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Plantronics BackBeat Sense

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of Plantronics BackBeat Sense. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and price. The comfort and portability also get good views, but there are some critical comments about the mids quality.

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mids quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Plantronics BackBeat Sense is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Plantronics BackBeat Sense from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on People are impressed by the usability and comfort. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

sound, portability, price, comfort, usability

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Plantronics Back Beat Sense Stereo Headphone - WhitePlantronics Back Beat Sense Stereo Headphone - White

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Marc Chacksfield (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense review


BackBeat, the word is on the street that Sense headphones are worth a shout

Light and extremely comfortable ; Great design with minimal fuss ; Easy to use ; Decent battery

Sound isn't all-encompassing ; Lack of pure noise cancelling ; Definite headphone 'noise' when walking

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense is a great-looking, lightweight over-ear offering that boasts brilliant Bluetooth connectivity - we just wish the sound was a touch more impressive.

Oct, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Michael Sawh (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense


The BackBeat Sense are a pair of wireless on-ear headphones from Bluetooth audio specialist Plantronics. Like so many audio manufacturers in recent years, Plantronics clearly wants a piece of the lucrative headphone market and has already proved with...

Light, comfortable design ; Strong battery life ; Bright, detailed sound quality

Proximity sensor can activate when around neck ; Some optimising issues when listening from PC/Mac

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense are feature-packed Bluetooth headphones that deliver superb sound at a competitive price.

Oct, 2015

Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Richard Easton (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense review


Plantronics' BackBeat Sense packs in plenty of handy features, with decent sound and a very reasonable price

Looking for a different pair of headphones? Have a read of our headphones buying guide for even more options.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Aaron Tan (

Hands on: Plantronics Backbeat Sense January 1st, 2016 | by Aaron Tan Audio-visual 0


The Backbeat Sense is a lightweight pair of cans that offers reasonable sound quality without breaking the bank.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense review


Plantronics have a decades long history in headsets for comms, and the company is now branching out into consumer and leisure listening with its new Bluetooth headset, the Plantronics BackBeat Sense. Is it any good? We put one through its paces to find...

First off, the Plantronics BackBeat Sense is a very fancy dan looking headset with striking circular cups. It looks great, it's light and it's comfortable - in short it's a headset you can wear for hours without any discomfort

It's sadly not all good news though, and the fact these headphones don't feature closed cups means your fellow travellers are every bit as likely to hear your music as you are if you listen to EDM a little too loudly on the train. Still, the leakage...

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense headphones may lack the brand cachet of Beats, but we know which we'd rather be wearing (it's definitely these!) - they're absolutely great value for money.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense Bluetooth headphones


They aren't called Sense for nothing, you know

Comfortable ; Good sound ; Steady Bluetooth performance

Sensors sometimes unreliable

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense Bluetooth headphones


They aren't called Sense for nothing, you know

Comfortable ; Good sound ; Steady Bluetooth performance

Sensors sometimes unreliable

For $249, you'd expect them to sound good, though, and the good part is that they also offer enough comfort so that they can be enjoyed for long periods of time. Bluetooth and corded operation add versatility (furthermore, they support Class 1...

Aug, 2015

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Ted Kritsonis (

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE review


The BackBeat Sense are among the best wireless on-ear headphones you can find at any price point.

Plantronics didn’t really take a risky approach with the BackBeat Sense, leaning toward neutral with both the design and audio performance. We can’t say these are ideal for any particular genre of music because they aim to treat them all the same. Bass...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense Black


For starters, it's lightweight (140 grams or 4.9 ounces) and very comfortable for an on-ear headphone, with a "self-adjusting" headband (the frame is metal) and memory-foam-equipped earpads that are clearly labeled "L" and "R." I found it to be as...

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense is a lightweight, comfortable on-ear wireless headphone that delivers very good sound for Bluetooth and has a strong feature set, with dual microphones and a sensor that knows when you have the headphones on or off....

Low-end may not be strong enough for those looking for fatter bass.

At less than $200 USD, the well-designed Plantronics BackBeat Sense is one of the best on-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones currently available.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

Plantronics BackBeat Sense


The Plantronics BackBeat Sense Bluetooth headphones pack very good performance and battery life in a remarkably light and comfortable on-ear package.

Incredibly light, comfortable design. Good selection of accessories. Very good sound quality with powerful lows.

Balance emphasizes lows and highs at slight expense to high-mids. Canvas carrying pouch is a little awkward to use.

Performance and Conclusions The headphones handle deep bass very capably. They played our low-end test track, The Knife's "Silent Shout," at maximum volume without a hint of distortion. They didn't get quite as painfully (and dangerously) loud as some...

Jul, 2015

Product Specifications


Battery life (max):18
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:2.5
Continuous audio playback time:18
Standby time:504
Talk Time:18


Colour of product:Black, Espresso / Tan, White / White, Tan
Headset type:Binaural
Wearing style:Head-band


Driver Type:Dynamic
Driver unit:3.2
Ear coupling:Circumaural / Supraaural
Headphone frequency:20 - 20000


Digital Signal Processing (DSP):Y / Yes
Noise-canceling:Y / Yes

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth version:4.0

Packaging Data

Cables included:Audio (3.5mm) / Audio (3.5mm), USB
Carrying case: Yes
Storage pouch:Y
Travel pouch: Yes
USB charger included: Yes
User guide:Y


Brand compatibility:Universal
Connectivity Technology:Bluetooth / Wired/Bluetooth
Operating keys:Bluetooth pairing, Track <, Volume +, Play/pause, Track >, Volume -

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HSP / A2DP, HFP, AVRCP, HSP
Bluetooth version:4.0 EDR
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Device interface:Bluetooth
Headset connectors supported:3.5mm stereo, Micro-USB
Interface Type:3.5mm / USB / Bluetooth / 3.5mm
Wireless Range:100


Rechargeable:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions