Runners and fitness freaks, take note: you don’t need to rely on boring basic earphones any longer, as Plantronics updates a pair, making them more suitable for exercise than ever before.
Following up from the previous efforts of Plantronics in the fitness sector, the BackBeat Fit improves on the over-ear design used in some of the company’s other products by making everything smaller, thinner, and more resistant to the elements.
Some of the staples synonymous with Plantronics products are here, such as a microphone for talking to people while you’re out, and a sound codec setup to deliver decent sound across the stereo headphones while you move. Like previous Plantronics fitness earphones, the Fit are also cordless, relying on Bluetooth 3.0 to talk to a phone.
The ear tips have been improved to stay in place as you move, a big deal to anyone who has ever moved their head or body when they’ve worn ear- or headphones, while both the interior and exterior have been coated with a water-resistant nano-coating called P2i, which we’re told is rating for IP54, translating to dust-proof with resistant to small amounts of water splashes (rain and sweat should be fine, but showering or swimming may end up killing the earphones).
There’s also a strong battery here with some solid sleep programming, because while it’s possible to get up to eight hours of talk and music playback time from the earphones, the BackBeat Fit can be switched off and left with a decent charge for as much as six months.
And there’s even a case for the headphones thrown in which can be inverted (read as reversed) and used as a phone case with arm strap, useful for anyone interested in doing exercise.
In our brief play with the BackBeat Fit, it’s easy to see it has some things going for it.