The Jabra Elite 7 Active are the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless' sporty sibling. With an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance and an outer shell made of a proprietary material called 'ShakeGrip' that helps with stability, these earbuds suit most types of physical activity. They also feature an active noise cancelling (ANC) system to help cut out background noise at the gym or during a run.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are good for neutral sound. Their default sound profile is well-balanced and suitable for a variety of genres. A bit of overemphasis in the bass range adds extra rumble, punch, and warmth to your audio, but mixes don't sound muddy or cluttered. Their app also includes a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to customize the mix.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are great for commute and travel. They're comfortable and well-built and come with a portable case to protect them when you're on the go. They also provide nearly eight hours of continuous battery life, which is convenient for long flights, and the case holds about 2.8 additional charges. Unfortunately, while they do a good job of isolating you from mid-range ambient noise, like background conversations, their ANC struggles to block out bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are great for sports and fitness. They're made with this purpose in mind, and once you find a good fit, they're stable enough to stay in place during intense workouts. They're also well-built and rated IP57 for dust and water resistance. While their control scheme isn't the most intuitive at first, you can remap most of the controls so you can change the track or turn up the volume without needing to take your phone out.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are good for the office. They do a good job of blocking out office-type noise like background chatter and humming computer fans. While they're comfortable in-ear, using their control scheme can create a plunger-like feeling in your ear canal that gets annoying over time. Their just under eight hours of continuous battery life is a bit short for a 9-5 workday, but on the plus side, they come with a case that holds about 2.8 extra charges, so you can top them up when you need to. They also support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles. You can use them with Βluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is too high to be suitable for gaming. Although they have fairly low latency on iOS and Android devices, you'll still find the Android latency too high for mobile gaming.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are truly wireless headphones, and you can't use them wired.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active are alright for phone calls. They have an integrated mic that makes your voice sound clear but not particularly full-bodied or natural. It also struggles to separate your voice from loud background noise, so you aren't heard clearly if you're calling from somewhere like a busy subway station. Their ANC feature also struggles to block out bass range noise, so it's hard to hear the other end of your call in a loud environment.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active come in three color variants: 'Βlack', 'Navy Blue', and 'Mint'. We tested them in black, but expect our results to be also valid for the other colors. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.
If you encounter another variant, please let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are earbuds intended for sports and have a similar design to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. They're very customizable and have a good noise isolation performance. However, earbuds like the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless or Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have better-performing ANC features. They're stable enough for most workouts but don't have stability fins, unlike other sports earbuds like the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better overall headphones than the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless. The Jabra are more comfortable and have longer continuous battery life. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their otherwise neutral default sound profile. However, the Beats have a more stable in-ear fit and an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your Apple devices. They also have a better noise isolation performance.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless and the Jabra Elite 7 Active are similar headphones, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Pro are more casual and have a much better mic recording quality. They have quite a few features for phone calls, including bone conduction sensors to help with noise handling. They also have a more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer. The Active are intended for sports use and have a significantly better noise isolation performance.
Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless. Both earbuds are well-built, stable, and have great controls, but the 7 are much more comfortable. They have a more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer, and their ANC blocks out much more noise. Their mic also has a better overall performance.
The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are better for sports than the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless. The Jaybird have stability fins, which helps them achieve a much more stable fit, and their build quality is better. The earbuds have a higher IP68 rating for dust and water resistance; their case is also rated IP54. On the other hand, the Jabra have longer continuous battery life and much better noise isolation performance.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better sounding and more comfortable than the Jabra Elite 5 True Wireless. These in-ears outperform the Elite 5 in noise isolation and sound profile neutrality, which some users may prefer. They also have an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance compared to the Elite 5's IP55, making the Elite 7 Active a better choice for sports and fitness. Neither model comes with stability fins, but both models stay in your ear during intense exercise. They also have the same eight-hour continuous battery life.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. The 7 have a much better control scheme, much better noise isolation, and longer continuous battery life. Their latency with iOS and Android devices is lower, and they have a more neutral default sound profile that some may prefer. On the other hand, the 75t have a significantly better build quality.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Sony's ANC feature can isolate you from more bass-range noise. They also have a much better build quality and a longer continuous battery life. On the other hand, the Jabra are rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, making them more suitable for sports. Their default sound profile is much more neutral, which some may prefer, and they have a mic with much better recording quality.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless for most purposes. They have much better noise isolation, mic performance, and longer continuous battery life. They're also rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, while the 85t are rated IPX4 for water resistance only.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active Truly Wireless are better than the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. They have significantly better noise isolation performance, mic recording quality, and battery performance. Their default sound profile is also more neutral, which some may prefer. On the other hand, the 75t have a much better build quality.
Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless and the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are similar headphones, but the 7 Active are a bit better. The Elite 7 Active have an ANC feature and a much better noise isolation performance. Their default sound profile is more neutral, which some may prefer, and they also have a higher IP57 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Samsung Galaxy Βuds2 Truly Wireless. The Jabra headphones have a much better control scheme, a longer continuous battery life, and a better companion app with a graphic EQ. They're also rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, while the Samsung headphones are only rated IPX2 for water resistance. On the other hand, the Samsung headphones have a somewhat better noise isolation performance and a much better mic recording quality.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Jabra headphones' companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, and they have a more comprehensive onboard control scheme. They also leak less audio, have a significantly better mic recording quality, and last longer off a single charge. However, the Apple headphones have an Η1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices and a virtual surround sound feature with compatible iOS devices, meaning Apple users may prefer them. Their ANC feature also blocks out more noise, especially in the bass range.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better for most purposes than the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless. The Jabra have a much more comfortable, stable fit and a more comprehensive control scheme. They have a more neutral bass response, which some may prefer, and a somewhat better noise isolation performance. On the other hand, the Sony headphones have virtual surround sound features and support NFC for easier pairing. The earbuds and case also feel better built.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless and the Βeats Solo Pro Wireless are very different, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Jabra are truly wireless earbuds designed for sports. They're more compact, have a more stable fit, and have an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. They also work with an app that has sound customization features. On the other hand, the Βeats are wireless, on-ear headphones with much better build quality and longer continuous battery life.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are better than the Ultimate Ears FITS Truly Wireless for most purposes. The Jabra have ANC and a much better noise isolation performance. Their default sound profile is much more neutral, which some may prefer. Their case also holds more extra charges, and they have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life. On the other hand, the Ultimate Ears have tips that mold to fit your individual ear shape, which gives them a much more comfortable, stable fit.
They're comfortable earbuds. They don't put too much pressure on your ear and come with three different tip sizes. However, they protrude from your ears and create a plunger-like feeling when adjusted, which can get annoying.
These earbuds have great controls. While they're not the most intuitive initially, they're very clicky, and you hear voice prompts and audible feedback chimes for many commands. You can also remap most of the controls in the app. They have an 'Auto-Pause' feature that pauses your audio automatically when you take an earbud out too. Unfortunately, double or triple-pressing the buttons puts pressure on your ears, which can cause discomfort the more you do it.
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Like most truly wireless earbuds, these are extremely portable. While they're slightly bigger than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, they still easily fit into bags and pockets.
These earbuds come with a good case. There's a magnet to hold the earbuds in place and an LED light that indicates the case's battery life when it's open. Unfortunately, the lid feels a bit too easy to open.
They have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic but still feel quite sturdy. They're also rated IP57 for protection against dust and immersion in water. However, like the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, the buttons feel cheap.
These earbuds have a stable in-ear fit that's similar to other sports-oriented Jabra headphones, like the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. While they lack stability fins, they stay in place during moderate and intense exercise. They feature Jabra's proprietary 'ShakeGrip' technology for improved stability. However, this doesn't make them more stable than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, which don't feature ShakeGrip. Ultimately, both perform well in this regard and feature a range of different-sized tips to help you get the best fit.
The Jabra Elite 7 Active's default sound profile is quite neutral. They're well-suited for various content and genres, including EDM and hip-hop, thanks to a touch of extra thump and punch in the bass range. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to customize the mix.
These earbuds have fantastic frequency response consistency. Like most in-ear headphones, you'll get consistent sound delivery once you achieve a good fit and seal with the included tips.
These earbuds have excellent bass accuracy. Mixes have a bit of extra rumble, punch, and body due to their overemphasized range.
These earbuds have excellent mid accuracy. In songs like Pink by Lizzo, the chorus's vocals, synths, and horns sound clear and intense. However, a dip in the mid-mid nudges those same voices and instruments to the back of the mix.
These earbuds have amazing treble accuracy. Instruments are present, detailed, and well-articulated. The mid-treble is slightly underemphasized, though, so sibilants like S and T sounds and cymbals sound somewhat dull.
