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Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Review

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Audio Quality

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Review
Pairing is a simple and quick process, as we have no issues connecting it with a Motorola Moto X. After spending a great deal of time using the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2, we’re thrilled to say that audio quality with music playback is superb! Heck, even at the loudest volume setting, it shows no evidence or strain with its output. Instead, its quality is robust at all time to enjoy during long sessions – while the accompanying subtle level of bass adds some poppy tones to the mix. Although it’s not a deal breaker, we were hoping to find some built-in equalizer settings with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2, to fine tune its quality even more to adapt to the genre of music that’s playing, but there are none whatsoever to be found.

Call Activity

Unlike other dedicated Bluetooth headsets aimed for calling, there aren’t as many software features with this. Indeed, a voice greets and informs us of it its battery level upon turning it on, but that’s the extent of what it offers – so yeah, there are no voice control services or anything like that. Sadly, the BackBeat Go 2 falls flat in the call quality department. Yeah, the volume output is strong enough to make out voices, but it doesn’t help when they’re rather robotic in tone. Worst yet, our callers complain that the microphone picks up everything in the background, so there’s a lot of noise they have to deal with. Did we mention that noise-cancellation isn’t on board with this?

Battery Life

By itself, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2’s own internal battery permits us roughly 4 hours of continuous usage, which is a smidgen short of that 4.5 hours mark for listening time. It’s not bad per se, but it’s something that requires constant charging between workout sessions.


Granted that it falls flat in the call quality department, and its battery life is short, the base $79.99 cost of the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 is something we can’t overlook. Certainly it’s a tally that we find super inviting since it’s affordable, especially when compared to the $170 cost of the Jaybird Bluebud X. With its superb audio quality for music listening, moisture resistant properties, and compact design, it’s a wonderful pair of Bluetooth headphones that perfectly adapts to the rigorous routines of any fitness buff.


  • Compact design
  • Superior audio quality
  • Inexpensive


  • Disappointing call quality
  • Short battery life
  • Minimal software features
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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:13

1. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:33 1

2. Swatty (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 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!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 22:12

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 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....

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 01:06

4. yanokun (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 22:38 1

5. earlene (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)

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

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