I had never fallen in love with a pair of headphones before—until the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.
I love many things about these Bluetooth headphones, including the battery life and the quality of the sound and the fact that I got it marked down on woot.com. But the earbuds are what make it an absolute winner. I would estimate that 80% of headphones on the market have ball-shaped earbuds. Take, for example, this Bluetooth headphone set:
This headset has over 10,000 Amazon reviews with an average rating of 4.2 stars. Maybe it works for very low-impact activity, such as listening to an audiobook or taking a conference call. But in my experience, as soon as you move around a bit, those spherical earbuds fall out of your ears.
Not with the Backbeat Fit. You can tell these were designed with regard for the physical shape of the ear canal, which curves in towards the front of your face. Paired with the flexible ear hook, these earbuds actually stay put when I walk, run, work out, or lie down. The buttons are unobtrusive and intuitive to use. There’s nothing gimmicky about the design, either: no unnecessary long wires or annoying lights.
For a pair of Bluetooth headphones, I’d say it checks every box. They're the type of headphones that look like what Bluetooth headphones should look like. But, as with most great products, the cleanest and simplest design takes the most work.