Fitness & Sport

Plantronics BackBeat FIT

backbeat_fit_male_running_outdoors_print_cmyk_20DEC13-1024x682Plantronics, a pioneer in wearable technology, have launched their latest wireless stereo headphones, BackBeat® FIT. Custom-built for use during an active lifestyle, BackBeat FIT combines comfort, fit and stability with Plantronics’ renowned audio excellence. Connecting to devices wirelessly via Bluetooth®, the small, lightweight BackBeat FIT lets users focus on fitness and enjoy their music, providing superior stereo performance and eliminating the distraction of tangled cords. Its unique, sweat-proof, flexible design provides a comfortable, secure fit whatever your activity level.

“More than half of people who exercise make music an essential part of their workout. With BackBeat FIT we’re ushering in a new way of motivating yourself with music – without the distraction of cords,” said Stuart Bradshaw, head of consumer marketing & business development, Europe & Africa, with Plantronics. “Along with superior sound and the ability to take and make calls, BackBeat FIT incorporates an all-new, incredibly stable and comfortable design along with a host of safety features.”

BackBeat_FIT_Hero_Blue_print_cmyk_110513-1024x590In a recent survey, 40 per cent of respondents felt safety features were extremely important while exercising at night. BackBeat FIT provides consumers with bright colours and unique reflective materials on the headband and armband/carrying case to increase visibility and add an element of safety when exercising in the early morning, evening or night hours. Additionally, the eartip has been specially designed to allow exercisers to hear environmental sounds, so they can remain aware of potential hazards in their surroundings.

You can rely on the BackBeat FIT to work as hard as you do – through rain, sweat, and even the splash of a sports drink. BackBeat FIT headphones are protected against sweat and moisture by its design and P2i technology. The P2i nano-coating is applied during the manufacturing process, resulting in invisible liquid repellent properties that also makes the headphones more reliable, wherever your busy life takes you.

You’ll enjoy a week of workouts with up to 8 hours of listening time (6 hours of talk time) and 14 days of standby time. When the BackBeat FIT is out of range from your phone or tablet, the DeepSleep power-saving hibernation mode kicks in to keep the headphones charged for up to six months.

Features & Benefits

Stable, comfortable fit: BackBeat FIT stays in place. Its soft-but-strong flexible headband and in-ear stabilisers ensure a snug, stable fit that is comfortable, no matter how active the user gets.

Durable, sweat-proof design: Designed to handle the hardest workouts, BackBeat FIT has a rugged, sweat-proof design plus extra protection from Plantronics’ exclusive P2i sweat- and weather-proof nano-coating.

Safety first: The bright colours and reflective materials of BackBeat FIT help protect the user day or night, and its unique, safety-oriented eartip design allows the user to be more aware of their surroundings.

Two-in-one armband/carrying case: Get moving right out of the box with the included smartphone armband – it secures your smartphone and car key during a workout, and reverses to act as a protective carrying case for the headphones when
they’re not in use

BackBeat_FIT_Case_Lime_print_cmyk_110513-632x1024Small form factor, big battery life: BackBeat FIT packs power for a week’s worth of workouts – up to 8 hours of listening time. Plus, it offers DeepSleep, a hibernation mode, which keeps the headphones charged and ready to use for up to six months.
Superior stereo headphones: Offering powerful speakers and a custom codec, BackBeat FIT delivers music’s rich bass and crisp highs to keep you moving.

Wireless Bluetooth technology: Enjoy tangle-free music, videos and calls by easily connecting, cord free, to a smartphone.

Hands-off control: BackBeat FIT headphones built-in microphone allows users to take and make occasional phone calls without having to touch their mobile device. Easy-to-access on-ear controls let them control their music with the touch of a
finger.

Gets better over time: Over-the-air firmware updates, delivered via a smartphone app, make it easy to keep the headphones performing optimally and always have the latest software features, as well as documentation on the product features and
functionality.

BackBeat FIT is available in two vibrant colours, Lime Burst and Electric Blue, from Apple and Amazon for £119 RRP.

BackBeat FIT

9.1

Appearance

9.0/10

Quality

9.4/10

User Experience

9.1/10

Value For Money

8.8/10

The SLOAN! Factor

9.1/10

  • Sweat proof
  • High visibility
  • Long battery life
  • Talks to you

  • Can be fiddly to put on

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