PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT 903+
Plantronics, $149 plantronics.com/au
IF YOU thought wearing a Bluetooth earpiece was a strange experience, you might baulk at the look of these Bluetooth headphones.
Thoroughly atypical, they look a lot more like two hearing aids held together with a cord; a contraption your grandfather might have cobbled together in his workshop.
However, the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ headphones are more sophisticated than that. The concept behind them is that some music lovers like to listen to tunes from their phone, but none wants to miss a phone call while rocking out.
These unusual headphones could also be useful while exercising as there are no cords to impede your workout.
Connecting them is as simple as holding down the On button and delving into your phone’s Bluetooth menu. However, using them can be trickier.
There are commands to learn. A button on the right earbud plays and pauses songs, but if you hold it down for two seconds it will boost the bass.
The button on the left earbud will take or reject a phone call, but if you push it twice you can redial a phone number; hold it for two seconds and voice-dialling will start; hold it for two seconds while ringing and you’ll reject a call; and hold it for two seconds while on a call and the conversation will be transferred to your phone.
Likewise, the volume keys can be used to switch between tracks.
This, and wearing two snug earpieces, can be a lot to get used to, though the package worked as promised in our tests. Plus, you don’t have to remember all of the commands in the first instance.
The BackBeat 903+ headphones will also play music for seven hours from one battery charge, making them handy gym buddies.