Plantronics Backbeat Pro

These noise-cancelling headphones boast astonishing battery power

Image: Hugh Threlfall

I invariably wear noise-cancelling over-ear headphones on long flights, even when sleeping. On occasion, I’ve forgotten to take them off when getting up to move about the cabin, which looks pretty silly, especially when they are my beloved, bright-orange Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones.


I was alerted to these much more subfusc noise-cancelling headphones by reader Chris Burridge, who noted that although they look boring (no bad thing) and their maker, Plantronics, is not the sexiest, they have a remarkable specification, performance and price – which is also no bad thing for me, given the tendency of my headphones to remain on aeroplanes after I’ve disembarked.


The Plantronics BackBeat Pros don’t only boast excellent sound and clever, easy-to-use on-ear controls, but astonishing battery power. They will stream away in Bluetooth for 24 hours continuously and, furthermore, save power by going into low-consumption mode the moment you remove them from your head. I used them on one charge from London to LA, LA to New York and New York to London, which is 22 hours, so I think Plantronics’ claim is proven. Undazzling, maybe, but a thoroughly recommended travel companion.

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