Battle of the blue ears 

28 Sep

Plantronics BackBeat FITSome months ago, I was kindly serviced with the PowerBeats Wireless 2 and I’ve been using them since then every single day to the extend of their battery autonomy (6 hours).
I use them while skateboarding, taking the metro, shopping, talking on the phone, watching the TV shows (the lipping was not correct, it’s a pain to watch movies with them) …

At the end of the day, I was out of juice and couldn’t use them on the way home … Also I experienced a lot of unexpected “pause” and had to press “play” to resume my playlist.

Now, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT just landed in my desk and I’m excited to test them.

What’s in the box?

  • The headset
  • The cord to charge it
  • And a sweet padded pouch to tuck my headset safely away while not in use

NB: The pouch works also as an armband when inside out (handy!).

The colour is cool, lemon green but that might not work with everyone (exist also in blue).

The material is flexible and looks resistant to the daily usage.

Each bud comes with a button and functions.

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Plantronics BackBeat FIT

Left earbud is the one in charge of controlling the music:

  • play,
  • stop,
  • fast forward
  • or mute while in a phone conversation (this is a cool and easy to reach function).
Plantronics BackBeat FIT Plantronics BackBeat FIT

Right bud is all over phone functions:

  • Accept the call, tap once
  • Reject the call, tap during 2 seconds
  • Ask Siri, keep taping

The comfort

  • The buds fit well and are close to the ones made by Jawbone on the Era, the bud won’t fall off.
  • The buds don’t cut you from your environment, which is better for your security while jogging (the PowerBeats Wireless 2 comes with 3 different kind of buds and some may cut you from the ambient noise)
  • Reflective finish for your safety when running at night

The headset is more rigid than the PowerBeats Wireless 2 and also shorter.

I like that the headset is a bit more rigid than the PowerBeats, but I would like it a bit longer (I love to wear it on the shoulder while I’m not “in a listening mode” and need to communicate with my entourage). I’m scared to lose it while the PowerBeats stay on the shoulders without problem and don’t fall off.

The round the ear system feels a bit stiffer due to the rigidity of the headset but turn the buds and you’ll find the right and comfortable position.

I like the voice inside my headphones telling me the status of the battery and I definitively like the fact that the lipping is in sync with the images on my iPad while watching the finale of season 2 of The 100… Finally!

A little word about the battery

  • Up to 8 hours listen (same for the PowerBeats Wireless 2)
  • Up to 6 hours talk (same for the PowerBeats Wireless 2)
  • Up to 14 days standby

The headset weights 24gr and is sweat proof and waterproof.

ChaseIt Or BChased?

ChaseIt because

  • finally you can watch a movie with a Bluetooth headset and don’t be disturb with issues of synchronization between the images and the sound
  • of its price $129,99 or 99€ (the Beats are priced $199 or 199€)
  • they are a little bit less comfortable at first than the PowerBeats but after a little bit of handling, I’m used to it now
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