Jabra Elite 65t: The best alternative for AirPods under 5K

Don’t you hate it every time your earphone cables get tangled inside your pocket? No matter how good the quality of your wired earphone is, you cannot move and work freely without the cables getting in your way.

What if you had no wires but still enjoyed the sound quality and microphone with your earphones? Yes, we are talking about wireless earbuds. 

When it comes to Bluetooth wireless earbuds, you are probably thinking about Apple’s AirPod. If you had ever thought of buying it, you might have dropped the idea after checking the price.

What if you had a better alternative under ₹5,000? Enter Jabra Elite 65t, a true wireless Bluetooth earbuds which we are going to review today. 

Jabra Elite 65t

Basic Features of Jabra Elite 65t 

True wireless earbuds have no wires but have microphones, battery, controls all built into the earbuds itself. You can connect them to any device via Bluetooth. Jabra Elite 65t is a true wireless earbud. Let’s see some of its important features. Shall we?

Sound quality

Jabra Elite 65t has a great sound quality. The sound is neutral, has clarity and has got no unnecessary bass by default. You need to install Jabra Sound+ on your mobile phone, which allows you to change the sound profile using the equalizer. You can change the bass, treble, and others to your liking. 

The earbud has auto-pause and auto-resume options. When someone talks to you and you remove your earbuds, the music or video automatically pauses and resumes the moment you put them back. You won’t miss your favourite moments from the song while talking to others. You won’t miss your favourite moments from the song while talking to others.

Design and build

Jabra Elite 65t has a small and sleek design but some might feel it a little bulky on the ears. The design is not similar to that of AirPods. If you have smaller ears, you can choose any of the three different earGels that come with the box. Try all three to know which one fits you the best. Also, a micro USB charging cable is provided. 

It comes in four different colours – Titanium black, copper black, gold beige and copper blue. While we are reviewing the standard model, you can buy Jabra Active 65t, which is a sports model with better water resistance, an accelerometer and a better grip on the buds. 

Jabra charging case

15-hour battery life

You can enjoy up to 5 hours of battery without needing to charge in between. When not in use, place the earbuds in the charging case that acts as a power bank. It can store up to two recharges. Thus effectively, you can enjoy 15 hours of playtime once the case is fully charged with the earbuds inside it. The best part – it takes only a couple of hours to fully charge it.

The opening of the case is a little annoying. You need to press hard on the lid and simultaneously lift it. It might take you some time to get used to this. Also, the earbuds and case lids are not magnetic. So, you need to place and orient the buds properly. But the earbuds turn off themselves the moment you place them inside the case and effectively saves your battery.

4 Microphones and hear-through

You can have a really good experience with making phone calls using Elite 65t as it has 4 microphones. Also, it has a hear-through option with which you can listen to your surroundings. Thus you don’t always have to remove your earbuds to have conversations. But unfortunately, it doesn’t have noise cancellation.

Jabra Elite 65t

Controls and Voice assistant integration

Jabra Elite 65t has physical controls on both earbuds. While the left earbud has up and down controls, the right one has a single but multi-function button. 

With the multi-function button, you can turn the buds on/off, play, pause or resume media, answer or reject calls, turn on the voice assistant, turn on or off hear-through mode and so on. With the left bud buttons, you can change volume and tracks while listening to music or check the battery status.

With the Jabra Sound+ app, you can integrate Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Once integrated, all you have to do is press the multi-function button on the right earbud for a second to access the voice assistant. 

Waterproof and sweatproof

Jabra Elite 65t is both waterproof and sweatproof. If you want to listen to music while in the shower or during your workout sessions at the gym – you don’t have to worry about the moisture damaging your earbuds.

But if you sweat a lot or go for a run in bad weather, you should probably go with Jabra Active 65t. It has better water resistance and sweat resistance. But it would cost you more for the upgraded quality.

Pros and Cons of Jabra Elite 65t 

Let’s see the pros and cons of Jabra Elite 65t:

Jabra on the ears!

Pros of Jabra Elite 65t

  • Great sound quality and can customise the sound profile
  • 15-hours battery 
  • Waterproof and sweatproof
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Voice Assistant integration
  • Auto-pause and auto-resume
  • Value for money
  • Accompanying app available on both iOS and Android
  • 2-year warranty

Cons of Jabra Elite 65t

  • No noise cancellation
  • A little bulky on the ears for some.
  • The audio lags for half a second sometimes while watching videos on Android devices
  • Earbuds and case lids are not magnetic – need to place the buds properly.
  • The case lid is a little annoying to open and close.

Jabra Sound+ app 

Jabra Sound+ App

If you want to enjoy all the features of Jabra Elite 65t to their full extent, you have to install the accompanying app Jabra Sound+. It is available for both iOS and Android.

You can customise your sound profile to your liking – change the bass, treble, volume, and a lot more using the music equalizer. The app has some built-in ambient sounds that you can listen to while you work, read or meditate. You can even change the presets for commuting, focusing, relaxing and so on.

If you want to turn on the hear-through, you need to do it here. And this is where you set up the integration with voice assistants like Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. The app has other features like registration for warranty, user manual, guides, support and so on.

Jabra Sound+ App

To buy or not to buy 

Now that you have an idea about the features, pros and cons, the question arises to buy or not to buy. It all depends on your usage. Because it costs almost ₹5,000 and not everyone wishes to spend 5K on earphones.

Buy if you want to listen to music while you go for a walk, run, workout in the gym etc. Because it sits securely on your ears and doesn’t easily fall off. Jabra Elite 65t is great for using outdoors as you have the hear-through option that lets to be aware of your surroundings.

Also, you are someone whole likes to listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks while performing your daily chores, this is a good option for you. Because you don’t have to deal with the dangling wires while you work.

If you are not ready to spend 5K on an earphone and can manage with a Bluetooth neckband, you can pass on Jabra Elite 65t. You can find inexpensive ones on the market but not all are water-resistant or sweat-resistant. 

Where can I buy Jabra Elite 65t?

You can buy Jbara Elite in many of the online stores like Amazon, Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma and others. If your local electronics gadget store has it, you can buy it from there as well. 

Most of the sites offer at ₹4,999 and some might offer at a lesser price. But if you are not in a hurry, you can always add it to your wishlist and wait for sales and festivals to buy at heavily discounted prices – as we did!


If you are someone who wants true wireless earbuds without spending much, you can buy Jabra Elite 6t. It provides a lot of features, great sound quality and value for money for just ₹4,999. 

So, this was our experience on using Jabra Elite 65t. Are you planning to get a wireless earbud? If you already have one, which one and how is your experience with it?

Tell us in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts!

2 thoughts on “Jabra Elite 65t: The best alternative for AirPods under 5K”

    1. Surabhi Bellippady

      Thanks, Jackson. I’m glad you liked it. If I get to try crossbeats Torq, I will definitely review it.

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