Latest truly wireless earbuds Jabra Elite 85t Review of its features
Welcome guys to yet another review of a brand new truly wireless ear buds. We are here to look at the recently announced Jabra Elite 85T. Guess what? It comes with Active Noise Cancelation. Jabra Elite 75T and Jabra Elite Active 75T was a huge success when both of those came into the market. The only thing they were missing was Active Noise Cancelation and they have added the feature to go with more new features to the new buds. With the competition growing higher and higher in the market, Jabra have come out with another top product to compete with all the top brands.
Product Name: Jabra Elite 85t
Product Description: The Jabra Elite 85T has plenty of new features. Apart from Active Noise Cancelation, these buds come with better battery life, excellent call quality and much more. Also, the all-new Jabra plus mobile app adds more value to the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 85T provides great sound quality with a much comfortable fit because of the all-new oval-shaped ear tips. It is ideal for longer usage in any kind of environment.
Active Noise Cancelation
5.5 hours with Active Noise Cancelations
Four mics for better sound quality
Bluetooth 5.0 with multi-point technology
IPX4 water resistance rating
Not for the bass lovers
Apart from Active Noise Cancelation, the Jabra Elite 85T guarantees 5.5 hours of uninterrupted playback with ANC. The charging case provides an extra 20 hours more, which is more than enough to get through the day. The price tag is comparatively lower than other brands which would attract a lot of customers. Let us go through all the details and most importantly go through the all new Jabra Plus mobile app which allows the user to personalize the buds as they wish.
Jabra has indeed come up with one of the best mobile applications in the market. There are not many truly wireless earbuds which provides full customizability to the user. The new app gives many options to the user to customize the controls, locate the buds, know the battery levels, in-built equalizer etc. Many users would choose these buds over other similar options because of the mobile application.
The Jabra Elite 85T charging case supports Qi Wireless charging. This is major plus point for Jabra. People are so busy with work these days; they always look for convenience. This feature would allow the user to use their power sharing enabled device to recharge the charging case on-the-go. A fully charged charging case would provide 20 hours of uninterrupted playback from the buds.
The Jabra Elite 85T is right up there when it comes to battery performance. When you look at the Apple Airpod Pro which only guarantees 4.5 hours with active noise cancelation switched on. It lasts upto 7 hours without ANC, which is amongst the top when you compare with other brands like the Google Pixel Buds.
One of the major issues when using truly wireless earbuds is the call quality. It is tough to reach the same quality levels, you get with wired headphones. However, all brands try their best to increase call quality in many ways. The new Jabra Elite 85T has four in-built mics to pick up as much as possible. There is an improvement in call quality when you compare with the Jabra Elite Active 75T.
The Jabra Elite 85T uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. It guarantees uninterrupted connection up to 50 linear feet. There is no visible latency when it comes to video streaming on YouTube or Netflix. With multi point technology, the user can pair this device with more than one device and switch devices whenever you want.
The rather lower water resistance rating is one of the negatives in these brand-new Jabra Elite 85T. It is only splash proof which means the buds cannot be submerged in water. For fitness fanatics, the IP rating is one of the key features. When you compare with the Jabra Active 75T which has a higher IP rating, the brand-new Jabra Elite 85T is at a disadvantage.
Jabra introduced a brand-new ear tip design with the new Elite 85T. The oval shaped ear tips are much more comfortable compared to the circular ear tips which could get in too tight. However, due to the lack of tight fit, the lower base notes are not so prominent compared to the Jabra Elite Active 75T.
The all-new Jabra Elite 85T does not have major differences when it comes to the design. It weighs almost the same as the Jabra Elite Active 75T. The most significant difference is the oval shaped ear tips compared to the more conventional circular shaped ear tips. The new design helps the user to wear these buds for longer periods of time with less fatigue.
There are two mics each, used in both earbuds. One used as a feedforward mic to pick the noise from outside the ear. The other feedback mic used to pick the noise from inside the ear. These mics are used to provide excellent active noise cancelation and hearthrough mode whenever you wish to.
There are three sizes of oval shaped ear tips to chose from, and the ear buds has physical buttons on each side for the controls. These buttons are much more refined compared to the ones that were on the Elite Active 75T.
The buds are made of hard plastic and it comes with a water resistance rating of IPX4. This is a downgrade from its predecessor which had a higher rating of IPX5. These 85T’s are splash proof, which makes it less attractive to fitness fanatics. These buds cannot be submerged in water which means it might not be durable in wet conditions.
The Jabra Elite Active 85T offers full customizability to the user when it comes to the controls. You could adjust all commands using the Jabra+ app which is available on both Google and Apple platforms. However, the factory control settings are as follows.
