A comparison of the Jabra Elite 85t against the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t

TL;DR

If you are like me and rarely exercise with music, need earbuds for endless conference calls, and treasure audio quality, go for the 85t.

Photo by Caley Vanular on Unsplash

DESIGN

Size & Weight

Elite 85t -

  • Earbud: 6.9g, 23.1 x 19.0 x 16.2mm
  • Earbud: 5.5g, 21.9 x 19.4 x 16.2 mm

Fit & Noise Cancellation

Elite 85t -

  • Better active noise cancellation (ANC)
  • Three microphones in each earbud (two on the outside, one on the inside of your ear canal)
  • Better passive noise cancellation
  • Two microphones in each earbud (both on the outside)

Waterproofing

Elite 85t -

AUDIO QUALITY

Elite 85t -

  • More balanced sound, tighter bass
  • Wider soundstage
  • Better noise cancellation overall (see ‘Fit & Noise Cancellation’ above)
  • Punchier bass

CALL QUALITY

Elite 85t -

  • Smaller microphone grill, presumably for wind protection

BATTERY LIFE

Elite 85t -

  • Earbuds: 5.5hrs (ANC on), 7hrs (ANC off)
  • Charge time: up to 210min
  • Earbuds: 5.5hrs (ANC on), 7.5hrs (ANC off)
  • Charge time: up to 140min

OTHER FACTORS

Elite 85t -

  • Slightly pricier
  • Wireless charging comes by default
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Only ‘Titanium Black’ is available in Dec 2020, and the other colours are slated to arrive in Jan 2021
  • Wireless charging for case is available, but at a price
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • All colours are available as of Dec 2020
Photo by Caley Vanular on Unsplash

CONCLUSION

On the whole, both earbuds are great and have much to offer. The earbuds you eventually purchase will have to depend on your usage.

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