Wireless headphones are in fashion. The advance of technology and the appearance of more affordable models with better autonomy have greatly contributed to their popularity. The most interested in wireless headphones are the sportsmen and under this type of use we have analyzed the BackBeat Fit of Plantronics . After more than a week of use, we can say that we are in front of a great option to do sport without giving up the comfort of enjoying our music without cables.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit: technical specifications
- Headset type: in-ear (not fully sealed)
- Resistance: sweat, P2i certification.
- Connections: bluetooth 3.0, micro-USB
- Weight: 24 grams.
- Battery: 6 hours in conversation, 8 hours in listening, 14 days in standby and 6 months in SleepMode.
- Remember up to 8 different devices.
- Integrated microphone: yes, with Siri support.
- Package contents: headphones, micro-USB charging cable, carrying case that functions as a sports bracelet.
- Color: black and lime green.
- Price: 89.99 euros in Macníficos.
Wireless headphones made for sports
Plantronics BackBeat Fit wireless headphones are designed for sports. And it shows. The design is lightweight and the materials are durable. Both earphones are connected by a flat cable that fits the shape of your neck and doesn’t squeeze it. The hearing aids stay in place because the same cable also surrounds the ear, keeping everything in place.
In my case, it’s like this. Headphones are products that depend a lot on each other and in my tests they have always stayed in place. However, initial placement is not as easy as it should be. The first few times I found it difficult to put my ear in and get the cable around it right. But once you get it right, you forget about it. It just takes a little practice.
Comfortable materials and resistance to sweat: thinking of the sportsman
Unlike other in-ear headset options, BackBeat Fit is not completely . The main attraction of in-ear headphones is that they seal off much of the outside sound. But BackBeat Fit doesn’t follow that path. The tip reminds of the EarPods design and is made of rubber without sealing it completely, letting some of the ambient sound through (by the way, the tip can be rotated to better fit our ear).
If you play sports outdoors, this is something you should consider. Especially if you’re going around town or places with traffic. Plantronics wireless headphones let you hear enough sound to let you know what’s going on around you to avoid accidents or unpleasant surprises. But if you’re going to the gym and it’s one of the noisy ones, this can be a problem.
Plantronics has placed a reflective material on these headphones, a detail to make the vehicles see us better at night
A very interesting detail is that Plantronics has used a reflective material for the cable that joins both headphones. This way, cars that pass you on your back will be able to see you better (although this shouldn’t replace other ways of giving you visibility at night). However, if you have long hair you will have to place it under the cable so that it can be seen.
Some users of this type of headset are often bothered by the cable while running. But this has not been my case, maybe because of the shape of my ears or because I turned the original orientation of the rubber tips. The cable stayed in place.
Apple Watch + BackBeat Fit: a winning combination
A few years ago, it became fashionable to wear the iPhone with a bracelet on your arm while you were out running. In this way, the terminal’s GPS could pick up our route through one of the many apps available.
It was a good idea, at least until the bigger screen iPhones arrived in 2014. Now, going out with a 5.5 and even 4.7 inch iPhone is quite uncomfortable . Plantronics incorporates in its case a bracelet to carry our smartphone, but it is still something that not everyone wants to do anymore.
Plantronics predates the Apple Watch Nike+, yet their bright colors make them look like they were made for each other
That’s why the quality I wanted to try the most with Plantronics BackBeat Fit was its behavior with the Apple Watch. Leaving your iPhone at home, going for a run with your music and a wireless headset made for sports is a joy. All while you monitor and save your run with the Apple Watch. And owners of an Apple Watch Series 2 can get even more out of the Plantronics because the Apple Watch features built-in GPS.
The autonomy of the BackBeat Fit is more than enough for several sport sessions. It has about 7-8 hours of integrated battery which fulfills what it promises . The charging is fast (less than three hours) and is done with a mini-USB cable that is hidden under a somewhat difficult to lift lid. This is the price to pay for keeping the headphones sealed against sweat.
Another striking detail is that the headphones themselves tell us the load we have left as soon as we turn them on. And if we’re using them with an iPhone, a battery indicator will appear next to the headset icon showing the charge.
They shine in sport, but not out of it
The sound won’t convince those who take it seriously, but when you’re doing sport you’re interested in other attributes. Comfort, autonomy and lightness among them . And in these sections, the Plantronics shine. You can use them in other situations, like at home or while you are walking down the street, but here the experience is not the same.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit, 89,99 euros.
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As we have seen, the BackBeat Fit is designed for sport. They are perfect for running or cycling while you monitor your activity and without the inconvenience of dragging a smartphone on your arm . But I wouldn’t recommend them if your intention is for everyday or prolonged use. When using them for long listening sessions, I have noticed how they used to bother my left ear. The wire around it doesn’t bother for the first few hours, but if you wear them too much it ends up getting noticed.
The other drawback for situations other than sport is Bluetooth connectivity. The BackBeat Fit has the version 3.0 of this technology launched in 2009 , one year before the standard 4.0. This technology has been present since the iPhone 4S and all generations of Apple Watch. This technology has been present since the iPhone 4S and all generations of Apple Watch. The difference in versions may be the cause of brief interruptions and sound drops when listening to music in the subway with the iPhone in your pocket.
The BackBeat Fit is best suited for use with Bluetooth 3.0 or higher devices. With version 2.0 devices, the connection range is less reliable
Despite this and for some reason, my experience is that playing music directly from the Apple Watch is more “secure” than from the iPhone in your pocket. I’ve hardly had any interruptions listening to music from the watch. In general, the range in which the BackBeat Fit works is correct as long as you use a fourth generation Bluetooth device. With my 2011 MacBook Pro and Bluetooth 2.0 there are connectivity issues when we move a few meters apart or put doors in the way, probably due to my Mac hardware.
With all this in mind, I consider the Plantronics BackBeat Fit a good buy if your main intention is sport . Light, comfortable, sweat resistant and with more than enough autonomy are its presentation card.