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Jabra Elite Active 65t review: These wireless headphones beat out AirPods on sound quality

Compared to their Elite predecessors, the Active 65ts have a more refined, comfortable design, improved sound, slightly better battery life, excellent call quality and voice support for all major virtual assistants, including Amazon's Alexa on-the-go. 

The step-up Active Elite 65t reviewed here looks almost identical to the standard Elite 65t but has some small cosmetic differences, including a slightly grippier finish, plus three feature upgrades: Added sweat-resistance with an IP56 rating (versus IP55 for the standard Elite 65t), a built-in accelerometer and a quick charge feature that allows you to get 1.5 hours of juice from a 15-minute charge in the included charging case. That charging case is also coated with the same, faintly rubberized finish you'll find on the buds. 

While I can't say those small upgrades make a major difference, their addition serves to make an already excellent set of truly wireless headphones slightly better -- and that's why we're awarding the Active Elite 65t an Editors' Choice over its less expensive sibling. It's the best overall truly wireless headphone you can buy, as of June 2018.

What's new and different

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Unlike the earlier Elite Sport, there's no heart-rate monitor built into these earphones. But that's a good thing.

Removing the heart-rate monitor allowed Jabra to trim down the design and simplify operation, as well as improve battery life to 5 hours (the Elite Sport's is rated at 4.5 hours). That's in line with the AirPods' battery life.

Jabra's included charging case delivers an additional two charges. Although it's not as small as the AirPods charging case, it's still compact and fit easily into my pocket.

Jabra has mostly nailed the design this time around. The earphones come with three different sized eartips and while there are no wings or fins to hold the buds in place, they stayed secure in my ears. With the largest tips I was able to get a tight seal, which is crucial to maximizing bass response. 

I found they fit similarly to the Jaybird Run truly wireless headphones. Like that model, after you wear them for a while, your ear canals may start to itch a little. Not to get too graphic, but I simply removed the bud for a moment, stuck my pinky finger in my ear for a quick scratch, then reinserted the bud. Problem solved.  

Technically, the Elite 65t is not considered a sports model, though its IP55-rated design makes it splash-resistant and dust-resistant. I used the standard Elite 65t at the gym and while running and it survived just fine. But the Elite Active 65t apparently have an added degree of sweat-resistance that should make them a bit more durable in the long run.

Both the standard Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t stayed in my ears securely during my modestly paced 3-mile runs and I didn't sense that the Active's special coating made a real difference in terms of fit. Currently, you can use the accelerometer -- Jabra calls it a motion sensor -- to count steps in Jabra's companion Sound+ app for iOS and Android. However, there should be other applications for it, such as counting exercise reps, in the future.

Both the Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, which is just starting to appear in devices and is supposed to create a more stable wireless connection with fewer dropouts. It's backwards compatible with any earlier version of Bluetooth, too, of course.

Advantages over AirPods

I'm a fan of the AirPods, but they don't sit quite securely enough in my ears, which means I can't use them for running or during other sporty activities. Lots of people are able to run with their AirPods, just not me. As I said, the Elite 65t gave a much more secure fit.

The Jabras are noise-isolating earphones, which means they passively seal out ambient noise while the AirPods' open design allows sound to leak in. As a safety feature for runners and bikers, the Jabras do have a HearThrough transparency feature that you can toggle on in the Jabra Sound+ companion app. You can adjust the degree to which you want to let in sound. 

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The app also has an equalizer that allows you to tweak the sound profile for music -- I generally left it flat -- as well as treble and bass boost modes for call audio.

You can opt to have your music pause automatically when you pull a bud out of your ear and have it resume once you put it back in. Additionally, you can skip tracks forward and back by holding down the volume up and down buttons on the left earpiece. You wait for a beep, let go of the button and the track skips (volume down skips the track back, up skips it forward). 

The app also allows you to choose your voice assistant. On iOS devices you can toggle between Siri and Alexa. At the time of this writing, however, Jabra was still waiting for approval for Alexa support from Apple, so I didn't get a chance to test it on an iPhone. I did test Alexa on a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus though -- and you can also opt for Google Assistant with Android devices.  

