If you’ve previously owned and/or listened to the original Plantronics Backbeat, or Backbeat GO, then you already have a good idea of what to expect…and you’d be (somewhat) wrong. For those unfamiliar with the Backbeat line, they are the stereo side of Plantronics, in contrast to their mono headsets designed primarily/specifically for talking on cell phones. Where the RIG headsets excel for gaming, and the Voyager line excels for talking on cell phones, the Backbeat line is for music & “entertainment”. Having previously owned the original Backbeat, and currently owning the Backbeat GO 2, I already had high hopes for the Backbeat FIT 305.
While the standard Backbeat FIT had a hard, around-the-neck section connecting the right & left speakers, the Backbeat FIT 305 (and FIT 300) are closer to the Backbeat GO, not only in appearance, but also in sound quality…but they’re better than all the previously-mentioned products. Why? The in-line control is larger, and easier to grip/use; fit is improved; sound quality is improved; they are sweatproof (notice I’m not saying “waterproof”, but they are close enough for government work). In short, they have been improved in almost every possible way. It’s like they took the “sports” portions of the Backbeat FIT, and married them to the design & (somewhat) better sound quality of the Backbeat GO series – you get “the best of both worlds, rolled into one”, so-to-speak.
Of course, there’s always a “down side”, and this one could be considered significant enough by some people to skip the Backbeat FIT 305, and stick with the Backbeat FIT. Even though the sound is (supposedly) improved over the Backbeat FIT (although I’ve never personally tried them), you might have a hard time keeping them in place. The primary purpose of the Backbeat FIT design is to keep them “attached” around your neck. Having assimilated the design of the Backbeat GO, the cord connecting left & right sides moves freely. Additionally…again, due to the similarities in design with the Backbeat GO…there’s nothing “holding” them in place like the Backbeat FIT. If you turn your head quickly from side-to-side, you could find one (or, possibly, both) earphones flying off your ears.
Would I recommend the Plantronics Backbeat FIT 305? Honestly, this is a hard one to decide. On one hand, the sound is excellent, and control is easier than on previous FIT & GO models (due to its larger, and ‘grippier’ control). On the other hand, having been designated a “sport” model, but following the design of their GO line, they could be considered “problematic” for some, especially joggers/runners. If you’re looking to get them for more sports involving a lot of movement…especially movement on the harsher side, I’d probably suggest sticking with the standard Backbeat FIT. At the same time, if you’re looking for a Bluetooth headset to be used with sports involving less movement, as well as those looking for a really good “general-purpose” Bluetooth headset, then these would fit your requirements, and would work out (no pun intended) quite well. Think of them as a pretty decent cross between the Backbeat GO & Backbeat FIT.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.