Wireless headphones can be wonderful, but sometimes a bit wonky. We were very excited to try some in-ear wireless earbuds from Jabra: the Jabra Elite 65t.
The Jabra Elite 65T wireless earbuds are third generation. They’re incredibly compact and portable.
Charging is done with the earbuds nestled inside the hard sided case (about the size of a medium-sized egg). Once charged you’ll get 5 hours of battery time plus an extra 10 in the charging case and a 15-minute rapid charge for up to 1 1/2 hours of battery life.
The case is the key to updating the earbuds, and you will want to take the case with you.
Pairing the earbuds with a Samsung Galaxy S9+ was easy. Getting the earbuds to perform in-ear commands, more challenging but certainly easy enough with a bit of practice.
The right-hand earbud has most of the functionality. You can answer calls, play music, and even connect to electronic assistants such as Alexa***, Siri® or Google Assistant™ . However, like every in-ear headphone, operating a small earbud by touch can take practice, learning exactly where to place your fingertips to get the desired result.
There are only 3 actual buttons on these earbuds: 2 on the left earbud control (volume and for skipping songs). The one on the right earbud is the play/pause music and take calls, and can also be used to let in a bit of the sound from the world around you via Jabra’s HearThrough technology (double press).
The Jabra App
Using the Jabra Sound + App adds functionality to your earbuds, but the app and the earbuds require updating to work properly. In my test I never really got the app to give me all the bells & whistles it promised.
Tech Editor Anthony Sabatini fared better, but it took him a while to accomplish using the pre-sets on the app for different situations and the Jabra Hybrid ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) to reduce environmental noise and block out unwanted sounds.
We test sound critically (read: How we test audio equipment). The Jabra 65T earbuds delivered surprisingly good sound from small earbuds.
Once you position them correctly in your ear, they’re comfortable and secure and the sound is rich and clear. The sound never gets really loud, although it can become “tinny” at high volume.
Jabra thoughtfully includes 3 different sizes of eartips to personalize the fit. However, due to the shape of a person’s ear canal, this type of earbud may not be as comfortable for some people.
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
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
The Bottom Line:
There is real freedom in cutting the cord and not having to deal with anything dangling around your neck or body. They are also great for travel. Although not completely intuitive, the Jabra Elite 65T headphones become a welcome alternative to other earbuds. Soon, you will wonder how you lived without the Jabra 65T earbuds ($169).
For more information visit https://www.jabra.com/
Thanks to Tech Editor Anthony Sabatini for helping me test and report on these headphones