When the Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds were first released, they made a great first impression. They weren’t perfect, but viable options were so limited at the time that they won by default by delivering on what they were intended to do: play music and last long. Now we’re a few years into the true wireless craze and there are a plethora of options to choose from, so how do the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds hold up now that we have some truly great options to pick from?
Price and Release Date
The Jabra Elite 65t were released back on March 28, 2018, and was quickly recognized as one of the best true wireless headphones on the market, despite costing a bit more than the competition.
In terms of pricing, the Jabra Elite 65t’s MSRP is $169.99 / £149 / AU$249, but can be found usually for around $130 in the US, or £130 in the UK.
Unfortunately Australia doesn’t get much of a discount on these.
Are the Jabra Elite 65t Waterproof or Sweatproof?
Unfortunately, the Jabra Elite 65t are not waterproof but on the brightside they are sweatproof.
The Jabra Elite 65t also have an IP55 rating, so you don’t have to worry about rain or spills destroying your investment… just don’t try swimming with them.
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Do the Elite 65t Stay Connected?
As far as connection goes I was disappointed in the Elite 65t. They were fine, but that’s about it. Drops were very rare, but they did happen despite them using Bluetooth 5.0.
In a four-hour time span, the music stuttered twice, which isn’t bad at all considering the amount of drops other pairs of earbuds suffer from.
Beyond that, there’s also a significant lag in audio when watching videos on your phone and dialogue doesn’t match up with what a person is saying.
This became more or less noticeable depending on what I was watching.
Obviously, this isn’t a problem if you don’t watch a lot of videos, but if you spend your commutes catching up on your favorite shows or YouTube channels then it’s something to be aware of.
Surprisingly, these do have the AAC codec which shouldn’t have bad lag, but as our testing shows AAC doesn’t play well with Android so unless you have an iOS device you might experience this problem.
Can the Jabra Elite 65t Connect to Multiple Devices?
The Jabra Elite 65t can connect to multiple devices thanks to Bluetooth multipoint. This makes switching between them seamless.
You can pair the earbuds with up to eight devices and at any given time be connected to two of them.
So if you’re listening to music on one device and receive a phone call, the earbuds will automatically switch to your phone once you answer.
Then when you’re done with the call you can hang up, press play on the music, and continue jamming. All without digging through Bluetooth settings.
Jabra Elite 65t Design
The Jabra Elite 65t aren’t going to win any design contests, sure, but we liked the understated and mature look.
The earbuds and charging case are made entirely out of plastic but the headphones still manage to feel like a premium product.
The earbuds themselves feature a nice soft touch plastic that makes them feel comfortable even during extended periods.
There are perforations in the earbuds which allow the various mics to pick up your voice for calls but also to allow outside sound to be mixed with your music.
Better, you can customize how much sound to let in via Jabra’s app, which is available on Android and iOS.
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Using the Jabra Elite 65t is a pleasure. The earbuds automatically turn on when removed from the case, which not all truly wireless earbuds do.
The earbuds also turn themselves off when placed back in the charging case – a huge benefit for folks who forget to turn off electronics when they’re done using them.
Wireless performance is excellent. The headphones connected to our phone immediately and rarely stuttered.
You can use one earbud at a time, though note that the right earbud acts as the master so use it when you want to take calls with a single earbud.
And when you’re ready to go back to a stereo listening experience, taking the left earbud out of the charging case connects the two immediately.
Sound quality, similarly, is excellent – it’s balanced with as slightly warm tilt.
This means bass has good impact and extension.
Highs are rolled off so the music never sounds harsh and while there’s still a good amount of detail in the highs, the 65t lacks the sparkle and resolution of earphones like the RHA T20i.
All things considered, the Jabra Elite 65t are one of the best truly wireless headphones you can buy today.
They cost slightly more than the Apple AirPods but they also offer better sound quality, noise isolation, and adjustable ambient noise when you want it.
And if you don’t like the design of the odd, alien-looking AirPods, the mature, understated look of the 65t may be to your liking.