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Plantronics BackBeat Pro+ Review

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro+ Review

Accessories, Features and Uses

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As you can see, you are pretty much set with everything you could possibly need in any listening environment. You’re even covered for high fidelity (hi-fi) audio for you sound aficionados out there. Here you have a micro USB charging cable, a 3.5mm mobile cable, a USB dongle for wireless hi-fi streaming from a PC, and a nice carrying bag to hold the BackBeat PRO+ together with all of these items.

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On the left ear cup you have controls for play/pause and the dial-looking ring around that button moves either forward or back through your tracks. Here, you also have your NFC for fast pairing, an Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) switch, and ports for USB charging and the included 3.5mm cable for use with your mobile devices.

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On the right cup, the main center button answers and hangs up calls while this dial ring controls the volume of the incoming sound. Also here is the main power switch and open mic button which pause your audio and uses your mic to hear your surroundings.

 

The BackBeat PRO+ is presented as a top-tier Plantronics product, so it comes as no surprise that this package of accessories and features is this robust. The 3.5mm cable handles your scenarios where wireless transmission is not feasible or possible. Hate the quality loss when using streaming services capable of CD quality audio? New with PlantronicsBackBeat PRO+ comes the PC USB dongle for hi-fi streaming. You can either take or leave the charging cable since so many devices out there use micro USB cabling anyways. It’s almost difficult to not already have one. The carrying case is pretty nice. It has a sort of waxed denim exterior with a felt interior. It is large enough to hold everything that came in the box and it closes very tightly with these thick Velcro strips.

Overall, these functions and accessories all play out nicely. There was little to no learning curve to getting used to the various controls. Using the dials for volume and track control was a nice touch, with practicality being a bit more present in the volume control aspect. You felt as if you have analog-style control over your volume. Removing the headset will automatically pause your audio while putting the headset back on will resume play. The open mic feature acts similarly except you can keep your headset on and hear your surrounds play through the speakers. Good for when you just want to give a quick listen with minimal movement.

As an added bonus, if you’re using the BackBeat PRO+ with the 3.5mm cable, you can still use ANC to block out ambient noise. Additionally, while the headset’s power is on, you can even use the headset’s on board volume controls to alter the in-coming volume. Basically saying, it won’t actually control the volume of the device you’re connected to. You would be better off setting your connected device to a high volume, and then use the headset’s controls to bring it down to a proper level. That way, you can maximize your interaction with the BackBeat PRO+ and minimize your direct finagling with the music-playing device. However if you’re wired, you’ll have to use the in-line button to play, pause and move between tracks – not the controls on the ear cup.

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