Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds (review)
4.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $299.99
Manufacturer: Jabra

The Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are “True Wireless” models because they’ve eliminated the cable between them. We put them through their paces.

Review:  Jabra Elite 65t

The Jabra Elite 65t buds follow the now familiar pattern: they connect wirelessly to each other. When not in use they sit in their shaped receptacles in a charge case.

They are rated at five hours of use on a full charge, and can be charged twice more from the case, giving a total of fifteen hours away from power.

They are extremely light. I’ve been meaning to get myself a pair of scales with higher resolution than the single grams of my current model. But I haven’t yet, so I’ll limit myself to saying that they weigh around six grams each, twelve for the pair. Jabra says 6.5 for one, 5.8 grams for the other. Pop them in your ears and you won’t notice their presence. Shake your head all about, and they’ll happily stay in place.

They also sit quite close in your ears. I love the Bose SoundSport Free earbuds but they do give the wearer somewhat of a Teletubbies look. The review ones were black and silver grey, and looked subtlely businesslike.

Jabra Elite 65t

 

The charge case – well it charges the buds

The charge case is 67 grams, so carrying it on your person is no great burden. It’s about the size of a flattened egg. The lid is a bit grabby, and more than once when it finally popped, the buds spilled out.

A single LED lights when it’s plugged into power. The LED flashes on with the lid opening and closing. Both it and the LED inside the case indicate high, medium or low charge status by colour.

It takes a couple of hours to charge up the case using the supplied Micro-USB cable to a 5V/.5A (or greater) USB socket (charger not supplied). Fast charge ten minutes gives an hour of use.

Jabra Elite 65t

IP55 means dust and water resistant – no swimming please

The buds are IP55 rated, which means mostly impervious to dust and good for withstanding moderate water jets from any direction for fifteen minutes.

That ought to mean they’re safe from users’ sweat and a bit of rain. The standard warranty is one year, but there’s a two year warranty for water and dust damage if you register via the app.

Comfort depends on the right tips

The buds come with three sizes of soft silicon tips. The middle sized ones are pre-fitted. I found the larger ones the best for my ears. They slipped on easily enough and were firmly held in place. There are no wings or other device to lock the buds in your ears, but as I said, they didn’t feel at all insecure at any time.