Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Review


Stereo Bluetooth headphones have become a hot market in recent years, especially now that the technology enables devices to be even slimmer and more discrete – the perfect recipe that’s required when you’re actively moving. Always a trailblazer in the space, Plantronics is hoping that its updated pair, the BackBeat Go 2, will be the go-to companion for hardcore fitness individuals all around. At first glance, it looks very much like any pair of wired headphones, but it becomes apparently clear that there’s so much more to this!


Right off the bat, we’re instantly attracted to the Plantronics BackBeat 2’s compact and lightweight design. Essentially, its two pronounced looking ear buds are connected together with a single wire, which is doused in this P2i military-grade nano-coating to give it some moisture protection – from things like sweat, moisture, and spills. Sure, it’s something that’ll handle well if you’re sweating profusely during a workout session, but it even handles being used outside while it’s raining. However, don’t expect it to survive a complete dunking under water! Even before putting them on, we were skeptical about its construction, seeing that we thought that the wire would bunch up together and form nasty knots. Fortunately enough, that’s not the case here, since it has some tangle-free properties to it. Best of all, they’re extremely compact to the point we can throw them in our pockets without worry!

Inspecting the two ear buds closer, it’s amazing that all the hardware is stuffed into the two of them – battery, drivers, and all other components to be exact. Specifically, the Plantronics BackBeat 2 employs Plantronics’ 3rd generation 6mm speaker drivers with enhanced bass, and 8-device memory for easy switching between various devices. Also donning redesigned silicone ear tips and stabilizers, we’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.

Hidden behind a plastic flap on the right ear bud, there’s a microUSB port used to charge its internal battery. Nearby as well, there’s a red/blue LED light discretely placed there as well to indicate its power/connectivity status. Not too far from the right ear bud, we spot the unit’s new 2nd generation inline controller that features a microphone and three tactile buttons – these consist of a multi-function key for answer/decline/pause/play functions, volume up that doubles as track forward by long pressing, and a volume down key that allows us to reverse a track as well.



1. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I have one. If you don´t have a giant hole in you ear ... is better you stay apart of it. The quality is not as good as my original S3 phones.

2. Swatty

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

JayBird Blue Bud X all the way. Have a pair. Sound quality is amazing. battery life is great. Fit is great. Charges fast. Expensive but well worth the extra money for the lifetime warranty. Customer Service is great as well. They sent me the new 2.0 version, I had heard they made a few changes, for free!

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I have the original BB Go's and they're great but their battery status app still isn't supported by Samsung S4 phones running 4.2.2 (and a hand full of other phones supporting the same Android OS version)... I won't buy another set of these until they fix this issue.... The app issue should have been a "con" in this very very typical basic crap review by Phonearena....

4. yanokun

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Does the chargecase work with other brands of bluetooth head phones? E.g. Bluebird? I know that plantronics states that it doesn't.

5. earlene

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

I have been unable go pair my Nexus 5 with it.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.