Jabra Elite 85T Review

Jabra Elite 85T Review

Jabra, the Danish audio company, has a wide range of products. Wireless headphones are part of this range with a flagship product, the Jabra Elite 85T. These headphones compete with the excellent AirPods Pro from Apple and WF-1000XM3 from Sony, particularly the active noise reduction function.

PROS:

  • Powerful ANC
  • Wireless charging
  • Available in a lot of color options
  • Bluetooth 5.0, multipoint
  • Quick charging
  • Long battery life
  • Clear microphone

CONS:

  • Too expensive
  • No aptX or LDAC
  • Loose fit
  • Unreliable hear-through mode

Introducing the Jabra Elite 85T

The product is delivered in minimalist packaging, including the in-ear headphones, the storage and charging box, a micro-USB cable, and interchangeable silicone tips in different sizes (S, M, and L).

The case is small in size (64.8 x 41.1 x 28.5 mm), allowing it to slip into the pocket easily. In matt black ABS plastic, it avoids fingerprints. The front of the case includes the manufacturer’s logo and just below the charge indication LED. On the back is the USB-C charging port. Under the case, we can see the Qi logo because the Jabra Elite 85T is compatible with wireless charging. Note that the charger is not part of the packaging. It will have to be purchased as a supplement.

The hinge of the case is well made, and the magnet to hold everything is solid. In addition, the housing can be opened with just one hand. The headphones are magnetized to the case when stored. These magnets are strong enough that the headphones do not fall out when the case is upside down. Several colors are available. It is titanium in our case.

Technical characteristics

As for the technical characteristics, Jabra does not go into detail. However, the Elite 85T are complete:

  • Charging case dimensions (L x W x H) 64.8 x 41.1 x 28.5 mm
  • Dimensions of one earpiece (L x W x H) 23.1 x 19.0 x 16.2 mm
  • Weight of the charging case 45.1 g / Weight per earpiece 7 g
  • IPx4
  • Support SBC, AAC audio codecs
  • Speaker bandwidth (music playback) 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Microphones 6 x MEMS
  • HearThrough active noise reduction
  • Bluetooth 5.1 HSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, SPP v1.2
  • Paired devices up to 8
  • Multi connection up to two devices simultaneously.

Ergonomics and design of the Jabra Elite 85T

The Jabra Elite 85T, seemingly imposing, fits well in the ear. However, you must always test the different tips to choose the ones that best suit your ear. In addition to ensuring the perfect fit, the sound quality also depends on the choice of these tips. Indeed, with tips that are not suitable, noise reduction and sound quality will not be as effective. The low weight of the headphones (2x7g) is quickly forgotten. In addition, the silicone of the tips is very pleasant so that even after listening for a long time, you do not feel embarrassed by their presence.

The pickups are very discreet, present both on the main surface but also on edge. Therefore, they immediately bring a qualitative side to the naked eye. We can, therefore, immediately see that this is not a low-end product.

The Jabra Elite 85T are therefore headphones that are easy to insert and wear. In addition, comfort is present, and they hold well in the hollow of the ear.

Features

In terms of functionality, we have:

  • Noise reduction is configurable on several levels
  • Configurable equalizer
  • Wind noise protection
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa
  • Earphone controls (non-touch)
  • IPX4 (resistant to strong water splashes)

To pair the Jabra Elite 85T, press and hold the physical buttons on each earbud simultaneously. They then go into pairing mode, and all you have to do is select them on your smartphone. A strong point of the Jabra Elite 85T, they are compatible with Bluetooth multipoint. Eight devices can be paired, but above all, they can connect to two sources simultaneously. You can therefore listen to music on your PC and take a call on your smartphone.

Regarding the headphone controls, Jabra has chosen physical buttons. By default, pressing the left earbud changes the noise reduction mode. Pressing twice goes to the next track and three to go back to the previous track. For the right earpiece, pressing once pauses and pressing twice activates the voice assistant. The sound volume is adjusted by keeping your finger pressed on the left earcup to decrease the volume or right to increase it. Even if the physical pressures do not interfere, touch controls would have been great for these Jabra Elite 85T. However, all of these commands are configurable through the dedicated app, and that’s a great idea. Indeed, controlling the tracks with the left earphone is good but less practical for a right-handed person. With the app, it is, therefore, possible to remedy this.

