This, of course, comes with a few caveats. Looking for a pair of headphones that'll fold small when stowed away? You might be better off with any of our other picks, because the Pro 2s were made primarily with office use in mind. What do we mean by that? They're relatively bulky — albeit slimmer and lighter than the first-generation BackBeat Pros — and don’t fold up at all, making them a bit of a hassle to lug around when not in use. Luckily, thanks to the cushioned headband and ergonomic oval ear cup design, they're also so comfortable you'll rarely want to take them off.
Then there’s appearance to take into account, which many testers at BuzzFeed felt so-so about. Let’s just say faux-wood, faux-metal, and textured plastic accents do not the harmonious medley make. All of which is to say they're not for everyone (when is anything ever for everyone, anyway?)
Whatever you think of the Pro 2's aesthetics, it’s hard to fault any pair of headphones on looks when they sound this good (and ring in under $200 while doing so). Our testers agreed the sound was clear, dynamic, and not too overwhelmed by bass (the BackBeats’ signature bass-heavy sound is even heavier this time around, but is never a deterrent).