The Jabra Elite 65t are decent mixed-usage truly wireless headphones and a good option for sports. They're easy to carry around on your person, and they block enough noise to also be suitable for commuting. They're also fairly easy-to-use once you get familiar with the controls. Unfortunately, their unorthodox design is a little bulky and won't be as comfortable for all listeners. Their charging case is also a little loose and lacks magnets to keep the earbuds in place which lowers their overall build quality.
The Jabra Elite 65t have a fairly unique design that's bulkier than most truly wireless headphones but does not need additional stability fins. Luckily, the earbuds do not look as bulky once in your ears, although the microphone stalk does stick out a bit. The earbuds have a good and durable build quality but unfortunately, their slightly bulkier design isn't as comfortable for all listeners and also makes them a bit less stable than other truly wireless headphones, like the Jaybird Run. Their case design, however, reduces their overall build quality due to the loose lid that easily opens at the smallest impact, but on the upside, it's fairly compact and portable.
The Jabra Elite 65t have a unique design that looks a lot better once in your ears. The earbuds are slightly larger than most truly wireless in-ears and angled to better fit the contours of your ears. The bulkier part of the earbuds sits within the notch of your ear which is not as noticeable thanks to the contrast with the grey exterior, which looks more like old-school Bluetooth headsets. This makes the Elite look a lot smaller when wearing them but their overall build quality and craftsmanship feels a bit cheaper and less premium than other wireless in-ears like the Samsung Gear IconX or the Beoplay E8.
The Jabra Elite 65t have a unique form factor that's decently comfortable but won't be for everyone. The earbuds are a little bulky but angled and shaped in a way to fit within the contours of your ears without needing any stability fins. This design choice may be ideal for some, but for others, the larger size of the earbuds pushes on the concha of your ear and gets fatiguing after a couple of hours of listening. Unfortunately, since you can't change or adjust the shape of the earbuds, they won't be the best choice for all listeners, especially those with smaller ears. Also, they are in-ears, so if you're not a big fan of in-ear designs, then you will have some of the same issues with these headphones.
The Elite 65t have a decent control scheme with physical buttons, but the layout of the controls can be a bit confusing at first. They have two main buttons on each earbud. The right earbud controls play/pause/calls when pressed once, and voice assistance (Siri or Google assistant) when you press and hold. The left earbud controls volume and track-skipping with a button rocker (unlike the single button of the right ear bud). Pressing either side of the button rocker turns up or lowers the volume level and holding it will skip or rewind tracks respectively. It's a decently efficient control scheme once you get used to it, but the layout could be improved. Using the controls would sometimes break the air-tight seal of the in-ear fit which changes the sound quality, and also forces you to push the bulky earbuds against your ear like the Jaybird Run, which is not ideal.
The Jabra Elite 65t, like most other truly wireless in-ears, are very breathable headphones suitable for more intense sports. They do not cover your outer ear which will remain cool no matter the physical activity your doing. The larger earbuds do trap a bit more heat within the notch of your ear than typical in-ears but it's a negligible temperature difference that won't make you sweat more than usual.
These headphones are very portable and will easily fit into most pockets. They're about the same size as the Bose SoundSport Free so they're a bit bulkier than most truly wireless designs, but on the upside, their case is a lot more compact. They are easy to carry around on your person and have on you at all times.
These headphones come with a compact charging case that's portable and will easily fit into your pockets. It will protect the headphones from minor impacts and drops but, unfortunately, the case has a loose lid and no magnetic strips to hold the headphones in place. This means if the case falls even from a short distance the lid will open and the earbuds will tumble out and potentially get lost. The lid is so loose that you can even force it open just by squeezing the sides of the case. The relatively low profile of the case would have been on par with that of the AirPods or Gear IconX if the build quality was a bit more thought out.
The build quality of the Jabra Elite 65 is good but not great. The earbuds are thick, dense and durable. They do not look quite as premium as some of the other truly wireless in-ears like the Apple AirPods but feel sturdy and durable enough that they won't break from a couple of accidental drops. Unfortunately, the case is not as good and reduces their overall build quality. The case has a loose lid that easily opens at the slightest impact. That and the lack of magnets make the earbuds feel a little cheap compared to most of the truly wireless charging cases. Overall, the build quality of the earbuds are a bit better than the JBL Free, but the charging case could definitely be improved.
These headphones are stable enough for sports. They have a unique shape that doesn require additional stability fins. Once in your ears, they don't move around much but the larger size of the earbuds may not be as stable for all listeners. Unfortunately since they do not have any stability fins you cannot adjust the fit if you have smaller or larger ears. They should still be good enough for running and working out and since they're compact and wireless they won't hinder your movements. But overall they are not as stable as some of the other truly wireless designs like the Gear IconX or the Jaybird Run
The Jabra Elite 65t is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a very good bass, with just the right amount of punch and kick, a great mid-range which is even and well-balanced, and an above-average treble. However, their bass can be prone to inconsistencies if a good seal is not achieved, and it lacks a bit of thump and rumble. Also, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble could sound significantly sharp and piercing on S and Ts. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit showed some mismatch, which signifies low manufacturing tolerance, and like most other in-ears, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The bass of the Jabra Elite 65t is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 30Hz is very good, but not as extended as some other closed-back in-ears like the JBL Free and the Beats BeatsX. Low-bass is lacking by almost 4dB, meaning the Jabra will be a bit light on rumble and thump, but this won't be very noticeable. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of the kick drums is quite well-balanced. However, high-bass is overemphasized by about 3dB, which adds a bit of boominess to the sound.