Another interesting feature in the app is that you can have separate customized control setting for calls. However, the factory controls settings are as follows
Jabra introduced a stellar app for its users with the launch of the new Elite 85T. This app is by far one of the best mobile apps for wearables at the market. The Jabra+ app is available on both android and apple app stores. In the home page it shows the battery percentages of the buds and the case. There is a tab named “moments” which lets you save settings according to your surroundings. For an example if you take office, you can adjust your hearthrough level on the app and save it under “office”. The next time you get to office, you can easily select the moment without having to adjust the levels.
There is an in-built EQ, where you can tune the audio output according your taste. Also, you could choose from the EQ Presets. Jabra always had the feature “Soundscape” where you can choose sounds, which can be played to suit your mood.
You have the options of personalizing the earbuds to switch on auto play/pause, and to set sleep timer as you wish. Jabra has another interesting feature the “side tone”. It is used to control the amount of your own voice which can be heard while you talk. This feature prevents you from screaming out loud during calls.
You could customize call quality and even prioritize Bluetooth connection so that your preferred device will always be connected whenever you need. The find my buds feature is more refined with a map to show you where your buds are placed. Another interesting new feature is “my sound” set up. This allows the buds to understand your taste and levels of audio which you prefer, so that it can optimize the output in a more suitable way for the user.
The audio quality in these new Jabra Elite 85T has its own ups and downs. When you compare with the old Elite Active 75T, these offer much less when it comes to bass. This has a lot to do with the oval shaped ear tips which is not so secure compared to the circular ones. However, when you look into the highs and the mids, there is nothing at all to complain.
The 12mm dynamic drivers are a big improvement from the Elite Active 75T which had 6mm drivers. With the additions of Active Noise Cancelation, there is much higher quality in the new Elite 85T. It takes Jabra into the top tier of truly wireless earbuds and it shows they are ready to compete with the high-end major brands.
The Jabra Elite 85T comes with excellent Active Noise Cancelation. The two mics on each ear buds are used to control the levels of noise which is allowed and fed to your ear. One feedforward mic picks up the noise from outside while the other feedback mic pick up the noise from inside the ear. Jabra introduced a concept called the “11-levels of sound”. It goes with the fact that the human ear is more sensitive to sound differences of 3 decibels. They have engineered the active noise cancelation in such way to work closely with your ear’s sensitivity.
The level of active noise cancelation is controlled through the app and you can save few presets to make things easier on the go.
The Jabra Elite 85T does a good job in power management. It guarantees 5.5 hours of uninterrupted playback with active noise cancelation. Without noise cancelation it would last up to 7 hours. When you compare with the Jabra Elite Active 75T, it has a slightly better battery performance which last up to 7.5 hours, without Active Noise Cancelation.
The charging case is similar in design to the previous model. There is a noticeable difference in size and the addition of Qi-wireless charging option is also available for the user. This feature makes life easier for users who have power sharing enabled smart phones. It has the USB Type-C port as well which supports fast charge.
Like we mentioned earlier, the charging case is bigger than the previous model. The lightweight casing is easy to carry around and it gives an extra 20 hours more of playback to the user.
The Jabra Elite 85T uses two mics on both earbuds to pick up your voice. It is much clearer than the previous model. However, it does sound digital compared to the Apple Airpod Pro’s. The “talk through” feature on the Jabra’s will be switched on automatically when you answer a call. It allows your voice to be heard while you are on call. You have the option of using the physical buttons to control your call and these commands are customizable through the Jabra+ app.
The Jabra Elite 85T uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. It uses multi point technology which allows the buds to paired with more than one device at the same time. You can easily switch devices going to the Bluetooth devices menu in your phone settings. There is interesting feature in the app which allows you to prioritize your devices according to your preference.
For reconnection it only takes about 3 seconds which is efficient. Unfortunately, these buds do not work independently. If you wish to use one ear bud, you only have the option of using the right ear bud. The buds maintain clear connection up to 50 linear feet. There is no video latency when streaming high definition videos on YouTube or Netflix.
When you look at the whole overview of this product, it is a major upgrade from the previous model. The audio quality and noise cancelation and the design are few of them. The new Jabra+ app does add more value to this product by adding more customization which makes life easier for the user. All these features would cost you only 229$. It is in between the expensive barrier and the average price range of Active Noise Cancelation enabled earbuds.
The only downfall would be the lower resistance rating. This applies to fitness geeks who prefers higher durability. Apart from that the all-new oval shape ear tips are one of the most comfortable designs in the market. Jabra have indeed found the perfect balance with the price which could cause a threat to the high-end expensive brands which offers similar qualities.