The BackBeat Go 2 wireless earbuds from Plantronics has already become a favourite item among the high-end cell phone accessories, barely a few months after its release. In fact, there are not too many good small Bluetooth headphones which provide high-quality Bluetooth stereo sound, and BackBeat Go 2 has answered that need in the right fashion. The device can be paired with up to 8 different devices, and the process of pairing is easy and hassle-free, too. According to reviews, the call sound quality is very satisfactory, and the method provides a host of inline controls to make it easier for you to switch between tasks even when your iPod or smartphone is comfortably tucked away in your bag or pocket.
The biggest competitor to BackBeat is the JayBird BlueBuds X, released earlier than the BackBeat model. While the latter boasts of some additional features, the reviewers are of the opinion that regarding Bluetooth stereo sound quality and comforts, there is not much to choose between the two. Now, when we consider that BlueBuds are priced at $170, almost double the amount of BackBeat, we may understand the reason for the quick popularity that the latter method has enjoyed among the users.
The device comes with three different sizes of ear tips. In the box, you will find the earbuds, the three pair of ear tips, adjustable fit stabilisers, an AC charger and a quick start guide.
You also have the option of buying the device with or without the charging case. As for technical details, the device gives up to 4.5 hours of listening time. The standby time is a huge improvement from the earlier BackBeat products. The incorporated in the device enables the device to go into hibernation when not in use. This way it can keep itself charged up to 6 months when not in use. The device also makes use of sweat proof P2i nanotechnology to make itself useful as sweat, humidity or liquid repellant. With an 8-device memory in place, it also makes it easier to switch between different devices.
A very telling feature of this latest BackBeat model is that it pairs easily with iPhone 5 and the call quality, when paired with iPhone 5, is very high, too. The sound comes off to both the user and the listener as clear, crisp and natural. The moisture resistance quality is already mentioned. Additionally, the tangle-free and rugged cable make the device more durable and fit for extensive use. The inline controller is another high point of the instrument. You can quickly adjust the volume levels, receive incoming calls and skip the song and video tracks through the inline controller.
The overall Amazon rating of the product reflects its high popularity. The product currently enjoys a 4.1 rating out of 5. Out of a total of 133 reviewers, 48 have given it a 5 rating and another 61, a 4 rating. As for the downsides, many opine that there is scope for improvement in the battery life section of these Bluetooth stereo wireless earbuds and that 4.5 hours of listening time is not too good for a device of this nature. Few users also mention that the earbuds could have been lighter in weight.