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Jabra Elite 75t Review – A fitness junkies dream pair of true wireless earbuds with exceptional battery life

The Jabra Elite 75t was launched at IFA this year offering all the aspects that made the Elite 65t massively popular but improving key feature including increasing the battery life by 50% and reducing the overall weight and size.

With a £169.99 asking price, these fit into an increasingly crowded premium earphone marketplace, but do they offer enough to stand out?

Specification

  • Design – Close fit with silicon eartips
  • Battery – 7.5 hours plus 20 hours charge from the case
  • Charge – 2 hours and 20 minutes for full, 15 mins for 60mins use
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio Codecs – SBC, AAC
  • Noise-cancelling – Passive
  • Microphone – 4-microphone technology for superior call quality, even in noisy and windy environments
  • Weight – 5g per earpiece
  • App – Yes with EQ, find my earphones and hear through customisation.
  • Voice Assistant – One-touch access to Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
  • IP Rating – IP55 with 2-year water and dust warranty.

Jabra Elite 75t vs 65t

The Elite 75t is very similar to the 65t but with some significant upgrades that help justify its increased cost.

The battery has had a massive upgrade taking the Elite 75t to 7.5 hours vs 5 of the Elite 65t this makes them one of the longest-lasting earphones on the market.

There have been some design changes too, while they look very similar the new Jabra Elite 75t weighs just 5.5g per earpiece, whereas the Elite 65t and Active weighs 6.5g on the right and 5.8 on the left. The physical size of the earphones has also been reduced by 20%. It is not a big difference but it should help ensure the earphones stay in your ear even with vigorous movement at the gym.

For a more details comparison, check out my post comparing the Jabra Elite 75t vs 65t vs Apple Airpods.

Design and Fit

These adopt a closed fit with changeable eartips like most earphones and in my opinion a far superior design to the open fit style you have on the Apple Airpods and Huawei Freebuds 3. You get a better fit, that is also adjustable, and improved sound through increased bass.

In the past, I disliked true wireless earphones, getting a good fit that didn’t require regular adjusting was a nightmare. It is annoying when walking, but disastrous in the gym or out on a run when you have to stop doing what you do to retrieve a lost earphone. This year, I found this issue to be less frequent, and only really occurs for the open fit style now.

These so far have been the best yet. At 5g and 20% smaller in size than the Elite 65t, these fit snugly into your ear with very little overhang, the combination of this means the earphones happily stay in place even without ear hooks either over your ear or the inner ear fins that anchor them in place. During my regular and often very intense gym sessions where I weightlift, row and use the treadmill a lot, they have not fallen out. They even stay in place when I get changed and have to pull a jumper/t-shirt over my head. I have done a few short outdoor runs with them with no issues at all, and thanks to the exceptional battery life I am likely to promote these to my earphones for long runs.

The lightweight nature of these also makes them comfortable to use for prolonged periods of time, apart from the noise isolation of a closed fit, you can hardly tell these are in your ear.

While I have found these superb for gym use, with the IP rating and warranty giving some confidence they won’t break, they have a lower IP rating than the Elite Active 65t which is IP56, and even lower than the IPX7 of the Jaybird Vista. I am an extremely heavy sweater and so far I have had no issues with these, nor do I expect to have any in the future.

Furthermore, while I have achieved a good fit with most earphones recently, I almost always have to use third-party ear tips to get a better fit (I have big ears). So far I have not had to do this with these. However, if you do use third party eartips you will almost certainly have to remove them before putting them back into the case to charge. This seems to be an inevitable design issue with using a case to charge your earphones.

The case itself is mostly unremarkable. It works well, and that’s what is important. The magnets are strong, so the earphones lock in place without adjustment (unlike Groov-E), and the case is small to average in size so you can happily carry it around in your pocket. The stand out feature here is the USB-C charging which is more convenient now that nearly all phones all use USB-C (ignoring Apple). However, there is no wireless charging.

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