The earphones have some key upgrades to their management scheme, together with handy contact controls for quantity.
I first reviewed Plantronics’ BackBeat Match wi-fi sports activities headphones approach again in 2014. I mentioned that whereas it could not have been good, it was top-of-the-line wi-fi sports activities headphones accessible on the time. Because of an inexpensive value, a safe match and an open design that appealed to runners, Plantronics has bought a whole lot of these headphones within the final 4 years.
The headphone has had some tiny updates and extra shade choices, nevertheless it’s principally remained the identical. Now there is a successor — the BackBeat Match 2100 ($100) — and whereas it is undoubtedly an improve over the unique, it is not so totally different. Plantronics clearly did not need to repair what wasn’t damaged.
Like the unique, the Match 2100’s eartips aren’t designed to be jammed all the best way into your ears, sealing off the skin world. Slightly, these are designed to let some ambient noise in so you’ll be able to hear site visitors if you happen to’re operating or biking with them exterior. Look intently and you will see they resemble normal laborious buds, with a agency silicon overlaying that has a little loop on it that helps preserve the earphone in your ear.
Although they sound first rate sufficient, these actually aren’t the best sounding headphones — they do not have a lot bass and do not ship the cleanest, clearest sound. Additionally they aren’t suited to noisy environments as a result of they let an excessive amount of sound in, much like Apple’s AirPods ($145 at Amazon.com). However they’re nonetheless one of many higher headphones for operating.
What are the most important modifications? For starters, Plantronics has made them extra sturdy, with iP57-rated water resistance (they’re apparently sweatproof and waterproof). It is also improved the best way you management the headphones.
The left earpiece has touch-sensitive controls for quantity. You faucet on the skin of the left earpiece to lift quantity and contact and maintain to decrease quantity. It really works very nicely.
The eartip design stays the identical.
On the precise earpiece you will discover a bodily button that you simply press and maintain to activate the earphones (or flip them off). Urgent the button as soon as pauses your music, double tapping advances a observe ahead and triple tapping skips a observe again. The button is less complicated to function than the one on the unique BackBeat Match Wi-fi.
A brand new My Faucet function permits you to create a customized shortcut via the BackBeat app to, say, begin a stopwatch or choose your favourite playlist immediately from the earphones.
Though I might have preferred to have seen an improve to the sound, I believe followers of the headphone might be typically happy with the modifications. I will have a full evaluate as soon as I’ve spent a bit of extra time with the BackBeat Match 2100.
Within the meantime, here is a have a look at its key options:
13.5mm driversIP57-rated sturdy, designed to be sweatproof and waterproof via pure design (and never P2i coating as executed beforehand) Keep seen at the hours of darkness with the reflective end As much as 7 hours of wi-fi listening between prices New My Faucet enables you to customise options via the BackBeat app. Set a timer, begin a stopwatch or choose your favourite playlist immediately out of your earbuds with out ever interrupting your workoutHear your environment with All the time Conscious eartips for safer coaching in any environmentBluetooth 5.0One contact-sensitive button for all of your controlsCompatible with BackBeat appFour colours: black, lava black, grey and bluePrice: $100 (no phrase but on worldwide pricing, however we’ll add it as quickly as we get it)