These earbuds have superb peaks and dips performance. Overall, the peaks and dips are fairly minor, so these earbuds do a good job of controlling their sound profile. However, our unit's L/R drivers are mismatched, so some peaks and dips are more present in one driver than the other. A dip in the low-bass in both earbuds reduces the amount of thump and rumble in the mix. In the left driver, a low peak from the mid-bass to low-mid adds clutter and muddiness to audio content. In the right driver, a dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and instruments to the back of the mix. A peak from the high-mid to mid-treble makes voices and sibilants harsher and more piercing, respectively.
These earbuds have excellent imaging. Jabra generally has good quality control and ergonomics, contributing to the drivers' imaging performance. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold for the entire range, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. While our unit's L/R drivers are well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, the phase response is mismatched in the mid-mid range. This makes vocals and instruments louder in the right bud and is noticeable with regular content. These results are only valid for our unit, though.
Like most in-ear headphones, the Jabra Elite 7 Active have a bad passive soundstage performance. Since their design doesn't interact with your outer ear, audio sounds like it's coming from inside your head rather than from all around the room.
These earbuds have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. Frequencies fall within good limits at normal and high listening volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test the Jabra Elite 7 Active in-ear Bluetooth earbuds. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
These earbuds have a good noise isolation performance. Like the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, they have an ANC feature, but turning it on doesn't make an audible difference in how much ambient sound you hear. You may also notice white noise or more pressure in your ear with noise cancelling turned on. Fortunately, their in-ear design passively isolates you from mid-range background noise like conversations, and higher-pitched sounds, like humming A/C units. However, they struggle to cut out bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines. If you're looking for a pair of Jabra in-ears with better-performing ANC, consider the Jabra Elite 5 True Wireless.
Note: We performed a fit test in the app before each test to ensure that the earbuds were forming a good seal in our test rig's ears. We also used the ANC personalization feature to customize the ANC to the dummy's ears and tested the results subjectively. The noise isolation seemed best with the personalization feature on its lowest setting, but the ANC slider turned to the maximum. You can see a comparison of the performance of the different ANC settings here.
These earbuds have a fantastic leakage performance. They don't leak much sound, so you can crank up the volume without bothering people around you, even in a fairly quiet setting.
The mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice sounds clear and natural but lacks brightness and body, especially compared to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, which captures your voice with more detail and fullness.
The mic has a mediocre noise handling performance. Background noise bleeds into your call in moderately noisy environments, but you're still clearly understood on the other end. However, louder noise, like the sound of a passing train, can completely drown your voice out or make it impossible to understand.
These earbuds have good battery performance. The manufacturer advertises that they last for eight hours off a single charge, and we measured just under that. Their case also holds nearly three extra charges, and five minutes of charging provides an hour of playback time.
There's also an auto-off timer that you can customize in the app, and similar to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, you can use one earbud while the other charges.
The Jabra Sound+ app offers lots of customization features, including a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to customize their sound profile. A 'MySound' feature also adjusts the mix based on an in-app hearing test. You can change the HearThrough and ANC levels with sliders or personalize the ANC based on the shape of your ear. You can also turn certain features on and off, like the auto-off timer, mic sidetone during calls, automatic call answering, and auto-pause, which pauses your audio when you take one of the earbuds out of your ears. Like the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless, you can remap the onboard controls and add some functions that aren't included by default, like sidetone on and off, hold and answer an incoming call, and switch between your current call and a call on hold.
These earbuds have satisfactory Bluetooth connectivity, though some users have reported issues. Some users have reported that their units randomly disconnect from their phones, or a bud completely stops working. We didn't encounter these issues with our unit and had no issues charging or connecting them to our phones. Over five to six hours of use, we also didn't encounter any Bluetooth or pairing issues. Both bud batteries seem to drain equally, too. If you've encountered these issues, please tell us in the forums.
Firmware update 2.2.0 added multi-device pairing, meaning you can connect to up to two devices simultaneously. However, you'll need to pause your audio from one device to receive your second device's audio. Their latency with Android and iOS devices is also low, so they're more suitable for watching videos on your mobile device. Also, some devices compensate differently for latency.
You can't use these truly wireless headphones wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the case.
These headphones are compatible with Βluetooth-enabled PCs but can't connect any other way.
These headphones come with a case that stores about 2.8 extra charges. The only input is a USB-C port for the charging cable, which also supports wireless charging.