Jabra Elite 65t

8.5/10 AVG.
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  • Jabra Elite 65t
  • Jabra Elite 65t
  • Jabra Elite 65t

Specs / Features


Specification

Overview
Type In-Ear
Other
Volume Control Yes
Noise Canceling Yes
Water Resistant Yes
Specification
Brand Jabra
Warranty 24 months

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Stylish, minimalist design
  • Good noise isolation with HearThrough mode
  • Balanced audio profile
  • Extra EQ options through an app
  • Decent battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • IP55 rated

What's bad

  • Buttons require pressing buds into the ear canal
  • No active noise cancellation
  • Battery life only so-so compared to traditional Bluetooth earbuds

Jabra has built a name on the quality of its wireless headsets, but their latest release tackles a new market -- truly wireless earbuds. In a market dominated by Apple’s AirPods, does Jabra bring enough to stand out with their latest wire-free attempt?

Unlike many other truly wireless designs, the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are rather unassuming. Simple grey and black pods with a minimal mic boom and no latex wings or ear hooks. There are two buttons -- one in the center of each earbud -- and a compact, matte-finish carrying case. The earbuds are compact and sleek enough for active use. But they wouldn’t be out of place in the office or boardroom either.

Capable of 5 hours on a charge, reviewers had no issues with battery life during commutes or workouts. The case offers 2 more charges, for a total of 15 hours before you have to search out a charging cable. For quick top-offs, the case offers 90 minutes worth of charge in 15 minutes.

On the sound front, reviewers found the default sound profile well balanced with enough bass to be present but not overwhelming. The optional Sound+ app from Jabra unlocks a five-channel equalizer and advanced controls for those looking to tweak the audio experience further.

Connecting through Bluetooth 5, reviewers found connections reliable -- both between the earbuds and to the device in use. They also noticed no delay when watching video -- a common complaint with truly wireless earbuds.

The controls on each earbud offer easy access to media controls and voice assistant features. But they are true buttons, not touch controls. So activating the button requires pushing the earbud deeper into your ear canal. Some reviewers found this uncomfortable while others didn’t mind. Ultimately, it will be a matter of preference.

While there are no active noise cancellation options, the tight fit for the earpieces and the array of tips included in the package makes it easy to create excellent sound isolation. There’s also a HearThrough mode available through the app that uses the mics to allow in ambient noise if you prefer more awareness of your surroundings.

Speaking of mics, each bud includes a dual mic array. Reviewers rated call quality high -- though some had issues in particularly noisy or crowded environments.

Overall, reviewers raved about the earbuds. The Wirecutter made it their pick for Best Wireless Earbuds as of August 2018, saying, “The Jabra Elite 65t is the first set of true wireless earbuds that we actually love enough to make our overall earbuds pick.” Engadget says, “Headphones don't need to be flashy, especially if they sound great. They need to be comfortable, sound good and stay connected -- and Jabra checks all three boxes.”

Critic Reviews


What Mobile

Sound quality is fantastic

from What Mobile

The Jabra Elite 65t is one of the best wireless headphones you can find on the market. They really set the bar the features given make these earbuds a real step above the competition. They are expensive but if your only going to buy one pair of earbuds for your daily use these are a must to consider!

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The Jabra Elite 65t is one of the best wireless headphones you can find on the market. They really set the bar the features given make these earbuds a real step above the competition. They are expensive but if your only going to buy one pair of earbuds for your daily use these are a must to consider!

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NDTV

A solid option for fitness enthusiasts

from NDTV

The Jabra Elite Active 65t ranks amongst the best pairs of truly wireless earphones we have tested to date. These earphones deliver stellar sound quality, good battery life, a secure and stable fit, high-quality microphones, and excellent noise isolation. The IP56 rating and fitness and performan...More

The Jabra Elite Active 65t ranks amongst the best pairs of truly wireless earphones we have tested to date. These earphones deliver stellar sound quality, good battery life, a secure and stable fit, high-quality microphones, and excellent noise isolation. The IP56 rating and fitness and performance monitoring features just add to the appeal.

