• Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Wearing Style: On-the-ear
  • Connectivity: Class 1 Bluetooth, 4.0+EDR
  • Wireless Range: 100 metres (Class 1)
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Weight: 140g
  • Pros:
  • Light
  • Sensors
  • Wireless
  • Cons:
  • None

Moving With Sound

When you’re in the office or just sitting about at home, your legs will get weary from doing nothing, but you just can’t bear to tear yourself away from your music. Maybe you’re on a call but want to prepare some dinner or do some chores around the house? Well either in the office or relaxing at home the Plantronics BackBeat SENSE is quite an interesting headset to have.

The headset that was sent to us came in Espresso Black which looks really snazzy and stylish, something you won’t be embarrassed carrying around in public. The buttons are conveniently placed on both sides and are easily accessible. The volume knob on the BackBeat SENSE is unique where you rock it back and forth to increase or decrease its volume. Basically all controls are found on the headset itself so you don’t need any additional remotes or controls.

The BackBeat SENSE has a nifty feature where it detects when you have it on or off, pausing and resuming your music accordingly, so when we took breaks from work, all we had to do was slip if off our ears and presto. The comfort on the headset is great, the pads are soft and uses memory foam to conform to your ear shape and sits comfortably on your ears. Also, the headband when under pressure will pull the earpads closer to have a tighter and secure fit which is a great addition.

We also tested the headset’s range by walking around the office, and satisfyingly it held up to all our tests. Even behind walls or doors the headset could give commands and receive audio seamlessly, though we did encounter a time where the headset started stuttering but that only happened once throughout our entire test phase. The battery life is great on the headset and it lasted approximately 16-18 hours which was close to its rated battery life.

There’s also an interesting OpenMic feature where at a push of a button the headset uses it mic to let you hear your surroundings so you don’t need to take off your headset for conversations. Finally, the BackBeat SENSE is incredibly light and not only that, it sounds great with music and movies making it a great companion when you’re either working or just lying about enjoying your free time.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re in need of a lightweight headset and constantly on the move around your home or office the Plantronics BackBeat SENSE is a mighty fine companion to have on your head.

(previously published in issue December 2015)

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE