Jabra Elite 65t & Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless earphones hands-on
Jabra's Sport Elite true wireless headphones might've had a lukewarm response from critics, especially when they were tagged with an unbelievable price that was way more than the rest of the competition, but here at CES 2018, the longtime headset maker is using the opportunity to introduce two, reasonably priced true wireless headphones. The Jabra Elite 65t and the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Essentially, one is geared more for causal music listening – while the other is an option to consider for fitness enthusiasts.
Looking at the two, it's almost tough to discern the differences between them, as they both opt to favor a more angular, straight edged design. However, you can tell the difference because the Elite Active 65t dons a rubbery coating. They definitely have a unique look to them, accentuated by the subtle nub that seems to rest and hang over the outside of the rear. We didn't get the chance to actually place them in our ear, but we're curious to know how well they'll stay on there, given that it seems as though the ear tips are going to be holding up most of the weight.
Beyond that, they're rich in features including 4-microphones, personalized sound EQ through the Jabra app, and passive noise cancellation. Better yet, they come with Alexa, Siri, and Google integration, so you can leverage voice commands, instead of using your mobile device. The main difference with them again is that the Elite Active 65t an IP56 rating, meaning that it's sweat, water, and dust resistant. Having that in mind, it really ensures that fitness enthusiasts will want to stick with them over the standard Elite 65t.
They're expected to become available sometime in mid-January, with prices for the Elite 65t at $170 – while the Elite Active 65t will only set you back $190. While it's still certainly in the upper echelon when it comes to price when compared to its rivals in the space, the prices are significantly more reasonable than last year's Elite Sport.