The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are affordable in-ears that maintain the same comfortable and sleek design as other headphones in this manufacturer's lineup, like the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges if you need it. Their slightly bass-rich sound profile is well-suited for most kinds of audio genres, although you can customize their sound using their companion app's EQ presets if you prefer a different sound. However, they lack a graphic EQ as well as multi-device pairing.
The Jabra Elite 3 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a slightly bass-rich sound profile that adds a touch of extra body and boom to your mixes. It shouldn't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments, which makes their sound suitable for a variety of audio content. Their companion app also offers a few EQ presets if you prefer a different sound. However, their passive soundstage is closed-off, and sound feels like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed around you.
The Jabra Elite 3 are very good for commute and travel. These in-ears have a comfortable, lightweight, and breathable design. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life and are well-built. However, they struggle to passively block out the low rumble of bus and plane engine noise.
The Jabra Elite 3 are great for sports and fitness. Thanks to their wireless in-ear design, you can easily take them with you to the gym or outdoors. They also have a lightweight, stable design and feel well-built. They're rated IP55 for dust and water resistance too, and they have robust physical controls, which is handy when you're on the move.
The Jabra Elite 3 are decent for office use. They have a comfortable, well-built design, and they don't leak very much audio at high volumes, so if you like to crank up the volume, you can listen to your favorite tracks without disturbing others around you. They also have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges. Their passive design can help block out office chatter, too.
The Jabra Elite 3 aren't suitable for wireless gaming. You can use them with a Bluetooth-enabled PC, but their latency is likely too high for gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4, PS5, or Xbox consoles.
The Jabra Elite 3 are truly wireless headphones, and you can't use them wired.
The Jabra Elite 3 are fair for phone calls. These in-ears have an integrated mic with decent recording quality, so you sound clear and intelligible, although your voice lacks a bit of body. However, the mic also struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, and speech could be drowned out by sounds in your surroundings, like a busy street. That said, the earbuds can block out a decent amount of ambient noise around you, allowing you to hear your call better.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a unique teardrop-like design with a modest manufacturer's logo on each earbud. They stick out of your ear a bit, though. These buds come in four different color variants to better suit your style: 'Lilac', 'Dark Grey', 'Light Beige', and 'Navy'.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a comfortable fit. They're lightweight and come with similar circular-shaped ear tips as the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. However, the buds stick out of your ears, and they cause a plunger-like feeling, which could be uncomfortable over time.
These in-ears have good controls. There's a button on each earbud that's clicky and responsive. There are audible tones when you power the headphones on and off as well as when you enter pairing mode. It's not very intuitive to know where each control is located, though. Unlike the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless, there's also no voice prompts to let you know which controls you've registered.
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The Jabra Elite 3 have outstanding breathability, like most in-ears. They don't cover your outer ear, so they shouldn't trap in much heat. You shouldn't sweat more than normal, even if you're wearing them during a jog in the park.
The Jabra Elite 3 are very portable, which is to be expected from wireless in-ears. They're small, lightweight, and should easily fit in most pockets or bags without an issue, even if you have them in their carrying case.
The carrying case is good. There's a magnet to hold the buds in place and a single LED light inside the case, so you can see the battery status.
The Jabra Elite 3's build quality is good. They're mostly made of plastic and feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of accidental drops or falls without too much issue. They're also rated IP55 for protection against dust and direct water exposure. However, the carrying case's lid can wiggle a bit once it's closed.
The Jabra Elite 3 have good stability. Even though they don't have stability fins, they're very stable and don't move around, even during moderate physical activity. They stick out of your ears, though.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a slightly bass-rich sound profile. They have a touch of extra body and boom, but it shouldn't overwhelm your mixes. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.
The Jabra Elite 3's frequency response consistency is excellent. Although there's some deviation in treble delivery present, as long as you form an airtight seal, you should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery each time you use them.
The Jabra Elite 3's bass accuracy is excellent. There's a slight overemphasis across the range, which results in a bit more thump, rumble, body, and boom in your tracks. It shouldn't be too overwhelming, though.
The mid accuracy is excellent. The range is fairly flat and neutral, resulting in accurate vocals and lead instruments. However, a dip in the mid-mid can nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mix.
