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Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 26, 2023 at 11:48 am
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 17, 2023 at 11:14 am
Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless  Picture
7.4
Neutral Sound
8.0
Commute/Travel
8.4
Sports/Fitness
7.5
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Calls
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The Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless are high-end Bluetooth earbuds. They come with a range of features, including active noise cancelling (ANC), a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets, and multi-device pairing. Unlike earlier buds from Jabra, like the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless, they support Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound. They're also rated IP57 for dust and water resistance.

Our Verdict

7.4 Neutral Sound

The Jabra Elite 10 are decent for neutral sound. Their well-balanced sound profile is well-suited for a variety of genres. Sibilant sounds like cymbals seem piercing, but you can adjust the sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets in the app. Like most in-ear headphones, they have a bad passive soundstage, so sound seems to come from inside your head instead of speakers in the room around you. That said, they have virtual surround sound features that can make audio seem more 3D and immersive.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • In-app EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Poor passive soundstage.
8.0 Commute/Travel

The Jabra Elite 10 are great for commuting. These very portable in-ears have a comfortable fit for most people and a good battery life of about 7.5 hours for longer journeys. Their ANC feature has a good overall performance, and they do a good job of reducing mid-range noise like background conversations. It's not the best at cutting out bass-range noise, but will still reduce a bit of noise like rumbling engines.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Good at blocking out mid-range ambient sound.
Cons
  • Not great at blocking out bass-range noise.
8.4 Sports/Fitness

The Jabra Elite 10 are great for sports and fitness. They have a sturdy, portable design and a stable fit, so once you get a good fit, they won't fall out during workouts. They're rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, which doesn't provide the same protection as the Jabra Elite 8 Active's IP68 rating but still means they can withstand a bit of dust or rain.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Great stability.
Cons
  • Not great at blocking out bass-range noise.
7.5 Office

The Jabra Elite 10 are good for office use. They're comfortable, well-built, and equipped with an ANC system that does a good job of blocking out ambient sound like voices or a humming computer fan. They support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected with your phone and computer. Their 7.5-hour continuous battery life might not last through an entire day, but they come with a case that holds three extra charges, and you can use one earbud while the other charges.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Good at blocking out mid-range ambient sound.
Cons
  • High latency with PCs.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The Jabra Elite 10 aren't suitable for wireless gaming. They only work via Bluetooth, so they won't connect with PlayStation or Xbox consoles. Their latency with PCs is high, so you'll notice a delay between your audio and video if you're playing a game on your computer. Their latency is lower with iOS and Android phones, so they're more suitable for mobile gaming, though.

5.7 Wired Gaming

The Jabra Elite 10 are wireless-only earbuds; you can't use them wired.

7.0 Phone Calls

The Jabra Elite 10 are decent for phone calls. Their mic records speech clearly and has a good noise handling performance, so your voice won't be drowned out by ambient sound, even in noisy environments like a busy street or a subway station. They have onboard controls for answering and ending calls and muting and unmuting the mic. However, while their ANC system is good at blocking out office-type noise like voices, it struggles a bit more with bass-range noise like engines, so you might have difficulty hearing a call you make in a loud place.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Good at blocking out mid-range ambient sound.
Cons
  • High latency with PCs.
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 8.0 Commute/Travel
  • 8.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.5 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.0 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Nov 17, 2023: We've added a comparison between these headphones and the Devialet Gemini II True Wireless in Build Quality.
  2. Updated Oct 26, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 19, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Oct 16, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Sep 28, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Sep 18, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Jabra Elite 10 come in five different colors: 'Cream', 'Cocoa', 'Gloss Black', 'Matte Black', and 'Titanium Black'. We tested them in 'Cream', and you can see the label for the unit we tested here. We expect our results to be valid for the other colors as well.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the forums and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Jabra Elite 10 are high-end earbuds meant for work, commuting, and other casual use. Compared to other Jabra earbuds like the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless and Jabra Elite 7 Pro Truly Wireless, they have a slightly different design, with oblong ear tips, and are a little more feature-packed since they support Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound. They have a sturdier build and a more stable fit than the Elite 7 Pro, and a better noise isolation performance. However, it still doesn't compare to the best noise cancelling earbuds from other brands, like the Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless or Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless.

