Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 Flexible Band Headphones

Last updated: October 18, 2022

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 Flexible Band Headphones

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Overall Take

You won't have to worry about these Plantronics earbuds falling out while you're at the gym. Nor will you have to worry about wearing them while running outside. They're made with a reflective finish that helps people see you, and they let in ambient noise so you can hear your surroundings.

In our analysis of 141 expert reviews, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 Flexible Band Headphones placed 12th when we looked at the top 25 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Embrace the outdoors with rugged and ultra-stable BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless sport earbuds, featuring Always Aware ear tips that allow you to hear your surroundings for safer training in any environment. Built with waterproof and sweatproof materials, its secure-fit earloops stay put and withstand rigorous exercise while its lightweight design keeps you comfortable. And with up to seven hours of wireless listening, you can power a full week of workouts.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

They’re comfortable and easy to use while you’re moving, and they’re resistant to sweat, rain, and dust.
The BackBeat Fit 2100s are rated at IP57, which means that they’re protected against immersion in liquids up to one meter.
- Wired
Plantronics has made them more durable, with iP57-rated water resistance (they're apparently sweatproof and waterproof). It's also improved the way you control the headphones.
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It's as comfortable and stable in your ears, and also has an unsealed design for outdoor use and awareness of your surrounding.

What experts didn't like

If you run with a scarf in cold weather or have a high collar on your jacket, the thick, rubberized cable that connects the earbuds may occasionally brush against it, but we never felt as though the earbuds were tugging or at risk of falling out.
Part of this is attributable to the fact that the BackBeat Fit 2100s don’t have any noise-canceling properties.
- Wired
These really aren't the greatest sounding headphones -- they don't have much bass and don't deliver the cleanest, clearest sound. They also aren't suited to noisy environments because they let too much sound in.
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Calvin West   
Music and video producer

Calvin West, a music and video producer, recorded his first album at 19 and has been in the music business since. Currently based in Spain, where he has worked with artists and labels around the world providing services in music mixing, mastering and lyric video production.

Overview

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

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