The Jabra Elite 3 have great treble accuracy. The low-treble is slightly underemphasized, veiling vocals and lead instruments. The mid-treble is a bit underemphasized too, which can dull sibilants like cymbals a bit.
The Jabra Elite 3's peaks and dips performance is great. A long peak in the bass range adds a bit of thump, rumble, and boom to mixes, while a dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mix. An uneven mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals alternatingly dull and piercing.
The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are also well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects, like footsteps and voices in the stereo image. Although there's a small peak in the phase response's mid-range, it shouldn't be an issue for most users. Our results are only valid for our unit, though, and yours may perform differently.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a bad passive soundstage, which is to be expected from in-ear headphones. By design, they bypass the outer ear, which needs to be activated by sound resonances to create a more speaker-like soundstage. As a result, sound is perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. They also don't sound as open or spacious as headphones with an open-back design.
The Jabra Elite 3's weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. All frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a decent noise isolation performance. They don't have active noise cancelling (ANC), and they struggle to passively block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They do a better job of cutting down mid-range noise like ambient chatter and higher-pitched sounds like the hum of an AC unit, though.
These in-ears have a fantastic leakage performance. They don't leak much sound, so you can listen to audio at high volumes without disturbing others around you.
The integrated mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice should be understandable but lacking in body.
The integrated mic's noise handling performance is disappointing. It really struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, so if you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice may be drowned out.
The Jabra Elite 3's battery performance is good. They're advertised to last seven hours continuously, and we measured 7.3 hours, which is quite similar. They also have roughly three additional charges in their carrying case. You can use one bud while the other one charges and they have an auto-off timer that turns the buds off after 15 minutes without a connection and after 30 minutes of inactivity. Jabra advertises a 10-minute fast charge that's supposed to give you one hour of playback time too. However, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-life experience may differ.
The Jabra Elite 3 have a good app. It's compatible with iOS and Android devices. You can switch between different EQ presets, turn HearThrough on or off, check the buds' battery life, and update the headphones. You can also turn on or off the mic's sidetone to improve your call experience. However, while you can remap the voice assistant control to open Spotify to play tracks, this feature is only available on Android devices.
The Jabra Elite 3 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, they don't support multi-device pairing, so you can't connect them to more than one device at a time. They also lack NFC pairing and have high latency using SBC and aptX codecs on PCs, which could be frustrating if you like to stream video. They don't support AAC codec either. On the upside, their iOS and Android latency are low, so you shouldn't notice delays between your audio and visuals. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.
These are truly wireless headphones, and you can't use them wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their carrying case.
These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full mic and audio compatibility. However, you won't be able to connect them to your PC in any other way.
These in-ears come with a portable charging case. It doesn't support wireless charging, and there's only a USB-C port to charge the case with the cable provided.
The Jabra Elite 3 come in four color variants: 'Lilac', 'Dark Grey', 'Light Beige', and 'Navy'. We tested the 'Dark Grey' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Jabra Elite 3 are more affordable truly wireless in-ears in Jabra's lineup. Unlike some of the manufacturer's more premium headphones like the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, they lack multi-device pairing, and their companion app lacks a graphic EQ to help you customize their sound. However, they have a slightly bass-rich sound profile that's balanced enough for most audio content, and they have a long continuous battery life of over seven hours.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well built, the Samsung have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have longer continuous battery life. They also have a more stable in-ear fit. However, the Jabra have a better noise isolation performance, and they support aptX codec.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Jabra Elite 3 Truly Wireless. The Apple are better built, have a more stable in-ear fit, and can block out a significant amount of ambient noise. They also have an H1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly connect them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. However, the Jabra have a better battery performance and support aptX codec.
The Jabra Elite 3 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are similarly performing in-ears, though they have a few differences. The Elite Active are better built, support multi-device pairing, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Elite 3 have a better battery performance, support aptX codec, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.
The Jabra Elite 3 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. The Elite 3 are more comfortable, have better controls, and their sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer. Their battery performance is better, too. However, the Elite 65t support multi-device pairing, have a better noise isolation performance, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ.