Even while the audio and noise-cancelling aren’t the finest on the market, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro offers numerous premium features (including wireless charging and IP57 waterproofing) at a cheaper price point than many of its competitors.
Design and management
The earbuds themselves are among the smallest we’ve tested, with their light weight and sculpted form fitting in our ears with ease and security. The earphones’ inside form was created “using data from 62,000 ear scans,” claims Jabra. To aid in the fit even more, they come with three sets of ear tips in various sizes.
The three color choices are elegant and modest. Apart than the Jabra logo and a slight two-tone accent to distinguish the buttons from the body, the case and buds have very no trim or marks in their design.
Similar in size to Sony’s WF-1000XM4 case, but with a little more weight, the charging case has an appealing appearance. This case won’t tip over or fall off the majority of surfaces thanks to its squat shape and flat top and bottom.
The Elite 7 Pro has an advantage over some of its more expensive counterparts in terms of waterproofing. The buds are classified at IP57, which means they are moderately protected against dust ingress and are certified to be submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
This effectively implies that you won’t need to be concerned about the buds being harmed by perspiration, intense rain, or a fall into a puddle. The Jabra’s IP57 designation is undoubtedly a selling advantage as Sony’s WF-1000XM4 only boasts an IPX4 rating, which offers no dust protection and just splashproof capabilities.
The accompanying Sound+ app from Jabra is exceptionally user-friendly and gives the Elite 7 Pro a lot of control and customization options. The noise-cancellation level may be adjusted in the app to your preferred level and tested to make sure the earbuds are suitably sized for the current tip size.
Also, it has an extensive control scheme for the left and right earbuds, which is painfully lacking in most rivals. This allows you to choose exactly what a single, double, or triple push will do whether playing media, answering calls, or conversing on the phone.
The option to concurrently silence (but not pause) any playing media while the transparency mode is activated is one of the deep control scheme settings. This is a feature that is uncommon among earbud designs but is a huge plus for the ones who have it. You won’t want your music to keep playing in the great majority of occasions when you want to be able to hear your surroundings.
We believe that the soft-click actuation provided by the buttons—which are not touch capacitive but rather offer actuation—is the ideal compromise. As a result, you won’t accidently touch the button when adjusting the bud in your ear, but you also won’t have to push the button firmly enough to cause discomfort in your ear canal.
If using tactile controls isn’t your thing, these earbuds are equipped with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. These are just as customizable as the other controls on the Jabra Elite 7 Pro.
ANC and audio
In terms of the out-of-the-box audio profile, the sound is severely scooped; it is both overpowering and occasionally boomy in the bass frequencies and amplified and occasionally brittle in the upper treble region, which lowers the clarity of the mids.
After taking a quick (1 minute) test, you may use what Jabra calls a MySound hearing profile, which tailors the frequency response. Despite the fact that we appreciate such elements and that there was a little improvement after activating this mode, the profile wasn’t as well-balanced as we’d anticipated. To be fair, because this feature is individualized, the value will differ from listener to listener.
Moreover, the app has a five-band equalization that enables you to customize the signature even more. This provided a solid solution to the scooped profile, thereby fixing the problem. Yet, we discovered that the problem remained unresolved despite the inclusion of this layer of tweaking.
We discovered that the music had a pretty compressed delivery, with less of a sense of spaciousness than over-ear cans are often able to convey, as is typical with many in-ear audio systems (or other earbuds, for that matter). This characteristic isn’t necessarily a drawback because it may complement some musical genres, such as hip-hop and electronic music; if you enjoy the powerful sound of Beats headphones, this isn’t too dissimilar.
All of this isn’t to imply the audio quality is poor; there isn’t any distortion even at high levels, and it’s undeniable that the presence and intensity of the sound signature thrill some bass-heavy genres. But, those seeking a more neutral sound may need to search elsewhere.
The noise-cancelling performance is comparable to its total audio offering, which means it is adequate and acceptable but not exceptional. While it does a good job of handling static noises, less frequent sounds aren’t filtered all that much, which leads to a significant reduction but not removal of annoying noise.
Nonetheless, even without ANC activated, these buds’ passive isolation is superior to much of the competition because of their sculpted design and snug, deep eartip fit.
The amount of ANC may be changed using a sliding scale inside the app, but we found the pressure to be a touch unsettling and fast tiring in the higher levels. There is also, as might be expected, a transparency mode (named HearThrough by Jabra) that, if desired, allows for the admission of outside noises.
The reduced cost of these earbuds must be weighed against the caliber of the audio and ANC. On either desired feature, they won’t be able to compete with powerhouses like the premium Sony or Bose buds, but both function well for the price.
The Elite 7 Pro is the best when it comes to call quality. Your voice is rather effectively picked up when you’re on a call thanks to a combination of bone conduction and four external microphones. Your speech is muffled by additional background noise in windy conditions (with the help of those bone conduction sensors again).
Although they won’t ever be as good as over-ear headphones or speaking directly into your phone, as is the case with all true wireless earbuds, they are some of the finest we’ve heard.
Connection and power
Jabra’s small buds have an outstanding battery life for the market, with a respectable 8 hours of ANC-enabled playback for the buds themselves and an additional 22 in the case, for a total of 30 hours. Sony’s WF-1000XM4, in contrast, gets 8 hours from the earbuds with ANC turned on and another 16 in the case.
Also, the case provides quick charging, with five minutes in the case providing an hour of playback for the earbuds. The case has a USB-C connector for charging as well as a Qi-compatible charging mat for wireless recharging, a feature that is generally only seen in more expensive models.
The Elite 7 Pro supports the most recent Bluetooth 5.2 version, which results in improved power optimization, more stable connection, and simultaneous audio streaming to the left and right ear (this contributes to the decent battery life).
Although the buds don’t support high-resolution codecs like atpX or LDAC, their support for SBC and AAC will be more than enough for the majority of users who utilize streaming services like Spotify because the audio is already compressed to fit the bitrates required by these two codecs.
They don’t presently have Bluetooth Multipoint connectivity, but Jabra claims that it will be available in January 2022. This will allow for simultaneous connection and easy switching between two devices. If you consider this functionality to be essential, you might wish to wait till then.
Is the Jabra Elite 7 Pro a good investment?
If, buy them.
You’re looking for a good deal.
With capabilities like wireless charging and weatherproofing that are generally found in much more costly devices, the Elite 7 Pro give a terrific all-around true wireless experience for their price.
Battery life matters.
These earphones are more likely to last longer periods between recharge sessions than most of the competitors since they have a combined 30-hour battery life. With ANC disabled, this mileage may be increased even further.
The three C’s are: compactness, comfort, and low weight.
The Elite 7 Pro earbuds are among the tiniest we’ve seen, and because to their low weight and sculpted shape, they fit quite well. Of course, this comes with the caveat that not all ears are created equal and that individual wearer experiences may differ.