When the Jabra Elite 65t was released in 2018, it quickly became one of the crowd favorites in the true wireless “AirPods style” headphones. Fast forward to now and there are now so many valid competitors vying for the spot of the best true wireless earbuds, including the Apple Inc. AirPods Pro. That being said, Jabra is not to be left behind and has released the next generation Jabra Elite 75t. Unlike the AirPods Pro which has active noise cancelling technology, what can the Jabra Elite 75t offer to stand up to the competition? We’ll find out in this review.

At first glance, the Jabra Elite 75t just seems to be an evolutionary upgrade of the 65t. However, upon closer examination, the updates of the newer version are actually more substantial than expected. Primarily, the Jabra Elite 75t has smaller earbuds and also boasts of a longer battery life together with USB C charging. Other small but significant changes include the new charging case design that has magnets inside to make it easier to keep the earbud inside.

Jabra Elite 75t: Smaller Size, Longer Battery Life

According to Jabra, the main goals for the Jabra Elite 75t model was to make it smaller while boosting the battery life. With the Jabra Elite 65t, there were several reviews and feedback saying that the earbuds were too big for some people’s ears. This is why the Jabra Elite 75t is a tad smaller than the older version.

Meanwhile, the drivers of the Jabra Elite 75t are the same with those on the 65t but the good thing is, users will enjoy a snugger and more comfortable fit. Getting a tight seal is very crucial not only in making the buds stay securely in place but also for users to get the best sound out of the earbuds for a wonderful listening experience. Plus, the bass performance of the Jabra Elite 75t is more appreciated with a tight seal.

Jabra Elite 75t Design

For some, the new design of the Jabra Elite 75t may make that much of a difference, but for individuals who have tried and failed getting a tight seal with other earbuds, this product may be quite an epiphany. These earbuds also efficiently seal out a good amount of ambient noise passively and with a light and discreet design to boot.

Unlike the earlier models, the pipe of the earbuds – also known as the location of the voice microphone – has been removed on the Jabra Elite 75t, giving it a more streamlined and sophisticated look. It is worth noting that the Jabra Elite 75t does not provide comfort as the Apple AirPods Pro, but compared to other noise isolating, in-ear headphones in the market, the 75t is comfortable and easy to wear.

Jabra Elite 75t Connectivity

The Jabra Elite 75t is powered with Bluetooth 5.0 which not only boosts battery life but also has a role to support wireless connectivity. Speaking of battery life, the case of the Jabra Elite 75t offers extra 20.5 hours of playback time.

Jabra Elite 75t Durability

With an IP55 water resistance rating, this model is dust resistant and splashproof. This means that you can use the Jabra Elite 75t at the gym or for light to moderate workouts or exercise activities. Just like the 65t, the Jabra Elite 75t has a HearThrough transparency mode, a feature that allows users to hear ambient sound by a short press on the left bud.

If you use the Jabra Elite 75t with the Sound+ app for Android and iOS, users can pause their music when the HearThrough mode is activated. If someone strikes a conversation with you while you are using the earbuds, you simply tap the left bud to engage in conversation.

Jabra Elite 75t EQ Settings

The app of the Jabra Elite 75t also allows users to tweak the EQ settings and choose between Amazon Alexa or a device’s native voice assistant. However, unlike the AirPods Pro where users can simply say “Hey, Siri” to activate hands-free tech, users have to press a physical button to access the voice assistant. 

Also, unlike the AirPods Pro, the Jabra Elite 75t features the volume control on the buds. A user needs to press and hold the button on the right earbud to increase audio volume while pressing the left earbuds lowers it.

The sound quality improves when the EQ settings are tweaked. The “Smooth” setting elevates the bass and reduces the treble a bit, perfect for most musical genres. Even if the Jabra Elite 75t may not be a premium headset for making calls and may not be as comfortable as the AirPods Pro, it gets our vote in the sound department. The Jabra Elite 75t has better bass definition and an overall better sound package. Plus, it’s more dynamic, accurate and lively.

Jabra Elite 75t Battery Life

Just like phones, cameras and other devices in the market, consumers are eyeing battery life as part of the whole package of the technology that they are buying. With the Jabra Elite 75t, its size may have been reduced but the battery life has actually improved.

