• Driver size: 6.8 x 5.1 mm
  • Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Ports: Wireless
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1
  • Others: IP67, Heart rate monitor, motion tracking
  • Weight: 13 g
  • Pros:
  • Wireless
  • Charging Case
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Could do with a larger charging case, to fit customised ear-tips

Made For Elites

Jabra’s latest earphones, the Jabra Elite Sport is a pair of wireless earbuds that is made for sports/exercise fanatics, with plenty of features built in just to give it an edge over other wireless earbuds in the current market.

Built into the earbuds are precise heart rate monitoring capabilities. So, you can now free your wrists from heart rate trackers. During our testing, we have found that it’s quite accurate compared to our usual wristband trackers. However, it is a little finicky, and requires the earbuds to be seated correctly to track your heart rate. To fully utilise all the functions of the earbuds, you are also required to download the Jabra Sport app to your smartphone.

Once downloaded, you then have to go through the whole process of pairing the earbuds. While a chore, you can actually skip it. Once that is done, you can monitor your heart rate, record your workout, make a training plan for your needs, and even search for your earbuds on the map – a useful feature if your earbuds are lost or stolen. Of course, this feature require the earbuds to be on.
While using the earbuds, we have found that it does stay planted in your ears. It did not wiggle too much, nor did it fall off while testing, which is a definite plus and this could be due to the weight of it. Finding the right tips, however, proves to be a battle. But Jabra thought of that as well, so they included Foam and Silicone tips in the package. Do keep in mind that not all tips fit every ear. Sadly, when using personal ear-tips, not all of them would fit in the case.

Battery life on these are good, especially with the on-the-go charging case that charges your earbuds wherever you go. All that it requires is for you to charge it before you head out. According to Jabra, it should last up to 3 hours. However, 3 hours is insufficient for some people. But considering the size of the earbuds, the limited battery life was expected.

Sound quality was decent, but it’s not like we expected it to have audiophile quality, considering its features and wireless nature. Aside from the buttons present on the earbuds, a voice assistant is built into it, to inform and coach you on your workout and so on, which is a definite plus.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall a great step in the right direction for people who exercise frequently, but its price might push away intrigued customers looking for their first wireless earbuds.

(previously published in issue July 2017)

Jabra Elite Sport