Jabra Elite Sport Review
Weak battery life and slow recharge times create for a lot of headaches
While Jabra’s Elite Sport has a lot of good going for it, an area where it falters quite a bit has to do with battery life. Jabra advertises about 3 hours of use on a single charge, and my time with the Elite Sport revealed this number to be very accurate. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing.
AirPods cranked out more than 6 hours of playback on a single charge. You can get an additional two full charges of the Elite Sport thanks to the included charging case, but even then you’re only looking at a grand total use time of 9 hours. Apple advertises more than 24 hours of use with AirPods, and our testing revealed this claim to be very accurate - if not a bit conservative.
To make matters worse, charge times are also quite lengthy when compared to AirPods.
Charging the Elite Sport from zero to one hundred percent inside of their charging case took 1 hour and 8 minutes, whereas AirPods took just 21 minutes.
Jabra’s Elite Sport aren’t perfect. The design airs on the ugly side of things, the main companion app leaves a lot to be desired, the physical controls on the earbuds themselves don’t work that great, and battery life and recharge times are noticeably weaker than Apple’s AirPods.
Because of this, the Elite Sport would likely make for a better purchase if you’re in the market for a wireless audio solution that can also double as a fitness tracker. If that’s the case, it’s definitely worth checking out what Jabra has created here.
Unfortunately, that added fitness tech comes at a cost. The Jabra Elite Sport cost a whopping $249.99, making them a very expensive purchase. Apple’s AirPods offer supremely better battery life and an arguably nicer design, and for most people, the cheaper price of $159 will make them a better overall purchase.
Jabra’s Elite Sport are far from the worst wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but just be aware of who these are for and the tradeoffs that come with them. The Elite Sport could be perfect for the right customer, but for someone who just wants to be able to listen to their music in a truly wireless fashion without having to worry about battery life, Jabra’s product will come up short.