Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They’re sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They’re also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don’t block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we’ve reviewed recently.

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 redesign the look and feel of the first BackBeat Pro but keep what made the previous model popular: easy-to-use controls, a comfortable over-ear fit, and a sturdy, durable design. Although the ear cups are completely different, they provide a level of comfort on par if not better than the original model. Unfortunately, like the first BackBeat Pro, they’re slightly bulky headphones that are a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person without a bag since they do not fold into a more compact format. They’re also a bit too bulky for sports and although they’re decently stable, they will make your ears fairly warm if you use them while running or working out.

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Design Picture 2

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 kept some of the aesthetic of the previous Backbeat Pro but completely redesigned the ear cups and hinges to give them a more modern look. The ear cups are now oval and have additional hinges to give them more flexibility. The headband, however, remains the same, apart from the different padding material used in the build quality. Overall, it’s a nice redesign but feels a bit bulky at times, especially, that the new hinges make the ear cups stick out, which may not be for everyone.

7.5 Comfort

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Comfort Picture

Weight : 0.65 lbs
Clamping Force

: 0.9 lbs

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 redesign the ear cups of the previous model to a more oval shape that fits better around the ears. They’re just as well padded and comfortable to wear for long sessions. Unfortunately, the ear cups are a bit shallow. They should be comfortable enough for most listeners and they’re not too heavy for big over-ear headphones.

8.1 Controls

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Controls Picture

Ease of use : Great
Feedback : Great
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing

: N/A

Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through : Yes
Additional Buttons : No

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 keep the design etiquette of the BackBeat Pro by having well-determined and responsive buttons for each of the essential functions. The play/pause and skipping controls are all on the left ear cup and easy-to-use but not as intuitive as the turn dial on the previous model. A version of the volume dial is ported over to the BackBeat Pro 2, but it’s not as tactile as the one on the first backbeat. On the upside, this control scheme is far more efficient than a lot of the high-end headphones we’ve reviewed that use touch-sensitive controls.