The Alexa support isn't a huge plus. All these voice-assistant features would be more interesting if the microphones -- yes, there are two in each earphone -- were always open (like an Amazon Echo or even your phone) and waiting for you to issue commands. As It stands, you have to press and hold the button on the right earpiece, wait for a beep then issue your command. That's no different from what you'd do to access your voice assistant with most of today's wireless headphones. 

Still, it works, and the headphones certainly did a good job picking up my voice. They also performed really well making calls. There's a nice sidetone feature -- you can toggle it on or off in the app -- that allows you to hear your own voice in the headphones during phone conversations. 

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I also tested the earphones during video playback to make sure the audio was syncing. I played some movies from my iTunes account and streamed video from Netflix and YouTube. I didn't experiencing any glaring issues with audio syncing.

In all, I found the setup process and general performance quite solid. They paired with my iPhone X almost as reliably as the AirPods and I only encountered minimal interference issues when I walked the streets of New York, a notoriously harsh environment for truly wireless headphones. You may experience the occasional glitch, but the firmware is upgradeable, so expect some improvements over time.

Although I did manage to pair the Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t to a MacBook Air, Jabra does offer a disclaimer about computer use, saying, "Jabra headsets are optimized to be used with phones and are not specifically optimized to be used directly with a computer. Pairing your Jabra device with a computer may work for audio streaming, but not for call control, which is not supported by many computers." Audio quality may also vary from PC to PC.

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Strong sound for totally wireless

Jabra's earlier Elite Sport were among the better sounding truly wireless headphones, but I had a harder time getting a tight seal with them. I'm not sure how much better these earphones sound than the Elite Sport, but they do fit better, which makes it easier to maximize their sound quality. 

The Elite Active 65t sounds the same as the Elite 65t. I compared a handful of tracks while swapping between the Elite Active 65t, the AirPods and the Bose SoundSport Free, which has improved after a firmware upgrade to correct some issues.

I thought the Elite Active 65t sounded a little better than the AirPods and they're clearly superior in noisier environments (like the streets of New York). Even in their "flat" default mode, there's a little bit of presence boost, also known as treble boost, but I thought they sounded slightly richer and more immediate than the AirPods. They also had a little more bass, though not as much bass as Bose's SoundSport Free, which arguably have the best sound in the category.

I do think the smaller 65t has an advantage over the Bose as far as design goes and Bose's charging case is comparatively large. I also thought the Jabras where better for making calls (the SoundSport Free only uses one earbud for calls). And lastly, the buttons and controls are implemented better on the Jabras.

As I said about the Elite 65t, I didn't find much to complain about with these earphones -- they're as good as you'll get for a truly wireless headphone at this time. Are they worth $20 more than the standard Elite 65t? They are if you plan on sweating on them a lot, but otherwise not. The quick-charge feature has some appeal but the motion sensor doesn't seem like a must-have at the moment. Perhaps if Jabra ties additional features to it I'd see more value in it.

Once again, the only hesitation I'd have in recommending these over the AirPods concerns the type of noise-isolating fit they provide. That fit isn't for everybody, and some may prefer the lighter AirPods and their looser fitting, open design. 

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Built for active lifestyles

Secure fit

Up to 15 hours of battery

Water and dust resistant

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“The best workout headphones”

“…The fit is good, the app functionality is wide-ranging, and Alexa is a great addition.”

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“The Jabra Elite Active 65t ranks amongst the best pairs of truly wireless earphones we have tested to date.”

