CNET First Look
Hands-on with the BackBeat Fit from PlantronicsSweat-resistant and flexible, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit is a stereo Bluetooth headphone that's aimed at runners and gym rats.
I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with the BackBeat Fit Stereo Headphones from Plantronics. These connect to your smartphone, tablet, or MP3 players through Bluetooth and can also double as a wireless headset thanks to a built-in microphone. As you can see they're very flexible and both sweat and weather-proof making them perfect for runners and gym rats. A play and pause button along with volume controls sit in the left earpiece while the power and phone buttons are located on the right side. You also have the ability to skip songs or go back with a long press or double tapping the play button. Charging which should take about 2-1/2 hours is done through a micro-USB port that can be accessed by lifting a small cover on the right earpiece. Although small the BackBeat Fit has pretty good battery life getting up to 8 hours of music listening or 6 hours of talk time. In standby they can get up to 14 days or a whopping 180 days in a deep sleep hibernation mode. Weighing only 24 grams, the headphones are comfortable to wear and the stereo sound is very good. I did notice that they tend to bounce a little bit while running or working out which can get a little annoying. Inside the box you get a micro-USB cord and also an arm band that can be used to hold your device while you work out or even store the headphones when you aren't using them. The BackBeat Fit will be available in lime and blue in April for $129. I'm Dan Graziano for CNET and that was a First Look at the BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones from Plantronics.