There aren’t many full-sized headsets that offer the splashproof feature on the market, but then here’s the Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE. This is a wireless Bluetooth headphone that has a special “nano-coating” technology to resist splashes of water. However, it should be noted that splashproof does not equate to waterproof. Therefore, it can take listening to music near the pool, or when you’re sweating it out at the gym, but you should not bring it along when you swim.
The Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE Presents a Beautiful Design and Excellent Audio
The Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE has a tan motif going on as opposed to the original BackBeat Sense which came in black or white. It comes with a weight of just 4.9-ounces (or 140-grams), and are very comfortable to wear, especially for an on-ear pair. It has a self-adjusting headband that has a metal frame. The earpads are placed with memory-foam and are clearly labeled with “L” and “R.”
You can wear the headset when you’re out jogging or running as it is sweat-resistant. However, it still can’t compare to the portability of an in-ear pair when exercising. Hence, it can’t really be recommended as a dedicated “sport” headphone. Nonetheless, it is still a joy to wear when you’re out strolling outdoors, or even for general gym use.
The BackBeat Sense SE offers great noise isolation; so great, in fact, that you can hear your footsteps while walking. But this can invariably be a downside as well, and can be dangerous when wearing the device outdoors. You might not be able to hear incoming traffic because of its noise isolation feature.
This particular headset also comes with a unique feature as it knows when you’ve taken it off. When you do, it will pause your music and will resume playback once you put them on again. For those who don’t want such a feature, the device has controls that can turn it off.
For a wireless Bluetooth headphone, it does offer very good sound quality. When you play your tracks on wired mode, however, your tracks sound a little bit better. Audio performance leans toward clarity rather than a booming bass. While bass is ample enough, it doesn’t drown out other areas of the spectrum. However, tracks sound a tad too bright and the trebles are harsh.
In terms of battery life, the Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE lets you have 18-hours of music playback. Overall, it’s a good headphone of which you can wear indoors. Still, it is not recommended to wear it outdoors due to its very good noise isolation feature.