In 2018 when GN Audio released the first version of the Jabra elite 65T earbuds, the earbud made a good impression. Not that it was a perfect set; it was just that it was the best midrange wireless option that delivered good sound and long battery life.
Now that there are many wireless earbud options and the Jabra Elite 65T earbud doesn’t have only Apple’s AirPods to compete with, how does it hold up?
We will find out in this Jabra Elite 65T earbud review.
- Charging case
- Micro USB cable
- 3 sets of silicon eargels
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty and warning Leaflets
- TA label
- Dimensions with box (LxWxH): 12.4 x 5.5 x18.65 cm
- Main unit dimension (LxWxH): 27 x W 30 x H 22.5mm
- Charging case (LxWxH): 72 x 51 x 26.5mm
- Weight mono/duo: Right headset – 6.5g, Left headset – 5.8g, Charging case – 67g
- Materials used (outside): PC/ABS plastic, Si rubber, PMMA paint, Au-plated metal
- Cord length: 300 mm
- Warranty: 1 year (2-year dust- and water resistance warranty with in-app registration)
- Passive noise cancellation: Yes
- Ambient noise reduction: Yes, 4 mic’s system
- Wind noise protection: Yes, 4 mic’s system + acoustical open chamber design
- Speaker size: 6.0 × 5.1mm
- Speaker sensitivity: 5.0, CE, FCC, IC, RoHS, REACH, MFI, proposition 65
- Headset form factor: In-ear
- Auto turn-On: When earbuds are out of the charging case
- Auto pause: Auto pause when one earbud is out of the ear
- Battery Talk time: 15 hours (with 2x recharging in charging case)
- Standby time: Auto-off after 15min without connection and 60 min without activity
- Charging time, full charge with dedicated USB wall charger (500mA): 2 hours
- Connectivity Connection (mini jack, USB, etc): Micro USB
- Supported Bluetooth profiles: Headset profile v1.2 , hands-free profile v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, PBAP v1.1
- NFC: No
- Bluetooth compliance: Bluetooth 5.0
- Operating range: Up to 10 meters (33 feet)
- Paired devices: Up to 8 – Two devices can be connected at a time
- Multi connect: Two devices can be connected at a time
- Operating temperature -10°C to 55°C (14 F to 131F)
- Storage temperature -20° C to 65° C
The Jabra Elite 65T may not have the best design. Still, its understated and mature look is sure to win the hearts of professionals.
I like to describe the Jabra Elite 65 T’s design as one that’s unique. At first sight, the Jabra Elite 65T earbud appears slightly larger than most wireless earbuds because of its circular frame and angular extension.
However, the earbud’s seemingly big appearance often changes after you fit it into your ears.
Let me explain the trick behind this.
When you hold the Jabra Elite 65T close, you will notice that it has a bulky circular structure that resides within the notch of the ear part. This circular structure, plus the small protruding arm, naturally looks big.
However, the contrasting gray painting on the exterior makes the bulky-looking circular frame less bulky when the interior part is not visible. This eventually makes the Jabra Elite 65T look much smaller when wearing them.
Come to think of it, you will realize that the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds are not so big when you find out their size. The pair measure 1.2 x 1.2 x 0.8 inches (L x W x H) in overall size.
Their total size in volume equates to 19.66 cm³. So even though this size is a bit large compared to some other brands’ earbud sizes, it is not an unacceptably large size.
Another good news is that the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds are light since they are built with plastic. So while the right ear weighs 6.5g, the left weighs 5.8g.
If you are wondering why they have different weights, the right ears have more weight because it handles the connection to the phone. The left ear, on the other hand, only sends audio.
In addition to their lightweight, the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds also fit comfortably into the ears. This is partly thanks to their soft touch plastic build, but the in-ear tip also plays a big part.
The Jabra Elite 65T usually comes with three sets of silicone gels to tailor how well the earbuds fit. They fit in so well that they wouldn’t fall off whether you are running or simply walking around.
However, it can be tiring to use the earbuds for long hours if you are someone who has smaller ears. This is because the earbuds’ wide circular frame can push against your ear width, making it uncomfortable over time.
Though you can replace the tips with one of the three sets you get, you can’t adjust the earbuds’ shape. As a result, the Jabra Elite 65T may not be the best option if you have small ears.
You can consider getting the Sabbat E12 True Wireless or the OnePlus Buds Truly Wireless if you are looking for smaller options. However, if you still want to stick with the Jabra brand, you can consider the improved Elite 75t Truly Wireless.
On another note, it is quite unfortunate that the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds are not waterproof. But don’t worry; the earbud has an IP55 rating, so you don’t have to worry about rain or water spills damaging them.
My only advice is that you should not think about wearing them to swim.
An important feature of the Elite 65T earbuds’ ease of use is its in-built microphone feature. I’m not surprised since Jabra has a long history of making excellent microphones.
In the case of the Elite 65T earbuds, it features some perforations that serve as mics. These mics allow the Elite 65T earbuds to pick up your voice for calls, but they also let outside sound interfere with your listening experience.
Fortunately, there is a way you can customize how much sound the earbuds pick up. You can do that via Jabra’s app, which is available on Android and iOS.
There are other things you can also do on the app. For example, you can customize different presets for situations like commuting, relaxing, and many more.
However, before you use the main Jabra Sound+ app, you will need to download a separate Jabra Service app.
If you worry about controls, you will be glad to discover that the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds feature different controls. Though the physical buttoned control scheme is alright, the layout can initially be confusing.
The left earbud features a rocker for adjusting volume. Long pressing the rocker allows you to go to the next or previous track.
