BackBeat GO 2 by Plantronics Review

posted by: Alicia Payne

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Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 HeadphonesThe 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.

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JayBird BlueBuds X Review

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Jaybird Bluebuds XIf you are an early adopter and have been using Bluetooth headphones to workout with for a while, you know it can be a hit or miss experience. The better sounding models out there tend to be big and bulky, not to mention that if they cover the whole ear, it can be a sweaty mess. Unfortunately, the more sporty designs can be uncomfortable and tinny sounding. Enter, the JayBird BlueBuds X.

The JayBird BlueBuds X boasts sound quality that is close to or at least on par with wired ear buds, thanks to their “Shift” and “Puresound” technology. Not only that, but they also have a proprietary technology called “Signal Plus” which keeps them more firmly connected to your device, reducing skipping which interrupts your flow while you run or do any other exercise that puts you in a rhythm. On top of that, you get the soothing voice of “Jenna”, who lets you know when you are ready for pairing, connected or dialing a phone number.

Coming in at 5×2.1×7.2 inches and weighing 8 ounces, the BlueBuds are small enough to not interfere with your workout. And not to worry, unlike many ear buds which are annoying to run with, dropping out of your ear when you are really jostling around, the BlueBuds have a wing flap that helps keep them in your ear far better than those plain old buds that came with your phone. Also, unlike a couple of popular workout headphones, they won’t get destroyed by all the sweat from a truly hardcore workout.

Of course, there is a drawback. The price of the JayBird BlueBud X is a bit on the high side. Coming in at closer to $200 than $100, these might not be the best choice for the casual athlete who doesn’t need high sound quality and the aforementioned in ear stability. Also, despite the wing clips, many people simply feel uncomfortable running with buds, expecting them to fall out if they are really doing intense exercise.

However, if you’ve tried a few other types of Bluetooth headphones, you’ve probably bought two or three cheaper models, which you are likely not thrilled with. The JayBird BlueBud X might be the best pair of workout headphones that you need to buy for quite a while, making them a worthwhile investment. They also have a better range than other Bluetooth headsets, so if you are at the gym, you can just set down your device and move about freely while staying connected.

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