Jabra Elite Active 65t Review

Product: Jabra Elite Active 65t

Price: $179.99

The Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Warranty: $34.99 for 4 years

Rating: 4 out of 5

I’ve been through my fair share of truly wireless earbuds in the past and for the most part they’ve all been good in one way or another. Today we are going to go over the Jabra Elite Active 65t – Truly Wireless Earbuds. The sweat resistant material on the case does pick up a good amount of oil so if you just have oily skin in general just know that this is a small maintenance you’re going to have to keep up with. But a simple microfiber cloth will help keep it looking brand new.

Charging case

So naturally the very first thing that I noticed about the elite actives was its charging case. The latch on the jaybird runs case would often pop open by itself all the time when it was in my bag or in my pants pocket therefore turning the earbuds on and connecting to my phone at the most random times without my consent. So, the first thing that stood out to me with the Jabra Elite Active 65t was that the case has a tight closure. It’s nice and secure. So, first impressions were off to a good start.

Now when you crack open the case the LED in-between indicates the remaining battery for the earbuds while the outside LED tells you the battery status for the case itself and when removed from the case each earbud will flash briefly giving you the individual battery status of each earbud with green, yellow, and red corresponding to high, medium, and low. Both the case and the earbuds have metal coils so on a contact it initiates a charge and closing the case keeps them in place.

Design and it’s functions

Now you want to be careful when handling these. They’re easy to drop just like most earbuds. I’ve even dropped them a few times on several surfaces including concrete and I haven’t seen a single scuff or scratch so that material is durable, and I think that the navy blue / copper color combo works well for these.

Now these do have an IP 56 rating so, while they aren’t submersible like our smart phones, I had no problem getting caught in the rain with these Jabra Elite Active 65t and even riding my bike through an open sprinkler and the earbuds were just fine. So, don’t be afraid to get these earbuds a little wet.

Now these do feature four-way microphones, two on each earbud. The smaller set of microphones on the tips are designed to pick up your voice while the larger outer ones are meant to cancel outside noise and they all work together for Jabra’s hear through feature which I’ll touch on in later in this review. Now with a quick glance the earbuds look identical, but they behave very differently.

First off, the right earbud lets you manually power on and off and it also doubles as your multi function button to access certain features. Now the left earbud acts as your volume and skip track as well as its own re connection button by pressing and holding volume down and either button can be used to check the battery status only when there’s nothing being played back. Secondly these earbuds have a master slave setup to write your bud being the master. So, you can only use one by itself for mono listening. I kind of wish it was an either/or scenario or at least give us the option to choose in the settings which earbud we want to be the dominant one.

It also came with a micro USB charging cable as if I need any more of these piling up along with three ear tips small, medium, and large. Now the mediums happen to fit me perfectly with no adjustments needed whatsoever. So, it was nice not having to go through that step. Speaking of fit these are the most comfortable truly wireless earbuds out of all the ones that I’ve tried in the past and I’m really impressed how well they stay in place without the need for wingtips.

You just slide them in, and the microphones naturally aligned so is your mouth and you’re good to go. So backtracking for a second the Jabra Elite Active 65t power on as soon as you take them out the case and by the time you bring them to your ear they’re already connected and that’s one thing that I really loved about these earbuds – The connection was instant and that’s something that I cannot say about any of the other truly wireless earbuds that I’ve tried in the past and when it came to pairing these it was the same story the process only took seconds running a sync test proved that these earbuds were on point. Audio syncing between the two earbuds is uninterrupted. They’re in perfect sync always. I haven’t experienced any dropouts of any kind and a lot of that is thanks to the fact that these feature Bluetooth 5.0 ensuring much faster and improved connection. You’re getting almost double the bandwidth as the previous generation Bluetooth 4.2.

Sound Plus App

The one thing that I like about these are that you don’t necessarily need to use the Jabra sound plus app to take advantage of some of its features. For example, double tapping the master ear but twice activates the Jabra’s hear through feature by using the larger microphones to pick up the noises from the outside environment making you aware of your surroundings.

I will say though I find that feature to be the best effective when the music is at about forty fifty percent volume. Listening to anything higher than that your music will eventually overpower that feature and eventually drown out the outside world anyway. So that’s something to keep in mind but when listening at an appropriate volume it does its job well.

Things like train announcements, bike bells, car horns, and traffic are all very audible or rather enhanced so it’s Hertz together with your music. But if you go ahead and download the Jabra sound app you get access to a couple more features and it even gives you a little more control of that hear through feature by adjusting the sensitivity of it.

