In need of a Bluetooth headset? Plantronics on Sunday announced two—and you fitness nuts in particular might want to take notice. The company is still pushing one of those business earpieces you see care salesman wear. But the fitness headset, called BackBeat FIT, is something avid runners and gym rats will enjoy. These headsets are targeted at two very different use cases: constantly on the phone? The Voyager Edge is a terrific option, and offers a truly hands-free experience. The BackBeat FIT, meanwhile, is something you can run a marathon with and never even notice.
First up: the Voyager Edge is the kind of gadget you either love or hate. Most young tech enthusiasts born in the early 90s won’t even give the Edge a second look. Your poor old dad probably has a Bluetooth earpiece, in which case, yuck. But Plantronics was very adamant this particular gadget market is rife for a comeback, and explained that it will spearhead the wearable market. Glass and other wearables are slowly becoming the norm, so why not headsets, too?
The Edge does include some impressive features, so even though it might be perceived as inane, it won’t disappoint on functionality. To start with, it comes with a pretty cool charging case that’s capable of adding up to 10 hours of talk to—that’s plenty on top of the Edge’s promised six hours of talk time. The Edge also features noise-cancellation technology, smart sensor, voice commands and, for good measure, the ability to locate your headset using a free app. Again, if you’re on the phone for long stretches, and need your hands free, the Edge is certainly something to take notice of.
When the Edge launches worldwide this April, it’ll come in carbon black, slate grey and glacial white, and retail for $129.99 (case included). Plantronics has been in the Bluetooth game for years, so if you’re looking for the best in comfort and performance, look no further.
Second, Plantronics also introduced the BackBeat FIT, which has been carefully crafted for fitness fanatics. Many behind-the-ear headsets today are rigid and inflexible. But the BackBeat is made from a durable material that you can literally crumple into a ball; it’s soft, but strong. And it’ll still offer excellent wireless quality, whether you’re running through the park or on the treadmill.
Music is hugely motivating when working out, and the BackBeat FIT was designed with that in mind. It’s meant to provide you with tunes without being distracting; you won’t be busy readjusting and getting the cord out of your way like you would with competing behind-the-ear headsets. In addition, the headset also sports a reflective material on the headband, right behind your neck, so motorists will be able to spot you running down the road (the headset’s bright colors help, too).
Other features of the BackBeat FIT include 8 hours of listening time, built-in microphone and promised firmware updates for a better experience overtime. The BackBeat FIT also comes with a carrying case that also doubles as an armband, so that extra accessory cost is already included with a terrific pair of fitness headsets. Two colors will be available at launch: lime burst and electric blue. The BackBeat FIT will be available in North America, Hong Kong and Europe this April for $129.99.
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