Santa Cruz-based company Plantronics has unveiled a slew of new headphones for the year, including a new pair of true wireless headphones that could prove to be the true wireless headphones to beat for sports people.
The headphones range in price from $99 to $149.99, and while they’re largely aimed at sports use, it’s clear that they can be used in a variety of different situations. Here’s a quick rundown of the new headphones and what they have to offer.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 and BackBeat Fit 3100
First up are the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 and 3100 headphones, which have a waterproof design, and should prove to be a great choice in any sports situation. The BackBeat Fit 2100 headphones boast an around-the-head design with a clearly sporty look, and an IP57 waterproof rating, meaning that they should be fine even for those that like to run in the rain. The BackBeat Fit headphones come in at $150.
The Plantronics Backbeat Fit 3100 headphones are very similar to the Backbeat Fit 3100 headphones, but instead of wrapping around the back of your head, they’re true wireless. While some true wireless headphones have a battery life of as little as 3 hours, thankfully, these headphones step things up to around 5 hours, which is pretty good. We’ll have to wait and see just how good they sound, but Plantronics has a good history, so they could seriously go up against JLab Epic Air headphones, which we found to be an excellent option for sports. The headphones come in at $100.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 and BackBeat Go 810
The Plantronics BackBeat Go headphones are a little more for everyday use than specifically for sports. The BackBeat Go 410 headphones are in-ear headphones that have active noise cancellation and connect to your listening device through Bluetooth 5.0 through BLE, which should make for a pair of headphones that can last up to 8 hours with noise cancellation and up to 10 hours without it. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 headphones come at $130.
The BackBeat Go 810 headphones, on the other hand, are over-ear headphones that may well be the headphones to beat for travel. Again, they feature noise cancellation, plus a battery life of up to 22 hours with noise cancellation, and up to 28 hours without it. That’s pretty spectacular, especially at a price of $150.
In general, Plantronics’ new headphones clearly have a lot to offer — though much of that will depend on price.