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Jabra Elite 25e Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Aug 03, 2018 at 11:07 am
Jabra Elite 25e Wireless Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.3
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
7.5
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Call
Type Earbuds
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Jabra Elite 25e Wireless are decent mixed usage headphones, with a bit too much bass for some. They have a decently comfortable around-the-neck earbud design and a good control scheme that provides a dedicated microphone button but has mediocre feedback. They're stable enough for running, sufficiently quiet to use at the office without distracting those around you, and fairly easy to carry around. Unfortunately, they don't isolate noise as well as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless, and their build quality feels much cheaper and less durable overall.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Jabra Elite 25e are decent for mixed usage. They have a lightweight and decently flexible neckband design and comfortable earbuds that don't leak much. They're stable enough to run with and a suitable option for the office, although they don't do as well in loud environments like the more high-end, noise cancelling Jabra Elite 65e. Unfortunately, being Bluetooth-only headphones, they won't be the ideal option for gaming or home theater. They also have a mediocre sound quality that has a bit too much bass, and you can't EQ their sound profile since they don't support the Jabra Sound+ app.

Pros
  • Comfortable earbud fit.
  • Great battery performance.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • The neckband design won't be for everyone.
  • Overly bass-heavy sound quality.
  • Poor noise isolation.
6.3 Neutral Sound

The Jabra Elite 25e are mediocre-at-best for neutral listening. They have a dark and boomy sound profile overall and are okay for fans of heavy bass or when using them in loud environments where the bass can be somewhat drowned out by the ambient noise. However, they aren't the ideal choice for more neutral listeners and also have a relatively small soundstage due to their closed earbud design. They should be adequate sounding for most listeners if you're not too picky.

7.2 Commute/Travel

The Jabra Elite 25e are decent for commuting. They're comfortable, portable, and have a good control scheme. Unfortunately, they don't block a lot of noise with their earbud fit but barely leak, so you can increase the volume of your music to mask some of the ambient noise that will seep through.

7.5 Sports/Fitness

These headphones are above-average for sports use. The Jabra Elite 25e are comfortable and stable enough to run with. They also have quite a bass-heavy sound that may get you pumped when you're at the gym and an above-average control scheme that's fairly easy to use. However, the neckband can sometimes get caught on items of clothing, which may pull the earbuds out of your ears.

6.7 Office

The Jabra Elite 25e are above-average for office use. They have a sub-par noise isolation performance, so they won't be the ideal choice for particularly noisy offices. But on the upside, they barely leak, so you can turn your volume up to mask more noise without distracting those around you. You can also use them while they're charging, which is a bit more convenient for an office environment.

5.1 Wired Gaming
6.2 Phone Call
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 7.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Call
  1. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2018: Review published.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Jabra Elite 25e look and feel like a budget version of the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless. They're the lowest tier of the Elite E series, which shows in their build quality and cables. On the upside, they still look fairly decent for their price range. They have a sleek around-the-neck design with an earbud fit that doesn't have stability fins but feels dense and durable enough to last you a while. Overall, their understated design looks decent and will work for most.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.1 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Jabra Elite 25e have a similar earbud design to the higher-end Jabra Elite 65e Wireless but don't come with any stability fins. On the upside, it doesn't change their comfort level by much, and since they don't go into your ear canal like typical in-ears, they will be a lot more comfortable for most listeners. The neckband is sufficiently lightweight to not be too noticeable once around your neck. Since it's not as flexible, it does feel a bit stiff at times. Overall, the whole design should be comfortable enough for most and more comfortable than conventional in-ear headphones.

7.9
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The Jabra Elite 25e have a decent control scheme. They provide the basics: track-skipping, call/music, and volume controls. However, they also have a dedicated button to mute the mic, which is fairly rare on a Bluetooth headphone not meant for gaming. Unfortunately, the layout of the controls take a bit of time to get used to, and the feedback of the buttons is much worse than on the higher-end model. The buttons feel mushy and slightly difficult to press, which is disappointing, especially when compared to the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless.

9.1
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.9 ยฐC

The Jabra Elite 25e, like most in-ears and earbuds, are breathable headphones that won't make your ears sweat more than usual. They trap a negligible amount of heat within the notch of your ear due to their earbud tips, but it won't be a noticeable temperature difference, and your outer-ear will remain cool when working out. This makes them a good option for sports.

