True wi-fi, with a BackBeat Match slant.

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Plantronics is releasing 5 new headphones forward of the vacation shopping for season, together with its first true wi-fi earphones, the BackBeat Match ($89 at 3100 ($150).

It has the identical drivers, options and “open” design of the brand new BackBeat Match 2100, however there isn’t any wire between the earbuds, and that ought to get followers of Plantronics’ authentic BackBeat Match Wi-fi excited.

Like that mannequin and the brand new BackBeat Match 2100, the Backbeat Match 3100’s eartips aren’t designed to utterly seal out the skin world. Quite, these are designed to let some ambient noise in, so you possibly can hear site visitors for those who’re working or biking with them exterior. Look intently and you will see they resemble commonplace exhausting buds, with a agency silicon overlaying that has a little loop on it to assist preserve them in your ears.

Although they sound first rate sufficient, they do not have a lot bass, do not ship the clearest sound and are not suited to noisy environments, as a result of they let an excessive amount of sound in (as do Apple’s AirPods ($145 at However they need to be interesting to runners.

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 it, which works effectively.

On the proper 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 monitor ahead and triple tapping skips a monitor again. It is undoubtedly an enchancment on the unique BackBeat Match Wi-fi on this regard.

The earphones have the identical open eartips as the unique BackBat Match Wi-fi.

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The brand new My Faucet function permits you to create a customized shortcut via the BackBeat cellphone app to, say, begin a stopwatch or choose your favourite playlist straight from the earphones.

Whereas the charging case is not as compact because the AirPods’ or Jabra Elite 65t, it is effectively designed and it is simple to get the earphones into the case. Battery life is rated at “as much as 5 hours” and the case delivers two additional fees.

We’re nonetheless confirming how dependable the Bluetooth connection is in a wide range of environments, so I will spend some extra time with the BackBeat Match 3100 earlier than posting my full evaluation. Within the meantime, listed below are its key specs, from Plantronics:

13.5mm driversBluetooth 5.0IP57-rated sturdy (sweatproof and waterproof) Delicate, versatile and secure-fit earloops provide consolation and stability As much as 5 hours of wi-fi listening between chargesSoft-shell charging case shops your earbuds and affords as much as 10 further hours of energy between fees New customizable My Faucet featureHear your environment with All the time Conscious eartips for safer coaching in any atmosphere One contact-sensitive button for all of your controlsTwo colours: graphite and bonePrice: $150 (we’ll add pricing for different international locations after we get it)

The left earpiece has contact controls.

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