Since I tested the Jabra Elite 3 a month ago, this is my go-to pair of wireless headphones (TW) for listening to music and watching shows.
Although this is a budget pair from the brand without Ambient Noise Cancellation (ANC), the quality was quite good for me thanks to its clear sound and comfortable fit. So when I had the chance to test the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, the brand’s latest pair of premium TW headphones, I didn’t hesitate.
Just like the previous models, the box came with the earbuds in black, 3 different EarGels (earbuds), a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, and a warning and statements booklet. No manual is included, but you can find it in the Jabra Sound + app.
The Elite 7 Pro’s case shape is arguably the most distinct variation of its predecessors. While still pill-shaped, it now sports what Jabra calls an “ultra-compact design,” where the top and bottom halves are equal in height, unlike the rest which was heavy at the bottom.
Honestly, the change in shape makes it harder to open with one hand – I haven’t found the right handle to do so yet – especially since it’s also slightly slippery.
Anyway, opening its lid with 2 hands, you will find the headphones comfortably housed there, which were similar in size to the Jabra Elite 3. But apparently these are the smallest headphones from Jabra to date, what i enjoyed and didn’t I don’t get the usual dull ache that I tend to get from wearing in-ear headphones.
Charging was a snap and took around 2 hours to bring it to a full charge which promises 8 hours of uninterrupted playtime. I only had to bring the case battery to 100% when I first received it, and I didn’t need to do this after 5 days of use (around 4 hours / day on average).
Plus, the case can also charge wirelessly with Qi-compatible accessories, which is perfect if you’re on the go.
The headphones of course had to be recharged more often by being placed in the case. Jabra claims it can quickly charge up to 1.2 hours of use in just 5 minutes. Right now, I can’t prove them wrong.
By plugging them in for the first time, I finally understood what my colleague meant when she said, “I’ve never heard each individual instrument in my music before” about the Elite 75t.
The sound quality of the Elite 7 Pro had brilliant vocals, crisp highs and deep bass, which was a pleasant listening experience for my usual pop music. Of course, you can customize your favorite EQ on the app or use Jarba’s freebies, but those features were severely underused in my hands.
This is mainly because I don’t require much from my headphones. As long as the sound was clear and well balanced, it was good enough for me.
Although I am someone who enjoys being aware of my surroundings and therefore not an ANC fan, my mind has since been changed by the Elite 7 Pro.
The point is, my neighbors did some heavy renovations and the piercing noise of the drill was drowned out by the headphones effortlessly. Just like the 85t, the ANC is also adjustable with this model to suit the noise level of your surroundings.
Other features that I have personally found to be beneficial with the Elite 7 Pro are its auto-pause capabilities when an earbud is removed from the ear and its mono mode. This is where I could use a single earbud to watch my videos while lying on one side, while keeping the other side secure in its case.
Like its predecessors, the Elite 7 Pro also has physical buttons which I like, as I wouldn’t accidentally trigger any functions while adjusting my hair.
Jabra installed a bone conduction technology, called MultiSensor Voice, which supposedly cancels out the wind for better call quality.
According to Jabra, bone conduction technology is used to transmit voice through vibrations in your jaw. The brand’s algorithm then uses the best combination of bone conduction sensor and microphones to transmit the best call clarity.
When tested, my caller reported that he could hear me loud and clear, saying that I was ringing very close to the microphone. I didn’t even speak that loud at first, and that’s with my stove hood on full suction power in the next room and music playing in the background.
I could also hear my interlocutor very clearly, without any background noise from them either. Therefore, it is safe to say that the MultiSensor Voice and noise filtering technology for the calling function has done its job and done it well.
Another new addition that Jabra has added to its Elite 7 Pro headphones is an IP57 rating. That’s a step up from the IPX4 rating of the 85t, where the X stands for “not tested for dust,” while the 4 means they can withstand light splashes and sweat.
With that in mind, the Elite 7 Pro’s earphones can survive submersion in 1 meter deep water for 30 minutes and are nearly dustproof. Obviously, I wasn’t brave enough to go swimming with them, but I had some confidence in running them under the tap to clean up the dust.
However, the case is not waterproof, so you will need to dry the heads before you put them back in place.
In terms of judging the sound quality of the heads, I would say the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is on par with the 85t. The upgrades you get from the Elite 7 Pro are longer battery life, lighter and smaller earbuds, water resistance, as well as clearer call quality.
And for RM999 it is a good deal for me compared to the RM1 049 of the 85t.
If I had something negative to say about the Elite 7 Pro, it would be the fact that I am unable to manipulate the case when opening and closing its cover with one hand.
This obviously has nothing to do with the performance or quality of the headphones, and based on my experience so far, I actually find few faults with the pair.
|Effective ANC||Difficult to open and close with one hand|
|Crisp, well-balanced sound quality||Extremely customizable for the average user|
|Incredible call quality|
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