UPDATE: Congratulations to Richard Ferreira, the winner of the BackBeat Fit headphones!
I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that I’m a big Plantronics fan. Recently I was asked to review a different set to the ones I already have – a gaming headset, the RIG 100HX.
I’m not actually a big fan of gaming headsets – I realise that sounds really weird – most people know me from my days on The Verge, but I actually don’t like playing online that much. It’s not to say I never do, but you won’t find me playing loads of Call of Duty of Battlefield online with people I don’t know.
While this headset might not convince me to change my mind about online gaming, it was exceptionally comfortable to use however, and if I was a big online gamer, this would definitely be among my top choices.
I tested out the Xbox One version
I tested out the Xbox One version but… wait for it… on a Playstation 4. I don’t own an Xbox One, but luckily although they’re customised colour wise to fit their appropriate counterpart, there isn’t really much difference (or so I’m told) in performance whether it’s on a Playstation or Xbox.
There are easy controls on the cable so you can adjust volume at the touch of an easily accessible button. This is also a single cup headphone, which is a bit weird for me as I’m used to dual cup headphones because of my day to day work. That said, this was surprisingly comfortable to wear, and the adjustable mic doesn’t get in the way at all. It sits comfortably, the audio quality is great, and they’re super light, which means you can enjoy hours of play without feeling like you’re weighed down at any point. The ear cup is in fact adjustable, so you can move it up and down easily to make it more comfortable for you. It’s designed more for in game chat, so while you can use it for game audio, where it really shines is the online multiplayer scenarios – yes, the places I don’t often venture…
I don’t often use wired headsets any more, so that would maybe be my only complaint – I would prefer something wireless – however that said it certainly wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. If I was going to venture into the world of online multiplayer, this would likely be the companion I would take along for the ride. They retail at just over R500.00.
Did I mention something about a competition?
I’m sure I did… In fact my previous Plantronics BackBeat FIT competition was so popular that I’m giving away another pair of these terrific fitness headphones – hooray! In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, see the lovely pictures I didn’t take below.
Tell me in the comments or on any of my social media platforms below why you NEED these in your life (and trust me you do). Competition closes Monday 9th April at 12:00 midday. Winner will be announced Tuesday 10 April. Open to SA residents only.
EDIT: I’m going to extend the competition until midnight 9th April.