Finding the perfect pair of wireless earbuds is an impossible task. Apple released the first ones that passed most tests — the AirPods — in late 2016. In the past 16 months, especially recently, you’ve probably seen people on the street or at the gym wearing them.
The AirPods are great, but they are also troublesome. They not only wiggle too much in your ears, but there is absolutely no active or passive noise cancellation. To some, that’s good, especially since they view the AirPods as extensions of their ears. The sound is very good, but not great. Still, for $160, the AirPods are a deal.
However, for just $10 more, the new Jabra Elite 65t are a must-have. To be honest, having owned some Jabra products in the late 2000s, I haven’t had much interest in their products. However, I read about the Elite 65t earbuds, which earned four stars from CNET and have been called a “true AirPod killer” by Tom’s Guide.
These Jabra earbuds may actually really be the best on the market right now. The adventure starts when connecting them, which is almost as easy as connecting the AirPods. Since the Elite 65t have Bluetooth 5.0, the connection is very stable when paired with a Bluetooth 5 smartphone such as the the newer iPhones and all Samsung Galaxy products since the Galaxy S8.
The sound quality is great considering how small these things are. Of course, you have to have the right-size eartips to maximize the listening quality, and Jabra includes three different sizes. The bass is prominent, but not overwhelming. The middle ranges are there, but a little bit recessed. The high ranges are just as prominent as the bass. Of course, you can also make changes to the sound with the Jabra Sound+ app, which also offers a “HearThrough” feature to allow for ambient noise to come though.
The push of ambient sound is an important feature with the Elite 65t buds, since the noise isolation is fantastic. Noise isolation is what consumers have been asking for, and Jabra certainly delivers. But what if you want to keep the buds in for several hours (they last five hours per charge in the included charging case), take a walk in a busy area, or even drive with them? The “HearThrough” feature allows this, and even more. It was quite interesting to hear soft rain drops, which I normally wouldn’t hear with my regular ears, falling on my window.
The Jabra Elite 65t still aren’t perfect — I’ve experienced minor connection issues with the left earbud (easily fixed by pressing the Connect button), and at times, the buds fit so tightly that they can hurt your ears. Still, Jabra has delivered the best earbuds on the market. Now, it’s your turn, Apple.