Review: Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Our verdict

The headset is comfortable to wear and plays well. It's an advantage that it doesn't sit too tightly in the ear so you can still hear the traffic.
It's annoying that Plantronics has taken away the armband for the mobile phone in favour of new colours and reflectors.
    • Bluetooth
    • Water and sweat resistant (IP57)
    • Weight: 24 g
    • Battery: 8 hours
    • Price: –
    • Website: plantronics.com
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Price: £ 1295

The headset from Plantronics differs slightly from the others by not having an actual wire between the earbuds, but rather a kind of an integrated hoop. We have previously had the model in our hands, but because Plantronics has put an updated model on the market, we will look at them once again. I can start by saying that there is not much new, so to speak, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The only real differences are the colours and some reflective lines. The hoop that goes behind the head will probably not fit everyone. Personally I find it a slightly too hard, which makes it not fall naturally around the neck, but instead hangs and dangles in the air. On the other hand, the hoops that go round the ears are good, and they ensure that the headset stays put. Where the other competitors send an arsenal of accompanying earbuds, this is an accessory at Plantronics that costs money. I think it’s somewhat of a shame. The same thing applies to the armband for the mobile phone that used to be part of the package. It has now been taken away.

Good usability

Luckily, the hoop still plays brilliantly, and since there’s some air in the ear canal, it can easily be worn in traffic. You control the music via buttons on the sides and not with a control on the chord. This works really well, which means you can move about completely freely.

Conclusion

Plantronics Backbeat Fit was a good set of earbuds the last time we tested it, and it remains so still today. However, I do not understand the decision to remove the armband for the mobile phone, when I thought it was a brilliant USP. Despite that, I have no problem recommending the Backbeat Fit, which is both comfortable to wear and plays well.

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