Plantronics’ BackBeat FIT workout headphones line is loved by many runners and sports enthusiasts since they offer a hundred percent fuss-free listening experience with their simplicity, durability, and water-resistance features – all at a fair price. Every update to the headphones in the said line just makes them better.
Design & size
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones have a weight of just 28g or 0.99oz. Having dimensions of 100mm in width, 50mm in depth, and 25mm in height, plus a driver size of 13.5mm, this pair of wireless headphones is pretty small, making for outstanding portability. This pair comes in four different color options that you can choose from: lava black, black, blue, and gray. A short rubber cord that goes over each ear like a lot of IEMs connects the firm silicone earbuds together. This rubber cord that serves as the earbuds’ neckband has a nice thickness and flexibility. The earbuds themselves have an unsealed design, meaning that they rest right outside of the ear canals for outdoor use as it lets a degree of ambient noise in – keeping users aware of their surroundings. It also allows for a decent amount of control, featuring a button on the right earbud and tap controls on the left which need to be set up through its accompanying smartphone app. The buttons have an attractive reflective coating for increased visibility in the dark and are on the larger size, making them easier to operate.
Materials & comfort
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones have a one-size-fits-all concept, so they can be more comfortable for some than others. With Plantronics’ signature Always Aware ear tips being made from soft rubber, the headphones allow for a comfortable and secure fit that wouldn’t make you worry about the earbuds falling off your ears by accident, plus it doesn’t cause any chafing or other forms of irritation. The cable or the neckband is made of flexible rubber that allows for bending, twisting, and molding to your nape for maximum comfort. The headphones also have a beautiful texture and feel. Since it weighs in at only 28g or 0.99oz, it doesn’t give that awkward and weighty feeling that similar models give off.
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones have an overall decent sound quality that easily caters to runners and sports enthusiasts. While its sound may not be good enough for use as your main headphones, the mids come through well. However, the issues with the bass and treble frequencies are quite distinctive. That’s because the bass tends to kind of creep into the background, missing thump that bass lovers and fitness junkies enjoy. The treble, on the other hand, tends to get quite muddy, with sounds like cymbal crashers and drums being a bit indistinctive and hard to make out. The headphones also have some sort of sibilance – making bothersome hiss at times.
Durability and warranty
Mostly consisting of thick rubber material, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones feel very durable. And with an IP57 rating (meaning they are sweat and waterproof), they should be practically resistant to wear and tear. They should be able to handle sweat-inducing workout sessions and some rain. This pair of headphones come backed with a 2-year warranty.
Connectivity & compatibility
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 and have a wireless range of up to 10 meters or 33 feet, so you should be able to continue listening to music and stay on calls without being tied down to your device. It comes with an accompanying app called the BackBeat FIT companion that makes connecting it to your phone really easy. The app also makes for an overall easier calling and music experience.
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones feature a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) microphone with DSP (digital signal processing), but lacks the noise-cancelling feature. Nonetheless, the microphone is able to record your voice clearly, making for an amazing call quality. The headphones also feature Plantronics’ My Tap, allowing you to create custom shortcuts through the accompanying app for a personalized listening experience. The tap controls on the left earbud can be completely configured by the user, and basically lets the users make the pair perform actions of their choice like controlling the volume with a short tap or by holding them, starting a stopwatch, hearing the time, selecting a track or playlist without having to reach for your mobile device, and a lot more. The right earbud button, on the other hand, is used to turn the headphones on or off, initiate pairing mode, track forward or back, and play or pause tracks. The audio settings are also customizable with these headphones, and you can choose a voice prompt language of your preference. In addition to that, there are features like finding your headphones and downloading and installing software updates. Its battery has a capacity of 115 mAh and features fast charging, giving the user up to an hour of playback with just a 15-minute charge. The battery life is pretty long, too, and can last for up to 7 hours – giving you quite a lot of time to run, work out, or engage in your favorite sport without requiring a frequent recharge. However, the headphones do not come with a charging case for on-the-go charging. Also, there is no battery charge or level indicator, and the only way to check how much battery life is remaining is via the accompanying app.
Who are these headphones for?
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones’ simplistic design and IP57 rating make it great for runners as well as athletes. With the flexible neckband and the built-in strap that secures the earbuds over your ears and the secure-fitting rubber ear tips, the earbuds won’t fall off your ear while running or working out. Also, its unsealed design that allows in a sufficient amount of ambient sound lets runners easily hear their surroundings while enjoying listening to music. This pair of headphones is marketed towards active people who aren’t looking to spend a lot of money while still having the comfort that they need.
- Has 13.5mm drivers for impressive sound quality
- Has a weight of 28g or 0.99oz
- Has an IP57 rating for sweat and waterproofing
- Has a reflective finish to help with staying visible in the dark for nighttime runners
- Comes with comfortable and secure-fitting Always Aware ear tips that are designed to let ambient sound in
- Features an over-the-ear design and a lightweight and flexible neckband
- Has a long-lasting battery that provides up to 7 hours of playback between charges
- Audio is configurable via the BackBeat FIT Companion app
- Features a contact-sensitive button and My Tap for feature customization
- Utilizes Bluetooth 5.0 technology plus HFP 1.7, HSP 1.2, A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5, and SPP 1.2
- Has a wireless range of up to 10 meters or 33 feet
- Features a MEMS microphone with DSP
- Comes in four colors (lava black, black, gray, and blue)
About the company
Plantronics is an American brand founded in 1961 that’s headquartered in Santa Cruz, California and is led by the most devoted leadership team in the market and comprised of hardworking and dedicated employees around the world In 2019, the brand rebranded as Poly. The brand aims to design and create innovative products to help people make giant leaps and achieve incredible things in every field imaginable. Its legendary audio expertise combined with prevailing screen and video sharing capabilities takes the friction out of collaboration. With the mission of making hearing, seeing, and sharing whatever, whenever, and wherever easier through keeping people’s needs and behavior in mind, the brand comes up with and creates smarter and innovative products all the time. In addition to that, the Plantronics/Poly team’s vision is to drive better collaboration from anywhere and on any device by delivering and offering world-class products and solutions to their customers. Through the culture that the brand fosters, it is able to create the right kind of impact they want to make in the world.
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless headphones are a great affordable pair designed for runners and athletes with its durability and secure fit no matter what kind of ear shape or size one has. It excels in the (unsealed) design category as it lets ambient sound in for surrounding awareness. This pair of headphones is for people who are looking for a simple and fuss-free experience. Although the microphone doesn’t come with noise-cancelling technology, it does a great job of picking up one’s voice clearly.