Jabra Elite 3 Review: Nail Essentials for $ 80

After gaining a high reputation for reliable and excellent earphones like the Elite 75t, Jabra Review of the entire lineup With three new models. The high-end includes the $ 199 Elite 7 Pro and the $ 179 Elite 7 Active earphones, which will be available in October. But for many, the most exciting part of Jabra’s latest trio is the Elite 3 earphones. This is the company’s first true wireless earphone, launched for less than $ 100. Priced at just $ 79.99, it competes with EarFun, Anker, JLab, and other companies known for their high-quality buds on a budget.

Jabra never aims at the moon with Elite 3s. There is no active noise cancellation, at the expense of one of Jabra earphones’ signature features, multipoint support. These can only be paired with one device at a time, but the company’s other products can connect to two audio sources at the same time. It stings, but it is also a predictable omission at this asking price. All that’s left is a set of earphones that outperforms sound quality expectations, delivers longer battery life, and above all, consistent and reliable performance. This is not always the case with other less than $ 100 earphones.

From a design standpoint, the Elite 3 has evolved beyond the practical look of 65t / 75t / 85t and shows a little more style. Jabra describes it as “sophisticated Danish design.” My review unit is standard dark gray, but if you want something lighter, you have the option of lilac purple and beige. Instead of the usual circular buttons on the exterior, these earphones are more tear-shaped, and the mini-stem with perforated mic holes from the company’s past buds is gone.

However, Elite 3 is very familiar when worn on the ear. Thankfully, it uses a round ear tip instead of the oval tip that came with the 85t bud. (Comes with 3 sizes of silicone chips.) If you like how the 75t bud fits, you can keep them at home. Light weight makes it even more comfortable over the long term. I never felt any pain when I wore Elite 3. Good sealing is essential for good passive noise isolation. I’m happy that these buds were able to suppress external noise without the ANC. There may be a shortage of multipoints, but on the plus side, both earphones can be used individually in mono mode. This wasn’t the case with Jabra’s previous earphones, so it’s a welcome improvement for the 2021 lineup.

These earphones don’t stick out of your ears to the other Jabra earphones.

The charging case is very similar to other Jabra cases and remains compact. But this time, the company definitely chose lightweight and cheap plastic. The lid has some squeaks and a little deflection, and the case itself picks up scratches very easily. Functionally, it works well and holds the earphones firmly. Also, the battery status LED is properly placed on the front, unlike the old Jabra earphone case on the back. There is no wireless charging here. Only USB-C for wired charging. According to Jabra, when it comes to battery life, the Elite 3s can reach up to 7 hours of continuous play time, and in my experience so far, there’s little reason to doubt that estimate. The case contains enough juice to charge three times, giving you a total of 28 hours of listening time.

The case is fairly cheap and easily scratched.

Elite 3 doesn’t sound like $ 80 earphones, and I mean it in the best possible way. Unlike the exhausted, obscure sound signatures that are too common at this price, Jabra’s new budget buds feature a balanced EQ that punches the bass, but at an unpleasant level. Must not be. The sound isn’t as full-bodied as the elite 75t or 85t buds, but it’s far from muddy.Listen to Kacey Musgraves’ new album StarcrossThe Elite 3s did a great job with both elaborate and reverberant tracks like “Cherry Blossom” and the fragile and acoustic “Hookup Scene”. However, Dua Lipa’s “Levitation” shows that the bass isn’t as intense as Jabra’s other earphones. Supported Bluetooth codecs include standard AptX and SBC, but not Apple’s recommended AAC.

The Elite 3 doesn’t have a manual EQ control, unlike other Jabra earphones.

Available on both Android and iOS, the Jabra Sound Plus app offers several different EQ presets, such as bass and treble boosts, but the full slider controls reserved for the company’s more expensive earphones. Will be lost. It feels a bit stingy to me, but the EQ isn’t flexible at all. Also, I’m sticking to the default controls, but I don’t really want to change them. The earphones on the right handle audio controls, and the earphones on the left call your favorite voice assistant. (Jabra supports Amazon Alexa in addition to Siri or the Google Assistant.) I really like the fact that the buttons now occupy the entire outer surface of the earphones, making it easier to find and press. And they have a great click. No one likes muddy buttons, regardless of price. On Android, Jabra supports Fast Pair for faster setup.

Jabra has redesigned its latest earphones in a slightly more styled way.

The Elite 3s has a HearThrough transparent mode, which gives you some awareness of your surroundings. But it’s so muffled that I rarely care about switching it. The situation where it works best is when you activate the sidetone (which allows you to hear your voice better) in the call. By the way, these earphones work fine, but don’t bother your head. I have never been dissatisfied with the quality of the microphone on the phone or Zoom. I could hear the sound of talking on my earphones, but everyone could clearly understand what I was saying. For $ 80, still check the “good enough” box for me. Jabra rates the durability of the Elite 3 as IP55. In other words, it is resistant to everyday dust and can handle sweat and splashes, but it should not be submerged.

Despite the attractive cost and solid performance, I still have some minor issues. Elite3 uses tones and beeps to indicate pairing status and other features instead of the unmistakable voice feedback from Jabra’s previous earphones. I really hope this won’t be carried over to a new, more premium model. Elite 3s does not have an automatic pause when the earphones are removed. Also, Jabra may need to be more ambitious next time, as we continue to see active noise cancellation flowing into more affordable buds from companies like EarFun, Anker, and TCL. Or at least improve the rinky-dink case.

But when the company’s first earphones fell below $ 100, the Jabra Elite 3s impressed me with a well-thought-out combination of sound quality, stable performance, easy control, decent call quality, and long battery life. rice field.There are other features you may do I want For some reason, but I can’t think of anything else necessary For this kind of money.

Photograph by Chris Welch / Zavage Jabra Elite 3 Review: Nail Essentials for $ 80

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