed in their media, commuting to work, or living an active lifestyle.

BackBeatGO2 Earbuds

 “The BackBeat GO 2 allows users to easily transition through their busy day without skipping a beat, losing their charge, or getting tangled in cords. It’s the indispensable companion for the always-on, connected professional and media enthusiast.”

– Susan Hansen, VP Sales and Marketing, Plantronics Asia Pac & Middle East

Boosting wireless capabilities, the GO 2 pairs up to your phone or audio device via it’s Bluetooth function. I tested it out on the way to work this morning, and was rather impressed. Now you’d have thought that it would be quite draining on the battery since it works on Bluetooth, but for a 30-minute train ride with continuous music playing, my battery only drained off 5% of it’s juice.

BackBeatGO2 iPhone

The GO 2, being wireless, also helps me a great deal when I brought it out for a run. Never again will I have to worry about wires swinging around and distracting me. The in-buds also fit securely inside the ear loops, and you don’t have to worry about it falling out while running.

The GO2 is supposed to be worn around your neck, with the mouthpiece just by your chin for easy audio control.

The GO 2 is supposed to be worn around your neck, with the mouthpiece just by your chin for easy audio control.

Features

Some of the features of the GO 2 include:

  • Sweat proof coating, which really comes in handy when you take it out for a run or your daily exercise, or even if you happen to get caught in the rain;
  • Voice prompts to alert you on the remaining battery charge;
  • Battery status meter for iPhone and iPad;
  • Extended listening durability (up to 4.5 hours) and talk time (up to 5 hours)
  • DeepSleep (TM) Hibernation Mode that keeps earbuds charged and ready to use for up to six months

Sound quality

For an in-bud, I felt there could be a little bit more to be improved on. While Plantronics claim the GO 2 produces high fidelity audio with rich bass and crisp highs, the GO 2’s bass seemed to be slightly lacking especially when listening to music or watching videos. Similar to the GO (first version), it apparently is treble-tweaked, which leaves you listening to too much of the treble range, but leaving out on the oomph of your song.

Conversations wise, however, are fantastic on the GO 2. Voice clarity is top notch, and you can pretty much be assured that the other party on the phone can hear you even if you’re talking in a very soft voice (of course, that being said, it’s common sense that you can’t do this in a very noisy train).

But then again, you’d have to agree that it all varies among individuals – different ear shapes and different adaptability.

Charging and Storage Case

If you’re worried that your charge will run out on the go, Plantronics also provides a fully portable charging case, capable of putting out two more additional full charges, tripling your usage time on the GO 2!

BackBeat GO2 with the portable charger

BackBeat GO 2 with the portable charger

Bottom of the charging case

Bottom of the charging case

Conclusion

So, if you’re the kind who loves versatility and convenience, without the expense of dangling and messed up cables, you could try out the new Plantronics BackBeat GO 2!

However, if you demand for superior sound quality and prefer to be immersed in a totally noise-free environment while you enjoy your music, you might want to keep in mind that there are a number of things that Plantronics can improve on in order to fulfill your requirements. Perhaps a Sennheiser or Audio Technica would do a better job then.

Availability

The Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 is now available at all Apple stores, Best Denki, Challenger, Harvey Norman and major electronics retailing shops. The GO 2 is going for S$159 (inclusive of GST).

The GO2 with charging and storage case will be on sale from 30 September 2013 onwards, at a retail price of S$199 (inclusive of GST).

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