6.9
Design
Portability
L 6"
W 4.3"
H 1.5"
Volume 38 inยณ
Transmitter Required N/A

Similar to the Sony WI-C400 Wireless, the Jabra Elite 25e are decently portable and don't take too much space. You can easily carry them on your person thanks to the neckband design and magnetic earbuds that help with cable management. This makes them a bit less portable than the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless since you won't be able to fold and fit them into tighter spaces, although their total size is a bit more compact overall.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The Jabra Elite 25e don't come with a case or pouch.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless is decent but much less durable and doesn't look as premium as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless. The neckband is decently thick and made from sturdy plastic. It also doesn't have a dedicated in-line mic for making calls, which makes the overall design feel a lot cheaper than the higher-end model of the lineup. The earbuds are also not as dense, but they do have magnetic backplates to help with cable management, which is nice. Overall, they're built decently well but feel slightly less durable than some of the cheaper neckband designs we've tested, like the Samsung U Flex Wireless.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Jabra Elite 25e are decently stable headphones but don't come with additional stability fins. The neckband is also a bit stiffer, which pulls on the cable slightly more than the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless when working out. They will be stable enough for running and jogging, but they won't be the ideal choice for more demanding physical activities and sports.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Jabra Elite 25e Wireless headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3)
  • USB charging cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
8.09 dB
Treble Amount
-3.77 dB
9.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.18 dB

The frequency response consistency is great. Assuming the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.62 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.27 dB
Mid-Bass
4.73 dB
High-Bass
5.48 dB

The bass accuracy of the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless is decent. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10hz, which is excellent. Also, the response throughout the range is flat and even, but it's consistently overemphasized by more than 5dB. This makes the bass of these headphones quite heavy and boomy and could drown out higher frequencies, which include the vocals and lead instruments.

7.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.05 dB
Low-Mid
2.1 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.47 dB
High-Mid
-2.62 dB

The mid-range accuracy of the Jabra Elite 25e is good. Low-mid shows the continuation of the bass overemphasis and is over our neutral target by about 2dB. This thickens the vocals a little and makes the overall mix a bit cluttered. Conversely, mid-mid and high-mid are recessed by more than 2.5dB. This pushes vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix and gives more emphasis to the bass frequencies. This effect will be even more pronounced due to the heavy bass of these headphones.

5.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.48 dB
Low-Treble
-3.88 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.62 dB
High-Treble
-5.1 dB

The Jabra Elite 25e have sub-par treble accuracy. The response is even and relatively flat but consistently underemphasized by more than 4dB. This results in a treble that sounds veiled and lacks detail and brightness, especially since the bass of these headphones is quite pronounced.

8.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.93 dB
Dips
1.92 dB
9.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.48
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.78
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.19

The imaging performance of the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless is excellent. Their weighted group delay never crosses the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps) in the stereo image.

1.1
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.6

Like most other in-ears, the soundstage of the Jabra Elite 25e is poor. This is because in-ears bypass the pinna (outer ear), and don't interact with it while activating the resonances of the pinna is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.311
WHD @ 100
0.105
Isolation
6.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.8 dB
Bass
-2.09 dB
Mid
-15.96 dB
Treble
-27.76 dB

They have a sub-par isolation performance. Due to the earbud design and lack of active noise cancelling (ANC) they provide very little isolation in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines that occupy the bass range. However, in the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve about 16dB of isolation, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they isolate by about 28dB, which is above-average.

8.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
29.31 dB

The Jabra Elite 25e have a great leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is spread over a very narrow range in the treble, around 5kHz, making their leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of leakage is also low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 29dB SPL and peaks at 49dB SPL, which is just below the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A

They have a mediocre microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. However, it'll be decently intelligible. In noisy situations, they're able to separate speech from background noise in moderately loud environments like a busy street but will struggle in louder places.

5.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
507.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.2 dB
HFE
3,368.2 Hz
Weighted THD
11.072
Gain
40.02 dB

The recording quality of Jabra Elite 25e's microphone is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 508Hz, indicating a speech that sounds noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.4kHz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that is muffled and lacks detail. However, it'll still be decently intelligible since speech comprehensibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4kHz range.

6.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
16.72 dB

The in-line microphone of the Jabra Elite 25e has an average-at-best noise handling performance. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 17dB in our SpNR test. This means they will be able to separate speech from ambient noise in moderately loud environments but will struggle in louder places and are therefore best suited for quiet situations.

