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Jabra Elite 85t vs 65t (2020): Which Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?

The Jabra Elite 85t is the newest entry in Jabra’s Elite line of true wireless earbuds. It has a lot of features that previous models lacked, such as active noise cancellation, wireless charging, and a semi-open design, just to name a few.

In this article, we’ll compare the Elite 85t to one of Jabra’s older models, the Jabra Elite 65t. Are the Elite 85t earbuds worth the asking price? Or should you stick to the more budget-friendly 65t? Read on to find out.

Jabra Elite 85t vs 65t Comparison Chart

ModelJabra Elite 85tJabra Elite 65t
 Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, Titanium Black – Advanced Noise-Cancelling...Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds – Alexa Built-In, True Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case, Titanium Black...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Form FactorIn-earIn-ear
Active Noise CancellationAdvanced ANCNone
Battery LifeUp to 5.5 hours (ANC on)
Up to 7 hours (ANC off)
Up to 5 hours
Charging CaseUp to 20 hours (ANC on)
Up to 24 hours (ANC off)
Up to 10 hours
Quick Charge15 mins = 1 hour playback15 mins = 1 hour playback
Wireless ChargingYesNo
Bluetooth5.05.0
Protected AgainstWater, splash & sweat (IPX4)Water, sweat & dust (IP55)
Voice AssistantAlexa, Siri, Google AssistantAlexa, Siri, Google Assistant
Sound+ AppYesYes
MySoundYesYes
Microphone6-microphone
4-microphone ANC
4-microphone

Design

The Jabra Elite 85t earbuds are more comfortable due to their more compact design.

The part of the earbuds that house the mic is made more compact on the Elite 85t (right).

The biggest difference between the Elite 85t and the Elite 65t is their ear tips. The Elite 65ts use the same round-shaped ear tips that can be found on the Elite 75t. In contrast, the Elite 85t comes with oval-shaped ear tips that Jabra claims to be more comfortable.

The Elite 65t’s ear tips provide passive noise isolation while the tips on the Elite 85t do not. However, the Elite 85t does come with active noise-cancellation so this is hardly an issue.

As for the charging case, the Elite 85ts come with a smaller case that features USB-C charging, as well as magnets, making it easier to open and close the case. It’s also wireless-charging enabled. On the other hand, the Elite 65t’s case is slightly bulkier, lacks magnets, and utilizes a micro-USB connection for charging.

For controls, both earbuds use physical buttons for volume, playback controls and calls. You can customize the controls in Jabra’s companion app for smartphones.

Sound Quality

The Jabra Elite 85ts have ANC while the 65ts do not.

You can do a lot with Jabra’s Sound+ app.

At the time of writing, the Elite 85t hasn’t released yet, so sound quality can’t be tested. We’ll update the article once we are able to listen to how they sound.

Sound quality for the Jabra Elite 65t is decent to good, depending on your preferences. The bass can be overdone, but it’s not to the point that it’s unbearable. For the highs, some may find it a bit piercing, as it does have a bright sound signature. Overall, the sound quality is decent and if you aren’t satisfied, you can always tweak the EQ to your liking via the Jabra smartphone app.

When it comes to noise cancellation, the Elite 85ts come with Jabra’s “Advanced” ANC. This is a type of active noise cancellation for earbuds that use non-sealing ear tips. In contrast, the Elite 65ts do not have ANC, however, they do come with ear tips that seal the ear canal for passive noise isolation.

Both earbuds feature HearThrough, a sound mode that is similar to Apple’s transparency mode and Plantronics’ Ambient Aware. If this feature is in use, you can hear your surroundings very well, perfect if you are exercising outdoors.

Battery Life and Other Features

The Jabra Elite 85t earbuds have a significantly longer battery life.

The Elite 85t earbuds (bottom) have a dedicated ANC chip.

Battery life for the Elite 85t is up to 5.5 hours when ANC is on and up to 7 hours without. The charging case provides 20 more hours with ANC on and 24 hours without.

In comparison, the Elite 65t’s battery life is up to 5 hours. The case gives you 10 more hours. Looking at the numbers, the Elite 85ts have better battery life. Both of these earbuds also feature a quick charge of 15 minutes for an hour of audio playback.

Other features include access to Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant for both earbuds. The Elite 85t is water and sweat resistant (IPX4) while the Elite 65t is water, dust and sweat resistant (IP55). Included with the Elite 85t when purchased is a wireless-enabled charging case that will work with any Qi-certified chargers.

Verdict

If you are looking for a pair of budget wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 65ts are a good choice. However, if you want the better earphones overall, you should wait for the Elite 85t.

The Jabra Elite 85t is the better wireless earbuds overall, however, it does come at a higher price. Its features include ANC, wireless charging capability, USB-C, improved comfort, bigger drivers, longer battery life and many more. For the price, the Elite 85t earbuds are very much worth it.

The Jabra Elite 65t is better for people on a budget or those that don’t want to pay a premium for wireless earbuds. It’s got decent sound, good connectivity, decent battery life and it’s very affordable.

FAQs

📌 When will the Jabra Elite 85t be available?

The release date of the Jabra Elite 85t is on Nov. 1, 2020. Jabra is taking pre-orders for the whole month of October.

📌 Is the Jabra Elite 85t waterproof?

It has an IPX4 rating, meaning that yes, it is waterproof?

📌 Is it worth buying Jabra Elite 65t?

Yes, if you want an affordable pair of wireless earbuds, the Elite 65t is worth buying.

📌 Is Jabra Elite 65t waterproof?

Yes, its IP55 rating means that the 65t is water, sweat and dust resistant.

Last update on 2020-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Carlo Salvador
Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.