With technological improvements in recent years, most fully wireless earbuds are much better than before. This has narrowed the field somewhat among competitors in this arena, but some of the players still stand out – and Jabra have definitely delivered an outstanding performer with their latest fully active Elite Active 75t earphones.
The Elite Active 75t from Jabra is a successor to its very popular 65t line with additional moisture resistance, which was specially developed for sports, as stated in the name by "Active". At $ 199.99, these are definitely inexpensive – but they're much cheaper than many other offers in this category, especially with their IP57 protection against water and sweat.
The Elite Active 75t also offers an estimated battery life of 7.5 hours on a single charge. The compact charging case has an emergency power supply, which gives both a potential runtime of 28 hours in total on a single charge. The housing is charged via USB-C and also offers a quick charge function, which offers an operating time of 60 minutes with a charging time of just 15 minutes.
While they don't offer active noise cancellation, they do have passive noise cancellation and an adjustable pass-through mode that lets you adjust how much of the sound of the world around you you want to let in – a great safety feature for running or other activities.
They use Bluetooth 5.0 for low power consumption and extended connection range, have an automatic pause and resume function when you remove an earphone, and include a 4-microphone array to optimize the audio quality during a call.
Jabra has achieved a lot in the design area with the Elite Active 75t. Its predecessor was already one of the most compact and flattest wireless in-ear buds on the market, and the Elite Active 75t is even smaller. These are extremely light and comfortable and their design ensures that they stay in place even when running or doing other active activities. In my tests, they didn't even have to be adjusted during a 30-minute run outdoors.
Their comfort makes them a great choice for active use as well as for the whole day at the desk – and the battery life of 7.5 hours doesn't seem to boast because of my use, which is also good for the working day.
Another important design feature that Jabra has integrated into the Elite Active 75t is that both earphones have a large physical button for control. This is much better and easier to use than the touch-based controls on many other headsets, and makes learning the various control functions on the device much easier.
In terms of design, the charging case for the Elite Active 75t is also one of the slimmest on the market. It is about the size of two stacked matchboxes and can easily be slid into all available pockets. Like the earphones themselves, the case has a very lightly rubberized outer texture, which is ideal for the handle, but, as you can see in the photos, is also a dust magnet. However, that doesn't matter unless you need to photograph them.
One last note about the case design: Magnetic closures in the earplug pockets mean that you can be sure that your headset buds are properly seated when charging when you replace them.
It's easy to see why the Jabra Elite Active 75t is already popular with users. It offers a rich, pleasant sound profile that can also be easily set using the mobile Jabra Sound + app. Especially for a pair of earphones that have been specially developed for active use, they offer a sound quality that goes far beyond that.
Their battery life seems to be in line with the manufacturer's estimates, which also makes them a leader in class in terms of battery life with one charge. This is a huge advantage if you use them for longer outdoor activities or, as mentioned before, if you rely on them for all-day desk work. The built-in microphone is also clear and easy to understand for people on the other side of voice and video calls, and the built-in voice isolation seems to work very well after my tests.
In my experience, their fit is fantastic too. Jabra really seems to have figured out how to build a bud that stays in place no matter how much you move or sweat. It's really refreshing to find a pair of full wireless buds that you don't even have to think about while training.
Jabra has done an excellent job of differentiating its offering from an increasingly crowded market for fully wireless earphones, and the Elite Active 75t is another striking success. Size, comfort and battery life set this apart from its competitors and also offer excellent sound quality and excellent call quality. You can get better-sounding, completely wireless earbuds, but not without spending a lot more money and sacrificing some of these other benefits.