Active Features
7.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
16 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
16 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Jabra Elite 25e have decent battery life. They lasted 16 hours in our battery test which should be enough for most use cases. They also don't take too long to charge at 1.8 hours. They also provide audio when charging, which is fairly rare for neckband-style headphones and makes them a good option when you're close to a power source, like at home or the office. Unfortunately, they don't automatically turn off when connected to your Bluetooth device even when inactive but have a good standby time that will last up to 22 days but won't automatically shut down like some of the other headphones with an auto-off feature.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

They don't support the Jabra Sound+ app.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
91 ft
Default Latency
172 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

The Jabra Elite 25e can't pair with multiple devices at once, and they're not Bluetooth 5.0 headphones. The main pairing and multi-function button is also a bit stiff which makes it difficult sometimes to pair but on the upside, you get vibration feedback from the neckband to let you know when you paired which is nice.

They have quite a bit of latency which is not ideal for watching movies and a lot of video content.

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

These are Bluetooth-only wireless earbuds with no wired option. If you want a similarly designed in-ear but wired, check out the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

The Jabra Elite 25e don't have a dock. If you want headphones that are versatile and have a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017. However, they won't be as compact or as easy-to-carry around on your person.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The Jabra Elite 25e Wireless are decent mixed-usage earbuds. However, they're not as well-built and don't perform as well as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless overall. They also don't actively cancel noise like the 65e, so they perform worse in loud environments.

Unfortunately, they look a bit cheap for their price range and don't have the most durable build quality, especially when compared to some of the headphones below. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best budget earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $100, and the best wireless headphones under $100.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are better headphones overall than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless. The Active 65t are compact truly wireless in-ear earbuds that you can easily carry around in your pockets. The Elite Active 65t also have a sweat-proof in-ear design that's better for sports, isolates more on noisy commutes, and has a customizable app with an EQ and limited health tracking. On the upside, the 25e have longer battery life and have an earbud fit that's more comfortable for most.

Jabra Elite 45e Wireless

The Jabra Elite 45e Wireless are better headphones than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless. They have a more portable design, thanks to the flexible cable instead of rigid plastic neck support, and they also feel less cheap than the Elite 25e. The Elite 45e are also compatible with the Jabra Sound+ for sound customization, while the Elite 25e are not. However, the Elite 25e have twice as much battery life as the Elite 45e and have surprisingly better passive noise isolation results in our testing, which make them a better pick for long commutes.

Anker SoundBuds Life Wireless

The Jabra Elite 25e Wireless have about the same performance as the Anker SoundBuds Life Wireless. The Jabra are a bit more comfortable than the Anker thanks to their earbud-like fit and slightly more lightweight neckband. The Jabra also have a slightly better control scheme with a dedicated mic button. On the other hand, the Anker have an in-ear fit that's decently comfortable and more stable than the Jabra. The Anker also have a more premium look and feel with an IPX5 rating, which makes them the slightly better option for sports. However, their build quality is about the same overall. The Anker also sound slightly better, although not by much.

Jabra Elite 65e Wireless

The Jabra Elite 65e Wireless are a better overall headphone than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless. The 65e have a better build quality that is more flexible and durable. The 65e also have a customizable sound, since they support the Sound+ app, and they're noise cancelling so they're a bit more suitable for the office and commuting. The 25e, on the other hand, have a longer battery life of 16hrs and they're a bit more lightweight.

Samsung U Flex Wireless

The Samsung U Flex Wireless are a slightly better around-the-neck design than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless. The Samsung has a better-built neckband that's flexible enough to fold and fit into your pockets. The Samsung also have a more stable and slightly better isolating in-ear fit. They have customizable sound and a wealth of features, but only if you're paired with a Samsung device. The Jabra, on the other hand, will be more comfortable for some thanks to their earbud fit. They also have a much longer battery life than the Samsung.

JBL E25BT Wireless

The JBL E25BT Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless, but not by much. The JBL have a slightly more balanced sound than the Jabra. The JBL also isolate a bit more in noisy environments, making them a bit better-suited for the commute and travel. They're also more portable than the Jabra. On the upside, the Jabra have a longer 16hr battery life, a more comfortable earbud fit, and a better control scheme, with a dedicated mic button.

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