More choice isn’t always a good thing. As anyone who’s ever spent hours scrolling through a streaming service looking for something to watch will attest, it can all be a bit overwhelming. So while we’re glad there are more true wireless earbuds available than ever before, picking the right ones for you can take some doing.
Or not. Jabra’s Elite range are some of the best buds around, and there are options to suit every budget. So no matter how much you’re able – or willing – to spend, there’s a great true wireless experience waiting for you.
Let’s see what’s available.
A smaller budget doesn’t have to mean compromises. Even a pair of true wireless earbuds costing less than £100 can still give you an awesome experience, with features you would only expect to find on much more expensive models.
Like active noise-cancellation (ANC). As the name suggests, this uses external and internal microphones to cancel out background noise, letting you hear music, podcasts and calls much clearer without having to blast them at high volumes. Not listening to anything? No problem. By turning the volume down on the outside world, noise-cancelling can help get you some peace and quiet, if that’s what you desire.
ANC comes in various forms. Hybrid ANC combines external (feedforward) microphones with microphones inside the ear canal (feedback) to cancel even more noise than standard ANC across a wider range of frequencies and sounds. This provides a more powerful ANC experience.
Jabra’s Elite 4 and Elite 4 Active both feature standard ANC and can cost under £100. The Elite 5, which can also fall into this price band, boasts an even better noise-cancelling experience with hybrid ANC.
Comfort is another area you don’t have to compromise on. Jabra research indicates that comfort is actually the most important factor to people when considering a pair of true wireless earbuds – it’s even more important than sound quality!*. As the world’s leading professional audio brand for work and life**, Jabra has decades of experience in making headsets for business environments like call centres, where the devices are worn all day. So it’s something of an authority on comfort.
You can even switch seamlessly between devices using a pair of true wireless earbuds under £100. This feature is called Bluetooth Multipoint, and it lets you connect your headphones to two devices at once and switch between them automatically. Listening to music on your laptop and get a call on your phone? You can take the call through your headphones without having to unpair them from your laptop and re-pair them with your phone.
£100 – £150
Spend a little more, and you get even better features. Between £100 and £150 can get you adjustable ANC on top of the standard and hybrid ANC available at the lower prices. Adjustable ANC lets you personalise your listening experience by adjusting whether you hear your surroundings at all, and if so, how much. There are five optimised levels of ANC to choose from in the Jabra Sound+ app, depending on what you’re doing, where you’re doing it and what kind of mood you’re in. At this price level, adjustable ANC is available on the the Jabra Elite 7 Pro and Elite 7 Active.
Sports-focussed true wireless earbuds need to stay in place during your workout. That’s why Jabra invented ShakeGrip, a unique technology that keeps the earbuds in place during vigorous workouts without the need for ear wings. Made with a special Liquid Silicone Rubber compound, it feels incredibly soft yet grips firmly, making it perfect whether you’re going hard or going home. ShakeGrip features in the Jabra Elite 7 Active.
Wireless earbuds should be comfortable too, as Jabra’s customers recognise. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro take comfort to the next level. Jabra drew on data from 62,000 ear scans to create a bud that’s perfectly shaped for all-day comfort.
Bluetooth Multipoint comes as standard on all Jabra Elite wireless earbuds at this price level, so you can switch between devices quickly and easily. Meanwhile, the Jabra Elite 4 and Elite 5 are rated IP55, which means they can endure both dust and low pressure water jets, while the Elite 7 Pro and Elite 7 Active are rated IP57, which gives them the same dust resistance as the other pairs along with waterproofing to up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. So no need to panic if you drop them in the pool.
Whatever your budget, there’s a Jabra Elite pair of true wireless earbuds for you.
* Global Quantitative Research, US & Germany, N= 2882 headset users, July 2022
** Visit www.jabra.com/claims