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First Look: Plantronics BackBeat Pro: A full-size wireless Bluetooth headphone with an office slant

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First Look: Plantronics BackBeat Pro: A full-size wireless Bluetooth headphone with an office slant

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The $250/£250 BackBeat Pro is Plantronic's version of the Beats Studio Wireless, with noise canceling included.

[MUSIC] This is the Backbeat Pro Plantronics entry into the full size headphone market is a Bluetooth wireless headphones. It also has noise cancelling, and it retails for $250. I'm David Carnoy, and in the past, Plantronics has made a lot of inner headphones for its Backbeat line. But as I said this is the first full sized headphone and it really is designed for someone who really is working in an office environment. Plantronics says it really isn't going after the beats customer this does have many of the same features as the. Beats studio wireless head phone. It is pretty good noise cancelling. It isn't necessarily as good as the Bose noise cancelling. And the sound quality's also good. I wouldn't say it's quite up to the par of the Beats studio wireless, but it's a good sounding head phone with pretty well balanced sound. It is a little bit aggressive. It does have kind of a little bit heavy bass, a little bit push in the treble, but all in all a pretty decent sounding head phone. It does have a few extra features. And that's the tap to peer technology for phones that support it, as well as app x support. That's supposed to make Bluetooth sound a little bit better. Again, that's for phones that support it. And there is a wired option. You can connect a cord to it so if it does run out of batteries, on a plane or something, you can still listen to it. Plantronics says you can get about 24 hours of battery life from these head phones. And as far as the controls go, they're all built into the head phone ear cups. They're well placed and easy to operate by feel. You can advance tracks forward and back, raise volume and answer and end calls, very easily, so well designed from that perspective. It's also worth mentioning that this is a Bluetooth 4.0 headphone and there is enhanced range for devices that support it. So this can go well beyond the 30 foot range of usual Bluetooth devices if your device supports that enhanced Bluetooth. This is a comfortable headphone not necessarily the lightest headphone but it is designed to be worn in office environments as I said, and I did wear it on a cross country plane trip and the noise cancelling did work well. It does get a little steamy in warmer environments but that is the case with all full-sized headphones. So there you have it, Plantronics entering into the full-size. Wireless headphone market. Solid entry. It's a $250 product. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Plantronics Backbeat Pro. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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