Jabra has revamped their Elite Sport earbuds to offer better battery life, whilst still maintaining excellent audio quality for music and phone calls.
A highlight of the product pack is the accompanying charging case, which stores and charges your truly wireless earphones.
For the average consumer, you receive up to 13.5 hours of use from a single charge (albeit not continuously). The case uses a microUSB connector – kudos to Jabra for going with the industry standard to offer ease of use when locating a connecting cable.
The big concern most consumers will have is the ease of losing an earpiece. Fortunately, the fit is very secure with 3 sets of wings and 6 sets of ear gels/ear tips.
I fitted my left earbud with a small wing and a medium ear gel, whilst the right ear worked better with a medium wing and a large ear gel. Choose whatever works for you, but definitely fit these in front of a mirror at home, then walk around the house a bit to check. You don’t want to head outside for a 10k run and then find out the fit was bad. Lastly, the wing will pinch a bit – just like most earphones with wings – so ease into them if you have sensitive earlobes.
Setup with the Bluetooth is super easy. It can pair with multiple devices, but not simultaneously. So, you can’t be watching a movie on your laptop, then answer a call with them on. Something for Jabra to work on as the functionality in other rival earphones is already there.
I also like Jabra’s in-ear announcements – it lets you know if they have accidentally disconnected or turned off.
Sound quality for playing music is excellent – the partner app can help adjust the settings so you customise it the way you like. Call quality is similarly excellent with four microphones. Jabra has clearly packed a lot of technology into these.
I did note a somewhat ‘tinny’ sound quality when listening to interviews on Youtube videos. However, there was no Bluetooth lag, so watching videos shouldn’t be a problem.
They earbuds certainly are a premium product, and Jabra has a great reputation for quality Bluetooth execution.
However, the $349 price tag is a bit rich, especially against competitors like the market-leading Apple AirPods at $229.
Jabra could potentially add a pouch for storing accessories, much like rival Jaybird’s, which keeps things neat.
With the spike in consumer demand for wireless earphones, competition is only set to increase – and big names are further investing in this market. The quality is there, but if they can bring the price down a bit, consumers may feel a lot more comfortable buying them.