I have used the BackBeat GO line from Plantronics for a few years now. While the GO 2 were given some improvements from the original, they still fell short when compared to other competitor headphones.
Plantronics has gone back and redesign the newest addition to the GO family. The GO 3 are a much more simpler design with serval sized ear tips and wing for adjusting in the ear. They are much more prettier to look at and easier to place in the ear. Though I do recommend to try all the ear tip sizes included as I found myself having to go to a larger size for just my right ear, yea weird.
The GO 3 were super comfortable around my neck and even with a lot of movement from walking in New York City, the headphones stayed put. On the right side of the headphone is the remote control giving you access to the play/pause and volume controls. You are able to answer phone calls but I suggest keeping them short. There aren’t any extra mics or wind resistant technology found in these so be aware of where you pick up a call.
Now, simple look and feel is great, but let’s get to the audio quality. At first I wasn’t to convinced with the overall quality of the headphones, and that’s mainly due to not having the correct ear tips for my ears. Once adjusted, I noticed the difference. The GO 3’s are much louder and cleaner sounding than the GO 2 ever were and that’s thanks to its new custom tuned drivers. Highs and mids from softer acoustics sound good and the headphones also give a nice bass nudge for more hip hop tracks. Plantronics has finally found its groove with the audio quality in their GO line and things can only get better from here.
These headphones are ideally for the on the go person, but you can workout with these. Plantronics’ P2i coating allows for the headphones to endear humid conditions, light rain, and even a bit of sweat. Though I still highly record their Fit line for working out.
Bluetooth headphones are not only improving in sound but also performance. The biggest leap for this headphone is battery life. The previous models just never lasted for me and Plantronics claims up to 6.5 hours of use in which I’ve tested and came close at just about 5 hours. This is with music playing continuously at a 75-80% volume level. Plantronics even brings back its carrying charging pouch which offers up to two full extra charges of the headphones. You can also check its battery statues via an LED bar on the pouch, a much needed accessory for the GO 3.
Overall, I really enjoyed the BackBeat GO 3 from Plantronics and am looking forward to see how they innovate and improve with the next generations to follow.
BackBeat GO 3 will retail for $99.99 USD MSRP, and $129.99 USD with is charging case. Three colors will be available at launch: Cobalt Black, Copper Grey, and Granite Black (a Best Buy exclusive).
- Look and Comfort
- Improved sound
- Larger battery than before
- Not fully waterproof
- Mic audio could be improved