- Secure, comfortable fit
- Surprisingly good audio quality + active noise cancellation
- Mobile app allows you to adjust EQ, engage SoundScapes, and more
- Strong Bluetooth connection
- Quick charge feature (15 min = 1.5 hour of battery life)
- The Jabra Elite 65T are fairly expensive
- Using the buttons on the earbuds can start to fatigue your ears
- Not terribly water resistant (only IP55 for Elite 65T and IP56 for Elite 65T Active)
The Jabra Elite 65T are some of the best fully wireless earbuds that money can buy. It’s hard to find negative things to say about them.
Elite 65T vs Elite 65T Active
Before we get into the weeds, let’s discuss how the standard Elite 65T earbuds are different from the Active version. The rest of this review applies to both models, so it makes sense to quickly discuss the pros/cons of each model. There are only 3 differences of note between the 65T and 65T Active.
- Color — Grey for the 65T and blue for the 65T Active. Not important.
- Price — The standard model has an MSRP for $170, while the Active model has an MSRP of $190. You check the current price on Amazon.
- Water Resistance — The 65T Active are IP56 certified (as opposed to IP55), which means they’re slightly better suited for working out. If you sweat a lot you might consider the Active model. For everyone else, you likely won’t notice a difference at all.
Fit & Comfort
The 65T have a snug, comfortable fit and fantastic noise isolation. Even during workouts, there was not chance the earbuds were falling out of my ears. They do come with multiple size silicone ear tips, but the default medium option seemed to work best for me.
I was actually surprised with the fit of the 65T. They don’t have fins or hooks to secure them in your ear, but the suction from the silicone ear tips keeps them in place nicely.
For wireless earbuds, the Elite 65T actually sound great. They have pretty crisp, clear audio and active noise cancellation, which means you can really zone out. But don’t worry, if you want to turn off the noise cancellation you can, sort of.
They have a mode called HearThrough that enables the microphones to pass through audio from your surroundings. This is particularly convenient for urban areas or when you’re running and want to be aware of what’s going on around you. You can enable HearThrough on the earbuds themselves and within the mobile app (more on that below).
Remote & Mic
The Elite 65T have a soft-touch plastic exterior, similar to the Jaybird Run, and silicone ear tips. Each earbud also has a button, although technically those buttons are split in two with a top and bottom, so really the earbuds have two buttons each. Here’s a look at what those buttons can do.
Our only complaint with the remote system on the 65Ts is that it requires you press in on the earbuds to, for example, pause your music, thereby pushing the earbuds farther into your ears.
After just a few presses, this can start to fatigue your ears. In fact, I pretty much stopped using the buttons wholesale because it became so uncomfortable.
To be fair, there really isn’t’ a good option for the remote on any true wireless earbuds. You either put the buttons on the side of the earbuds (which is what Jabra did), put them on the top/button of the earbuds (which is what Bose did), or remove the buttons entirely (which is basically what Apple did). No matter what the manufacturer does with the buttons, the remote system ends up being the worst part of the earbuds.
Getting back to the Elite 65T, each earbud also has two microphones built in for phone calls and wind noise reduction.
We found that the audio is clear for the person you’re speaking with on the phone, but given that the microphones are quite far from your face, they’re still not as ideal as your standard wired headphones.
Also, the earbuds work with Google Assistant and Siri as well as Amazon Alexa (if enabled within the mobile app).
Like most other true wireless earbuds, the Elite 65T come with a case that serves dual purposes as the charger and carrying case for the earbuds.
The earbuds have a battery life of around 5 hours on a single charge, but the case provides an extra 10 hours. This is less than what you’ll get from the Apple AirPods, but that’s on par with the Bose SoundSport Free. In our tests, we actually got about 5.5 hours on a single charge, which would pretty much make them best in class in terms of battery life.
They also have a quick-charge feature that gets you 1.5 hours worth of battery life on 15-minute charge.
The Elite 65T have a companion mobile app that’s available for iOS and Android users. The app allows you to do four major things.
Firstly, it allows you to adjust basic settings such as toggling on/off HearThrough and switching smart assistants.
More importantly though, it allows you to adjust the EQ settings so that you can customize what the earbuds actually sound like. Here’s a look at that.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the app has a section called Soundscapes, which allows you listen to various sounds to help you focus. These are actually really helpful and negate the need to download a separate white noise app or play something via YouTube.
The app also preset sound settings for focusing, commuting, and working out. These basically save you time so you don’t have to manually change the settings. You can just select one of the presets and you’re ready to go.
Jabra Elite 65T Review: Verdict
It’s hard to dislike these earbuds. They get almost everything right, including:
- Comfortable, secure fit
- Good audio quality and sound isolation
- Active noise cancellation
- Mobile app for adjusting EQ settings and more
- Strong bluetooth connection thanks to Bluetooth 5.0
- Pretty good battery life
- Compatibility with smart assistants
As for cons, there are a few, but we’re not convinced they’re dealbreakers. The remote system is bad for all true wireless earbuds, so it’s hard to hammer Jabra on this. The price point is fairly high, but not really if you compare them to the AirPods. And the waterproofing is just average, but you still get some protection (IP55 for 65T and IP56 for 65T Active).