here’s something truly liberating – in the digital world – about letting go of wires and it’s not surprising to see so many people going ‘wireless’ when it comes to everyday gadgets. Apple AirPods created quite a stir and certainly led to mushrooming of the category of wireless earbuds. Every brand worth their salt has a wireless earbud and are trying to get the ear of the users. As a brand, Jabra is known for its competent audio products and its latest offering is the Jabra Elite 65t, a set of wireless earbuds. We used the Jabra wireless earbuds for quite some time and here’s our review:
Sometimes we tend to get overtly judgemental where there’s plastic involved in gadgets. The Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are made of plastic yet they have the premium look to them. The earbuds fit easily and even after using it for long hours, there’s little sense of fatigue. It takes a little bit of fiddling to get them going but it’s something that you figure out after using them once or twice.
It’s a bit unnerving to find no buttons or wires but on the Jabra Elite 65t, the controls are embedded on the earbuds. Tap on the left earbud and you can control the volume and if you long press it then you can skip tracks. The right earbud is where all the action is happening. It can be used to play/pause music, answer phone calls and it also acts as a power button.
The charging case is also made of plastic but it’s compact and easy to carry around. The earbuds fit in snugly inside it and feature a micro-USB charging port. It’s a bit surprising not to see a Type C port as most premium smartphones these days feature it but that can be overlooked
Before we delve into the performance of Jabra Elite 65t, let’s briefly talk about the app. One can download – it’s not mandatory – the Jabra Sound+ app (available on both iOS and Android). Although do note that on Android one needs to download a separate Jabra Service app for it to function properly. The app is easy to use and has a neat interface that allows you to customize presets for relaxing, noise canceling and commuting.
Now to the performance, the Jabra Elite 65t are as competent as Bluetooth headphones go. Of course, one can’t compare to the likes of Bose QC range but it’s nevertheless very good. To begin with, the earbuds are automatically turned on as soon as you remove them from the case. They turn off as soon as you put them back inside the case.
Connecting them to a device is hardly a problem. We tried them with an iPhone, Google Pixel, and a MacBook – and the connectivity was seamless. Not once do these pair of wireless earbuds stutter, though as mentioned you need to get the ‘placement’ right.
When it comes to sound quality, there can’t be too many complaints with the Jabra Elite 65t. We used them extensively and listened to various genres of music. Are they best, in the class? No, but they are extremely competent and deliver the quality that most will be satisfied with.
There are certain earbuds where music often sounds a bit harsh and jarring. Now if you listen to Guns n’ Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle, Axl Rose’s voice doesn’t seem jarring at all. There’s a lot of detail when it comes to the highs on the Jabra Elite 65t. The bass on the Jabra Elite 65t is good as demonstrated while listening to The Four Horsemen from Metallica. The live version of Dire Straits’ Romeo and Juliet sounds very good on the Jabra Elite 65t. The acoustic guitar, other instruments, Mark Knopfler’s voice – the mids and lows all are captured reasonably well on these wireless earbuds. For a casual listener, the Jabra Elite 65t deliver solid performance and you can’t find too many faults with it.
The external noise is blocked excellently on the Jabra Elite 65t. There’s an option on the app which allows you to customize noise blocking/cancellation and it works fine.
Now, this is where the Jabra Elite 65t completely knocks it out of the park. The wireless earbuds claim to last up to five hours on a single charge. Much to our pleasant surprise, we found that it easily lasts more than that. This is one of the best features of these wireless earbuds. What’s more, the charging case gives two additional charges, so these wireless earbuds can last as long as 15 hours without charging. The added bonus is that the wireless earbuds charge really quickly.
The Jabra Elite 65t are the solid and competent pair of wireless earbuds but face tough competition from the likes of Bose and Apple among others. At Rs 12,999, these aren’t really a cheap pair of wireless earbuds and slightly expensive than the Apple AirPods. However, they offer neat features, are light and comfortable and have an excellent battery life. The sound quality is adequate and packs enough punch. The price might be a deterrent for prospective buyers although you do go get what you’re paying for. Unless you’re a big Apple fan and can’t look beyond their products, go for the Jabra Elite 65t and you won’t be disappointed. Else, there’s always the Apple Airpods.