Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 hands-on



Plantronics has been expanding its popular BackBeat line of headphones quite rapidly from the looks of it. Just last fall, we were presented with the BackBeat Fit 500, but now we're getting its latest mainstream offering with the BackBeat Go 600, which tallies in with a retail price of $99.99.

The design of the BackBeat Go 600 closely resembles the BackBeat Fit 500 with its nearly all-plastic construction and straightforward style, but it's lacking the flare with its uniform color options. There's a little bit of flex with the headband itself to allow for a snug fit over our ears, while the padded cushioning around the earcups are more than plush to allow comfort for a period of time. Overall, it's a little bit more reserved looking than the BackBeat Fit 500, but where it lacks in style, it makes up with its sound performance.

That's because for a pair that's priced at $100, the BackBeat Go 600, there are two equalizer settings built-in. With the default sound signature, the bass is complementary to the mids and highs, but with the press of a button, we can enable its bass boost mode. Not only are the lows amplifying a little bit, but the treble seems to have been boosted as well – resulting in a punchy audio performance. Other comparably priced headphones tend to sound muted or subdued, so it's a relief to find that there's no major compromise to the audio quality here with the BackBeat Go 600.

Some of its other features include up to 18 hours of battery life from a full charge, dedicated on-ear controls for various media playback functions, and dedicated access to Siri/Google Now/Cortana. We didn't really expect to find other premium features, such as noise cancellation or amplification, especially factoring its price point. For most casual music listeners, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 will certainly suffice, but for those looking for a little more substance, they may want to check out Plantronics' BackBeat Pro line.

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