Backbeat Go 2by Plantronics

  • Backbeat Go 2
  • Backbeat Go 2
  • Backbeat Go 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Expect solid audio from the Backbeat Go 2 at a great price.
  • Inline controls deliver tactile feedback.
  • The carry pouch includes a handy built-in battery charger.

CONS

  • Bass fanatics may be disappointed in how the Go 2 handles the bass.
  • Native battery life--up to 4.5 hours of listening and 5 hours of talk time--is not impressive.
  • The Backbeat Go 2's microphone tends to pick up street noise.
This set of lightweight stereo Bluetooth earbuds promises solid audio and sweat-resistance in a small form. To up your chances of a comfortable and secure fit, Plantronics provides small, medium, and large eartips with stabilizers. Use the inline controls to handle calls, adjust volume, skip tracks, and initiate voice-powered features, such as Siri or Google Now. The mesh storage/charging case delivers an additional 10 hours of added listening and talk time.
NameBackbeat Go 2Moto SurroundShadow WirelessSmokin’ Buds 2 WirelessEpic Bluetooth Earbuds
ManufacturerPlantronicsMotorolaSol RepublicSkullcandyJLab
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In extended outdoor testing, we found that BackBeat GO 2’s microphone appears to have issues in areas with significant ambient noise; it per…

In extended outdoor testing, we found that BackBeat GO 2’s microphone appears to have issues in areas with significant ambient noise; it performs perfectly in quiet to modestly noisy indoor indoor environments, though.

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80%

For calls, the BackBeat Go 2 sounds decent indoors, but the microphone placement (just under the right ear, on a cable that runs behind the …

For calls, the BackBeat Go 2 sounds decent indoors, but the microphone placement (just under the right ear, on a cable that runs behind the neck) makes it pick up a lot of street noise when walking around.

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80%

The inclusion of in-ear stabilisers that sit inside your ear do a decent job of holding the BackBeat Go 2 in, but we found the seal wasn't a…

The inclusion of in-ear stabilisers that sit inside your ear do a decent job of holding the BackBeat Go 2 in, but we found the seal wasn't always stable during exercise, particularly when we used the headphones while jogging.

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75%

The highs provide a fair amount of detail without much harshness, but you’ll miss subtle nuances that come through on better (and larger) he…

The highs provide a fair amount of detail without much harshness, but you’ll miss subtle nuances that come through on better (and larger) headphones.

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70%

As for call quality...the performance of the headset was good (callers said they could hear me well, though it obviously helps to pull the m…

As for call quality...the performance of the headset was good (callers said they could hear me well, though it obviously helps to pull the microphone closer to your mouth).

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Plantronics promises 4.5 hours of listening time on the BackBeat Go 2, and I found that claim to be accurate. After two days of 1-hour worko…

Plantronics promises 4.5 hours of listening time on the BackBeat Go 2, and I found that claim to be accurate. After two days of 1-hour workouts and two 1-hour commutes to and from work, the earbuds told me they were low on power.

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The volume, in spite of size, was impressive and offered more than enough even in the din of [consumer electronics show] IFA. The top end wa…

The volume, in spite of size, was impressive and offered more than enough even in the din of [consumer electronics show] IFA. The top end was clear while the bass was plentiful, which really surprised us.

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[W]e’re happy to report that there’s a snug fit when they’re placed in our ears – to the point where there’s some noise-suppression going on…

[W]e’re happy to report that there’s a snug fit when they’re placed in our ears – to the point where there’s some noise-suppression going on. During occasional 2-hourworkout sessions, they never felt irritating at all.

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