The most difficult thing you should do in the gym, or out on the track, is run and work out. That means you definitely should not be spending your time wrestling with your ear buds, trying to untangle them, and shoving them back into your ear. Those problems are indicative of a cheap, shoddy, piece of equipment. Fortunately for those athletes who want music on the go there is a new pair of Bluetooth headphones in town: the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2. The Go 2 seeks to offer users an innovative headphone experience by utilizing Bluetooth capabilities and so many of the other tweaks made popular by brands before it.
The BackBeat Go 2 is a great pair of headphones if you want to be active without dealing with all of the hassle of wires and the associated issues. A cursory glance at the Backbeat Go 2 will reveal that many of these issues are resolved even before turning them on. The go 2 features a 7 inch, durable, wired connection between ear buds. The cumulative weight of the product is under an ounce. Once you press the buds into your ears you will see that they fit rather snug. A few miles on the treadmill will prove that they don’t fall out after every bump and jump.
Looking past the physicality of the Go 2 we can see that the specs leave us more than happy. Per charge, users will get over 4.5 hours of usage out of their ear buds. This is very competitive in comparison to the other similar styles on the marketplace. Once the ear buds are turned on, and synced, you will see that the sound quality has not diminished due to the diminutive packaging. The Go 2 buds deliver tight audio with big bass and noise canceling qualities. You don’t need to worry about the people panting next to you on the treadmill, that’s for sure. If you forget to turn off your ear buds they will enter into ‘deep hibernation mode’ which stores the battery for up to six months. So no worries if you forget to turn them off after a long session at the gym.
The biggest complaints with the BackBeat Go 2 as mentioned on the Smart Monkey Fitness Blog have to do with inconsistent battery life. After many months of usage it is possible that you will no longer be using the full 4.5 hour charge, with some cases dropping battery life by up to half an hour. The only other problem with the BackBeat Go 2 is the fact that the ear buds are naturally less comfortable than traditional over the ear options.
While the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 does have it’s own selection of issues, it is still one of the premier athlete inspired Bluetooth headsets on the market. The BackBeat compares favorably to the JayBird BlueBuds X and costs half the price.