For around £70, the new Plantronics BackBeat Go Bluetooth headset isn't just super-cheap: it's probably to most convenient set we've ever seen. The key is the stellar design. This is a headset that thinks it's a set of earbuds.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go consists of two buds connected by a short cable with an inline mic and volume controls. It would be easy, in fact, to confuse them with a set of in-ear buds, except that there's no cable that reaches down to your smartphone. Instead, the headset pairs with your phone or other Bluetooth device using common Bluetooth standards and will play music as well as allow you to make calls.
Besides the familiar, bud-like design, the headset is sports impressively efficient construction. One bud holds a micro-USB connection and battery shielded behind a rubber seal. The other bud carries the Bluetooth radio that talks to your phone. Plantronics managed to squeeze it all into an itty bitty 13 gram package. The battery charges up in just 2.5 hours and gives you 4.5 hours of talk and listening time.
This is a Bluetooth headset so don't expect overwhelmingly good sound quality from the 6mm drivers. We had the chance to try the new BackBeat Go out, and it's sounds, well, like a decent Bluetooth headset. But for £70-odd in a convenient design, even audio snobs should be willing to give these a shot. [Plantronics]