- Driver size: 15mm
- Impedance: 32ohms
- Ports: 1x microUSB
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- Battery life: Up to 8 hours (ANC On) / 13 hours (ANC Off)
- Others: 1x Pouch, 1x microUSB cable, 3x EarGels, 3x Earwings
- Dimensions: 400 x 145 x 30mm
- Weight: 51.4g
- Earbuds fits securely
- Sound quality
- Not the best ANC
Be Elite Without Worrying About Noise
Jabra has always been one of the leading brands when it comes to wireless audio devices. Recently, it released a new pair model in the form of the Jabra Elite 65e. The Elite 65e does have some wires but can be connected to your devices via Bluetooth so your hands can be free to perform other tasks such as running or working.
The 65e does feature a neckband that securely sits around your neck. On the neckband, you can spot the microUSB port that is used to charge the headset and a few buttons on each side of the band. On the left side, you have two buttons. One controls the voice assistant to toggle Siri or Google Assistant, while the other button toggles the ANC function of the headset. ANC will tune out noise such as traffic or office chatter, but you will have to find the proper of wingtips and eartips (Jabra calls them EarWings and EarGels), as the improper fit will allow for noise to leak in.
On the right side, you have three buttons. Holding the + button will skip the music you are currently listening to while tapping it will increase the volume. The middle button is multi-functional, as holding it for a second will turn on the headset, and holding it for three seconds will turn the headset off. You can also find a microphone on the right side of the headset.
We tested the headset in our office and throughout our daily use. In the office, with ANC on, it was able to tune out most of the noise, with some seeping in when the volume is low, and by turning it up we managed to completely tune out the world. However, listening to music loudly for long periods of time is not advisable. Using the Jabra Sound+ app, you can even configure the settings of the headset to turn on HearThrough mode that will allow you to hear the outside world even with music on. The microphone according to others sounded fairly clear and we were able to answer the call without needing to reach for our phone, allowing us to multi-task efficiently.
The music quality is exceptional and with the Sound+ app, you can easily configure the music equaliser to fit your needs. But if you do not feel adventurous, you can just use the preset settings to make your life easier. Call quality was crystal clear as well and if your work revolves around calls, this will be a good pick up.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A headset with great sound quality and build, but slightly marred with an imperfect ANC.
(to be published in issue March 2019)