Jabra continues its relentless quest for the perfect pair of true wireless earbuds with the Elite 7 Pro and its sporty companion, the Elite 7 Active. The 7 series takes the reins from the Elite 85t, but at a slightly more affordable price. These earphones were designed with comfort and convenience in mind.
The compact charging case is a time saver, and the lightweight, molded earbuds almost feel like they disappear when worn. Still, the build quality feels relatively solid. In Jabra’s MySound+ companion app, users will find a comprehensive set of controls and customization options to adjust noise cancellation and ambient sound.
Right out of the box, the Elite 7 Pro produces a muffled sound with dominant bass and mids, but you can adjust this with the app’s equalizer. Still, we find that the sound is not very spacious and offers a compressed output similar to the sound of Beats headphones.
The ANC feature is decent on these earphones, but can’t keep up with the competition in higher price ranges. Call quality, on the other hand, is excellent, thanks to the work of an array of four microphones combined with bone conduction sensors.
Battery life is particularly solid despite the small size, with a total of 30 hours (8 in the buds and 22 in the case) of playback time with ANC enabled. The Elite 7 series uses the latest Bluetooth 5.2 standard, though it lacks support for high-resolution codecs and is scheduled to add Bluetooth multipoint support in January 2022.
The headphones themselves are among the most compact we’ve tested to date. Their light weight and curved shape fit comfortably and securely in our ears. According to Jabra, the internal shape of the earbuds was developed using data from “62,000 ear scans. Included are three pairs of ear tips in different sizes to further enhance the fit.
All three color options are relatively subtle and stylish. The case and earbuds feature minimal decoration or markings – aside from the Jabra logo and a subtle two-tone accent that sets the buttons apart from the case. The charging cradle itself has a similarly elegant aesthetic. The squat shape and flat top and bottom ensure that the case won’t tip over or fall off most surfaces.
When it comes to water resistance, the Elite 7 Pro have an advantage over some of their more expensive competitors. The buds are rated IP57, which means they are pretty well protected against dust ingress and can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter for half an hour. In practice, this means you don’t have to worry about the earbuds getting damaged by sweat, heavy rain, or falling into a puddle.