There are plenty of great noise-cancelling earphones in the market, but the Jabra Elite 7 Pro still stands out. It features five levels of active noise cancelling (ANC), a hear-through mode accessible with a tap of a button. There's also bone-conduction tech for talking clearly in noisy places, as well. It's also pretty comfortable to wear for long periods.
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Weight: 5.4g (earbuds), 44g (charging case)
- Up to 8 hours with ANC, 30 hours with case
- Wireless charging case (using Qi-compatible charger)
To get the best out of the Elite 7 Pro, you'll need the Jabra Sound+ app. With the app, you can configure the amount of noise-cancelling, set up an audio profile through a hearing test, and ensure that the earphones are fitted properly. The hearing test is similar to an actual medical one where you hear a series of beeps in each ear. It's pretty accurate, because I've done it before and know my hearing results. It will then adjust the volume for the ears accordingly to balance the sound. Battery life is great, too. It offers 8 hours with ANC turned on, and my tests show it's close. The case adds another 22 hours for a total of 30 hours. A five-minute charge in the case will give it one hour of playback.
The sound is great. Voices come through clearly while watching movies, and music is full of lovely little details that shine through. On the default equaliser settings, the bass is strong without being overpowering. You can, however, adjust to make it stronger if you wish. There's clear separation between the mids and the highs. The soundstage also doesn't feel too close despite the Elite 7 Pro being in-ears. The ANC is amazing, too. I could barely hear any background noise or wind when it's turned on. It may feel too aggressive and uncomfortable for some, but you can lower the level of noise suppression.
As for the fit, the default ear tips fit snugly. I've not had earphones that fit that well, even with the foam tips of the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. I also didn't have to change to a smaller tip for my left ear, which I usually have to do. With ANC turned off, the passive noise isolation is solid. One thing though, when removing the in-ears, the tips will flip outwards — that's how snug they are. Jabra's famous for its call quality, and the Elite 7 Pro comes with bone conduction tech for picking up your voice during windy situations. My tests seem to indicate that you'll sound pretty clear, even though it will still pick up the noisy background. The physical buttons are also better than touch sensitive ones — you have to push it to work. There doesn't seem to be volume controls, though.
Retailing at S$348 officially, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is one of the best ANC in-ears I've tried out this year. It rivals, maybe even beats out the Sony WF-1000XM4. The fit really stands out for me, and the sound quality is top-notch. Get it on sale at S$318 on Lazada or Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Jabra.
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