If you're looking for more options, check out the best earbuds and in-ears, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds.

Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless for most purposes. The Sony's biggest advantage is their ANC performance, and they can block out much more noise across the range. They also leak less audio and have a longer continuous battery life. However, the Jabra have a sturdier build quality and are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, while the Sony are just rated IPX4 for water resistance.

Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless

The Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless and the Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless perform similarly. The Elite 8 Active are better for sports, thanks to their higher IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. While both are very stable in-ear, the Elite 8 Active have a silicone-like coating that's more grippy. However, if you're not looking for dedicated sports buds, the Elite 10 are the better option since they have a stronger noise isolation performance and support Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless

The Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless. They have a better build quality and a more stable fit. Their ANC feature is also able to block out much more noise. They support Dolby Atmos, a virtual surround sound feature that creates a more immersive, 3D soundstage. You might prefer the Elite 7 Pro's more neutral default sound profile.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless. The Elite 10 offer a better noise isolation performance and a longer battery life. They're rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, while the 85t are only rated IPX4 for water resistance. While they both have similar, well-balanced default sound profiles and in-app sound customization features, the Elite 10 support Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are better all-round earbuds than the Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless, but the Jabra are a better fit for some uses. Both have well-built and portable designs, but the Bose's outstanding ANC performance makes them a better choice for commutes and longer journeys. Both earbuds are also decent for neutral sound, but the Bose headphones provide a slightly more comfortable fit. However, the Jabra are better for phone calls as they support multi-device pairing, and their mic does a much better job of separating your voice from background noise.

Devialet Gemini II True Wireless

The Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless and the Devialet Gemini II True Wireless have different strengths. While both buds are comfortable and well-built, the Jabra support a spatial sound feature that can make your audio more immersive-sounding, and their continuous battery life is better, too. However, the Devialet have a slightly more neutral sound, which some users may prefer; their noise isolation performance is better, and they support aptX codec for streaming higher quality audio than the default SBC codec. They are a lot more expensive than the Jabra, though.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type In-ear
Enclosure Semi-Open
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Dynamic

The Jabra Elite 10 are drop-shaped earbuds with flat outside surfaces. Unlike other earbuds from Jabra, including the Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless and Jabra Elite7 Pro True Wireless, they have oblong rather than round ear tips. They come in 'Cream', 'Cocoa', 'Gloss Black', 'Matte Black', and 'Titanium Black'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Jabra Elite 10 have a comfortable fit. They don't sit very deep inside your ears, avoiding the suction feeling you get with some in-ears. The drop-shaped buds fit comfortably. The silicone ear tips are oblong instead of round, which you may find less comfortable.

8.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The controls are physical buttons on both earbuds. They're quite easy to use and can be customized in the companion app. Physical buttons help prevent accidental commands while adjusting the earbuds, but the sound of pressing the controls is louder than if you were using a touch-sensitive surface

On the left earbud

  • Single press: Cycles between ANC on, ANC off, and Hear-Through mode (which lets you hear your surroundings). Answers a call and mutes and unmutes the mic when on a call.
  • Double press: Activates voice assistant. Also rejects and ends a call.
  • Triple press: None by default but can be mapped in the app.
  • Press and hold: Decreases volume.

