Jabra Elite 5 review: TWS headphones convince just about everything

The Jabra Elite 5 They are mid-range and high-end TWS earbuds that please from almost every point of view and have no serious flaws that make recommending them difficult. However, at the same time, they do not reach the peak of excellence. They’re fine, but maybe not overly fun. They stay quite a bit in the background and some may take them for granted.

Jabra does its part because it has recently released a plethora of products, and at this point it becomes almost difficult to navigate its wide range of headphones. Elite 5s are at risk of blackout From the Elite 7 Pro and Active, which are slightly more expensive but often discounted at the same list price as the Elite 5, or from the Elite 4 Active, which costs a bit less and doesn’t involve much sacrifice. But let’s go in order.


Design and materials

Unmistakable Jabra headphones: The design language is typical of the brand, as well as the choice of materials and form factor. They are 100% in-ear and there are no tabs or other fasteners to help keep them in place: you just rely on the correct position in the ear canal, thanks to the different sized rubber pads, the intense lighting and the balanced weight of the headphones. The charging case is reasonably compact and is, shall we say, “ark,” similar to the AirPods Pro case to be clear. It features a nice front position LED indicator, and a rear USB-C charging port, and there’s nothing else worth looking at. The magnet that secures the headphones to the case is very strong, but the shapes and tangles between the different parts make it very easy to extract the headphones – even with one hand.

No connection to controls: The part of the earphones facing the outside of the ear, where the Jabra logo is located, is actually a physical button. Depending on your ear and the number of clicks, you can perform various commands, including answering the call, switching between noise canceling files, next song, and so on. It’s a decidedly less accurate solution than the touch surfaces found on many competitors, but honestly, the old system is probably better in this case. There are fewer risks from autonomic activation, at least.

but, Lacks the ability to adjust the volume by dragging up or down, as in the traditional “touch-enabled headphones”. You can long press the key, but it is less convenient. However, the tactile feedback of the switch is excellent – sufficient travel, stable movement, a satisfying click and the perfect choice of actuation force.

Technical Specifications

  • Form factor: in-ear
  • Headphone material: plastic
  • Ear tips material: silicone
  • Ear tip size: S, M, L
  • Housing material: plastic
  • Headphones Weight: 5g each
  • Case weight with headphones: 50g
  • IP earphone impedance: IP55
  • Driver diameter: 6mm
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20000 Hz
  • ANC: Yes, adjustable
  • Transparency mode: Yes, adjustable
  • Ear Detection: Yes (Auto Pause, Auto Answer Call, Auto On/Off)
  • Microphones: 3 for headphones, MEMS
  • Controls: A physical button on each earphone
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • Bluetooth codec: SBC, AptX, AAC
  • Voice assistant support: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Siri
  • independence:
    • Music with ANC: 7 hours per earphone charge + 21 additional hours per case
    • Music without ANC: 9 hours per headphone charge + another 27 hours in the case
    • Charging speed: 3 hours for the case and 10 minutes for 1 hour for the earphones
  • In the box: spare earbuds, 20cm USB-C / USB-A charging cable, manuals
  • Colors: beige gold, titanium black
  • Price: 149 euros

The experience of using and listening

The Jabra Elite 5’s 6mm drivers don’t sound bad: they probably lack bass and mids, while The high frequencies are just ringing outBut overall, the mix is ​​nice. To sum up: the cymbals in the drum are great, the kick drum lags and the guitars don’t sparkle much, but the sounds are nice in front. In the official application there is a 5-band audio equalizer that can help, but it was not very effective: many details were lost. Despite the form factor, there’s less of a sense of “sound traveling straight to the brain” typical of the ears. It’s a bit more open sound than you might expect.

very good existence HD codec It is very popular on both Android/Windows (Qualcomm AptX) and iOS/macOS (AAC). The Bluetooth connection was always stable, and the multipoint support didn’t cause any headaches. The same applies to the Google Fast Pair protocol in the case of Android smartphones. I’ve found the microphone to be very good during calls and conferences, but the background noise canceling leaves something to be desired—whether for ambient noise or for other people’s voices in busy areas or offices, for example. However, I had no problems calling and dictating commands to the voice assistants.

Active noise cancellation is probably the aspect that has convinced me the least. The “hybrid” technology, which relies on microphones facing inward and outward, is reasonably accurate, but not too severe – even at maximum intensity, which can be adjusted via the official app. Hearing mode certainly isn’t as “smart” as that of the newer AirPods Pro — and there’s minimal delay between real-world sound and its reproduction through headphones. In more specific scenarios, it is also possible to be able to fool the algorithm, for example by using very loud and sudden sounds, which are not filtered, at least in the first moments. In short: not even this ANC was able to make me change my mind about the superiority of good implementation of passive isolation, as happens for example in Shure in-ear monitors.

The autonomy in real use turned out to be slightly less than what the manufacturer declared: instead of 7 hours with ANC activated on one charge, I got 6 hours 40 minutes. It must be remembered that factors such as the volume of music reproduced and the extent of ANC involvement have major implications for independence. On the other hand, promises of recharge times are kept more or less per minuteBoth earbuds and case.

You know, every person/ear has their own vague preferences when it comes to evaluating the stability of a pair of earphones, but I found myself pretty good, and Despite the lack of stabilizers I was able to do various sports activities (including MTB sessions on fairly rough terrain) without having to constantly reposition the headphones. I think thanks primarily to the rubber, both in terms of shape and choice of material, it is rougher (and therefore less slippery) than I’ve found on competing products. there IP55 certification against water and dust This means that the headphones are not afraid of sweat or splashes, but they are not suitable for diving.

Smart functions

The official Jabra Sound + app Runs well and finishes: It works well and is packed with interesting and well-executed features. As with the more popular Elite 7 Pro, here you can adjust the ANC level according to your preferences, select the voice assistant (supported assistant, Alexa and Siri, among others), play with the 5-band graphic EQ (you can also save presets) and activate various of other behavior options. The white noise generator is very nice, with lots of different sounds, and support for Find My Jabra mode, which is a rather rudimentary app – it only records the GPS position of the paired smartphone when you pull the earbuds into the case.


So, is the Jabra Elite 5s worth buying? Like we said at the beginning, there’s no real reason to say no: True, the ANC probably isn’t the best on the market, but overall the quality of the earbuds is more than adequate from all points of view. It is even more difficult to make an assessment given the breadth of Jabra And how close the products are to each other from a price point of view. The price of the Elite 5 is 149 euros, which is only 30 euros more than the Elite 4 Active. The latter loses support for the adjustable AAC and ANC codec, but is slightly superior from the point of view of IP certification (57 vs. 55).

On the other hand, spending 50 euros more, there’s the Elite 7 Pro, which has better drivers on paper and IP57 certification but is less autonomous. The picture is further complicated by the performances – it is not impossible to find an Elite 7 Pro at the same price as the Elite 5, for example, while the latter has practically never fallen out of favor yet. The Elite 4, on the other hand, costs 119 euros but is often offered for less than 100 euros. Jabra wanted to create a tangible medium without exaggeration, and the target can be described as quite a hitbut seems to have gotten a little lost with the regulation of its price list.

In short, Long story short: The product is good – although it may not be very exciting or special, But watch out for the prices Because it may not be the best option at all. Even staying in Beit Jabra.

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