Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Review
If you travel a lot, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 will become your BFF. The 2nd generation headphones show it is maturing and all the mistakes in the earphones fixed. Furthermore, it still offers excellent sound quality and is still holding up well with competitors in the same price range. A fact is that the 1st generation BackBeat Pro earned loads of praises. But how well does the newer version hold up? Find out here with the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review. You may be surprised that it is one of the best travel headphones available at this price. check out Samsung Level U Bluetooth Headphone Review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Design
When you look at the BackBeat Pro 2 design, you will like it or hate it. For some users, the dark brown color is a bit polarizing. The design looks cheap, and the faux wood accent may seem more appropriate inside your Buick. However, the accents make these noise-canceling headphones stand out from the rest. A fact is they look even more generic than the QC35 headphones. On the earcups, you have bling with the silver mesh rings that are the home to the noise-canceling microphones. Against the muted black and browns, the silver looks odd and does stick out like a sore thumb. We would have preferred a black mesh, but they still work.
On the left side, you have your playback controls to boost volume and activate the ANC. On the right side, you have the power and pairing slider with a large button to receive calls. You control the volume using the textured ring rocking back and forth. When rotating it clockwise, you turn the volume up, and in the opposite direction is turns the volume down. We found gripping the ring a bit hard compared to the 1st generation headphones. You can turn the ANC off/on with the button on the left earcup. When not used, you can get more juice, and you can use the headphones in wired mode as well. Furthermore, the toggle has an open microphone mode to pause the music allowing you to hear the outside world. For us, the open mic functions are useless as it is easier to remove the headphones as it automatically stops the tunes.
For comfort the BackBeat Pro 2 is lined with leather around the cups and headband. Furthermore, we had no issues wearing the earphones on an 8-hour flight. The 2nd gen headphones are smaller and weigh 290 grams. For traveling, this is excellent news as the headphones do not tire you out in the long session. Moreover, for traveling, they fold down flat, and you get a zippered pouch for carrying the earphones. The pouch is super soft and has a 2nd compartment to keep the aux cable and micro USB charging cable. Personally, a hard case thrown in with the deal would have been great.
How well does the BackBeat Pro 2 Perform?
When compared to the original model, you got a fun sound with a slight bass sound signature. A fact is that you get the same sound signature when using these travel headphones. For some users, the bass may be overpowering, but when you listen to tunes in wired mode the bass is quieter. Furthermore, the ANC works well when you play music in a wired and wireless manner. We did find the highs rolled off a bit and sound a bit veiled, but for prolonged listening, it will not tire you.
The mids are excellent as well but do get muted with the bass. The soundstage is a bit average and will not offer you an out-of-the-head experience. Using the ANC approach, we did hear a slight hiss while playing tunes. So if you want the best noise-canceling headphones available we recommend you use the Bose QC35 instead. On the other hand, the BackBeat Pro 2 does offer you excellent blocking out of the noise. Moreover, the battery longevity impressed us and held up well, and you get up to 180-hours of DeepSleep. During our week of testing, we could not drain the battery completely.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Specs
- Battery: 180-hours standby time and 24-hours talk time
- Color: Brown/Black
- Cord Type: Bluetooth and Wired
- Extras: Hands-Free Use, Enhanced Voice Alerts, Dural Microphone, NFC Pairing to Two Devices
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Zippered Pouch with Charging Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 289 grams
Pros and Cons Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
What we like:
- Incredible battery use
- Has a multi-point Bluetooth connection
- Reasonable sound
- Comfortable for long hours of listening
- Outstanding ambient noise canceling
What we do not like:
- The style is not for everyone
- Overwhelming bass for some users
Should You Buy It?
If you do not have the money to spend on the QC35 or the Sony MDR-1000X, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is worth the buy.
The BackBeat Pro 2 remains one of the best wireless noise-canceling headphones compared to the leading earphones. You get a perfect sound with customizable ANC.
For the price, the noise-canceling headphones are a steal and great for traveling as the battery life is exceptional.
When it comes to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, it is hard to find fault with it. While the looks are not for everyone and it is a bit bass-heavy, it has everything else a traveler needs. We love the 24-hour battery life and killer features available for commuting while the ANC is not the best it still blocks out the sound in noisy environments. Furthermore, we like that Plantronics has taken the feedback of consumers when designing these travel headphones. While the bass is a bit overwhelming we did find using it in wired mode a bit more tamed. A fact is you will either love or hate the new style of the headphones. But if you need the best commute earphones, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 needs to be at the top of the must-buy list.