With so many earphones to choose from these days, it’s hard to nail down exactly what you want. For those that are not in the market for $400+ bluetooth headsets, Plantronics offers a surprisingly well balanced bluetooth earphone at a much more agreeable price point.
The Plantronics BackBeat Sense is arguably the best on-ear model for the money, coming in at $190 USD. The light weight headphone that weighs only 149 grams is extremely comfortable, especially with its self-adjusting headband and memory foam equipped ear pads. It connects to two bluetooth devices that you can switch back and forth between using Bluetooth 4.0, while a sensor pauses the music when you take the headphone off and resumes it when you put them back on.
The headphone can also act as a headset so you can take calls, which is made more convenient with the dual microphones on the side so you can hear yourself talking. Press the red button on the side, and the Plantronics BackBeat Sense pauses the music and lets you hear what’s going on outside, perfect for those situations in the office where you want people to think that you’re not listening to them.
With 18 hours of playback, the headphone is suited to a variety of music genres with ample bass and good clarity, while still maintaining a reasonable open sound for an on ear model. For those that want all the technology of a high end bluetooth headset but are on a budget, the Plantronics BackBeat Sense might be hard to beat.