Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 Review
Do you need a pair of sports in-ear earbuds? You may like the Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 that has a lightweight yet portable design perfect for workouts and runs. Furthermore, with the small design, it fits comfortably in the pocket, plus it is waterproof at an affordable price. But if you are undecided if these in-ear earphones made for you read the Backbeat Fit 2100 review that follows here.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 Pros and Cons
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 Design
When you receive the Backbeat Fit 2100 earphones, it is in a clamshell box with the buds neatly tucked away. Beneath the molding, you find the USB charging cable with all the essential documents needed. While the Backbeat Fit has been around since 2014, it has gone through some vital upgrades over the years. You get more color options, but did they fix the problems found in the older versions? The fact is that the design has not changed much over the years. The ear tips are still not made to jam into your ears. Therefore, you will not get a tight seal to keep outside noise out. The design lets in ambient noise to hear the traffic while you are biking or running. You get a firm silicon bud with a loop to keep the ear tips in the ear.
The buds sit outside your ear, and we did find them comfortable during our jogs. On the back of the earbuds, you have a button to control playback. The headband consists of a flexible rubber and conforms to your head. The texture feels lovely with a touch of reflective coating found on the earbuds. Lastly, you can select your preferred color from gray, blue to lava black. Furthermore, the buds are IP57 rated, making them sweat and waterproof. Even the way you control the earphones improved as the left bud is touch-sensitive to control the volume. On the right bud, you have the physical button to switch the headphones on/off, pause music, track forward, and skip tracks, and more. On the other hand, you can use the My Tap function available in the Backbeat app to use the stopwatch or listen to your playlist.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 Performance
Compared to the Jaybird X3 sports earphones (8-hour battery use), the Backbeat offers up to 7-hours playback. So you can use it for a marathon while enjoying your music. One thing we did find annoying is that it does not have a battery charge indicator compared to the Jaybird. The only way of checking is via the phone app. Furthermore, while we did not have charging issues, individual customers had this problem—so if you do find issues with the battery charging, contact Plantronics as they honor you with a year warranty.
Is there a change in sound?
We found the sound average! You do get some excellent mid-range sounds, but it does have problems with the bass and treble. When listening to hype music, the bass tends to fade away in the background, making it hard to hear the rumble. Sometimes the treble sound muddy and hearing instruments are hard. Furthermore, if you do have sensitive hears, you will hear a hissing noise that can become annoying. But do not get us wrong; it all depends on your hearing and taste. You can still enjoy classic tunes when jogging. While the sound is not perfect, you can remove the ear tips for cleaning. On the other hand, the earphones equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 with a range up to 33-feet. Moreover, you can only connect the earbuds with one device, and if you want to use two devices at the same time, we recommend the Jaybird X3 instead. What is more, it has a microphone but does not have noise cancellation.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 Specs
- Battery: 7-hours
- Color: Gray, Blue, Lava Black
- Cord Type: Bluetooth 5.0
- Extras: IP57 Certified with Built-in Mic
- Form Factor: In-ear
- Included: Charging Cable
- Noise Isolation: No
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 1 ounce
Should You Buy it?
Yes, if you are an athlete who enjoys running or working out in the gym. The Backbeat Fit 2100 has a simplistic design while the controls intuitive to use. Furthermore, the headphones comfortable and you will forget you have them on. On the other hand, it has a built-in strap that keeps the buds secure behind the ear. While the ear tips made of silicone and have an in-ear design, you will be safe on the road as it allows in ambient sound. You can use the Backbeat Fit 2100 in the rain as it is splash-proof as well.
We found the Backbeat Fit 2100 good but not one of the best sports headphones for sound. We found the buds comfortable and did not fall out of our ears even with vigorous workouts. However, if you need fantastic audio, we recommend you look elsewhere. But if you want a pair of affordable in-ear wireless earphones for working out at the gym, the Backbeat Fit 2100 is a comfortable earbud to wear. What makes the sports earphones so effective is that they stay secure in the ear and provide you with loads of safety on a busy road. You will be able to hear the traffic when running on busy roads. The controls are simple to use for tuning the volume, receiving calls, and more. Although for people with sensitive ears, the white noise can become unbearable at times. Therefore, we do not recommend the Backbeat Fit 2100 as casual headphones for blasting music.