I personally just leave it halfway it’s not something that I’m always using anyway but it’s always a nice option to have and double tapping it again brings it back to normal by reversing the operation and canceling out the outside world. It’s not necessarily active noise-cancelling but it still does a good job considering how small these are.

These also have built-in accelerometers which is dope so if you like to monitor your exercises you can do so through the sound plus app, they really took into consideration the practicality of these earbuds and that’s something that I give any manufacturer points for. Now one of my favorite features is the auto pause feature just like the Apple Airpods, so when you remove one of the earbuds from your ear it pauses whatever you’re listening to.

Voice Assisstant

So, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are like Apple’s air pods but unlike the Airpods that use infrared technology to do the whole pausing thing, these use a proximity sensor so when they’re certain distance apart it automatically pauses and vice-versa when they come back close together, they resume playback. And it works like a charm I’ve had no hiccups since I’ve been using it and it’s another one of those features that not a lot of truly wireless earbuds have, and I think Jabra is done a great job at implementing that technology.

Now my second favorite thing about the elite actives is that it has built-in support for all major voice assistance depending on which everyone is native to your phone. So, we’re talking about Siri, Google assistant, and yes advertised with these earbuds is built-in support for Alexa as well. So, after signing it to you Alexa account through the Jabra app these operate just like any other Alexa enabled speaker would on the market except in the form of earbuds. So instead of saying Alexa you just must hold down the multi function button until you hear one beep and then you proceed to talk in your command or say your routines or whatever you need.

Here’s where things aren’t so perfect for me anymore so as much as I love the idea of the Alexa integration, they still have a few kinks to work out. Alexa was just inconsistent a lot of times so oftentimes what would happen is when the earbuds were connected to the phone the sound Plus app wouldn’t detect that they were connected. So that earbuds couldn’t talk to the Jabra services or settings or as a result whenever I would try to trigger Alexa, I would get Google assistant instead because it couldn’t communicate to Alexa’s services from within the Jabra Elite Active 65t.

Sound Quality

Alright so now let’s gets to the call and sound quality. So, starting off with the call quality, they sound pretty good. I was really surprised at how confident I was able to speak without having to overexert my voice and unnaturally speak louder than I do to get through to the other person.

So, I was doing things like riding bike, taking the train, loud commuting environments however, at the same time I was never once asked to speak up nor what did they tell me they couldn’t hear me. So, everything sounded very natural in fact they were surprised when I told them I was speaking with earbuds on. As far as audio quality goes these sounds great for being truly wireless earbuds.

Now if you’re looking for bass heavy earbuds these aren’t the ones. The bass is there but like I said if you’re looking for bass heavy earbuds these are not the one. The clarity is there, I mean these works for all genres of music. I mean you could always dive into the music settings and tweak the sound how you like now as far as battery life goes unlike the Alexa feature these perform to what was advertised.

I’m getting anywhere between four- and five-hours easy listening to music at about 60% volume that’s on a single charge and so now the case gives you an extra two charges so you’re looking at a fully charged case with the earbuds inside that can take you anywhere between two and three days of use without having to worry about finding the next outlet. You do get a low battery warning so that’s also, helpful you know exactly when to throw it in the case now the topic of charging it takes me anywhere between an hour and a half and two hours to charge the case with the earbuds inside to go from red to fully solid green status.

Conclusion

I really don’t know what to say about these I’m just so happy that I finally found a pair of truly wireless earbuds that I can use daily and feel confident in using with no connection anxiety, no syncing issues or anything like that.

These Jabra Elite Active 65t are a fantastic alternative to Apple’s Airpods in the same price range except they don’t look like the air pods. So, if you’re interested in picking these up I have left links throughout the review and if you enjoyed this review and you found this to be of value share this with a friend or two. I want to thank every one of you guys for reading this review and I will see you in the next one soon. Peace out.

 

 

 

 

62 Replies to “Jabra Elite Active 65t Review”

  1. I am so getting these headphones. I’m haven’t been impressed with some of the wireless so I’ve stayed away from the investment. I’m a big fan of exercising and I’m don’t like how some of them fit.

    These seem to have all the features I desire, sound, voice, sweat resistance. And if these are the same price as others, it just seems to be a great price. 

  2. I read your review of the Bose Wireless ear buds and the wires were confusing me when it says that it’s wireless. So It’s good to see that there is a truly wireless product out there! These Jabra earphones have a very slick design that I like the look of. Thank goodness they come with a case, otherwise I would never find them in the bottom of my bag. 

