Who Needs AirPods? Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Review

Jabra's Elite 65t ($169.99) will give Apple's AirPods a run for the money. The Elite 65t are equally well suited for listening to music and making voice calls, thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 and a whopping four microphones for noise reduction. Background noise, including wind, is eliminated for crystal clear calls.

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Whether you use Apple or Android, you'll appreciate the included voice command (Siri, Alexa, or Google) capabilities. The battery life is a respectable five hours and you can add ten more hours via the charging case—15 minutes of charging adds 1.5 hours of listening. You can fine-tune the audio using a virtual equalizer via the free companion Jabra Sound+ app. 

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  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Four microphones for noise reduction 
  • Voice command (Siri, Alexa, or Google)
  • 5 hours battery life plus an additional 10 hours with charging case
  • Equalizer via companion Jabra Sound+ app


  • Expensive

Final Verdict

The Elite 65t earbuds are not cheap, but neither are AirPods and in my opinion, the Elite 65t look better.

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