“The best true wireless running headphones”

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  • Audio

    • Microphone concept

      4 x MEMS

    • Wind noise protection

      Yes, 4 mic’s system + acoustical open chamber design

    • Ambient noise reduction

      Yes, 4 mic’s system

    • Microphone frequency range

      100Hz to 10kHz

    • Microphone sensitivity

      -38 dBV/Pa

    • Speaker size

      6.0 × 5.1mm

    • Speaker frequency range

      20Hz to 20kHz

    • Sound codec

      AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)

  • Fit & Comfort

    • Headset form factor

      In ear

    • EarGels

      3 sets of silicone EarGels

    • Auto turn-On

      When taking earbuds out of charging case

    • Auto pause

      Auto pause when one earbud is taken out of the ear

    • Sweat & dust resistant

      Yes, IP56

  • Battery

    • Talk time

      Up to 5 hours battery, 15 hours with charging case

    • Charging time

      2 hours with dedicated USB wall charger (500mA)

    • Rapid charge

      15min. rapid charge gives up to 1.5 hours battery

  • Connectivity

    • Bluetooth® standard

      Bluetooth® 5.0

    • Wireless range

      Up to 33 feet / 10 meters

    • Bluetooth pairing list

      Up to 8 devices

    • Multi connect

      2 devices can be connected at a time

  • General

    • Accelerometer

      Track fitness and performance with an integrated motion sensor

    • Packaging dimensions (L x W x H)

      12.4 x 5.5 x18.65cm

    • Box content

      Jabra Elite 65t - Charging case - Micro USB cable - 3 sets of silicon EarGels - Quick Start Guide - Warranty and Warning Leaflets - TA label

    • Headset weight

      Right headset: 6.5g - Left headset: 5.8g - Charging case: 67g

    • Warranty

      1 year (2 year dust- and sweat resistance warranty with in-app registration)

    • Operating Temperature:

      -10° to + 55° C (14° F to 131° F)

Frequently asked questions

Can I hear music and make calls with just one earbud?

Yes. If you put the left earbud back in the case you can use the right one solo. You cannot use the left earbud on its own.

IP56 verified so protected from high pressure water jets from any direction.

Can I buy a replacement earbud or charging case?

Yes. You can order new earbuds or a new charging case from the Jabra Accessory page.

How do I get accessories?

You can order accessories and parts on the Jabra Acessory page.

Is it compatible with my phone?

Jabra Elite Active 65t is optimized to be used with smartphones/mobile phones. It’s not specifically optimized to be used directly with a computer. You can check out the compatibility guide here.

Great, but there is a trick to it. You should try all the different ear tips to make sure you have the right fit.

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Jabra Elite 65t review

When the Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds were first released, they made a great first impression. They weren’t perfect, but viable options were so limited at the time that they won by default by delivering on what they were intended to do: play music and last long. Now we’re a few years into the true wireless craze and there are a plethora of options to choose from, so how do the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds hold up now that we have some truly great options to pick from?

Editor’s note: this Jabra Elite 65t review was updated on March 16, 2021, to include a contents menu and add context to the sound quality section.

Who should get the Jabra Elite 65t?

  • Gadget enthusiasts. If you like having the newest gadgets made for convenience over sound quality, you’ll like these.
  • People who take calls. The microphone here is top-notch. It’ll be clear that you’re not talking on your phone, but your voice will come through fine even in a gusty environment thanks to the wind noise-reducing microphones. They’re also pointed towards the mouth slightly to help with getting a better sound which is nice.

What’s it like to use the Jabra Elite 65t?

Once you pair them, you never have to repair the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds. Just take them out of the case and they auto-connect.

Like most of the true wireless earbuds currently available, the Elite 65t are made of plastic. So if you’re expecting a premium material design, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. The good news is that the plastic build means these are very lightweight in the ear. I was also really impressed with how well they fit.

See: Best true wireless earbuds under $100

Normally, I feel the need to replace the ear tips with Comply memory foam ones for better isolation and fit, but the silicone tips that come with the buds by default did a good enough job at both that I didn’t feel the need to. Whether I was walking around the apartment or out running, I didn’t have them fall out of my ears once. Design-wise I actually really like the way these earbuds look. They’re a little closer to the vision I have of humanity in the future where everyone is wearing little wearable earbuds like in the movie Her (which I am so down for).

Each earbud has a button responsible for controlling different aspects of playback.

