I reviewed the Jabra Elite 3 recently, and my overall sentiment for those earbuds was positive. If you want a cheap pair of true wireless earbuds from a reputable brand, the Elite 3 is high on my list. But let’s say you’re in the market for something a little more premium. That’s where the Jabra Elite 7 Pro comes in.
Announced alongside the Elite 3 and Elite 7 Active, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is the most expensive of the bunch, coming in at S$318. That’s more than double the S$128 that the Elite 3 costs. This puts it on the same level as the S$278 Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, though not quite on the same level as the S$379 Sony WF-1000XM4 or Apple AirPods Pro.
So what do you get for that premium price? Let’s take a look at the specs and features.
Jabra Elite 7 Pro Key Specifications and Features
- 6mm drivers
- Emphasis on clear call quality with their “MultiSensor Voice” technology which uses a 4 mics and bone conduction sensors
- Adjustable ANC, HearThrough transparency mode
- IP57 water and dust resistance
- 9hr battery with ANC, 35hr with case (w/o ANC: 11hr battery, 42hr with case)
- Fast charge: 5mins in case gives up to 1.2hrs of playback
- Qi Wireless charging support
- Connect to your phone’s voice assistant or use the built-in Alexa
- Multi-device connection support
- Fully customisable EQ and controls via Jabra Sound+ app
- Use either earbud
- Bluetooth 5.2, Codecs: AAC, SBC
- Colours: Titanium Black, Gold Beige, Black
Design & Build
The case of the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is decently compact, being just ever so slightly larger than the Jabra Elite 3 or Galaxy Buds+. Compared to the Sudio T2 which I also reviewed recently, the Elite 7 Pro’s case is longer, but much narrower and slimmer, making it much more pocketable.
The case is slightly heavier than the other earbuds’ mentioned above, but not so much so that it becomes cumbersome. The construction is made of a premium matte black polycarbonate, which feels much better than the Jabra Elite 3’s or Galaxy Buds+’s. It’s also much more solidly built, with far less wobbling or creaking.
On the front you have a USB-C port and LED indicator for charging. On the top you have a subtle Jabra logo. Round the bottom you have a Qi wireless charging logo. Overall, it has a minimalist and premium look which I like.
Inside the case, the earbuds are held strongly by magnets. They’re easy to take out of the case, and snap back in reassuringly. Closing the case is extremely satisfying — it’s not the usual snapping sound, but rather a lower “thock” sound. Perhaps my only issue with the case is that it can be rather tricky to open, given the small area of the base and the lack of a lip for your finger to latch on to.
The buds themselves are also extremely well built. They’re really compact — Jabra says 16% smaller than the 75t — and are very lightweight. There’s an LED indicator on each earbud, as well as a large physical button for media controls. The buds are also IP57 water and dust resistant, making them great for the gym. Despite not having wingtips, the buds fit snug in my ears. They also come with 3 sizes of eartips, so you should be able to find a size that fits you.
Overall, excellent design and build. Zero complaints here.
Controls & Sound+ app
Like the Jabra Elite 3, controls on the Jabra Elite 7 Pro are simple and fully-featured. Press on the right earbud to play / pause. Double press to skip a track, triple press to go back a track. Pressing and holding for one second increases the volume. On the left earbud, pressing once turns on / off Jabra’s HearThrough transparency mode. Pressing twice either triggers your phone’s voice assistant / Alexa. Pressing and holding for one second decreases the volume.
All of these controls are already extremely intuitive. But in case you don’t like them, they’re also fully customisable through the Jabra Sound+ app. This customisation is a feature which the cheaper Jabra Elite 3 doesn’t have.
That brings me to the Sound+ app, which is frankly the best earphone companion app that I’ve ever used, even better than Samsung’s or Sony’s. In the app, there is easy access to quick start guides and firmware updates for your Elite 7 Pro. On top of customising the media controls, you can also do full EQ customisation and adjust the level of ANC.