The Jabra Elite 75t offers up to 7.5 hours of continuous audio playback with a total of 28 hours total playback time if the charges on the case are included. This is a pretty decent battery life offering for something so small, allowing a user to enjoy listening to a favorite song, podcast, YouTube video, etc. without worrying about constant recharging. The length of the battery life of the Jabra Elite 75t can be considered as one of the lightning strikes against the Apple AirPods, which are known to be pretty weak in the battery life department.

The carrying case of the Jabra Elite 75t offers more convenience than ever – there’s now a USB-C port instead of Micro USB, the annoying latch is gone and it’s now easier to open. Thanks to the magnets inside the case, the buds can remain firmly seated and the lid closes automatically. If there’s anything with the Jabra Elite 75t, it would have to be wireless charging, a feature that most of its more expensive competitors, like the Samsung Galaxy Buds and AirPods Pro offer.

Jabra Elite 75t – No Active Noise Cancellation

This isn’t really big news but if you are looking for earbuds that offer active noise cancellation tech, we wouldn’t recommend the Jabra Elite 75t. While a user can get pretty decent noise isolation that can lessen the noise of the surroundings – with a good and tight seal – the Jabra Elite 75t  can’t really put users in a private listening bubble. If you want something more serious in letting you focus on your podcasts or music, you might be better off with Sony or Bose.

Jabra Elite 75t Simultaneous Device Sharing

Another awesome feature of the Jabra Elite 75t is that it can be paired simultaneously to two devices. This means that you can use the earbuds while writing an email on the PC and connect it to your phone in case a call comes in. This feature is quite common for standard Bluetooth wireless headphones, but for true wireless earbuds like the Jabra Elite 75t, this is quite a gem.

Jarabe Elite 75t Sound Quality

Like most of the headphones and earbuds in the Jabra lineup, the Jabra Elite 75t is only limited to AAC and SBC codec support. Nevertheless, this limitation does not seem to hamper the sound quality of the Jabra Elite 75t, as it offers a detailed, crisp and warm sound signature that’s pleasant to most ears. 

The sound quality of the Jabra Elite 75t is far from neutral – the bass is pretty boombastic and the instrument separation is really impressive. If you are a fan of classical or instrumental music, you would appreciate the Jabra Elite 75t. As mentioned earlier, the Jabra app allows users to tweak and save different EQ preferences, making the earbuds versatile for any kind of setting or sound profile.

Is the Jabra Elite 75t worth your money?

The Jabra Elite 75t is far from being a perfect headset model. In fact, some consumers may still choose the AirPods Pro over the Jabra Elite 75t, even if the latter offers better sound quality – features, convenience and technology over sound quality, we might say.

However, for a consumer that’s looking for headphones that offer a great price deal, the Jabra Elite 75t is a great pick. The cost of the Jabra Elite 75t is significantly less than the Apple AirPods and other premium competing headphones, making it one of the favorite bargain deals for consumers on a budget.

The Jabra Elite 75t can be considered as a versatile pair of true wireless earbuds with enough updates and improvements that can make it a worthy competitor in the market. With a better battery life and improved design, the Jabra Elite 75t goes well with the flow in the highly evolving headphone industry.

The Jabra Elite 75t has been getting positive reviews with its sleek and more refined design. This model can also stay snug and safe even when used through workouts and for this, we are giving it a good review. We are also impressed with the fact that it stays on securely without any wingtips or ear hooks. While the Jabra Elite 75t can be considered as a worthy gym buddy, you may also want to check out the Active version, bearing an IP57 fully waterproof rating.

If you are not willing to shell out money for an expensive pair of earbuds like the Powerbeats Pro or AirPods Pro, the Jabra Elite 75t is a great and worthy alternative. While there are other options, the Jabra Elite 75t ticks most, if not all, the boxes that we are looking for in true wireless earbuds. The Jaybird Vista is in the same price range as the Jabra Elite 75t but in terms of sound quality, the former doesn’t sound as good. Meanwhile, the Amazon Echo Buds may be a much cheaper alternative but it doesn’t support simultaneous pairing of two gadgets. That being said, the Jabra Elite 75t is a solid alternative for Apple AirPods and works best for either iOS or Android devices.