On the right earbud:

  • Single press: Plays/pauses audio. Also answers a call as well as mutes/unmutes the mic when on a call.
  • Double press: Skip to the next track, rejects or ends a call.
  • Triple press: Restarts the track.
  • Press and hold: Decreases volume.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.2" (3.1 cm)
W 1.1" (2.9 cm)
H 0.7" (1.9 cm)
Volume 1.04 inยณ (17.00 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The Jabra Elite 10 are very portable, like most in-ear headphones. They can easily slip into purses and most pockets.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.6" (6.5 cm)
W 1.9" (4.7 cm)
H 0.9" (2.4 cm)
Volume 4.47 inยณ (73.30 cmยณ)

The case is small and has a magnet in the lid to keep it closed. There are also magnets inside the case to hold the earbuds inside. It feels sturdy, and it's small, although the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless come with an even smaller case.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Jabra Elite 10 have a great design that's similar in quality to the premium Devialet Gemini II True Wireless. They're made of sturdy-feeling, soft plastic, and the ear tips feel well-made, although they might rip if you aren't careful, like most silicone ear tips. The earbuds are rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, so dropping them on a dusty street or getting caught in the rain won't break the earbuds.

8.0
Design
Stability

They have great stability. Even though they don't have stability fins or even the non-slip coating that Jabra equips its sports earbuds with, like the Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless, they'll easily stay in place, even if you move your head around a lot.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Jabra Elite 10
  • 4x silicone ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.88 dB
Treble Amount
0.42 dB

They have a fairly neutral default sound profile. Mixes have rumble and punch in the bass range, and instruments and vocals are present, clear, and detailed. However, they lack a bit of high-bass, so mixes lose a little warmth. Sibilants like S and T sounds also sound piercing, so they have a slightly bright sound overall. Still, it's well-suited for a variety of genres and can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. These results reflect the headphones' performance with ANC on. Switching it off changes the sound profile slightly. They reproduce more low-bass with ANC on, but it's not a huge difference, as you can see in a comparison here.

8.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.37 dB

They have great frequency response consistency. Their sound delivery varies depending on fit, seal, and positioning, especially in the mid-treble range. However, once you achieve a good, consistent fit, you can get the same sound every time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.32 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
15.87 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.83 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.06 dB
High-Bass
-1.52 dB

They have fantastic bass accuracy. The range is slightly underemphasized but flat, and audio has rumble and punch. The high-bass is a little underemphasized, though, so mixes lack a bit of body and warmth.

9.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.34 dB
Low-Mid
1.73 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.74 dB
High-Mid
-0.02 dB

They have incredible mid accuracy. There's a bump in the low-mid that slightly clutters mixes, but the rest of the range is very neutral, so instruments and vocals sound clear, present, and intense.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.32 dB
Low-Treble
-1.18 dB
Mid-Treble
3 dB
High-Treble
-0.66 dB

They have decent treble accuracy. Instruments and vocals sound detailed and articulated. However, overemphasis in the mid-treble means that sibilants, like the 'S' sounds in Selena Gomez's 'Wolves', sound piercing instead of bright.

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.01 dB
Dips
1.26 dB

They control their sound profile decently well. A dip in the high-bass hurts the warmth and body of mixes. A peak in the low mid clutters mixes, especially in the left driver. A dip in the low-treble reduces the detail of instruments and vocals. There's a big dip in the left driver in the mid-treble, followed by a big peak in both drivers, which makes sibilants like cymbals alternately dull and piercing.

8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.21
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.15
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.47

Like most Jabra products we've tested, they have an excellent imaging performance, indicating the brand's quality control and ergonomics. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold across the entire range, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The left and right drivers are well-matched in terms of frequency and amplitude. Their phase response is slightly mismatched in the mid-mids, making sounds seem closer in the left driver than in the right. However, you'd really have to be looking for it to hear it with regular content. Also, keep in mind that imaging varies from unit to unit.

0.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.6

They have a bad passive soundstage, like most in-ear headphones. Their sound doesn't interact with your outer ear, so audio seems to come from inside your head instead of the room around you. The soundstage also seems small and closed-off compared to open-back headphones.

