Jabra Elite 65t

As close to the ultimate in wireless headphones as you're likely to get.

Jabra Elite 65t

Jabra In-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

MODEL:Elite 65t
SOURCE:Dealer Search
Battery Life:Up to 5 hours of run-time (single charge)
Up to 15 hours of run-time (when stored in pocket charging case)
Recharge Time:2 Hours (full battery recharge)
15 minutes (1-1/2 hours battery life)
Wireless Talk Time:15 hours
Wireless Range:33 feet (10 meters)
Ear Cushion Material:Silicone
Driver Size: 0.2" (5.1 mm) microphones
0.24" (6 mm) speaker
Sensitivity:103 dB SPL
Weight:2.3 ounces (67 grams)
Warranty:2 Years
Full Specifications:Click Here

Headsets, particularly wireless heaphone models, are increasing popular among woodworkers and tradespeople in the shop, on the job site, and when driving. It's great to be able to listen to the music (or podcast) of our choice, rather than the cacophony of sounds that are constantly surrounding us. Even more convenient is the ability to respond quickly and effortlessly to important phone calls in the midst of the work day.

Ove the past few years I've tried a number of different wireless headset options. While none have been outstanding, most have worked reasonably well, though some were much better at reducing ambient noise than others. Sound quality varied quite a bit, but none that I've tried were really noteworthy. Pairing to a mobile device was often a bit of hit and miss, and few offered convenient, reliable wireless phone communication.

My new go-to wireless headset over the past few months have been the Elite 65t earbuds from the Denmark-based company Jabra. They've been developing wireless and corded headsets for mobile phone users for over 35 years. This is the company that developed the first in-ear integrated microphone and speaker, the ubiquitous 'EarGels' (that enhance earbud comfort and help seal out noise), and digital microprocessor (DSP) based echo and noise cancellation technologies. Impressive stuff that peaked my interest in their new 'true wireless earbuds'.

The Elite 65t comes in a sleek, compact storage case (about 1-1/8" x 1-3/4" x 2-1/4") that also serves as a portable charger. Put the earbuds in the case, attached the 12" long micro USB cable, plug it into your computer, mobile device, or AC adapter, and the battery in the case will fully charge the earbuds within 2 hours. Once fully charged the earbuds give you up to 5 hours of run-time. When stored in the case they'll be recharged – for up to a total of 15 hours of run-time. If the batteries in the earbuds are fully drained you can put them back in the case and get 1-1/2 hours of run-time after only 15 minutes charging. There is also a useful power saving feature – power turns off after 15 minutes without a connections and after 60 minutes without any activity. The micro USB cable is way too short – a 2' or even 3' cord would be much more convenient.

The case, made from ABS plastic, is super slick and somewhat awkward to open – I've dropped the case several times while removing it from my jacket pocket. I would prefer the case with a textured surface making it easier to grasp. While the case takes two hands to open, it's highly unlikely the case will inadvertently open – even when dropped it stays shut – so there's no worry that the earbuds will pop out. I find it convenient that the earbuds automatically turn on when you remove them from the case, and off when you put them back in.

The case and earbuds have an IP55 rating, which eans they're dust resistant and protected against water sprayed from a nozzle. So if you're out in a sudden rain shower there's no need to worry, but don't jump into the pool with them on. They also come with a two-year warranty.

I found it very quick and easy to insert the earbuds into my ears – they aren't interchangeable, so you need to install the left earbud into your left ear, and the right earbud into your right ear. The earbuds are clearly labelled so you can tell where they go. Besides, the left earbud only fits into the left side of the storage case – ditto for the right earbud – which makes it very intuitive when you open the case to access the earbuds. The unit comes with a small, medium and large pair of EarGels. It's worth trying which size best suite your ear canal. The EarGels provide the necessary grip to keep the earbuds snugly positioned in your ears, and they provide an optimal seal for the passive noise cancellation of ambient sounds.

It took me a while to get used to the earbuds. I was only able to wear them for an hour or so the first few days. After switching to the large EarGels I could wear them continuously for several hours without any discomfort. Most of the time I barely notice them.

Pairing the Elite 65t to my smartphone was a piece of cake. I first had to download the Jabra Sound+ app, and then the Jabra Service app (a service app required to run the Sound+ app on Android devices). Connection to my smartphone is instantaneous. The Sound+ app has some useful features - you can set how much ambient noise, if any, is pumped into the earbuds while playing your music or receiving a call; instantly connect to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant; adjust the equalizer – from 60 hertz to 14 kilohertz – to suit your listening preference; hear the name and phone number of the person calling you; and find your phone (Jabra uses the latest location stored on your phone). However, the app can't locate an earbud is you misplace one.

You use the left earbud to control speaker volume and skip or return to a previous sound track. The right earbud is to power on/off, play/pause, answering phone calls, and activating your voice assistant (if you use one). It didn't take very long to get the knack of what to press and when.

I'm not an audiophile – but I find the sound quality that comes out of the Elite 65t to be very good – noticeably better than other earbuds I've used. The music is clear, clean, and undistorted. I tried several of the music presets, settling on 'Smooth'; however I can quickly change to another setting, or customize the equalizer to suite my mood and the music I'm listening to.

Jabra claims a 33 foot wireless range, which I can confirm; however this is for a clear line of sight between your mobile device and the earbuds. It's not a big deal for me as I always carry my smartphone on my belt.

I've made and taken a dozen or so phone calls with the Elite 65t, and I've not had any issues hearing or being heard. Callers haven't mentioned any issues with call quality or ambient noise.

Overall I'm quite impressed with these earbuds – they're a pleasure to wear, easy to use, sound quality is great, phone communication is clear and crisp, and battery life is excellent. I'm not so enamoured with online tech support – I submitted a couple of email questions and received canned responses in return – nothing at all related to the questions I had posed.

Photo Gallery

The Jabra Elite 65t – storage-charging case (with earbuds inside), small and large eargels, micro USB cable.

Super convenient – storage and charging case fits easily in pocket, purse, or carry bag.

Each compact earbud contains a 0.24" (6 mm) speaker and an impressive four 0.2" (5.1 mm) microphones.

When inserted into the storage-charging case metal pins connect with corresponding tabs on the earbuds.

Storage-charging case is slippery and awkward to open.

Inconspicuous, reliable, comfortable.
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