Gadget Review: Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 and Cooler Master JAS mini Aluminum Stand

I want to cut the cord! I wear my Apple EarPods a lot to listen to music and podcasts. I wear it when I commute to meet partners and customers. I wear it when running. I frequently use it for conference call too. The wire creates small trouble sometimes. Pull off and plug in the EarPods among different devices is necessary evil which can be avoided. I was thinking to get a pair of wireless headphones.

Coming Friday is Chinese New Year and it is good timing to buy some gifts for myself. After doing some researches, especially the reviews on iLounge and Amazon, Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 and JayBird BlueBuds X were the two finalists on my list. I used Plantronics products and was confident about the quality. Finally I bought BackBeat GO 2 last Sunday.

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After using it for one week, below is my review.
Pros:
-sound quality and built quality are very good.
-connects to iOS devices and Mac seamlessly.
-reasonable price (I got a good bargain deal in Wanchai)

Cons:
-noise cancellation is not as good as iPhone 5S. People at the other end of phone call can hear my background noise.
-all three bundled ear tips are too big to fit into my small ear canals! They drop out from my ears easily. They are not comfortable.

I bought a pair of medium size earbuds of Sony In-Ear Headphones MDR-EX310SL for HK$20 (US$2.5) and turned my BackBeat into a very comfortable wearable! It became my daily tool.

“The (wearable) design must be able to fully integrate into our day-to-day lives” said Gadi Amit, industrial designer of Fitbit.

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I’ve just run 5km while listening to Steven Halpern’s Chakra Suite and Wanting Qu’s Say The Words (a recent 12 Days gift, thank you Apple!). The BackBeat worked great! Music helps exercise!

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Accessories make iOS devices perform even better, make them better music players, make them better eBook readers, make them better content production machine. Just Mobile Slide is a wonderful stand for iPad but not iPhone, and it is not very portable. The new Cooler Master JAS mini Portable Aluminum Stand for iPad mini + iPhone is even better!

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It is very light (66 grams only), small, thin and can easily put in pocket. Elegant design and built quality! Works for iPhone, iPad mini and iPad Air in both landscape and portrait modes. Adjustable viewing and typing angles (I am writing this blog post on my iPad Air in JAS mini). Stands firm. Since it is very light weighted it is easy to move it, intentionally or unintentionally. Last but not least, it is US$30 only!

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Coming Friday is CNY. Many people will gather these two weeks and give best wishes to each other. Last night had dinner with the good old friends of LinkAge Online. A warm and happy gathering. It is great to meet friends.

This afternoon had coffee with another good friend at Cafe Corridor in Causeway Bay. He is my ex-colleague at both LinkAge Online and Diyixian. A nice coffee shop. A great talk and sharing. Hope he enjoys the book 「遇見未知的自己」.

It is great to meet friends. Always.

Best wishes. 感恩。

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