On the other hand, the right earbud features a single button that can play/pause music and answer calls. This single button also doubles as a power button when you long press it.
The disappointing thing about these controls is that they can sometimes break the air-tight seal of the in-ear fit when you use them. In addition, using the controls can be discomforting because you will need to push the bulky earbuds against your ear.
When the earbuds are not in use, they fit into an oval charging case. The earbud’s case feels solid, and it should be able to protect the earbuds from drops and other minor impacts.
Unfortunately, the case doesn’t have magnetic strips and is not spring-loaded. Hence, it can’t hold the headphones in place firmly.
To make it worse, the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds have a loose lid. So if the case falls from a distance, the lid can open and cause the earbuds to fall out.
In terms of sound, nothing stands out as being particularly bad. Likewise, nothing stands out as being exceptionally great.
It’s as simple as saying the Elite 65T earbuds don’t offer a spectacular spark in sound output, and neither does it provide any real dynamism. Instead, the earbud combines a non-offensive mixture of average sound quality offerings.
If, like me, you’re an audiophile, you will relate more to the above paragraphs. However, if all you are concerned about is getting audible sound output, you may feel I was being too harsh because the Elite 65T earbuds have a fairly well-balanced sound profile. It also has a bit of bass that would enable fans of bass-heavy genres to enjoy their listening experience.
However, the earbud’s treble range lacks some detail which can make sounds with plenty of vocals sound a bit muffled. You will easily notice the earbud’s shortcomings when listening to content like podcasts.
Though the Jabra app offers a few graphic EQ and presets to help tweak sounds to your liking, it barely makes much difference in overall quality.
On a more positive note, when I reviewed these earbuds’ weighted harmonic distortion performance, I discovered it was quite good. If you don’t understand this, I will quickly explain it to you.
The weighted harmonic distortion is the amount of subtle, unwanted frequencies that go into production with the intended frequencies by the headphones.
If you care about the fidelity of the sound reproduction on your earbuds, you should remember that the lower the harmonic distortion, the better. Fortunately, the Elite 65T earbuds recorded a good value of 0.115 in the test.
The noise isolation capability of the Elite 65T is also fair enough.
Though the earbuds struggle to block noise like low rumbles from automobiles and plane engines, they perform much better in the mid and treble ranges. In those ranges, the earbuds can significantly reduce noise like room conversation noise and the hum of an AC unit.
If we look at leakage, i.e., the amount of sound that bleeds out of the headphones, we will discover its leakage is excellent. For example, the Jabra Elite 65T has a sound leakage of 22.17 dB, which is less than the maximum acceptable value of 35dB. In other words, this earbud’s overall leakage is lower than the noise floor an average office produces. This makes the Jabra Elite 65T a good choice if you like listening to your music at high volumes.
Lastly, the recording quality of the Jabra Elite 65 T’s microphone is not the best, but it is manageable.
There’s not so much to talk about when it comes to connectivity.
The Bluetooth connectivity on the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds is good. However, it doesn’t support NFC pairing, meaning you may be unable to pair this earbud with an NFC-enabled device.
On the bright side, the Elite 65T earbuds support simultaneous multi-device pairing with two devices. Hence, you can easily make it connect and switch between your PC and phone.
The earbuds can also remember the last eight devices you previously synced with. This lets it auto-pair with those devices once you open its charging case.
Unfortunately, the Elite 65T earbuds are not the best for watching long video content or playing games because they have severe latency on laptops and iOS. From time to time, you may notice a significant lag in audio when watching videos with earbuds.
Although it is a little less on Android devices, your experience may differ because different devices and apps handle audio latency differently.
Pairing your device with the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds is very easy. All you need to do is open the earbud’s case, and it will go into pairing mode.
Once you’ve opened the earbud’s case, you can go ahead to locate it under the Bluetooth settings section of the device you want to connect them to.
If you want to connect the earbuds to a new device, you can forget the previous device by following the guide below.
- STEP 1: Press and hold the button on the right earbud until you see a purple light
- STEP 2: Put the earbuds back into the case
- STEP 3: Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings and forget the Jabra Elite 65T earbuds
- STEP 4: You should be able to pair the earbuds with the new device now. Just take them out of the case and connect to them through the Bluetooth settings of the new device
One interesting thing about the Elite 65T earbuds is that if you connect them to your device once, you don’t have to do it manually again.
You also won’t need to disconnect them manually. All you need to do is take them out of your ears and put them back into the case.
Sadly, the Jabra Elite 65T offers an average battery performance. The earbud can only last for 5 hours and 10 minutes.
This runtime is nowhere close to the 10 hours standard runtime. Besides, with just 5 hours of battery life, the Jabra Elite 65T may not be able to last through a full workday without you needing to give them a charge sometime in between.
Fortunately, the earbud’s case comes with two additional charges, which amount to 15 hours and 20 minutes of playtime.
You should note that battery performance can vary by usage.
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The Jabra Elite 65T is a nice set of earbuds. They fit securely, are portable, and offer outstanding passive noise isolation capabilities.
In addition, this earbud lets you use a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets to customize the sound output, which is a handy feature. Unfortunately, the Jabra Elite 65T is bulky and may not be as comfortable for many users because of its unusual shape.
Nonetheless, you can buy this earbud if connection strength and noise canceling are very important to you.
- It features graphic EQ and presets
- Good build quality
- Incredibly comfortable
- Solid connection
- Impressive passive noise isolation.
- Limited ear tip selection
- It may not fit comfortably for some users
- Sound lacks passion and dynamism
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