Although I see them all the time, I still think AirPods and even the newer AirPods Pro look a little ridiculous. The Jabra Elite 65t look more discreet and, in a weird way, a little more professional. I feel less like a hypebeast wearing these out in public and more like someone just wearing earbuds. There’s also a small part at the bottom of each earbud with microphones inside, and since Jabra has a long history of making microphones for in their headsets, I’m not surprised that these work very well for phone calls.

On either earbud is a button that lets you do certain things like change songs and adjust volume, but what I like most about them is how much surface area they cover. The left earbud actually has two different buttons, each with a small ridge so you can find the appropriate controls easily. Now it may be because I have little dainty fingers, but I have no problem getting an accurate click on the button I intended to press while using these. The buttons have just enough resistance that they avoid the suction effect in your ears every time you press a button.

Are the Jabra Elite 65t waterproof or sweatproof?

Unfortunately, the Jabra Elite 65t are not waterproof but on the brightside they are sweatproof. The Jabra Elite 65t also have an IP55 rating, so you don’t have to worry about rain or spills destroying your investment… just don’t try swimming with them. Although I used them at the gym for a bit, I’m not entirely convinced that they’ll be fine after months of corrosive sweat.

Do the Elite 65t stay connected?

The Elite 65t earbuds have great microphones for calls, and when you’re done just pop them back in the case.

As far as connection goes I was disappointed in the Elite 65t. They were fine, but that’s about it. Drops were very rare, but they did happen despite them using Bluetooth 5.0. In a four-hour time span, the music stuttered twice, which isn’t bad at all considering the amount of drops other pairs of earbuds suffer from. Beyond that, there’s also a significant lag in audio when watching videos on your phone and dialogue doesn’t match up with what a person is saying. This became more or less noticeable depending on what I was watching.

Obviously, this isn’t a problem if you don’t watch a lot of videos, but if you spend your commutes catching up on your favorite shows or YouTube channels then it’s something to be aware of. Surprisingly, these do have the AAC codec which shouldn’t have bad lag, but as our testing shows AAC doesn’t play well with Android so unless you have an iOS device you might experience this problem.

Can the Jabra Elite 65t connect to multiple devices?

The Elite 65t earbuds aren’t large and bulky, making them a nice everyday pair of buds.

The Jabra Elite 65t can connect to multiple devices thanks to Bluetooth multipoint. This makes switching between them seamless. You can pair the earbuds with up to eight devices and at any given time be connected to two of them. So if you’re listening to music on one device and receive a phone call, the earbuds will automatically switch to your phone once you answer. Then when you’re done with the call you can hang up, press play on the music, and continue jamming. All without digging through Bluetooth settings.

How to pair to the Jabra Elite 65t

The Jabra Elite 65t are fairly simple to connect to. When you first get them simply opening the case will enter directly into pairing mode. After that, all you have to do is locate them in the Bluetooth settings of your source device. If you’ve already paired a device to them and want to reset them then you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the button the right earbud until the LED light flashes purple.
  2. Place earbuds back inside case.
  3. Go into the Bluetooth settings and forget the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds.
  4. Once you’ve done that then the earbuds should be completely reset and ready to pair with the next device. As soon as you open up the charging case it should enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

The charging case adds an extra ten hours of battery life and is small enough to fit in your pocket.

On the bright side, I love that once you pair them to your phone you almost never have to do so again. Every time I open the charging case and remove the earbuds they automatically pair to my device before I even get them in my ear which is impressive. The same is true when I put them back in the case. I don’t have to turn them off or do anything extra besides take them out of my ear and place them back in the case for them to automatically disconnect. It’s a small thing that makes a big difference, just ask anyone who uses AirPods. It’s one of its best features.

These are also better than the original AirPods in that they actually have built-in playback controls. The left earbud lets you control volume by clicking left or right, and you can also skip between tracks by holding down the two buttons. The button on the right earbud pauses or plays music, and if you hold it down, you’ll activate your phones’ personal assistant like Siri or the Google Assistant. Now they also come with Alexa so if that’s your assistant of choice, you’re covered there too.

