Plantonics BackBeat Go review: Plantronics BackBeat Go

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Convenient wireless design. Easy to use. Audio is fine for calls.

The Bad Sound over Bluetooth is too flat for multimedia.

The Bottom Line The BackBeat Go headphone set is fine for use as a hands-free accessory, but we can't recommend it for music playback over cheaper, wired alternatives.

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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.

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Plantonics BackBeat Go

Part Number: CNETPlantonics BackBeat Go

Typical Price: $119.95

See manufacturer website for availability.