Jabra Elite 65t

Last updated date: January 4, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 103 expert reviews, the Jabra Jabra Elite 65t placed 8th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.4
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
1,835 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Jabra Elite 65t is the first set of true wireless earbuds that we actually love because they sound great, they’re comfortable, and they give you all the experience you expect from standard Bluetooth earbuds, with the bonus of no wires. Unlike many other true wireless earbuds, this pair has both volume and track controls as well as the ability to trigger your digital assistant. The four-microphone array works well to keep your voice sounding crystal clear over phone calls. The Elite 65t earbuds block out most outside noise but have a transparency mode so you can choose to hear your surroundings. Their five-hour battery life per charge is at the higher end of listening time between charges for this category—but still far shorter than the life of standard Bluetooth earbuds.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 13, 2018 | Full review
Great sound quality, secure fit, great for working out
- Tech Gear Lab
This sports-oriented model from Jabra has a "true wireless" design, which means the earpieces are totally untethered. It delivers very good sound quality and is a good choice for the more critical listener for both music and movie soundtrack playback. The battery life is fairly typical for true wireless earphones at up to 5 hours. The charging/carrying case is rated for two additional charges, and a quick charge function will boost your listening time. Aside from more typical features, it has a few novel additions like the ability to operate with just the right ear piece.
- Consumer Reports
The Jabra Elite 65t are smaller and fit more comfortably than their predecessors. They sound excellent for truly wireless headphones, perform reliably and are great for making calls, with two microphones in each earpiece. Battery life is decent at 5 hours and the included charging case delivers two extra charges.
- CNET
February 17, 2018 | Full review
Incredibly stable connection. Pleasant sound with good bass. Customizable fit. Two-year warranty against sweat / dust
- The Verge
April 17, 2018 | Full review
Mature, understated design. Pleasure to use. Excellent battery life. Balanced sound quality
- Tech Radar
May 3, 2018 | Full review
Design is stylish, durable and comfortable. Great audio quality. Up to 5 hours of battery life on a charge. Free companion app. Excellent call quality
- Tom's Guide
March 14, 2018 | Full review
Powerful bass and sculpted highs. Customizable EQ. Dust- and moisture-resistant design. Secure in-ear fit. Counts steps.
- PC Magazine
Reliable connection. Great passive noise isolation. Punchy bass, bright highs. Advanced features, good battery life
- Digital Trends
Affordable price. Great audio quality. Quick and easy pairing. Low-profile design
- Engadget
May 20, 2019 | Full review
Good passive isolation. Stable and breathable for sports. Good range and wireless connection.
- RTINGS.com
What experts didn't like
Expensive, relatively short battery life
- Tech Gear Lab
The relatively tight, noise-isolating fit isn't for everyone. You have to step up to the more expensive Elite Active 65t to get a true sports model that offers enhanced sweat-resistance.
- CNET
February 17, 2018 | Full review
Sometimes get uncomfortable during extended listening. No foam tips included. You’ll need a recent phone for best performance. Possible QA issues with some units
- The Verge
April 17, 2018 | Full review
Slippery earbuds and case. Limited eartip selection. Limited water resistance
- Tech Radar
May 3, 2018 | Full review
A bit heavy. Lacks Find My Buds functionality
- Tom's Guide
March 14, 2018 | Full review
Auto-pair process can be cumbersome, with only one earpiece pairing at times. Not for purists seeking accurate audio.
- PC Magazine
Somewhat tight fit. Slight connection noise
- Digital Trends
Call quality suffers in noisy environments. Extended wear gets uncomfortable. On-board controls can be awkward
- Engadget
May 20, 2019 | Full review
Not as comfortable for everyone. Mediocre build quality for the case.
- RTINGS.com

From The Manufacturer

Jabra Elite 65t Alexa Enabled True Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case – Titanium Black

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Sony H900N Headphones
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Bose QuietComfort 20
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphone
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
7. HyperX Cloud
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Jabra Elite 65t
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
10. Beats Studio 3
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 11
12. Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
13. MEE audio Headphones
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models, like the Bose QuietComfort 20, have plastic wings that create a stronger seal in your ear canal for a more secure fit.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions (where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all).

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models, like the Sony H900N, have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones, like the Sennheiser RS 165s, come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

DYWM Fun Fact

You owe your favorite pair of headphones a salute. The first pair of modern audio headphones were picked up by the U.S. Navy in 1910 after being repeatedly rejected by private sector investors. Mormon inventor and engineer Nathaniel Baldwin invented them on his kitchen table; the Navy’s eventual investment made him a rich man. They ordered 100 pairs and sparked a headphone revolution. Unfortunately, Baldwin never patented them, so the German company Bayerdynamic made some serious cash when they created the first pair for home enjoyment in 1937. Baldwin also wound up bankrupt after using his payout from the Navy to make a less-than-sound investment in the Mormon polygamous movement. Whoops!

The Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles like the Bose QuietComfort 35 have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: what activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym rats will benefit from earbud styles, like the Bose QuietComfort 20. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during very active sweat sessions. Plus, the inline remote helps you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones like Sony’s H900N Headphones provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation. You can use them wirelessly or plug them in for longer battery life. If your goal is to create a surround-sound home theater experience without disturbing roommates or family members, a pair like Sennheiser’s RS 165 headphones is ideal. They’re also full over-ear headphones with ergonomic ear cups, but their included transmitter creates a stronger connection to home speakers or smart TVs for immersive movie-watching or gaming.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter days or hot summer nights). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.