Snagging quality headphones for under $100 without compromising the listening experience is a challenge, but Plantronics rose to the occasion with the BackBeat 500 on ear model.
While not as stylish as the BackBeat Sense or Pro 2’s, the BackBeat 500’s have a simple clean design. The memory foam ear cups sit comfortably on your head and are also very light. The left and right cups are clearly labeled with bold lettering on bright colors. On the left side, you have the volume controls, play/pause/switch track controls, 3.5 mm jack, and the micro-USB port for charging.
The right ear cup has the PLT branding , a power/bluetooth switch and the Siri/Google assistant button. The PLT branding is also nicely displayed on the top left of the headband, which adds a nice splash of style. You have the ability to turn the ear cups in so you can rest them on your neck comfortably when you’re not jammin’ out.
At $79.99 this model pumps out crisp, quality sound. Bass levels are pretty decent, as I expected from the 40mm drivers, but don’t expect these to block out everything. You can also connect to two devices at a time which comes in handy when you’re between multiple devices. You can listen to music from your laptop then hit a button to activate Siri on your phone to redial your last call if you need to.
Battery life is usually great on Plantronics headphones and with this model it is no different. Deep sleep mode makes sure you stay juiced up when you’re not listening. I’ve left my headphones on several times and I still had battery left for several commutes after. I charge them about once a week and use them for a few hours each day.
The BackBeat 500’s are a solid pair of headphones without all of the fancy bells and whistles for a very affordable price. They deliver quality sound, have long lasting battery and won’t break the bank. You can get them in the white/orange, lime/grey, or black/grey colorways.
Available at Plantronics.com for $79.99