Plantronics BackBeat Fit 505 review
Plantronics has made its affordable Backbeat 505 headphones fit-friendly with a sweatproof design and a slightly tighter fit to help it stay in place as you work out.
- Solid sound balance
- Secure fit for exercise
- Great battery life
- Can get a little uncomfortable with extended use
- Not officially IP rated for water resistance
Plantronics impressed us with the BackBeat 505 when it launched, bringing high-quality Bluetooth audio to a pair of affordable wireless headphones. The BackBeat Fit 505 basically takes the same style and audio quality and adds a layer of sweat resistance and a slightly tighter fit to make them a great pair of on-ear headphones for working out.
- Same basic design as the BackBeat 505
- Memory foam ear cups can rotate to rest around your neck when not in use
- Sweat-resistant coating helps keep the headset clean during heavy exercise
- No active noise cancellation, but the snug fit provides solid noise isolation
- On-ear design can get uncomfortable during extended use
- Good audio quality for fitness headphones
- Up to 18 hours of playback is impressive for sports headphones
- 3.5mm audio jack is a welcome back-up option if the battery runs dry
For most gym-goers, fitness headphones mean sweatproof in-ear models that wrap around your neck. The BackBeat Fit 505 offers a welcome alternative with an over-the-head, on-ear model with impressive sound, sweat protection and an affordable price point.
If you’re just after an affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones and aren’t planning on hitting the gym with them, the BackBeat 505 is a better option thanks to a slightly more comfortable fit and lower price. But for the active readers among you, the Fit variant is a solid option.