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Tech Advisor

A great option with excellent reliability

from Tech Advisor

With a neat, wingtip-free design, brilliant sound and outstanding connectivity, the Jabra Elite 65t are among the best wireless headphones you can buy.

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With a neat, wingtip-free design, brilliant sound and outstanding connectivity, the Jabra Elite 65t are among the best wireless headphones you can buy.

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TechGearLab

The best sounding and most comfortable buds we've found for working out

from TechGearLab

Offering top notch sound quality and the best athletic performance we've come across, the Jabra Elite 65t are the best earbuds around, but tcorrespondinglycorrepspondingly high price tag.

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Offering top notch sound quality and the best athletic performance we've come across, the Jabra Elite 65t are the best earbuds around, but tcorrespondinglycorrepspondingly high price tag.

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Mobile Syrup

Beating Apple’s AirPods

from Mobile Syrup

At $219.99, the regular Elite 65t is the same as a pair of AirPods, though a newer pair is reportedly in the works. The better audio quality alone makes them a better deal. Unless you plan to sweat a lot or have faith in the accelerometer becoming truly useful, you should be fine with the regular...More

At $219.99, the regular Elite 65t is the same as a pair of AirPods, though a newer pair is reportedly in the works. The better audio quality alone makes them a better deal. Unless you plan to sweat a lot or have faith in the accelerometer becoming truly useful, you should be fine with the regular model. You do need to manage the battery to some degree, but the fit and audio performance make them among the best true wireless earbuds available now.

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Macworld

A true AirPod alternative

from Macworld

I found that the Elite 65t offered excellent aural separation, with clear, crisp mid- and high-frequency sound. The bass, however, left me wishing for a little more oomph. Even after tweaking 65t’s sound with the Jabra app, I felt the bass provided by Apple’s AirPods and BeoPlay’s pricey E8 is superior.

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I found that the Elite 65t offered excellent aural separation, with clear, crisp mid- and high-frequency sound. The bass, however, left me wishing for a little more oomph. Even after tweaking 65t’s sound with the Jabra app, I felt the bass provided by Apple’s AirPods and BeoPlay’s pricey E8 is superior.

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The Wirecutter

Best Bluetooth earbuds

from The Wirecutter

Comfortable, great sounding, fantastic for phone calls, and equipped with all the controls you need, the Elite 65t is the first set of true wireless headphones we’d recommend over traditional Bluetooth earbuds.

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Comfortable, great sounding, fantastic for phone calls, and equipped with all the controls you need, the Elite 65t is the first set of true wireless headphones we’d recommend over traditional Bluetooth earbuds.

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Forbes

A slightly bulky but reliable truly wireless in-ear

The ear buds are well made and decently sturdy and their sound quality overall should be good enough for most listeners, especially since you can EQ them with the Sound+ app. Unfortunately, their unique one-size-fits all design will not be as comfortable for smaller ears and their case could definitely be improved.

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The ear buds are well made and decently sturdy and their sound quality overall should be good enough for most listeners, especially since you can EQ them with the Sound+ app. Unfortunately, their unique one-size-fits all design will not be as comfortable for smaller ears and their case could definitely be improved.

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Engadget

Put down your AirPods

from Engadget

The Elite 65t avoids the common pitfalls of true wireless earbuds with great sound and enough battery life to ensure you’re not charging several times a day. If you’ve been looking to eliminate one of the last remaining cords in your life, this is definitely one of the best options. And it’s an affordable one, too.

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The Elite 65t avoids the common pitfalls of true wireless earbuds with great sound and enough battery life to ensure you’re not charging several times a day. If you’ve been looking to eliminate one of the last remaining cords in your life, this is definitely one of the best options. And it’s an affordable one, too.

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Gadgets Now

The smooth operator

from Gadgets Now

The Jabra Elite 65t are solid and competent pair of wireless earbuds but face tough competition from the likes of Bose and Apple among others. They offer neat features, are light and comfortable and have an excellent battery life.

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The Jabra Elite 65t are solid and competent pair of wireless earbuds but face tough competition from the likes of Bose and Apple among others. They offer neat features, are light and comfortable and have an excellent battery life.

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