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Design and features
The stereotype of the technology lover is far from flattering. The World of Warcraft player in South Park sums up this cruel image best, as an overweight loner catching corn chip crumbs on his paunch, wearing a wrist guard to protect himself from carpal tunnel during day-long sessions of online gaming. In reality, technology lovers come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the key groups grabbing attention from tech vendors are gym junkies. Smartphone accessory departments are filling up with armbands to hold your phone while you run, and the various app stores each have dozens of exercise routine monitors and GPS cycling trackers.
The Plantronics BackBeat complements these workout-focused accessories a treat. Weighing only 35g, the 903 is a lightweight wireless headset using the Bluetooth A2DP profile to stream your music from your phone (or Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player) to its earbud speakers. It also makes use of the AVRCP Bluetooth profile, allowing you to use its external controls to skip music tracks and to adjust the volume of playback.
The design of this unit is perfect for its function, although it doesn't have the most appealing appearance. Accommodating the headset's internal battery means that the 903 looks similar to two black over-the-ear hearing aids connected by a short black cable. It's important to remember, though, that most of these units are concealed behind your ears when you wear it.