  3. Great, I was looking for a review on these Jabra Elite headphones.

    I saw them on Amazon and was almost convinced but wanted to learn a bit more about them. Your review has it really all 🙂

    According to your test, the sound must be pretty awesome. I don’t expect them to have a bass woofer in them but an average Frequenz mix. Is the high sounds not too loud when you listen on about 60% of volume?

    I checked your Bose offer and am happy to see these, without any cables involved 🙂

  4. This is an interesting and helpful review.  I honestly didn’t even realise you could get wireless earbuds! But, what a great idea! These ones look really good.  As far as looks and design go, the buds and case look really slick.  I was just wondering how long they last for.  Earphones often seem to break and stop working.  Even the expensive ones seem to have a short life for me.  How long have you had these ones for now?  Do you think they will last?

    1. Thank you for your comment Alicia. I have been using it for almost a month now and it’s been great. So I think it is good for a long run. 

  5. Thanks for sharing your review of Jabra Elite Active 65t. This seems like a good product suitable for me. I love it being wireless and the color is one of my favorite colors too. It’s also a good thing that you haven’t seen any scratches on it after dropping it severally on the ground. I drop things alot so this is suitable for me. 

  6. I like the fact that this post make me exposed to another airbud out their competing with apple airpod. I will like to get one as your review explained it all.

    But my concern about it is that I do not know if the product is going to be a good one for a long run. Thank you.

  7. Never heard of this brand before, is it as good as apple? I have been thinking of which one to get. thanks for the tips on the function. I love that they give you extra rubber for you to change if it gets icky. Will consider getting them for my husband he loves running, it would be great for his workout.

    Cheers

    1. Thank you for your comment Nuttanee. Yes they are good as apple. They actually fit better than Apple in my ears. Let me know if you need anything else.

  8. Technology just keeps impressing me.  Wireless ear buds are definitely the way to go for my daughter.  She is an avid sportsman (sportswoman?), and she loves her music, but having that chord is cumbersome, and in some cases, actually dangerous.  I wish these Jabra Elite Actives were waterproof, though.  She has gotten caught in more than one storm, but maybe she can just carry a waterproof zippered case for emergencies so they don’t get ruined.  Especially at $180!!  I’ll be so upset if she ruins them.  Great write-up!

    1. Thank you for your comment Babsie Wagner. Your concern is reasonable but I can tell you that this Jabra Elite Active 65t can withstand a reasonable amount of water or sweat but I would still be cautious. 

      If you have any other questions be free to ask them.

  9. I like the fact that you gave examples of being in a noisy environment while using them, yet you were still able to carry on conversations without yelling or inconveniencing others.  I have tried earbuds in the past that were so poor quality that even at best quite times it was hard to hear others. Would they be good with small ear canals without the wings?

  10. This is a great review on Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds. These earbuds looks very nice in appearance.

    I do not like music with heavy base, so these earbuds suits me well. The fact that it comes with charging case will make it convenient to charge the earbuds.

    Thank you for sharing the information.

  11. This review covers everything about the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds.  I do a lot of cardio at the gym. The problem that I had with other earbuds was that they would not stay in my ear. I was so frustrating to run and keep pushing the earbud into my ear.  I finally gave up on the ear buds and bought myself over the ear headphone. But they’re heavy and bulky.  These  ones seem like they’ll stay in the ear. I might consider this pair.  Thanks for the review.

  12. Hey, 

    These look pretty awesome and you did a great job of reviewing them. Thanks so much.  

    I have two questions which hopefully you may be able to answer:

    What is the actual battery life supposed to be and is it conditional on how it’s used? So is the battery life likely to be less if you like your music loud? Also is it possible to store music, heart rate and workout info on the earbuds themselves?

    I am sure many people will appreciate this review and consider buying these.

    Mark 

    1. Thank you for your comment Mark Baker. I listen to my music on 90% on most of the time and it delivers a good listening time as it promises which is 5 hours and it also has 10 hours of charge banked in the charging case. 

      These ones can’t store music or cannot display heartbeat.

  13. I was getting impressed of the features of  Jabra earphones and was thinking of getting one for myself. Your review of  Jabra Elite Active 65t is a very comprehensive ona and I must say, pretty convincing too. What clinches the deal for me is the water resistance feature. However, the poor integration with Alexa worries me. Anyways, let me give it a try. Thanks.

    GeeEss

    1. Thanks for your comment GeeEss. The Jabra Elite Active 65t has some trouble with Alexa but they still work great with Homepod or other voice assistants you may find in the market.

