Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Price, Unboxing, Actual Photos, Quick Review

Since Apple decided to remove the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone in 2016, other smartphone manufacturers have slowly but surely followed suit in promoting a wire-free mobile experience for consumers.

Even Samsung, which used to criticize the Cupertino company for the removing the headphone jack on their handsets, has recently released a flagship level Android phone with no such port, the Samsung Galaxy Note10.

As a result of this development in the mobile industry, more and more wireless accessories are starting to flood the market to meet the demands of consumers.

Here in the Philippines, wireless earbuds are becoming a big trend, especially among techy millennials and young professionals. Just walk around the mall or ride the MRT and you will surely spot someone wearing such accessory.

Despite the growing number of these devices, however, I would say that there's still a clamor for good wireless headphones or earphones that can match the specific taste of Pinoy audiophiles. I mean, sure, there are many cheap choices -- but so few are of high quality.

I think that's why I'm glad that legendary audio companies, including American tech giant Plantronics, are now becoming more aggressive in releasing wire-free high fidelity products to the market.

For instance, the all-new Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are crafted for meticulous consumers who want to get a better sound quality from a wireless stereo headphone compared to what's available on cheaper products.

Sure, you'll have to shell out a bit more cash to grab this model but given its design, build, and most importantly, audio quality, I'd say it's well worth it.

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 currently sells for PHP 6,595 at authorized retail outlets of the company as well as through Plantronics' official online store in Shopee and Lazada Philippines.

If you're getting it elsewhere, make sure it has a sticker similar to what's on the photo above, which tells you that it's original and not a cheap knock off.

Let's do a quick unboxing of the official retail package.

Removing the outer sleeve which shows a photo of the stereo headphones as well as a list of its key features and technical specifications, we see this black box containing the device as well as all included accessories.

The headphone is placed in this cloth case which protects it during shipment. You can also eventually use it for carrying the headphones in your bag to protect it against scratches.

This is the microUSB to USB cable which you'll need for charging the device.

If you own a smartphone which still has a 3.5mm audio jack, you can use this cable to connect Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 to it. This also works with laptops and desktops.

Here we have documentation for safety information, regularly compliance information, as well as the quick start guide.

I like that the Quick Start guide is just a two fold card so you won't think twice about checking it if you don't like reading.

This card shows you all the parts and features of the device with mere illustrations! It even shows you how the easy way to pair the headphones with your smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 with wireless range of around 50 meters.

Now, let's take a closer look at the device itself.

The exterior is made of polycarbonate, faux leather, foam, and cloth. Although these materials aren't particularly opulent or ultra-luxurious, for me, Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 still looks elegant and sophisticated.

If you ask me, what made this design particularly attractive are the sleek lines and the subtle curves of the product. Holding it, you just know that Plantronics took time to get its ergonomics right.

The cushion earpads, which already provide an initial layer of noise cancellation, are made of foam covered with soft faux leather that's comfortable on the ears.

Inside each earpiece, you will also see L and R labels for Left and Right, so you know exactly which one should go on which ear. With this, you can be sure that you are wearing the headphones correctly.

The durable headband has a soft inner lining made of foam and cloth to minimize pressure and stress on top of your head when wearing it.

Although the exterior of each earpiece is crafted from plastic, I think they won't have any problems taking on the knocks and bumps of daily use. They sure look tough to me.

The outer part of the left earpiece is lined with silicone on top of three has three clickable buttons for playing or pausing tracks, going back to the previous track, jumping to the next track, and receiving a call.

There are also hardware buttons on the sides of each earpiece. On the left, we have the volume rocker and on the right, we can see the switch for turning on the device and pairing it to a smartphone. Note that there's also a blinking LED which signals that the device is on or ready for pairing.

At the bottom of the left earpiece, we see microUSB port for charging the headphones, pinhole for the single microphone, and the 3.5mm jack, in case you want to use the provided wire. On the right earpiece, we have the button for muting the microphone during calls and when you playing a song, this button lets you cycle through different EQ sound modes.

Alright, the device looks great and is easy to use -- but what about the audio quality? How good is it compared to most other headphones out there, you ask?

First of all, the key feature of Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 is Active Noise Cancellation, which greatly minimizes ambient sound when listening to your favorite music tracks. This innovation developed by Plantronics goes beyond the noise cancellation that the cushion earpads provide and it really enhances the overall audio experience by making it more focused and immersive.

Good, head-pounding bass as well as crystal clear trebles and vocals are usually what sets great headphones or earphones apart from the cheap, run of the mill devices that flood the market -- and you will definitely experience these amazing audio elements on the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810, especially when you play upbeat, dance songs.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, the headband is adjustable. Simply pull up the headband to expose more of the copper-plated earpiece connector if you think the fit is a tad too tight for you. Adjust it until the device fits comfortably on your head.

The battery life of Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 is around 22 hours with Active Noise Cancellation turned on, which should be more enough time per day to listen to your entire tracklist. The full charging time of this model is two hours but you can already get three hours of music playback with just ten minutes of charging. Not bad, right?

For the audiophiles and sound geeks who interested, here are the full technical specifications of Plantronics BackBeat Go 810:

• Weight: 189 grams/7 oz
• Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, HSP 1.2, HFP 1.7, A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5
• Multi-point: Connect to devices simultaneously and stream from either one
• Wireless range of p to 50 m/165 ft
• Listen Time
     • Up to 22 hours with ANC
     • Up to 28 hours without ANC
• Standby time: Up to 10 days
• DeepSleep: Up to 6 months
• Time to charge (zero battery to full): 120 minutes
• Quick charge: Up to 3 hours of listening time with 10 minute charge
• Speaker driver size: 40 mm with bass tube design
• Frequency response: 50 – 20,000 Hz
• Sensitivity: 92 dBPL @ max volume
• Impedance: 32 ohms
• Harmonic distortion: <3%
• Dual EQ modes: Balanced and Bright
• Dual-mode ANC: Off, Lo, Hi
• Number of mics: Single, wideband-enabled

Alright! That's it for now. Let me know if you have any questions about Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 by posting them in the comments section below or by messaging me on social media. Let's talk!

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