How’s the battery life of the Jabra Elite 65t?

We spend a good portion of our time trying to objectively test the performance of headphones and speakers here at SoundGuys, which includes battery life. As you can imagine, accurately testing how long a product lasts can take up a lot of time. Thankfully (not so much for him), executive editor Chris Thomas makes sure each product is put the same tests.

In the case of true wireless earbuds, this means having them set to an output of 75dB(SPL) and playing music on loop for hours at a time until the battery is drained. You can learn more about how we test by clicking here, but in the case of the Jabra Elite 65t, time hasn’t treated them so well. When the Jabra Elite 65t first came out, they were best in class with just under 6 hours of constant playback. While that’s still impressive considering the average tends to be around 3-4 hours, they’ve been outpaced since their initial release.

While still above average, they’re no longer the best in this category. Now there are options like the JLab Epic Air Sport which get around nine hours of constant playback and the Powerbeats Pro which can get more than ten. The charging case can give you an additional 10 hours of battery life, and if you’re running short on time you can quick charge the ‘buds in the case. Charging them for about 15 minutes will give you 1.5 hours of playback which is solid, but no longer the best here either as the Powerbeats Pro can provide you with 1.5 hours in 5 minutes.

How do the Jabra Elite 65t sound?

The Jabra Elite 65t lack bass, but you’ll still be able to hear it just fine.

Let’s start off with what I like about these buds, which is the microphone quality. Just listen to how clear my voice is at about the 05:30 mark in the video. Even though I’m talking through the Jabra Elite 65t in a completely different room and standing about three inches away from my air conditioner with it on full blast, you can still make out every word I say, which is impressive.

Unfortunately, I’m not that impressed with sound quality. The Jabra app lets you go through a few EQ presets, but I found it didn’t really make a huge difference in overall quality. So the low-end in the song Night Air by Jamie Woon was underemphasized and didn’t really give me the same bump that I’m used to. This is to be expected considering the small size of the drivers, but it still isn’t great considering there are some wired earbuds that get the job done just fine.

Lows, mids, and highs

If you’re a basshead, the Elite 65t earbuds aren’t for you. It’s not fair to expect too much out of drivers so small, but notes that fall below roughly 300Hz are hard to make out at all. Sub-bass notes are surprisingly de-emphasized here, making it hard to feel the bass. Things get a little better when it comes to the mids as that’s where vocals lie. Due to the lack of emphasis that’s put on the lower notes, instruments are easy to hear.

Notes in the highs don’t sound any better and high volumes can introduce some annoying distortion. You can hear this at 0:58 into the song Horchataby Vampire Weekend. When all of the instruments come in together, the bells and cymbals all but disappear as the snare drums just completely take over (not in a good way).

Should you buy the Jabra Elite 65t today?

Even in 2020, the Jabra Elite 65t are still a really good pair of true wireless earbuds. The best part about these earbuds today is their affordable price. If you’re not worried about having the newest features and just want a solid pair of true wireless earbuds, these are hard to pass on.

A small LED indicator lets you know when the earbuds are charged.

The biggest practical difference that you’ll see between these and the newer Jabra Elite 75t is the better battery life and connection strength, but if that’s not super important to you, then these are a great deal. The Elite 75t and the Elite Active 75t have also been updated with a new noise cancelling feature which is pretty cool since that’s not a feature that they launched with.

While there are better true wireless options out there like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, the AirPods Pro, and even the Jabra Elite 75t, all of those options are going to cost you a pretty penny. Then there’s the Google Pixel Buds which are a great option for Android users as well.

If you need noise cancelling, get the Jabra Elite 85t

Once you start using the Elite 85t, you’ll want to take them everywhere.

The Jabra Elite 85t are Jabra’s first true wireless earbuds to debut with noise cancellation. The ANC technology is very effective at cancelling out low and midrange-frequency sounds, though this is highly dependent on your ability to achieve a proper fit. Battery life is above average for true wireless earphones, and the USB-C charging case supports Qi wireless charging. The earbuds are IPX4 water-resistant, so not quite as durable as other offerings from Jabra. Even still, these are a great pair of workhorse earbuds for anyone who ventures from the airport, to the gym, and back to the office.

