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I have been enjoying round with Plantronics’ new BackBeat Match ($77.00 at 300 Collection ($80, £90, AU$120), which the corporate is looking “one of many world’s lightest Bluetooth headphones designed to simply transition between health ($119.00 at and on a regular basis life.” The headphone ($149.89 at Amazon Market) is on the market now in 4 colour choices: black and grey, darkish blue and blue, grey and coral, and — at choose retailers — grey and lime inexperienced.

Once I wore them they felt gentle and unobtrusive, but I used to be in a position to get a safe, tight seal because of the built-in loops and oval design of the eartips. Extra firms are transferring to an oval tip design. Jaybird has them for its Run and Freedom Wi-fi 2 headphones and Bose (SoundSport Wi-fi ($149.00 at, SoundSport Free) has had oval suggestions for a number of years. The Plantronics suggestions are formed a bit completely different, nevertheless. These are noise-isolating headphones designed to seal off your ear canal.

I believed they sounded good, too, with respectable bass and an inexpensive quantity of readability for this sort of headphone. They’re proper there with the BeatsX and different in-ear sports activities headphones that value over $100.

Battery life is rated at as much as six hours, which isn’t dangerous however not nice, and the ear buds are joined by a pleasant “low-friction” material cable that and included carrying pouch. 

My solely subject to date is the scale of the inline distant, which additionally homes the headphones’ electronics and battery. It is just a bit clunky, which is simply too dangerous contemplating the ultralight really feel of the remainder of the ‘telephones. The distant incorporates the battery and has a microUSB port you join for charging.

To date the headphone appears good for the gymnasium and on a regular basis use, however I would be a little bit hesitant to run with them as a result of I felt a little bit too conscious of the distant. However I’ll spend a little bit extra time with them earlier than passing remaining judgment. Search for a full assessment within the close to future.

The BackBeat Match 300 would not exchange the unique BackBeat Match, which stays on sale and will probably be out there in October in “enhanced” Coaching and Enhance Editions. The Coaching Version ($130, £110 or AU$170) consists of limitless entry to 12 hand-picked PEAR Private Teaching App exercises and a six-month entry to PEAR+ membership. The Enhance Version ($160, £140 or AU$230) consists of every thing within the Coaching Version plus an IPX5-rated water resistant charging pouch that gives as much as 10 further hours of listening time and a quick-drying sport mesh material.

In October Plantronics can be transport a brand new on-ear Match mannequin — the BackBeat Match 500 ($100, £90 or AU$140) — primarily based on the BackBeat 500 we gave excessive marks to earlier this yr. The 2 fashions provide an identical efficiency and match however the BackBeat Match 500 is sweatproof.

The inline distant is barely clunky.

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