Jabra Elite Active 75t vs Powerbeats Pro (2020): Which Are The Better Fitness Earbuds?

We compare two true wireless earbuds that are designed with the active users and fitness enthusiasts in mind: the Jabra Elite Active 75t and the Powerbeats Pro by Beats by Dre. Apart from their aesthetics and price, with the Powerbeats Pro more expensive than the Jabras, how else are they different from each other? Our detailed comparison below will guide you in choosing your next pair of truly wireless earbuds.

Jabra Elite Active 75t vs Powerbeats Pro Comparison Chart

ModelJabra Elite Active 75tPowerbeats Pro
Jabra Elite Active 75tBose vs beats wireless earbuds
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Earbud Dimensions21.9 x 19.4 x 16.2 mm25.4 x 20.3 x 19.05
Case Dimensions36.6 x 62.4 x 27.0 mm81.3 x 81.3 x 77 mm
Active Noise CancellationNoNo
PlaytimeUp to 7.5 hrsUp to 9 hours
Charging CaseUp to 20 hours moreUp to 18 hours more
Wireless ChargingNo (But Jabra will soon roll out updates that will support this)No
Quick Charging15 minutes for up to an hour of playtime5 mins for up to 1.5 hours of battery
15 mins for up to 4 hours of battery
Wireless PowershareNoNo
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Multi-Point PairingTwoNo
Audio CodecsSBC, AACSBC, AAC
Microphone4 (2 for each earbud)4 ( 2 for each earbud)
Touch ControlsNoYes
Voice AssistantYesYes
Auto-Pause/
Ear-On/Off Detect
YesYes
IP RatingIP57-ratedIPX4
Color OptionsCopper Black, Titanium Black, NavyIvory, Black, Navy, Moss

Design

The Jabra Elite Active 75t are stealthier than the bulky Powerbeats Pro

Jabra’s earbuds (top) are more discreet and compact than the Powerbeats Pro (bottom)

Right away, you can see the significant difference in the aesthetics of the Jabra Elite Active 75t and the Powerbeats Pro. Both have a premium feel and are well-built, but the 75ts are more discreet than the Powerbeats Pro which have adjustable ear hooks. What they have in common though is they both stay securely in your ears that ensure maximum freedom of motion.

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It is worth noting though that the ear hooks of the Powerbeats Pro may add pressure to your ear if not adjusted properly and worn for longer periods. The Jabra Elite Active 75t feel much more comfortable and easier to wear than the Powerbeats. Their buds are also designed to follow your outer ear’s natural pattern.

Not only are the Powerbeats Pro’s earbuds bulky, but their charging case is bigger than most truly wireless earbuds’ cases as well. The Jabra Elite Active 75t are significantly more compact, almost only a third of the size of the Powerbeats Pro’s. If you like carrying your truly wireless earbuds in your pockets, then the Jabras are definitely more portable.

Both the Jabra and the Beats come with different sizes of ear tips to ensure a better fit. It is worth noting though that the Jabra 75ts fit better in general and have better seal and passive noise cancellation than the Powerbeats Pro.

Sound Quality

The Jabra Elite Active 75t have deeper, richer bass than the Powerbeats Pro

Both are not noise-canceling earbuds, but the Jabras (left) have better passive noise cancellation than the Beats (right)

The Beats by Dre brand has always been known for their heavy bass. Surprisingly, the Jabra Elite 75t make the Powerbeats Pro sound flatter. With that said, both deliver high-quality audio, but the Jabras deliver a slightly deeper, richer, punchier bass than the Powerbeats Pro. If you don’t like deep lows though, the Jabra Sound+ app lets you customize your lows, mids, and highs or choose from their pre-made EQ settings in the app.

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While both wireless earbuds don’t have active noise-cancellation capabilities, their ear tips and seal are designed to block out noise. The Jabra Elite Active 75t have a much better passive noise cancellation than the Powerbeats Pro, thus delivering a better listening experience. With the Powerbeats Pro, the ear tips do not completely seal the ear canal so they tend to let more external noise in.

Both deliver excellent quality when it comes to phone calls. The caller on the other end will hear your voice clearly when talking on the phone. Since the Jabra Elite Active 75t have better passive noise cancellation though, you’ll hear your conversations more clearly when using the Jabras.

Set Up and Controls

Both the Jabra Elite Active 75t and Powerbeats Pro use a multifunction button on each earbud

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Set up EQ settings to your liking using the Jabra Sound+ app (left) and manage tracks and calls using the ‘b’ button on the Powerbeats Pro (right)

If you’re an Apple user, pairing the Powerbeats Pro with your device is quick and easy as the Powerbeats use Apple’s bespoke H1 chip. With that said, pairing the Jabra Elite Active 75t with either an iPhone or an Android device is also a breeze. Both earbuds let you simply open the magnetic case close to your device and they will prompt set-up right away.

For taking calls, activating smart voice assistants, and managing tracks, you can gently press these earbuds’ multi-function buttons. Simply press the ‘Jabra’ button for the 75ts and the ‘b’ button for the Powerbeats Pro.

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As mentioned earlier, the Jabra Elite Active 75t let you play with the EQ settings or choose from the pre-made ones available in the Sound+ app. The Powerbeats Pro doesn’t have an exclusive app for this purpose, but you can still adjust the EQ through your device’s EQ settings. However, do not expect to enjoy the same flexibility and range the Jabra Sound+ app offers.

Additional Features

The Jabra Elite Active 75t are IP57-rated while the Powerbeats Pro only have an IPX4 rating

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Both the Jabra Elite Active 75t (left) and the Powerbeats Pro (right) are great workout wireless earbuds

While both wireless earbuds are water-resistant, the Jabra Elite Active 75t have a better IP rating than the Powerbeats Pro. With an IP rating of 57, the Elite Active 75ts are completely waterproof and sweatproof. You can be drenched in the rain while wearing your Elite Active 75ts and they’ll still work fine. They are dustproof as well.

Like the AirPods Pro, the Powerbeats Pro are IPX4 rated. This means they are water and sweat resistant and using them for working out won’t pose a problem. Despite their great IP ratings, both are not recommended for use for aquatic sports, swimming, or even while showering.

Both have some of the best battery life available for wireless earbuds today. With a runtime of 7.5 hours and an additional 20.5 through their charging case, you won’t need to charge the Jabra Elite Active 75t for a while. This is even more impressive if you consider how tiny the Jabra’s carrying case is compared to the Powerbeats Pro’s. A quick 15-minute charge will give you an additional 60 minutes of usage.

The Powerbeats Pro have a runtime of up to 9 hours and their bulky charging case adds up to 18 hours more. Where the Powerbeats Pro win though is the quick charge feature that Apple has nailed. A quick 5 minutes of charging will give you up to 1.5 hours of battery life while 15 mins will add up to an impressive 4 hours more of usage time.

Verdict

The Jabra Elite Active 75t provide better bang for your buck

Even though they both have a great sound quality and build, we recommend getting the Jabra Elite Active 75t over the Powerbeats Pro, not just for their more attractive price tag. The 75ts have overall better audio quality, fully customizable EQ, stealthier aesthetics, more comfortable fit, and better passive noise cancellation. It doesn’t hurt that they have a higher IP rating, too.

Rhodaline Escala-Phelps
Rhodaline Escala-Phelps

Managing Editor and Team Leader at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about people, product comparisons, culture, and current events.