Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless Earbuds — an extended experience

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless Earbuds — an extended experience

Mar 14, 2018

The recently announced Elite 65t is a newer foray by renown accessory company Jabra into the increasingly crowded wireless — truly wireless, that is — headphone market. Its truly wireless offering, the Jabra Elite were pretty good, so to call a new iteration intriguing is somewhat of an understatement.

The retail unit we were sent shows a familiar looking setup: charging case, earbuds, micro-USB charging cable, eargels and documentation. The earbuds fit cleanly into the case, and the case charges them like a backup battery which itself can be recharged via the included cable. The earbuds resemble the original set, but are smaller and less prominent, with grey tones. The case is smaller than the original too, so again, everything is more compact.

They came with a charge, but we went ahead and juiced for an hour for surety.

These headphones get a whole new companion application, the Jabra Sound+ utility. The app adds some nifty control options and information, including battery level, visual data detailing which piece (left, right or both) is active and the user manual. Additionally, you can tweak the app-hosted equalizer and even select Amazon Alexa as the unit’s voice assistant. The app is also the firmware update portal for the set, and help you walkthrough setup and pairing initially.

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In usage, they work well, producing great sound isolation via the seal, and with a great degree of fidelity. I tried them out with plenty of music and podcasts — Dolly, Ye, Baby Bash and the Around the Horn crew came across clear and strong, with little distortion and no decipherable tinniness. I was able to wear the piece in my ear without any distress over time, both singly and as a pair.

Secondarily, I wanted the ability to use these as a dedicated earpiece; why carry two sets of hardware if one can do the heavy lifting? Easy controls make it easy to use the main earbud as a headset for calls, and that aspect of the experience is solid.

Battery life? This probably the best aspect, and is where users might find the biggest improvement over the Elite Sport. The case/charger really does pack power, allowing me to go a fortnight without charging it (the case) with regular usage.

My biggest fuss emanates from the software side; I think Jabra could really consolidate its companion app offerings. I use three Jabra pieces regularly, and (including the latest aforementioned one) now have four apps installed just for them.

Suffice to say, these are really great earbuds. The sound output is really good, and it’s easy to enjoy different types of productions. From a comfort perspective, it’s the first pair of truly wireless earbuds that I’ve used that feel just as at home during a workout as they do when be used to listen to a nighttime podcast. Then, the ability to use it mono, especially as a “regular” bluetooth earpiece for phone calls, is invaluable. These ones have all but nudged aside my adored Jabra Eclipse as my go to call earpiece of choice.

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