True wireless earbuds are all the rage in the market right now, with every sound brand releasing them in a different price range. In fact, even smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus have gotten on the true wireless train with their own set of earbuds. However, this does not mean that all wireless buds are made alike. And that is why we are going to review the Jabra Elite 3 today. This one has been making a lot of noise on the internet lately, so it is important to talk about what it really offers and if it stands up to the other offerings in the market. Hopefully, we’ll come out pleased with this one.
Jabra as a brand has been offering good audio peripherals for a good price for quite some time now. This isn’t the first Jabra pair of headphones that we have seen and the others are really good offerings for their price as well. However, this is the first time that the brand has charted into the True Wireless territory, and so it remains to be seen what they bring to the table with the Jabra Elite 3. Personally, I’m really excited about these headphones, especially considering the price point at that they are being sold. So without much further ado, let us get right into the review and find out whether they are worth their money.
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Jabra Elite 3: The Review
When you first look at the Jabra Elite 3, nothing seems to strike you in particular. For all intents and purposes, the look and feel of the Jabra Elite 3 are as generic as they can get, and that is not a bad thing at all. The earphones feel really good in the hand, even though they feel quite basic and don’t have a lot of bells and whistles that you might expect from other true wireless earbuds. What matters though is that it is a good-looking design that seems quite sturdy and durable. However, the case that is given with the buds is not something to talk home about. It feels a little flimsy in the hand and doesn’t feel quite as durable as the actual buds.
Coming to other features, the Jabra Elite 3 supports both SBC and aptX standards with Bluetooth 5.2, so most people shouldn’t have a problem. If your phone supports the aptX, you may use it to get higher quality audio compared to the SBC audio format. However, the earbuds don’t support the AAC format, so if you’re an iPhone user, you’re pretty much out of luck and have to stick with the SBC format as Apple phones don’t currently support aptX or any of its variants.
The connection process is pretty straightforward and can be achieved simply by downloading the Jabra Sound+ app from the play store. Apart from pairing the device with the earbuds, the app also provides support for different equalizer profiles and can enable or disable the audio passthrough on the earbuds. You can also set your voice assistant to Alexa or use the Spotify integration with the buds. It is pretty neat for how it works and there is nothing you can complain about here. The app also looks like it may support other features in the future in the form of an update.
The earbuds also come with 7 hours of battery, and that seems to hold up pretty well in real-world usage. The included charging case is said to hold up to three battery charging cycles, taking the total of the wireless buds up to a whopping 28 hours. While this isn’t the best in the industry, it is pretty respectable in our opinion. The earbuds also support fast charging, providing playback of 1 hour under 10 minutes of charge time.
The biggest thing to consider for any wireless buds is the way that they sound. Fortunately, for the Jabra Elite 3, the sound is not a problem as it provides the signature high-quality sound that we have come to appreciate from Jabra. The earbuds reproduce a fairly “fun” sound with a little emphasis on the lows, but it never really gets too overwhelming or takes away from the mids and the highs, which are again reproduced phenomenally here. As a whole, the earbuds sound really good, and the bass emphasis is implemented quite tastefully with good attack and decay.
This is all made sweeter by the fact that the mobile app for the earbuds also provides options for different equalizer modes that each have their own different qualities. The modes provide options for boosting your bass or your treble on the earphones while maintaining the delicate sound quality that the earphones offer. Phone call quality is also good here, and you won’t have any difficulty hearing what the other person is saying.
The microphone here, however, is simply average and nothing to write home about. It sounds okay when you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to bother with anything, but it is not suitable for anything more than a short phone call as it does a poor job of filtering out the noise from the environment. You would be better off using the earpiece on your smartphone.
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Jabra Elite 3: Verdict
Coming to the verdict for the Jabra Elite 3, there is a lot to consider about these wireless buds. They sound good, they feel good, and they offer a good feature set. However, given the price point, there is not much more that you should expect from them. If you’re looking for a pair of wireless buds that do the job for a good price, definitely consider the Jabra Elite 3. If you’re looking for more, however, you’ll have to shell out more money.
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