ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) capability arrives for review, it is of the over-ear or on-ear type of headset with well-padded cans. However this next product, the Jabra GN Elite 65e, features ANC technology within a set of in-ear phones that come supplied with a set of small. Medium and large EarGel inserts. There was also meant to be three sets of EarWings but they were nowhere to be found in the box when I removed the content.
Adopting a collar band style of product, the Elite 65e is constructed of soft-touch plastic to help keep the weight down so as not to become uncomfortable for long listening sessions. With the centrally positioned collar band resting on the back of your neck, lace-type extension leads are attached to the ends of the collar band. Each lead features various controls and ends with the in-ear insert.
As far as I could tell there was no obvious indication as to which in-ear element should slot into the right or left ear. However an illustrated diagram in the product’s multi-lingual Get Started booklet does provide a reasonable clue as to the correct positioning of the Jabra Elite 65e. The right end of the collar band features an arrangement of three buttons covering volume adjustment doubling with track skipping on either side of a central button that delvers multi-tasking capability of playback, power and pairing depending on the length of the depress of that button. A further clue is given by the presence of the microphone which sits near the right side of the mouth whether the ear buds are inserted or resting on the chest as you give your ears a rest. Incidentally magnets are attached to the earbuds to stop them swinging about too much when not in use.
The left end of the collar band holds buttons for ANC / Hear Through (as it title indicates this feature allows you to hear outside noise without needing to remove the earphones), and a Mute facility. This latter feature can also double as a means of contacting your virtual assistant whether it is Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri depending upon the paired mobile handset.
The Elite 65e earphone device is powered by a rechargeable internal battery in the collar band. The battery is charged via a micro USB connection (a short lead is supplied for this purpose) with this process taking up to 2 hours. Jabra has rated the battery life as giving the user between 8 and 13 hours depending upon whether ANC is implemented and the type of usage. Connectivity between the Elite 54e and the source of the audio is via Bluetooth which is activated by the multi-function button on the right of the collar band. When activating Bluetooth, you need to hold down the appropriate button until an LED light turns blue. Unfortunately the positioning of my finger applying pressure to the button tended to get in the way of seeing the light.
As mentioned earlier. Jabra has included three sets of EarGel inserts for a comfortable fit plus a standard-to-micro USB lead. You also get a multi-language Get Started booklet and a neoprene zip bag for storing the various elements when not in use. While not an integral part of the product, there is also a downloadable app that can be used with this earphone offering.
By downloading Jabra Sound+, it is possible that you will also need to install Jabra Services, you can access a User Manual for your earphones, register your product plus customise EQ settings as you set bass, mids and treble to suit your personal listening taste. The app can be used to enable ANC features and implement various relaxing sound effects.
While relaxing, as I listened to music when sat in my favourite armchair, I was pleased with the audio delivered by these earphones. However when moving around, I found that the earpieces did have a tendency to become disconnected from my ears with the left ear being the main guilty partner. The Jabra Elite 65e was originally available priced at £179.99 but is currently available from Amazon for £119 including delivery.
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