  14. Dear Sujandar,

    Thanks for the very thorough and detailed review post.

    To be honest never tried or used wireless earbuds before and got great insights from your review post. I am amazed at the technology growth and never aware there is a wireless earbuds lol.

    I am going to share your post to my friends who use headphones at least 5+ hours a day. And I believe this review post will be a greater help to them.

    I use to use headphones while making calls I work from home and make a lot of business calls and stay on the phone for long hours. I am happy when you mentioned you never got any complaint while making call using these earbuds. So really impressed and will give a try.

    Wishing you much success!

    Paul

  15. Thanks for your review.  I have a Jabra ear-piece for my mobile calls so am interested in that brand as they are well known and seem very good quality.

    This is a different product – wireless ear buds.  I haven’t gotten the abbple airpods yet and was wondering about alternatives.  It’s great that these Jabra ones are water proof and have a ton of features as you’ve highlighted.  These ones seem excellent and I’ll bookmark it for when it comes time to buy.  Thank you

  16. Thanks for this great review of the Jabra wireless earbuds. I am in the market for wireless earbuds, hence why I am reading this review. I have an android phone so I would like an alternative to the Apple Airpods. From what you have described these are exactly what I have been looking for. 

  17. I am definitely looking for a new pair of headphones especially with the upcoming holiday season. I have paid less than $50 for headphones that last me a year to a year and a half. However, I feel like it makes sense to pay more if it means more durability. After all, you get what you pay for.

    My question is how long would these headphones last me? Can they last me longer than the 4 year warranty if I take good care of them?

    1. Thank you for your comment jessie Palaypay. Yes Jessie it all depends on how we take care of our earbuds. To be honest if you don’t drop them and use them with care it should last you as long as you want to use them.

      Good luck Jessie.

  18. Wow, thanks for a great review on these.  I am considering buying them but you just never know what you are going to get.  Have you used these while running or working out?  I’m curious to know how they hold up, how comfortable they are while working out, and if they stay in your ears.  I’ve had some others that fall out way to easily.  Thanks and have a great day!

    1. Thank you for your comment Toby. Yes I have used them while jogging and working out, it has always stayed in my ears. You won’t even feel like they are in your ears.

  19. Love your review for the Anker Soundbuds. I’m definitely going to be purchasing them. At $32.00 they are a great price, that combined with the quality of sound, the bluetooth capability, the 3 button remote and the low cost added warranty make this a steal. I was reading some of the reviews from over 2000 customers and most gave a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. I recently purchased wired headphones from somewhere else for about the same amount of money that I personally would only have given a 2 out of 5 star rating and I wish I had seen this review prior to my purchase.

  20. Although I am not a big fan of buds, wireless or otherwise as I have never really found a comfortable fit that feels like it is going to stay in. So I guess just for comfort i have always opted for phones over buds. I have to say that for someone who likes buds though these seem to have included everything that you would need. I like the hear-through option which is a great safety measure I just wish more phone manufacturers would take a mote and include it.

  21. Sujandar, Hello! You have written the most detailed review of the elite Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless headphones. You explained all the technological innovations embedded in this product. 

    I usually use overhead headphones and I’m used to them. I’m wondering, if  ears get used to earphones easily. Are  ears tired from prolonged retention? Of course, these private issues do not reflect high technological advances. As well as a very good price of $ 180. 

    I will invite my grandchildren to see your headset review. We will make a purchase if they want. 

    Your review is unique and useful in its content. Thank. Mark

    1. Thank you for your comment Mark Kabakov. To be honest after some time you won’t even feel like you are wearing it. I sometimes forget that I’m wearing it. 

  22. These seem like a really great pair of earbuds.  I have never seen a wireless pair like these before.I like the fact that they are truly wireless.Do these earbuds also cancel out other noises?Do you know if they are comfortable to sleep in?I was just wondering because I have a hard time sleeping with the people in the apt. above making noise up til 2am.  I haven’t been able to sleep well and would want something that is comfortable at night that would help to block out the sounds.

    1. Thank you for your comment Andy. These do feature four-way microphones, two on each earbud. The smaller set of microphones on the tips are designed to pick up your voice while the larger outer ones are meant to cancel outside noise and they all work together for Jabra’s hear through feature. So they do a pretty good job canceling other noises.

      They are light weighted, after sometime you won’t even feel like they are in your ears. So, as long as they stay in your ears while sleeping you should be good.

