First impressions of the Jabra Elite 65t are very positive. From the build quality of the buds and the case right down to the presentation of the packaging. The accompanying Android app is also very polished, it’s intuitive and is very useful when setting up the buds. It will even locate the buds nearby if you lose them, emitting a loud tone and showing them on a map. The whole setup process was extremely easy and with in a minute or so the earbuds were connected and receiving the audio from my phone. They fit very comfortably in the ear and are very secure. The wireless connection is very stable and has a decent range.
The case is very well designed, it has a USB Type-C port for charging, giving up to 3 full charges to the buds which happens automatically when you pop them in the case. The buds are held in place magnetically, so they won’t fall out easily. However, the rims are quite slippery so they are not the easiest to retrieve from the case. The lid also has a magnet which is equally secure. There is an LED to give information on battery/charging/firmware update status. I can’t verify how accurate the 7hr battery life claim is yet.
What will take some getting used to however are the controls on the earbuds. Pressing the buttons on each side do a multitude of functions, from volume control, track skipping, pausing, muting, various call handling options, hear-through and voice assistant. These are operated by the length of the press and the amount of presses, with each earbud taking on different functions. It’s a little frustrating as you will need time to remember these combinations. Fortunately, there is an easy guide on the aforementioned app.
Google or Alexa assistant is available and worked flawlessly (dependant on the phone you’re using)
So how is the audio quality? This of course is down to many subjective and influencing factors. The source of the audio, your hearing, your environment, the type of music you play, your preferences. But I tested them out in many ways on my smartphone, from different genres of music, podcasts and video, along with various environments. With quiet music and surroundings, you may be distracted by hearing your heart beat or breathing. But generally, the music is clear, fairly rich and without distortion. The bass is a bit muddy however and needs to be lowered in the app. Call quality could also be improved, it was reported as being a bit patchy by my friend on the other end of the call. Overall though I was very impressed with the sound quality considering the price range. I was also happy to experience no sync issues with video.
Finally, because my hearing is not as good as it used to be, I connected these to my smart TV to have better clarity when watching movies. They connected first time and again I had no sync issues. It really enhanced the speech and overall sound. My only issue was that due to dual connection with my phone, any notification would cut the audio from the TV and I would need to manually reconnect.
To sum up, these are a very impressive set of wireless earphones, feature rich, great audio and build quality along with a very well made app. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.