There are tons of other settings and features as well. Choosing your voice assistant. Enabling/disabling auto-pause audio when a earbud is removed from your ear. Choosing if audio is muted or if it should continue playing when HearThrough is turned on. Doing a sound test to create a custom sound profile. Choosing from EQ presets. Adjusting how loud your own voice will sound during a call. Choosing whether the left button toggles between just HearThrough and ANC On, HearThrough and ANC Off, or HearThrough, ANC On, and ANC Off. There is even an in-built player for white noise or ambient sound tracks! And there’s still more features and settings in the app that I won’t go through.
Perhaps the one thing that I’d like Jabra to add is the option to have music pause when HearThrough is activated, rather than muted or continue playing. But given everything else that’s available, I can’t complain.
The quantity and quality of options available in the Sound+ companion app are frankly astounding. Bravo, Jabra, bravo.
Sound. Where do I even begin? The last couple of earphones that I’ve reviewed had decent sound, but there was always something about the sound signature and quality that bothered me. The Jabra Elite 3 were warm and generally quite muddy. The Sudio T2 had a strange bloom in the low to sub bass region, and some sibilance in the highs. The Galaxy Buds+ were perhaps the earphones that I’ve been the most pleased with, but I recognise that they have a bright sound signature that’s lacking in bass.
This is not the case with the Jabra Elite 7 Pro. These have excellent sound. To start off, the sound signature is balanced, with no overemphasised bass or fatiguing highs. There is also a lot more detail present here compared to my daily driver Galaxy Buds+.
Bass quantity and quality is superb. This is especially obvious coming from the Jabra Elite 3, which had a lot of bass present, but the quality wasn’t there, giving an overall muddy feel. In contrast, the bass on the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is tight, punchy, and clean, with decent extension into the lower regions.
The mids are excellent as well, providing vocals that feel intimate. This is especially true of female vocals, bringing life to tracks such as my future by Billie Eilish ’tis the damn season by Taylor Swift. The highs are also handled fairly well. There isn’t any of the grain or sibilance exhibited by the Sudio T2.
If you prefer a certain sound signature, you can choose from a list of EQ presets, or even do full EQ customisation through the Sound+ app.
Overall, fantastic sound.
Here’s some other notes that I took regarding the Elite 7 Pro
- Excellent active noise cancelling. It certainly blocks out a larger range of frequencies compared to the ANC found on the Sudio T2. The quantity of sound blocked is also greater. It’s on par or even better than my Sennheiser PXC550 over ear headphones. You’re even able to adjust the amount of ANC you want in the app via a slider.
- Excellent HearThrough. The transparency mode on the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is quick to activate and sounds natural, making it easier to listen to your surroundings and conversations.
- Great microphones. No surprise given that this is the headlining feature of the Elite 7 Pro.
- There is an issue with audio latency. I found this to be true on YouTube and Netflix on two separate Android phones as well as an iPad. Other reviewers don’t seem to be having this issue though.
- Battery life is excellent, rated at 9 hours on a single charge with ANC on (11 hours off) and 35 hours in the case (42 hours with ANC off). From my testing, I’ve had no reason to doubt these claims.
Pricing & Conclusion
- Fantastic feature-rich Jabra Sound+ companion app
- Excellent sound, fully customisable EQ
- Great noise cancelling and HearThrough mode
- Great mic quality
- Solid build quality, design, and fit
- IP57 water and dust resistant
- Excellent battery life
- Audio latency (though other reviewers don’t seem to have this)
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro are simply a fantastic pair of true wireless earbuds. It has great sound, active noise cancelling, and a ton of fantastic features. The only issue that I found was with audio latency, though it might just be my unit as other reviewers don’t seem to face the same issue.
Perhaps the only other pain point is the price tag. At S$318, it’s not an affordable pair of earphones by any means. But considering the package that you’re getting, you definitely won’t be dissatisfied with your purchase.
If I had to pick one pair of headphones or earphones for all of my listening needs, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro would be high on my list. Headphones are too hot for wearing outdoors in Singapore’s climate, so the Elite 7 Pro’s form factor is preferable. The ANC on the Elite 7 Pro is great for commuting, and the IP57 rating makes it suitable for the gym as well. Lastly, the audio quality is excellent, and I wouldn’t mind having this as my primary audio device.
You can purchase the Jabra Elite 7 Pro on Shopee or Lazada starting 15 Oct.
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