Next: Best true wireless earbuds under $50

Jabra Elite 65t vs. Bose Sport Earbuds

The Bose Sport Earbuds boast an IPX4 water-resistance rating.

The Bose Sport Earbuds are much newer than the Jabra Elite 65t, but that doesn’t mean everything about Bose’s workout earbuds are better than Jabra’s years-old buds. One of the best things about Jabra’s wireless products is its headphone app, and all the features it affords. Unlike the Bose Sport Earbuds, the Jabra Elite 65t lets you mess around with the earbuds’ EQ, something that the Bose Music app doesn’t offer. The Elite 65t also have better battery life than the Sport Earbuds, and last just shy of six hours on a single charge, while the Sport Earbuds last just over five hours. Both cases support fast charging, but Bose’s is more efficient: 15 minutes in the case provides two hours of playback, but the same charge time yields just 1.5 hours of playback with Jabra’s earphones.

Related: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

As far as raw sound quality goes, the Sport Earbuds outperform Jabra’s. Audio is reproduced clearly with little distortion, even at loud volumes. Both earphones are comfortable, but our Senior Editor Lily prefers the Bose Sport Earbuds’ StayHear Max ear tips, because they don’t create a strong suction to the ear canal. Instead, they rest gently with the ear canal, while the concha wing tips keep the earbuds secure during all kinds of athletic adventures. The Sport Earbuds microphone quality is good, and the most impressive thing about its is how well it cancels out background noise.

Sours: https://www.soundguys.com/jabra-elite-65t-review-18377/

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Our Verdict

Jabra's sweat-resistant Elite Active 65t is a brilliant set of sporty wireless earbuds, even a while after launch.

For

  • Incredibly comfortable
  • Doesn't budge during runs
  • 15-hour battery life
  • Accelerometer for run tracking
  • In-app audio customization

Against

  • Charging case is annoyingly difficult to open
  • HearThrough can't be disabled while tracking runs

I loved the Jabra Elite Active 65t when it first came out, and I don't say that lightly. Jabra took one of the best pairs of true wireless eheadphones, the Elite 65t, and made a sweat-resistant and longer-lasting version without significantly raising the price. 

More recently, it's been replaced in turn by the Jabra Elite Active 75t, but with an even lower price and no less of its quality, the older buds remain among the best workout headphones money can buy.

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Price and availability

The Jabra Elite Active 65t originally launched in 2018 at $170. That's since dropped to $100, and while a newer model is on sale, the Elite Active 65t is still widely available.

As such, it remains a good choice if you want sport earbuds with high sound quality but a relatively low price.

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Design

Jabra's Elite Active earbuds are small, sleek and unobtrusive. Unlike Apple's AirPods, which are noticeable from a mile away due to the white stem that hangs down from the ear, no one will notice your Jabras. The buds are circular, with a small arm and a protruding tip that help them fit more snugly in your ears. Apple's AirPods Pro have a slightly shorter stem than the original model, but they're still noticeable.

The Elite Active comes in black and blue with an inlay that's titanium for the former or copper for the latter, emblazoned with the Jabra logo. The left earbud also has notches to indicate where to press to skip and repeat tracks.

The buds tuck into an oval charging case, which stores the Elite Actives in between workouts (and keeps them from getting lost). The case was actually the source of my biggest issue with these otherwise amazing earbuds: It's damned near impossible to open.

At first, I thought I was a weakling. The case just wouldn't budge open unless I pried it apart with my fingernails. Then I had three of my co-workers try it — same issue. Finally, one of us (it wasn't me) figured out that you had to squeeze and open the case at the same time to lift the lid. I feel like it shouldn't be that difficult, so I docked a half star for the annoyance.