2.9
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
On/Off
Virtual Surround
Dolby Atmos

They have a couple of different virtual surround sound features. Like the Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless, they support Dolby Spatial Sound, which works with all kinds of audio, whether it was recorded in surround sound or not, and gives it a more 3D, immersive feel. However, it's done digitally, and while it simulates a wider soundstage, it doesn't create the same directionality as content recorded in Dolby Atmos.

That said, unlike the Elite 8, they also support Dolby Atmos, which you can activate by switching on 'head tracking' in the app. This feature plays compatible audio in surround sound and is a noticeable improvement over the Spatial Audio feature. Instruments and vocals seem natural and accurately placed in the soundstage, which moves with you when you move your head. Subjectively, the effect is similar to when you use the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless or Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless' 'Spatial Audio' feature. However, it only works with content recorded in Dolby Atmos.

8.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.193
WHD @ 100
0.064

They have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. Aside from a small peak in the mid-treble, frequencies fall within good limits across the range, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.3.6 (1033)
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.3
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Neutral
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless. Our results are only valid when you use the earbuds in this configuration.

Isolation
7.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.85 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-13.22 dB
Mid
-21.34 dB
Treble
-28.79 dB

They have a good noise isolation performance. Jabra calls their noise cancelling feature 'Advanced ANC', which they advertise to be the brand's strongest ANC feature. They do a very good job of cutting out mid-range ambient sounds like background chit-chat at the office. They're also decent at reducing higher-pitched sounds like humming A/C units and bass-range noise like rumbling engines, although they don't match the performance of the best noise cancelling earbuds, like the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless or Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless.

8.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
29.81 dB

They have an excellent leakage performance. The loudest leakage is in the treble range, so it sounds thin and tinny. It's also not very loud, so people nearby can't hear your audio if you're listening to music somewhere like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
5.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
216.68 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5.61 dB
HFE
7,136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
117.377
Gain
20.09 dB

Recorded speech is clear and understandable but doesn't sound particularly natural or full-boded. However, the high distortion in our results is due to the mic's compensation algorithm and not reflective of the mic's actual performance. In reality, after a few seconds, the mic adjusts itself, and there isn't nearly as much distortion present. Overall, the mic doesn't sound drastically different from the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless', but it is a little less full-bodied and natural.

7.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
8.66 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

They have a good noise handling performance. The mic can separate your voice from background sound in moderately noisy places like a busy office or street. It can make your voice sound slightly fuzzy, but it's still understandable. You can still be heard with very loud noise in the background, like a train or bus going by, but the mic doesn't perform as well in very loud environments as the Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless'.

Active Features
7.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.5 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
30 hrs
Charge Time
1.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer and Standby Mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

They have a good battery performance. We measured 7.5 hours of continuous battery life with ANC on, which is shorter than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless' battery life but longer than the manufacturer's advertised six hours. However, battery life also varies depending on how you use them. They come with a case that holds about three additional charges. They're also equipped with an auto-off timer and a standby mode to save power when you're not using them, and you can use one earbud while the other charges in the case.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Jabra Sound+
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
Yes

They have a great app. It includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization and customization options for the controls. You can access features like Dolby Atmos, in-ear detection, voice assistants, and Spotify Tap, which lets you access Spotify via the onboard controls. The app is quite easy to navigate, and you can see a video of it in action here.

Connectivity
8.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
263 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
127 ms
Android Latency
113 ms

They have great Bluetooth connectivity. Like the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, they support multi-device pairing, which is nice if you want to stay connected with your phone and computer while you work. They have high latency with PCs, but it's lower with iOS and Android devices, so you won't notice a delay when watching videos on your phone. Also, some apps and devices compensate for latency. However, they don't support any codecs for high-res audio and lack quick-pairing features.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

You can't use these Bluetooth earbuds wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

They're fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs but can't connect any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

They come with a small carrying case with a USB-C port for charging. It also supports wireless charging.