Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: In Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: No
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100
  • Charging Cable
  • Charging Case
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 7.5

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 True wireless buds are IP57 certified, to handle sweat and splashes, better than regular earbuds during a workout
  • The “Always Aware” design allows you to be alert to your surroundings while running or cycling, at the expense of sound quality
  • Silicone around-ear hooks eliminate ear canal pressure for a more stable and balanced fit
  • Up to 5 hours battery life on a single charge and 10 hours of extra power with the charging case
  • Quick charging technology provides up to 1 hour of playback from 15 minutes of charge
  • Four status LED battery indicators inside the charging case to check the amount of juice left
  • On-board physical and touch sensitive controls to answer calls, power on/off, Bluetooth pairing, volume adjustment, skip tracks and connect with phone’s voice assistant - Siri or Google Assistant
  • Dedicated app to customize on-board controls, firmware update, start a stopwatch/set a timer or select your favorite playlist directly from your earbuds for a personalized workout experience

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • Due to the lack of seal created by the Ambient Aware ear tips, it takes away almost all of the bass and tracks sound flat and slimmer
  • It's hard for some users to get a perfect fit because they come with one-size-fits-all silicone tips that you can't alter or change
  • Lack of sound customize options in the app like no manual EQ adjustment or create custom sound profiles, etc. for a better listening experience
  • For $149, BackBeat Fit 3100 are expensive true wireless sports earbuds, especially when you can get better sounding Jabra Elite 65t for $169
  • No support for superior Bluetooth codecs like aptX, aptX HD, AAC or LDAC (only SBC codec support) for better audio quality
  • Obsolete micro USB charging port instead of the new USB Type-C
  • The charging case is twice the sizes of other models, as the buds themselves are much larger than most truly wireless models
  • No Active Noise Cancellation, a feature now quite common in high end models

Highlights

  • Always Aware eartips allow you to hear your surroundings for safer training in any environment
  • The "My Tap" feature provides customization through the BackBeat app
  • No cables on your way, so you can move freely anytime and anywhere with the true wireless design
  • IP57 rated sweatproof and waterproof design to withstand most rigorous training
  • Soft, flexible and secure earloops offer a comfortable fit
  • The soft case stores earphones and provides additional power for up to 10 hours
  • 13.5mm drivers provide full and detailed audio
  • The built-in microphone for a simple hands-free conversation

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : In Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Size In/Cm : 4.4 in (11.2 cm)
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 22 g (0.78 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : No
  • On Device Controls : Power, Pair, Call, Volume, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri
  • Companion App : BackBeat App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : No
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo
  • Volume limiting : No

Features

  • Waterproof : Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 5 Hours (Up To 15 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Auto Pause & Play : No
  • Auto Shut-Off : No
  • Quick Charge : Charge 15 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 13.5 mm
  • Driver Unit : Dynamic
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) : 94 dB/mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Supported Codecs : SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5, HSP 1.2, HFP 1.7
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : No
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : No
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : N/A

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board MEMS Microphone With DSP (Digital Signal Processor)

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Charge Time : 1 Hour
  • Charging Cable : Micro-USB Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes
  • Operating & Storage Temperature : 32°F - 113°F

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Helpline : 1 (888) 363-0726
  • Contact : Click Here


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