Plantron­ics Back­Beat 505

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Nickey Ross

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con­clu­Sion Pair a great prod­uct with great pric­ing, and you’ll get the Back­Beat 505.

Head­phones are con­sid­ered a ne­ces­sity nowa­days. They are the dif­fer­ence be­tween keep­ing your­self oc­cu­pied and com­plete bore­dom. When you put them on, you're just closed off from the world. The Back­Beat 505 from Plantron­ics is a pair of wire­less head­phones that works great as you strut down the street and pre­tend you're in a mu­sic video, with­out wor­ry­ing about wires get­ting tan­gled and ru­in­ing your dance party for one.

It is very easy for you to get car­ried away when lis­ten­ing on these head­phones, as a sin­gle charge can give you up to 18 hours of mu­sic play­back and talk time, but we feel like it could ex­ceed that es­ti­mate. This is largely due to Deep­Sleep tech­nol­ogy, a hi­ber­na­tion mode that al­lows the head­phones to re­tain bat­tery charge for up to six months, even when it’s left on. The Back­Beat 505 is paired wire­lessly via Blue­tooth, and can con­nect up to two de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously, while also be­ing able to pair up to eight de­vices. The wire­less range of the head­phones can ex­tend up to 10 me­ters.

When you power on the 40mm driver head­phones, you will be greeted by a voice that states the level of bat­tery life. You may also press and hold the Call but­ton to find out. To get a more spe­cific bat­tery life read­ing, you would need to down­load the Plantron­ics mo­bile app, avail­able as a free down­load on the iOS App Store and Google Play. A full charge will take two and a half hours, but we doubt you will need to charge it of­ten.

The Back­Beat 505 fea­tures mem­ory-foam ear cush­ions, which min­i­mize ex­ter­nal sound from the out­side world as you put them on. As it does not of­fer ac­tive noise can­cel­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, the ear cush­ions are the clos­est you'll get to one. We did ex­pe­ri­ence a mi­nor dis­com­fort with our ears when tak­ing off the head­phones af­ter pro­longed lis­ten­ing, but your mileage may vary.

In terms of au­dio qual­ity, we found that the head­phones con­vey all as­pects of a track well. The vo­cal and highs were pleas­ant. How­ever, in some songs, the bass ap­pears to be slightly over­pow­ered by the highs. Phone con­ver­sa­tions sound just as clear and crisp as you’d ex­pect. Fur­ther­more, there are on-ear con­trols for paus­ing and skip­ping be­tween tracks, in ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing or de­creas­ing the vol­ume. The head­phones also al­low you to speak to your fa­vorite voice as­sis­tants, like Cor­tana and Siri.

All in all, the Plantron­ics Back­Beat 505 packs de­cent fea­tures, and is down­right af­ford­able at RM399.

The Back­Beat 505 is in­cred­i­bly light­weight and easy to carry around.

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