The mid-range is very good. The response is quite even and mostly flat. The overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump, adds a bit of muddiness to vocals/leads and clutter to the mix. However, at 2dB, the effect will be subtle. The 2dB dip around 700Hz, nudges the vocals and leads towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the lower frequencies, but again, this effect will be subtle.
The treble performance of the Elite 65t is above-average. Low-treble and mid-treble are quite even and flat up to 8KHz, which is great for producing well-balanced vocals and leads. However, the 15dB peak at 10.5KHz adds a significant amount of emphasis to the sibilance range, making the S and T sounds quite sharp and piercing, especially on overly bright tracks.
The frequency response consistency of the Jabra Elite 65t 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. However, since the buds of the Jabra are quite big, some people may have difficulty getting a perfect seal with them, which will cause a drop in bass.
The imaging performance is decent. Their weighted group delay is 0.29, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that the group delay almost never crosses the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver-matching, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency and phase response. However, we measured more than 3dB of amplitude mismatch between the L/R drivers which skews the stereo image and makes it noticeably heavy on one side. It should be noted that this could be considered as a marker for low manufacturing tolerance, and the unit you purchase may or may not have this mismatch.
Like most other in-ears, the soundstage of the Elite 65t 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.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Jabra 65t is about average. The amount of THD produced in the bass and mid ranges are quite low and within good limits. There's almost no change in the THD under louder volumes either, which is good. However, the amount of THD in the treble range is elevated, which could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and brittle.
The Jabra Elite 65T have an in-ear fit that blocks a lot of noise passively. They prevent a lot of high-frequencies from seeping into your audio and do fairly well with rumbling low-frequencies, like those of an engine, despite not being noise-canceling headphones. They also barely leak, even at higher volumes, so you can easily mask some of the ambient noise by turning your music up without distracting the people around you.
The isolation performance of the Jabra 65t is above-average. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved almost 11dB of isolation which is above-average. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 21dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by more than 40dB, which is great.
The leakage of the Jabra Elite 65t is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread over a very narrow range in the treble, making their leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of the leakage is also very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 22dB SPL, and peaks at 29dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.
The integrated microphone of the Jabra Elite 65t has an average quality. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic, will be relatively thin sounding, and noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. However, it will still be decently understandable. In noisy situations, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud environments, like a busy street.
The recording quality of the Elite 65t's microphone is about average. They lack quite a bit in the bass range, except for a narrow area around 90Hz. This results in a recorded/transmitted speech that's relatively thin sounding. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.5KHz means that speech will sound noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. The HFE of 3.5KHz is a limitation of the Bluetooth protocol and is a common shortcoming between almost all Bluetooth headphones. However, it will still be relatively easy to comprehend, since speech intelligibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4KHz range.
The microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, the Jabra Elite 65t achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, indicating that they are best suited for quiet environments. But in moderate and loud environments, they will have difficulty fully separating speech from ambient noise.
The Jabra Elite 65t have decent battery life and a customizable app. They have about 5.1 hours of continuous playback with 2 additional charges stored in the case. They also benefit from a quick charge feature that gives you over 1 hour of playback from a quick 15 minutes charge. They also come with a dedicated companion app that provides a customizable EQ and a couple of aware modes depending on your location. It's a decent app overall that enhances your experience with these headphones.
These headphones have a decent battery life of 5.1 hours with an additional 2 charges in the case for a total of about 15.3 hours of playtime on average. This should be enough to last you throughout the whole day, especially if you take breaks. They also benefit from a quick charge feature that gives you about 1.5 hours of playback from a 15-minute charge. They also automatically turn off after 1 hour of inactivity but it's considerably longer than most truly wireless headphones and wastes a bit of power.
The Jabra Sound+ is a decently well-made app that offers a good amount of customization options. You get an equalizer, noise canceling options for the mic to reduce wind and ambient noise, as well as battery data and location-based triggers that change your settings if you're at work or home. It lacks an adjustable auto-off timer, but overall it's a good app that improves your experience with the Elite 65t.
The Jabra Elite 65t only connect via Bluetooth. They can pair simultaneously with 2 devices and can keep up to 8 in memory for auto-pairing when you take the headphones out of their case. They're also the first Bluetooth 5.0 headphones we've tested but our current test bench only supports up to Bluetooth 4.2. Unfortunately, they do not support NFC and like most Bluetooth headsets, they have a bit too much latency for comfortably watching movies and gaming. On the upside, they have a fairly good wireless for most casual uses and a stable connection that doesn't cut out as often as the JBL Free or the Bose SoundSport Free.
