(Pocket-lint) - Jabra has a long history with Bluetooth devices and in more recent years has put a lot of time and effort into true wireless headphones, with some great results.
Building on impressive heritage is the Elite 75t. Launched in 2019, these headphones look to give you the freedom of having no wires, with some smart elements thrown in for good measure.
- Earbud (each): 21.9 x 19.4 x 16.2mm, 5.5g
- Case: 62.4 x 36.6 x 27mm, 35g
- Choice of ear tip sizes
- Plastic construction
The Jabra 75t slimmed down the size from the previous generations - the 65t - making for a nice compact earbud. The size is important, because the only thing that's going to hold these in your ears is the fit in your ear canal.
To get the best fit possible, there's a choice of three different silicone ear tips, meaning you can find one to suit the size of your ear. The body of the earbud then sits within the part of the outer ear called the concha, so rather than having an appendage hanging out of your ear, like Apple's AirPods, it's a more discreet look.
The earbuds themselves are finished in plastics, but there's a couple of different colours: titanium (on review here) or gold beige, which is probably the least flattering name we can imagine, but feel free to call them champagne gold instead.
While these headphones aren't specifically designed for sport, they do feature an IP55 protection rating, so can deal with a little rain or sweat.
Once you've selected the best tip, these earbuds do feel nicely secure, with that tip also providing a decent level of isolation from outside noise. There's no active noise-cancellation (ANC), but the Jabra Elite 75t do a good job of blocking that external noise out.
These earbuds are small enough to be comfortable and we've found them to be secure with no concern that they'll fall out. We really like the fact that they are compact; they sort of just blend into the background, which is always a good thing for technology.
The surface of the earbuds has a button, with both left and right offering access to various functions with a press or multi-press of this button.
Aside from the buds themselves, the 75t come with a neat little case that's easy enough to slip into a jacket pocket. Like many other true wireless headphones, the case charges the earbuds when they're inside it. There's a USB Type-C connection on the back, so for many people that means you only need one cable for phone, laptop and headphone charging.
A selection of techy features
- Sound+ app
- HearThrough mode
- Voice assistant support
From a performance point of view, true wireless headphones have come a long way in recent years. There's no problem with connectivity between the ears or with the device. Taking the earbuds out of the case powers them on, also detecting when they are placed in the ear.
There's voice feedback from the headphones, telling you that they are connected, as well as confirming when you're using one of the functions offered by the buttons on the body. These are big and support a range of functions, with the left button allowing a toggle on/off of the HearThrough mode - a feature that lets through ambient sound, allowing you remain a little more aware of your surroundings - or track-skip with a double press.
A long press on the buttons will turn the volume down (on the left side) or volume up (on the right), while the right button also gives you pause/play, and access to your selected voice assistant. This will be Siri on the iPhone or Google Assistant on Android, but there's also the option to sign into your Amazon account via the Jabra app to give you access to Alexa.
Removing an earbud will pause the music, which is handy if you want to talk to someone, and by default this works on both ears. There's the option to limit this to just one side, meaning you can listen to music or make a call with just one earbud in place - but this is sadly limited to just the right earbud.
The HearThrough mode we really like, reducing the isolation of having headphone plugged in and meaning you're less likely to step into the road without noticing that there's a car racing towards you - or something rather more simple than letting you hear that someone it talking to you when at your desk. The mics are on the outside of the buds, however, and prone to wind tear, so if it's windy, you might have to turn HearThrough off.
Those mics also provide noise cancellation during voice calls, meaning there's less exterior noise to distract when you're making a call.
One thing missing from the spec sheet is active noise cancellation (ANC), which is where you might want something like the AirPods Pro or Libratone Track Air+ instead. That said, in normal use, the isolation that these Jabra headphones offer is pretty good - but obviously you'll start to notice that they aren't the best for something like air travel when there's a lot of constant background noise.
Performance and battery life
- 7.5 hours from buds, 20.5 hours in case, 28 hours total
- Customisable sound profile
From a tech point of view then, these headphones offer a lot of functionality. Fortunately, that's backed up with pretty good sound quality too. Things are a little thin for our liking on the default settings, but thanks to Jabra's Sound+ app, you can make equaliser (EQ) tweaks to change the sound profile slightly.
We boosted the bass a little to give them a richer sound. That's probably where we'd say these headphones struggle against some larger headphones that are better able to deliver the bass, like the Powerbeats Pro. Still, overall it's a nicely balanced sound and for more casual users, you'll be perfectly happy, but there's value in having the app to let you easily change the sound quality.
That's backed up by good battery life. One advantage of skipping out on ANC is that you'll get 7.5 hours from a single charge and 28 hours total from the case (20.5 hours provided by the case). There's also fast-charging that will get you an hour's use from just 15 minutes in the case.
That's a good showing overall, meaning that most people will get a day of use without having to worry about the recharging.
There's been a lot of movement in true wireless headphones in recent years and the Jabra Elite 75t are a great example that's easy to recommend.
These buds offer a wide range of functionality, supporting those voice assistants and other convenience features with a respectable battery life. We like the design as these are a subtle look, less showy than some headphones, while being comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
There are some areas that could be boosted, like bass performance, or features like active noise-cancellation that rivals will offer (at great cost and battery life demands), but for the majority of users, the Jabra 75t will more than fit the bill.
Alternatives to consider
Libratone Track Air+
The Libratone Track Air+ offer active noise-cancellation (ANC) on top of the features that Jabra is offering, but the cost of that means a slightly shorter battery life.
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple's updated headphones also offer active noise-cancellation (ANC), but are more costly and have a shorter battery life. There is the advantage of offering seamless pairing across all your Apple devices though.