- Wired: Truly Wireless
- Driver size: 60x5.1mm
- Impedance: 16 ohm
- Ports: MicroUSB
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- IP Rating: IP56
- Dimensions: 27 x 30 x 22.5 mm (earbuds) / 72 x 51 x 26.5mm (case)
- Weight: 6.5 g (right)/ 5.8g (left)/ 67g (case)
- Others: 4-mic system, integrated motion sensor
- Not weighty
- Random static/disconnect issues
Be Active Elitely
Truly wireless earbuds are a finicky piece of technology and are easily hampered with issues every now and then. With the introduction of the Jabra Elite Active 65t, some of the issues have been alleviated. The Active 65t shares a similar design philosophy with the Elite 65t and some differences when it comes to specs and so on.
Unboxing the earbuds were pretty standard. It even had some charge left on it right out of the box. Charging the earbuds is also simple as well, simply store them in the provided charging case and you are good to go. To charge the case, however, you will need a microUSB cable; there’s one already provided in the package. To tweak the settings of the earbuds, you will need to download Jabra Sound+ from the App Store or Play Store. Follow the instructions and voilà, setup is complete. You might even want to update the software of the earbuds as well.
When it comes to using the earbuds, it was simple and easy to use. The earbuds are placed nicely and intuitively in the case. Pull out the right earbud and it is the earbud for your right ear. The pause play button is located on the right earbud, and the volume rocker can be found on the left one. Toggling voice assistant is also done on the right earbud. For the pairing process, with a Samsung Note 8 users have a choice of either Bixby or Google Assistant.
As for performance, the earbuds fit perfectly, and comes with extra pairs of ear tips that can be changed by yourself to fit your ears. We managed to try it out on a jogging session and the earbuds remained in our ears without falling off. However, during our testing, we did manage to run into some connection and static issues, as well as random music drops. But it’s not too prevalent. With the Sound+ app, you can configure the amount of noise cancelling on the earbuds. You can toggle it to either let outside sound in, perfect for running or walking around in busy streets. When we tested it, we were still able to listen to sounds around us, while listening to music. The opposite on the other hand is perfect for working at busy areas when you need some peace. You can even toggle some ambience sound with the app, playing sounds such as Waves and
Pink Noises. The earbuds will also auto-play and auto-pause when you remove one from your ear, allowing for short conversations.
After your workout session, do make sure to give your earbuds a wipe to ensure that they will last a long time, and it’ll keep your carrying case fairly clean as well. Speaking of carrying case, it was slightly hard to open as the case was shut pretty snugly. This is a good thing as it will ensure that they will not fall out without applying pressure.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A good pair of purely wireless earbuds that fit snugly in your ear and allows you to perform regular exercises worry-free. You can also easily switch between noise-cancelling or focus with the Sound+ app.
(previously published in issue August 2018)