They only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They do not support NFC but do have simultaneous multi devices pairing. They're also the first Bluetooth 5.0 headphones we've tested but our current testbench only supports up to Bluetooth 4.2. On the upside, they remember up to 8 last synced devices for auto-pairing when you open the charging case.
They have a charging case that delivers up to 10 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs.
These headphones have a good wireless range of 39ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and up to 92ft in direct line of sight. It's a slightly lower range than more typical wireless in-ears like the Fitbit Flyer or Jaybird X3 but it's better than most truly wireless designs and should be enough most for everyday use cases, especially if you keep your phone on you.
These headphones have about 224 ms of latency, which is slightly above-average for most Bluetooth headphones with no low latency codecs. Unfortunately, this means they will not be ideal for watching a lot of video content or gaming.
The Jabra Elite 65t have an unusual design that sets them apart from a lot of the other truly wireless headphones. They're still portable enough to have on you at all times and come with a charging case that's compact enough to easily fit into your pockets. However, the slightly larger earbuds won't be as comfortable for all listeners and also makes them slightly less stable since you can't adjust the fit to your ears with stability fins. On the upside, they have a reliable wireless connection with a good range and simple control scheme once you get used to it.
The Jabra Elite 65t are a slightly better truly wireless headphone than the Bose SoundSport Free but not by much. The Jabras have a more reliable wireless connection that supports Bluetooth 5.0. They also have better isolation performance that's more suitable for noisy environments thanks to their in-ear fit. You can also customize the sound of the Jabra but not the Bose, and they're a bit more compact to carry around thanks to their smaller case. The SoundSport Free, on the other hand, have a much more comfortable earbud fit. They also sound better balanced and feel more durable and better built than the Jabra Elites. Their case is also sturdier despite being a bit bulky to carry around.
The Jabra Elite 65t are very similar in performance to the Jaybird Run. The Elite 65t have a more stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection, with a better latency performance and a longer cumulative battery life at 15hrs compared to 12hrs of the Jaybird Run. The Jabra are also a bit more customizable than the Jaybird Run thanks to their more feature-packed app, and they also have a slightly better build quality for their earbuds compared to the Run. On the other hand, the Jaybird Run have a slightly more comfortable in-ear fit with multiple tip options to find the right fit for you. They're also a bit more stable to use at the gym thanks to the provided stability fins compared to the one-size-fits-all of the Jabra.
The Jabra Elite 65t are a better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods. The Elite 65t have an in-ear fit that blocks more noise and is slightly more stable fot running and working out than the AirPods. Their closed in-ear design also gives them a better bass range and a slightly better sound overall that you can further customize thanks to the Sound+ app from Jabra. On the upside, the Apple AirPods have a more reliable wireless connection especially when paired to iOS devices. They also do much better for latency and have a longer battery life than the Jabras.
The Jabra Elite 65t are slightly better truly wireless headphone than the Jabra Elite Sport but not by much. The Jabra Elite have a slightly better noise isolation performance with their silicon tips, although isolation will be strongly dependent on how well they fit in your ears. The 65t also have a more streamlined app, a slightly better default sound (although both headphones can be EQed) and a tad longer battery life. On the other hand, the Elite Sport have a better, sturdier design overall. They also come with more tip sizes to help you find the right fit and come with a much better case to carry the headphones in. Their app has more features for sports and working out but it's a bit more challenging to use.
The Samsung Gear IconX are a better truly wireless headset than the Jabra Elite 65t. The Samsung Gear IconX have a better, more comfortable design than the Jabra and is also a bit more stable for sports. The Samsung also have 4 gigs of onboard storage, a better, more polished charging case and a slightly better default sound quality. On the upside, the Jabra Elite 65t have a slightly longer battery life overall. They also have a more stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection and better latency performance. They also benefit from a 5 band EQ that's more customizable than the Preset EQ on the Samsung Gear IconX.
The Jabra Elite 65t are better truly wireless headphones than the Sony WF-SP700N. The Elite 65t have a more isolating in-ear fit, even without noise cancellation, they block more noise than the SP700N. They also have a better sound quality, a longer range, and a more stable wireless connection that supports Bluetooth 5.0. You can also customize the 65t better than the SP700N, they last a lot longer on a single charge, and have a longer total battery life when you include the case. The SP700N on the other hand, have slightly more comfortable in-ear fit and come with a better case that does not open as easily as that of the Elite 65t.
If you want a wireless in-ear, then go for the Jabra Elite 65t, but if you don't want to deal with battery life and wireless reliability issues, go for the Westone W40 instead. The Westone have more durable and premium design which comes with two cables in the box. They also have a lot more accessories, and tip sizes so you can easily find a fit that works for you. On the other hand, the Jabra are truly wireless headphones that are a bit more compact to carry around on your person. They also have an EQ so you can better customize their sound profile to your liking. They're a decent option for sports since they have no cable to hinder your movements but their fit won't be as comfortable as the Westone.