Plantronics is an electronics company that has spent more than half a decade producing audio communications equipment for both business and consumers alike. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is their latest addition to their vast Bluetooth headphone line.Marketed as perfect for outdoor adventurers, workouts, jogging and hitting the gym in style, they certainly don’t hold back. They are waterproof and sweat-proof, extremely comfortable and tightly fitting so that they don’t fall out of your ears when jogging or working out in the gym. Or, at least, that’s the sales pitch. BackBeat Fit’s are user-friendly, comfortable, light-weight and with an incredible battery life for up to 6 hours of talk time and over 8 hours of music playback. These features make the Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones perfect for both the enthusiast jogger and professional athletes.Or, again, so they say, but as always, we’re inclined to believe that we’ll be the judge of that.
Build Quality & Design
With such far-reaching experience of the market, Plantronics have managed to squeeze in the BackBeat Fit’s light-weight but, at the same time, robust design every technological advancement known to headset sporting man. The BackBeat sports a rigid, sweat-proof soft-to-the-touch neckband that fits comfortably around your neck, and an over-the-ear loop with eartips that lie beside your ear rather than plug in. This ensures a comfortable and reliable hold, meaning that you won’t have to worry about losing the headphones during intense workouts, biking, hiking, push-ups, jogging or other sporting activities.
If nothing but the best-in-breed sports headphones work for you, then a comfortable and perfect fit is exactly what you need. Wearing them for long periods of time during intense workouts, or during long hikes will not have any much of an effect on your ears. Many plug-in headphones tend to become uncomfortable or even hurt the ear during long sessions. This is not the case with the Plantronics BackBeats Fit. What’s more, the angle of the silicon tips is adjustable so make sure they fit perfectly.
The headset comes in two bitonal colour schemes, one in lime green and grey, and the other combining grey with a lovely blue shade. A matching armband rounds off the package, which has the word ‘sports’ written all over it, metaphorically speaking. The neckband coils up to fit snuggly in the pouch, and fits comfortably in standard pockets.back to menu ↑
When it comes to sound quality, the BackBeat Fit headphones have had their fair share of both good and bad user reviews. Due to their innovative design, with a loose earbud and tight silicon tips, the BackBeat headphones do not seal out the outside world. On the contrary, they are especially designed to let some background sound make its way past the ear lobe, so they definitely can’t presume to offer passive noise cancellation. This makes them perfect for biking, running, or similar situations where you need to always be aware of your surroundings.
As the BackBeat Fit headphones allow ambient sound in, to some extent, they have a negative impact on the listening experience, and therefore the audio quality. However, this does not mean that the actual output audio quality of the BackBeat Fit’s headphones is anything other than exceptional for Bluetooth sports headphones. With a wide frequency response from 50Hz up to an amazing 20.000Hz, the BackBeat’s are more than capable of a crisp and detailed audio playback in most surroundings. There is no treble or bass levels customization, but Plantronic has managed to balance audio levels perfectly for a clear and detailed sound, with a more than reasonable well balanced bass level, making the BackBeat Fit headphones perfect for loud playback.back to menu ↑
Features exclusive to the Plantronic BackBeat Fit
Plantronics BackBeat Fit includes a complimentary, stylish and very handy smartphone armband upon initial purchase. This neoprene armband is reversible, and when reversed, it turns into a storing bag for the headphones. Also included in the package is a micro-USB sync and recharge cable. The headphones are compatible with your iPod, iPhone, iPad as well as with smartphones.The controls are user friendly, with decent sized, dedicated buttons on both earpieces. The Play/Pause button and the Volume controls are located on the left earpiece.
The On/Off power button as well as the Phone button, are located on the right earpiece. Holding down the phone button activates Siri on iPhones, or whichever personal assistant you may have.The BackBeat Fit Bluetooth headphones have a stylish contoured eartip and a reflective finish that allows you to always be aware of your surroundings, as well as being easily noticeable at night.The highly durable and flexible neckband, earbuds and ear-tips are sweat-proof, making the BackBeats perfect for intense workouts and long hikes.back to menu ↑
Everyone enjoys a good comfortable jogging session, or a quick workout while listening to favourite podcasts or music, without having to stop every 5 seconds to answer the phone. The BackBeat Fit headphones from Plantronics are extremely comfortable due to their innovative design and comfy fit ear-tips, and they are lightweight, but also made from durable and flexible materials. Nobody likes carrying around extra weight while hiking or jogging for long periods of time.
User friendly controls allow you to answer your phone with the press of a button, without having to stop your workout or jogging session. Outstanding battery life means you can wear the BackBeat Fit headphones for long sessions without worrying about how much time the battery will last you. The BackBeat Fit Bluetooth headphones can connect with up to 8 devices simultaneously and as a definite plus also doubles as a wireless headset for your smartphone, capable of good call quality.back to menu ↑
|Other Features||Bluetooth; With Mic; Noise Cancelling; Sports & Fitness|
|Form Factor||Over Ear|
|Bluetooth Compatiblity||Bluetooth 3.0|
|No. of Microphones||1|
|Battery life||Up to eight hours|
|Charge Time||2.5 hours|
|Stand By Time||14 days|
Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones Review:8.1
BUILD & DESIGN QUALITY 8.3/10.
SOUND QUALITY 7.6/10.
PRACTICALITY 8/10.back to menu ↑
- – Well Built.
- – Great for many sports.
- – Good Design.
- – No Noise Cancellation.