Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Back to the BackBeat

Hey guys,

Before I get started, kind of a major milestone coming up...This blog is about 120 views shy of 20000! In just over 2 years total of writing, I consider that a heck of an accomplishment! Thank you all so much for reading what I have to say, I couldn't possibly find everybody that has found my work here and enjoyed it, but I wish that I could.

I have taken to this forum several times in the past to review a product or service I'm particularly fond of. When I find something I like, I really tend to stick with it for as long as I can, so with that in mind, I'd like to take a look back at one of my favorite things, which I use every day, sometimes for multiple hours a day.

Plantronics BackBeat GO Bluetooth headphones
I originally extolled the virtues of the BackBeat GO headphones from Plantronics in this post, so I won't go too far into a review here. Back then, I was only starting to really appreciate the wonder that is wireless headphones, and my love has only continued to grow the more I use them. I've now owned these headphones for a little under 18 months, and they are starting to require a little more attention from me.

When they first arrived, I would charge them about once a week, and I was good to go. If I wanted to use them for a whole day, I would probably have to charge them at lunch, and continue in the afternoon, but for walks and commute, they were (and are) a dream. I still don't think there's really anything I would change about these headphones, the most they have ever tangled is in the photo to the left, where as you can see they have looped around themselves one time, forming a VERY loose knot. This, in addition to the incredible battery life, ease of use and insertion/removal, and how well they stay in your ears, are more than enough for me to recommend you buy these headphones right now!

That being said, now that the battery on this particular pair is showing its age, I'm starting to wonder what the next step is. Plantronics have released an updated version of the BackBeat's, called the GO 2. Since these are available in Canada (though not in major retailers that I've seen so far), I'm definitely thinking about moving up to the new generation when these guys do finally die. The improvements to the new generation are iterative, but you are making adjustments to an already excellent product, so not much is needed.

If my next pair of headphones is anything like the current one, I will be the happiest person alive!

Thanks Plantronics!

You can find specs and info about these headphones here (in Canada).