They say you can tell a lot about a person by how they sign their name. John Hancock-style signatures with oversized characters and large, exuberant loops and flourishes signify gregarious, outgoing people. Those with a tighter address tend to be more introverted. You could argue the same thing about the headphones that someone chooses to wear; the difference between people who wear large cans with thick, branded bands across their heads, and those who prefer a more discreet option.
Plantronics' BackBeat Go headphones are for people who prefer the latter — there isn't a lot of headphone here, after all. Plantronics manages to fit the entire package into two small ear buds and a cable of about a metre connecting them. Sold in a demure black colour, these headphones disappear from vision when worn, especially by people with longer hair. A charging port is concealed behind a rubber seal on the right-side ear bud, and there is a small controller on the cable. There's a microphone, too, for hands-free calls, but good luck spotting it without a closer look.
This design is hard to fault. The unit is compact, lightweight and unobtrusive. Plantronics opts for a slightly thicker cable so that it doesn't tangle in your bag between uses. Turning it on and pairing it with an external device, like a smartphone, couldn't be easier. The headphone set enters pairing mode as soon as you switch it on, and it doesn't require a password to create the connection.