A prolonged time ago, prior to this site was born, you reviewed a Altec Lansing BackBeat 906 Bluetooth headphones, as well as favourite ‘em. Plantronics had their own matching chronicle of a 906, as they had owned Plantronics given 2005 (the dual companies split ways about a time a 906 was released).
The Plantronics BackBeat Go is an expansion of a 906. Same element — wireless (meaning there’s no handle conecting a player with a headset) song as well as calls in a compress form around a magic of Bluetooth — though in an even not as big as well as some-more svelte form factor. Should be even some-more fantstic, right? Let’s take a look.
Ergonomics & Comfort:
For a stereo Bluetooth device, a Backbeat Go is amazingly tiny. It’s formidable to get most not as big than this; this has to be in between a smallest stereo BT set upon a market, if not a comprehensive smallest. Fantastic. And so light!
Because of a Go’s miss of bulk as well as weight, we approaching them to be in few instances comfy; they weren’t. we kept carrying to regulate a right earpiece, that all a time attempted to shun my ear canal. we rotated multiform times in between a 4 tip sizes, though though luck. The set comes with a span of rubber-ish stabilizers that fit underneath a eartips. That kept a tip from shifting out, though we still wasn’t equates to to grasp a decent sign — not a great thing when total with a Go’s greatest flaw, that I’ll report later.
The inline controls (answer calls, play/pause/skip marks as well as volume) have been flattering small, though gentle as well as easy to use.
Signal & Battery:
Cutting down upon weight equates to a not as big battery: we wasn’t scarcely equates to to draw out a claimed 4.5 hours of speak time from a unit, finale up with maybe a tiny over 3 hours of use.
Connection with a Samsung Nexus S or iPhone 4 exam phones was decent when possibly was in my pants pocket, though operation was limited, as well as infrequently an peculiar upon all sides would means a short detriment of signal.
Here’s where things got a tiny sideways. Sound peculiarity was a smidegeon improved than I’d approaching from a tiny Bluetooth set; volume, however, was far, distant as well low. Even cranked all a approach up, we mostly had difficulty conference obviously when a ambient volume would climb to even a assuage level, as well as breeze receptive to advice when during speed upon a bicycle would further drown out receptive to advice (check state laws about roving a bicycle with earphones, as it’s opposite a law in a small states). The complaint was compounded by a bad sealing opening of a eartips.
Light, light, light — as well as no fumbling around with a cord. Once a stabilizers were in, these were peerless as a examination set. With a stabilzers in they were great companions upon a tiny jog, as well as we suppose they’d be great upon a still bike or elliptical.
The Go’s microphone wasn’t a most appropriate during picking up my voice, though worked excellent as prolonged as a credentials was flattering quiet. Pairing was a no-brainer. Charging was completed by a micro-USB pier dark underneath a realistic strap upon a right earpiece.
There’s a giveaway app from Plantronics that’ll supplement a battery indicator to your Android’s screen. Bear in thoughts it’ll usually work upon phones with ICS, or tablets with possibly Honeycomb or ICS.
A great preference as a examination set for song along peacful backroads or a still gym, with a small call functionality thrown in; jump over ‘em for all alternative uses.