Jabra Elite Sport Review

Introduction


Truly wireless earbuds are all the rage in the audio world right now. Headphones that connect wirelessly to our devices via Bluetooth aren’t anything new, but the age of bulky over-the-ear designs and earbuds that feature a cord connecting the two speaker units is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

When talking about truly wireless earbuds these days, we mean gadgets along the lines of Samsung’s Gear IconX and Apple AirPods – two individual earbuds units that are not connected in any way, shape, or form by a cord. This completely wireless design allows for an even greater sense of mobility and ease of use, and while some people are still under the impression that this design makes wireless earbuds easy to lose, it’s a trend that doesn’t show any signs of going away at any point soon.

Jabra is the latest company to take a stab at this market with the Elite Sport - a pair of wireless earphones that have been designed to be the ultimate workout tool. Completely wireless earbuds may still be in their infancy, but compared to other options that have already been released, do the Elite Sport have what it takes to stand up to the rest of the crowd?

In the box
  • Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds
  • Charging case
  • EarWings (Small/Medium/Large)
  • EarGels in silicon and foam (Small/Medium/Large)
  • microUSB charging cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety and warranty information 

Design and Comfort

The Elite Sport won’t win any awards for looks, but the fit is snug, secure, and customizable


The two main wireless earbuds that currently exist are the Gear Icon X and AirPods, and in regards to design, Jabra’s offering is very similar to the former of the two. Unlike the Q-Tip-esque AirPods, the Elite Sport boast an aesthetic that’s more circular and chunky. Black is the only color option that’s available, and as a whole, the Elite Sport aren’t all that good-looking.

Apple’s AirPods were hit with a ton of criticism for their odd design, but I personally prefer the look of those as opposed to what Jabra’s created. The Elite Sport appear quite bulky when worn, and there just isn’t anything exciting to be seen here. We’ve yet to come across a solid pair of wireless earbuds that can be considered as inconspicuous, and this is stressed quite a bit when wearing the Elite Sport.

Although the looks of the Elite Sport certainly aren’t a highlight here, an area where they get an edge of AirPods has to do with fit. Unlike the one-size-fits-all design that Apple is shooting for, Jabra has included wingtips and both silicon and foam tips for the speaker units in small, medium, and large sizes for all of these - providing for an incredibly precise and snug fit.

In my experience, the Jabra Elite Sport felt great to wear. Even while embarking on a lengthy run or setting personal reps at the gym, never did the Elite Sport feel like they were going to fall out of my ears.

Another big advantage of the Elite Sport has to do with their IP67 rating. This means that the Elite Sport are rated to be completely dust resistant and can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time, and this allows the Elite Sport to hold up wonderfully through sweat and while going out for a run in the rain.


When you aren’t using the Elite Sport, you’ll store them in the included charging case. The case itself looks fine, and it’s made out of a rubbery plastic similar to what you’ll find on the Elite Sport themselves. An indicator on the right side of the case displays a green, yellow, and red light to showcase the battery life of the case itself, whereas two similar indicators on the front of the case display this same information for each earbud.

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9 Comments

1. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

This is actually less dorkier than wearing those white dangling AirTards. How about battery life?

3. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

These, like most true wireless solutions, are only capable of 3 hours of battery life and their cases provide two full charges but take a while to charge compared to the airpods. Of course the airpods look stupid and the sound quality and isolation are not much better than the regular EarPods. Apple needs to redesign the AirPods and provide better isolatin... maybe design it after their In-Ear models except without the stupid dangling stick

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

only airpods deserved 9.0 grade from iphonearena!

4. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Of course the obligatory 3 points deduction if not Cr@pple product.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wish someone make a pod style. Those in the ear buds get on my nerves.

6. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

If it was similar pricing to the airpods then it maybe would've been better buy

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

6.. so much lol from phonyarena...

8. Molly

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

Hello, Jone M. I’m Molly, a promotion specialist of a foreign trade corporation. I have studied your article Jabra Elite Sport Review on the website Phone Arena. Com. Maybe we have a same opinion that truly wireless earbuds will be a mainstream in the future. Now we have a new truly wireless earphone-LiteXim TW-08 Bluetooth 4.1, which dimension and features are similar to Jabra Elite Sport. Would you like to make an evaluation of our earphone or compare it to Jabra Elite Sport? We can send our earphone to you so that you can experience it and make an objective and impartial evolution. Looking forward for your reply!

9. Joey452

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2017

You can use large foam tips to fit you ear canal. The noise isolation will let Sound Quality upgrade to next level.

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