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Fit and comfort

The Jabra Elite Active 65t is one of the most comfortable sets of completely cordless Bluetooth earbuds I've ever worn. Other sets can be uncomfortable, because the bud has to be engineered to fit securely without a cord for balance. But everything about the Elite Active 65t's shape just works: the pod, the small arm — which helps you insert and then anchor the bud by rotating it forward — and the in-ear tip, which comes with three sets of silicone gels in various sizes to tailor the fit.

These buds don't move. When I was jostled on my 45-minute subway commute, they stayed put. During 3-mile runs on blustery December days in Brooklyn, they stayed put. When I tucked my hair behind my ears and brushed the left bud, I thought it would tumble to the ground. But it stayed put.

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Fitness

Unlike the Elite 65t buds, the Active model has a built-in accelerometer, which makes it a capable fitness tracker. It doesn't log runs automatically; you have to open the Jabra Sound+ app, tap Active and start a run to track your miles. If you use Active mode, Jabra's HearThrough feature automatically turns on to allow in ambient noise.

Presumably, HearThrough is a safety feature that you would want to have while running along busy streets, but I don't like it much. I could hear my footsteps pounding on pavement and a band playing as I ran through Brooklyn's Prospect Park, which was distracting when I wanted to listen to music and focus on my run. I wish Jabra would make HearThrough optional, like it is when Active mode isn't enabled.

I didn't find myself using Active mode much, and not just because of HearThrough. Other fitness trackers can give you far more information than just time elapsed and steps per minute. But more importantly, the Actives are sweat-resistant, which makes them a perfect workout companion.

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Audio

Jabra offers EQ presets in its app so you can customize the Elite Active 65t's sound to your liking. I like my sound a little heavier on the bass for running, so I chose Bass Boost, but you can also bump up the treble. Jabra lets you customize the presets to perfectly fine-tune the sound to your preferences.

The Elite Active 65t offers practically perfect sound, especially for workouts, because the in-ear tips block out most noise. The bass-forward preset I picked was perfect, whether I was bopping around to Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" or pounding the pavement to the thumping bass and piano chords in Cardi B's "Money." Phone calls and podcasts also came in loud and crystal clear.

I also like that I can take out the left earbud to hear a train announcement or chat with a friend and keep listening to music in the right bud. (The reverse — listening to music in the right earbud with the left taken out — isn't possible.)

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Battery

Like my all-time favorite fitness earbuds, Jaybird's Tarah Pro, the Jabra Elite Active 65t buds last 15 hours on a charge. This is possible because of the charging case — the buds can last 5 hours on their own and then an additional 10 hours if they are charged up in between workouts.

In my experience, this added up to close to two weeks of wear without having to charge the case (which also charges the earbuds in the process). In those two weeks, I went on a handful of 30- to 35-minute runs and listened to podcasts on my 45-minute commute to and from work almost every day. I never had to worry about dead earbuds.

Then, one day, I left the buds outside of their case. For two days. (I blame my husband, really, because he put them in our junk drawer. But I digress.) The case itself wasn't totally dead, but there wasn't much life left, and I wanted to go for a run. So I stuck the earbuds back in the case, plugged in the case for 15 minutes and crossed my fingers. When I put the buds back in my ears, they were fully charged. Relief!

Jabra Elite Active 65t review: Verdict

You can now find Jabra's Elite Active 65t for $100, which makes it a great value compared to Apple's $249 AirPods Pro and $200 Powerbeats Pro. The Elite Active 65t also has a sleeker, less obvious design than both those splurge-worthy sport earbuds.

You can find less expensive totally wireless Bluetooth earphones, but the alternatives either aren't sweat-resistant for workouts (see Apple's $159 AirPods) or don't fit as well.

And, while the newer Jabra Elite Active 75t is the technically superior pair of headphones, the Elite Active 65t still has enough going for it to make it a worthy purchase at a lower price.

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Caitlin is a Senior editor for Gizmodo. She has also worked on Tom's Guide, Macworld, PCWorld and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. When she's not testing out the latest devices, you can find her running around the streets of Los Angeles, putting in morning miles or searching for the best tacos.

Sours: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/jabra-elite-active-65t-earbuds,review-6010.html
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