BackBeat Sense SEby Plantronics

  • BackBeat Sense SE
  • BackBeat Sense SE
  • BackBeat Sense SE
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • These special edition headphones are water-resistant, so you can wear them in rainy conditions.
  • The BackBeat Sense SE feels comfortable and lightweight on the noggin.
  • As Bluetooth headphones go, the sound quality is reasonably solid across the board.

CONS

  • The noise isolation is so impressive you might not hear oncoming traffic outdoors.
  • You may not like the sensor feature, which automatically pauses music when you remove the headphones and picks up again when you put them back on, but this feature can be disabled.
  • Bass fiends will need to look elsewhere for a meaty low end.
Plantronics took its popular BackBeat Sense headphones, added water-resistance to the mix, and--voila--delivered the BackBeat Sense SE. The company uses a moisture-resistant nano coating that repels rain and spills. The model has soft memory-foam cushions and a self-adjusting headband. The sensor detects when you take off the headphones and pauses the audio; when you put the headphones back on, the audio resumes where you left off. Unlike most Bluetooth headphones, which offer a wireless range of up to 33 feet, the BackBeat Sense SE promises you a range of up to 330 feet, and you can expect 18 hours of battery life. The BackBeat Sense SE vocalizes connection status and battery alerts.
NameBackBeat Sense SETrekz TitaniumXTfreeHellasUltraFit 3000
ManufacturerPlantronicsAftershokzSkullcandyUrbanearsPolk
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I tried running with it and it stayed on my head fairly securely. I can't fully recommend it as a full-on "sport" headphone, but it will cer…

I tried running with it and it stayed on my head fairly securely. I can't fully recommend it as a full-on "sport" headphone, but it will certainly work fine for joggers and fast walkers, as well as general gym use.

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The design is certainly not flashy and on the conservative side, but that's okay with me. This headset is amazingly comfortable, and the con…

The design is certainly not flashy and on the conservative side, but that's okay with me. This headset is amazingly comfortable, and the controls are intuitive.

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For a wireless Bluetooth headphone, it does offer very good sound quality. When you play your tracks on wired mode, however, your tracks sou…

For a wireless Bluetooth headphone, it does offer very good sound quality. When you play your tracks on wired mode, however, your tracks sound a little bit better. Audio performance leans toward clarity rather than a booming bass.

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