Review: Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition – Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

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If you read my review on my Bose QC II’s, then you know I favor the Bose over these, mainly for comfort reasons.  Other than than I tend to like the general functionality of these better… which is why I kept them.

For starters as a worst case scenario they are a great backup pair.  But in reality I actually do use them day to day.  I typically use them on WebEx and Skype calls and then ditch them for my Bose for all day listening and noise cancellation.

My work IBM Think Pad seems to hate my Bose for anything but listening.  When attempting to make calls on WebEx or Skype the Think Pad simply refuses to allow the mic work, and occasionally I have no sound either.

After experiencing that a few times which required me to switch back to a wired headset, I decided to buy a headset designed for business – the Plantronics version.  I’ve always had good luck with their single in ear wireless headsets, so I thought I’d give this one a try.   As it turns out I was right, the Plantronics works like a champ (most of the time anyway).

In all fairness I can’t say this is the case in all of my testing.  My personal MacBook Pro and Dell (windows) laptop, seems to work fine with either, so I think it’s just my IBM Think Pad (which I don’t care for anyway).  The good news is most of my work is now defined as cross platform and I was able to talk my boss into getting me a MacBook Pro for work as well. 🙂

At the end of the day, my biggest complaint is the comfort level.  I can’t wear the Plantronics all day.  After an hour (or less) my ears start to hurt.  For anyone with smaller ears or those that prefer on the ear – you should be fine.

I hope this was helpful.  Stick around for more.  I tend to buy a lot of electronics and other gear so I’ve decided I should share my experience with others.

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones




Button Acceess


Battery Life


Easy of On/Off


Sound Quality



  • Charge & Listen
  • Good Sound
  • On/Off Toggle
  • Good Sound
  • Great Battery Life


  • Comfort
  • No iOS integration