In addition to the passive isolation of these in-ear headphones, the Jabra Elite 85t benefit from active noise reduction on five levels. Thus, it is possible to configure them with full transparency up to the maximum noise reduction. Furthermore, everything is configurable via the application, and, what is more, it is possible to save different profiles.

The mode of listening to surrounding sounds (HearThrough) is also customizable. It allows you to choose the number of ambient sounds to be perceived. This makes it easier to communicate with someone without taking off their headphones. The setting is also made on the application. Note that removing one earphone pauses the music immediately and restarts once the earpiece is repositioned.

A Punchy Sound

The Jabra Elite 85T supports SBC and AAC audio codecs but neither aptX nor LDAC. With its 12 mm speakers, Jabra delivers a very punchy sound. The power is there while keeping the precision. For example, in the title Higher Man of Flox, everything is low acute, all in a tone with a lot of punch. Listening to Sound remains a very subjective point, each manufacturer having its “paw.” This is the case of Jabra which always remains in a very powerful dynamic. In addition, on this model, Jabra designed it with 11 sound levels in 3-decibel increments.

The advantage of the Jabra Elite 85T is also that they have an equalizer. There are predefined modes, but it is also possible to create your dynamics. So for those who want more bass or more treble, it’s royal. Also, with the noise reduction, which is quite effective, this is a perfect combo.

The user’s voice can be heard perfectly for calls, whether in a quiet or noisy environment. Noise reduction does the job on this point as well. The Sound of the voice is well-captured thanks to the different microphones. As with music playback, it is possible to set the noise reduction level and the equalizer for calls. Note that it is possible to deactivate the feedback of your voice if you prefer.

Autonomy of Jabra Elite 85T
The autonomy announced by Jabra is 5:30 with active noise reduction and up to 25 hours with the charging case. Without noise reduction, autonomy is increased to 7h and 31h with the charging case. Note that a 15-minute charge offers 1 hour of autonomy. This remains correct because of its competitors, and in all cases, it is enough to last a full day. In reality, the Jabra Elite 85T will be able to provide a few tens of minutes more than what is advertised, enough to enjoy Jabra sound a little more. Also, note that the box is rechargeable wirelessly and compatible with all Qi-certified chargers.

Sound +, the Jabra application

Another big highlight of these Jabra Elite 85Ts is its Sound + application. Indeed, it is complementary, even almost essential, at least to configure them properly. Well provided in features, it allows you to configure your headphones. Therefore, we can modify the functions of the physical control buttons and the automatic standby or the pause when removing an earphone. There are also settings relating to noise reduction, equalizer, or the type of listening moment.

The firmware update also goes through this with a localization and customization mode. The different charge levels for each earpiece and the case also appear in the app.

Among the other functions, Soundscape is a mode that will allow you to play relaxing sounds, such as the noises of rain, waves, or fan, to spend a zen moment without listening to music. It is an ultra comprehensive application from The Jabra Elite 85T are among the best of their kind. They easily compete with its competitors Apple and Sony. Easy and comfortable to wear, they are easily forgotten and can provide long hours of listening with their autonomy. Wireless charging is a big plus.

Conclusion

The Jabra Elite 85T are among the best of their kind. They easily compete with its competitors Apple and Sony. Easy and comfortable to wear, they are easily forgotten and can provide long hours of listening with their autonomy. Wireless charging is a big plus. The many onboard features, such as noise reduction and HearThrough, are effective and have better immersion. The Jabra sound is also present, always punchy. It has the advantage of being adjustable at will via the equalizer of the application. The latter is also very complete and allows, in addition to the equalizer, to configure many settings of the Jabra Elite 85T to offer the best experience.

Jabra Elite 85T Review
Jabra Elite 85T Review

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