Plantronics BackBeat FIT 305 Detailed Review
Due to the evolution of user behavior and demand, a special informal subclass of earphones has been increasingly felt in recent times. This segment is made up of wireless sports earphones, designed and built to meet a gym-going, fitness-loving audience that prioritizes features such as better build, sickness, sound isolation than fidelity. BackBeat is meant for that exact population through and through FIT 305. How well does it meet his needs? Find out.
Design and build
As always, this is where sports headphones really come in handy. We are not saying that audio is not important to them, however, if the build is not suitable for active use, they may be rejected out of the box. It is safe to say that the backbit beat FIT 305 is less likely to suffer this fate due to its sports-based design and construction.
The design is IPX5 rated and has P2i coating to protect you against sweat loss, rain and drizzle. A nylon braided piece of wire, woven with reflective material, which can be easily detected at night. Due to the nature of the fabric, it does not cause as much abrasion against the skin as the rubber coating. We’re not entirely sure if this is due to coating, but FIT 305’s earbuds are extremely prone to attracting dust.
The control module is located a few inches below the right earbud, which seemed to be the right place for you except when you started running. Be sure to use the included clip to place in 305 places. The only drawback of the module is that it has some difficulty in detecting by touching the buttons alone, despite having fixed + and – sizes. Perhaps the raised platforms for the three buttons would have been a better choice.
A strange choice in the Plantronics 305 is that the buds themselves have integrated silicone ear tips and wings. Although these are quite strong, if you tend to wear your earbuds frequently, this can be a problem as it will not be easy to replace with 305 similar buds. In addition, for the same reason, you have no choice but to use the wings. Another problem with the FIT 305 build is that the residual sound from brushing against anything is carried directly to the ear. While it’s not too obvious during music playback, at other times it’s a little louder for us.
The added clip is easy and essential during a workout if you want to ignore the presence of wires and control modules around your neck. While passive isolation isn’t great, it’s not even half as bad. Just make sure you get the right earbuds to fit you. We blame the weird design of the earbud sleeves. Also, don’t expect them to blend well into the work environment – these are obviously workout headphones with bright colors for the gym and jogging track.
In the Audio Performance section, the BackBeat FIT 305 ticks some unintentional boxes. Of any sports-based headphones, the following are expected to be the strongest aspects of word signature. However, FIT 305 does not handle them well. The alloy sounds muddy and flat, which is especially evident when you push the volume to a higher level. Listening to Uptown Funk from Bruno Mars, the ‘Duh-Doh’ loop sounded very isolated in the background.
The midges are quite well managed, which facilitates vocal and hands-free performance. Adele’s voice in the hello sounds strong and clear. The density of the Selkiz metal instrument 305 by Between the Buried and Me does not cause any problems. Even in a noisy environment like a public bus, the FIT 305 has been able to block most external noise during our experience.
The call quality on the FIT 305 is great, and thanks to that you have a wideband-capable mic. In our use, after a full charge of approximately 90 minutes, the headphones last a little over 7 hours, which is quite good considering their weight is a little over 14 grams. We didn’t expect any disconnections even up to 50 feet, so you are well provided with the range section.
There are about a dozen wireless earphones in the gym today. However, in that pile, find something that strikes the right balance of features, price, build quality, and audio performance. No, the backbit FIT 305 doesn’t strike that balance, but it does come close to doing so. If only its audio performance matched that of some of its more capable brethren, then the FIT 305 would be a no-brainer, thanks to its already great build quality and gym-friendly design. However, if this is not a big problem for you, the FIT 305 does provide really good overall performance and the current price is Rs. 3999 / – online, not a bad deal at all.