  23. As a blogger working in a noisy environment, I am searching for ear buds that I can use, so that I would not be distracted from my work. Thanks that I finally found this one, and these look like something that can really fit to my ears.

    However, throughout the article, I didn’t find anything you said about how good it attach to the ear holes. I mean, how do you guarantee it won’t fall aside and get lost?

    Another thing is that, I’ve heard a lot of stories where prolong use of ear buds cause damage to hearing. So, I’d like to ask, what makes this one different from other ear buds out there that cause hearing loss over the long use?

    Is there any feature of this that minimize damage to hearing?

    1. Thank you for your comment Gomer Magtibay. Jabra Elite Active 65t has a precise design which fits most ear canals but if it doesn’t fit yours don’t worry. With the Jabra Earbuds you get three ear tips small, medium and large. Medium happens to fit me perfectly with no adjustments needed. Overall these do a really good job staying in your ears.

      I mean with these ones if your going to use it for a long time I recommend using it at 80% volume which should be totally fine. I listen to music about 6 hours a day while working, I listen at 80% volume. I never get headaches or it doesn’t hurt my ears. Other than that I’m not sure about any specific feature it has to minimize hearing damage.

  24. What a fantastic feature these buds have. I really like the proximity sensor that will pause playing until the ear buds are bought back closer together. What a simple yet cool idea. So as long as you’re head isn’t 2 feet wide, you shouldn’t have a problem! When I look at the cost of Apple products, these seem like a much more affordable option. 

    1. Thank you for your comment on the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Yes comparing to the Apple AirPods this seems a better option price wise.

  25. Thank you for this useful post, it is really helpful I will like to get this wireless earpiece. It will be really comfortable to use compare to the wired one. I will definitely share this Site with my friends and family i believe this post will be useful to them. Thanks for this information once again.

  26. Aww!  Why didn’t I see this earlier?  I want the wireless Jabra Elite Active 65t earphones!

    Frankly, I’ve never had wireless earphones before but I’m a huge fan of wireless options because I can’t stand cords getting in my way.  This close to Christmas, I’ve already given Santa my wishlist.  But oh boy do I want this instead.  The only half point I would take off it is the lack of bass sound, that you mentioned.  But are there any wireless earphone that is strong in bass?

    It doesn’t matter.  60% of the bass quality is still good (as you’re not supposed to listen to heavy bass anyway that loud!).

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  27. HI Sujander – As someone who flies a lot for business I am constantly on the hunt for some decent noise cancelling earbuds.  I have a great pair of Bose headphones but I find them a bit bulky and hot at times.  I note that these do some noise cancelling with their dual microphones.  Would you recommend these for nise cancelling when flying?

  28. Thanks for sharing your review of Jabra Elite Active 65t. This was a great product review and I am glad that there seems to be another wireless ear bud that can compete against the airpods which are the ones I already own. 

    Interested to know how they do fit in my ears. I usually have difficulties with earbuds due to my ears seem to be smaller than most. So as I put them in they seem to start the journey of falling out right away. Have you heard anyone comment on this issue? How long does a charge last? 

    Thanks

    1. Thabk you for your comment Todd. I have read so many comments about this and they all say it does a really good job staying in your ears. Five hours of charging in the case and five hours in the earbuds so totally 10 hours of play.

  29. I just have one question, isn’t it possible to burst your eardrum if the volume is to loud, and if so, doesn’t that mean that one can also become deaf from listening to loud music which in turn bursts your eardrum?

    This would mean that there would have to be a limiter on the sound decibels that are reached in these earphones.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Edu

    1. Thabk you for your comment. Not really Earphones can’t burst your eardrums though they can slightly make you hear less other than that they are not made harmful.

  30. I was never a huge fan of earbuds. I preferred the headphones. But I do like to use earbuds sometimes and I don’t like the ones that come with the Iphone. 

    The sound is okay but they never stay in my ears!I just don’t think they are large enough.

    However the Jabra look like they would work much better and without wires, that’s a big plus.I’m sure they sound awesome because they aren’t cheap.Do they stay in your ears and is the sound quality superior to other earbuds?

    1. Thank you for your comment Rob.  Yes they do stay in my ears for a long time. The sound quality is really good too. I have given a detailed review about the sound quality in the article.

  31. I like those headphones Jabra Elite Active 65t, they look great and, after reading your review, it seems that they work very well too. I wonder to know if there will be any interference using it during a walk or riding a bike, I mean interference because sweat, I sweat a lot and that worries me about any headphones. The ones in navy looks great, but I like better in black.

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