Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded Review
The Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded remains a sporty earbud, but what has changed with the upgraded version. After testing the Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded model, we found only some minor things have changed. So to find out if these totally-wireless earphones are worth buying, make sure to read the full review here.
Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded Design
When it comes to the design of the Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded version, not much has changed. You get the same built-in heart-rate monitor. Furthermore, you can now buy it in a new lime green/gray edition and black. What has changed is the extended battery use that offers up to 4.5-hours between in-case charges compared to the older version offering 3-hours. Some other changes are the new software enhancements using the Jabra Sport Life app. You get a new built-in EQ to personalize the sound and settings. A note is that athletes of the old Jabra Elite Sport will also be able to use the app changes.
So is the battery use as advertised?
The battery use is accurate when used with moderate volume levels. Furthermore, the earphone is identical to the 1st gen. The buds are still fully waterproof and sweatproof. You still have the heart-rate monitor that provides you with an in-ear analysis of your fitness. Furthermore, they work well for making calls and provide excellent noise reduction. We found no problems using them on a noisy street and works well. Compared to the previous model, the latest model maintains a steady connection.
We found them staying in our ears, even when running. The sounds decent, but you need to get a tight seal for the best sound quality. For a comfortable fit, you do get different ear tips included. We found the extra-large tips lying around the office and work better. The only problem we had is the XL ear tips lying around in the office does not fit in the charging case. However, we are not saying the included tips will not fit you. Moreover, we found the in-ear earphones a bit beefy some of our staff found then uncomfortable.
On the other hand, once you find a perfect fit, you do get a comfortable pair of earbuds to wear for hours of use. Once you find the battery juice running out you can use the charging case for two extra charges. Therefore, you can get up to 13-hours of playback but is not in the same league as the Apple AirPods. Apple gives you up to 24-hours using the charging case.
How well do they perform?
You can pair the headphones with your Android or iOS device. Furthermore, you can use it with both the running & fitness apps available on the phones.
You can also use it with the:
- Map My Fitness
However, Jabra provides you with a training app, the Jabra Sport Life that works just as well. You get outstanding in-ear coaching with feedback.Once you place the buds in your ear, it starts measuring your heart rate, but we did find some delay of up to ten seconds before it picks up your heartbeat. To top it all, the earbuds are fully waterproof wireless headphones.
Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded Specs
- Battery: 4-hours
- Color: Black and Lime Green/Gray
- Cord Type: Wireless
- Extras: Onboard Audio Controls, Fully Waterproof, In-ear Heart Rate Monitoring
- Form Factor: In-ear
- Included: Charging Case, Three Pairs of EarGels, Three Pairs of EarWings, Three Pairs of Foam Ear Tips, USB charging cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 3-years
- Weight: 0.2 and 2.4 ounces
Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Fully Waterproof Wireless Sport Earphones
- Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
- Sounds good
- Works well as a headset
- Can use it as a single or stereo bud
- Compatible with leading 3rd party fitness apps
What we do not like:
- A bit bulky
- You do lose some bass if you cannot get a tight seal
Should You Buy it?
If you have never owned the Jabra Elite Sport, we recommend you buy the upgraded version offering you extended battery use. You get the same in-ear heart-rate monitoring, and you can use it with a wide selection of fitness apps. The sound is superior, and you can use it to make calls, as well. Furthermore, the headphones IP67 rated and fully waterproof. Moreover, you get an excellent three-year warranty.
We found the Jabra Elite Sport upgraded version could fit better in the case. We found it difficult to close the case even when using the provided sets of tips/stabilizers. Another issue we did find at times is that the buds did not link together into a stereo pair. We had to fiddle around with the wireless settings or place the disconnected bud back in the case and out again. The truth is it does take some trial and error to use the small buttons on the earpiece. You do have volume controls and features pause/play. Luckily it does have a detailed manual included while the provided app offers you some great additional functions as well. You also get a HearThrough service to let in ambient noise.
On the other hand, if you do listen to music loud, you still cannot hear the traffic noise even with the function switched on. What we do like is the extended warranty and is appreciated. Moreover, if you happen to lose one bud, you can replace it as well. The extended battery life is excellent but we would still like to see the price dropped a bit. However, besides the caveats, they work well when making calls.