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Jabra Elite 7 Active review: best workout earbuds

Jabra Elite 7 Active was released alongside the Elite 7 Pro as a complete rethinking of Jabra‘s design language for true wireless earbuds. Since their launch, Jabra has expanded its product lineup to include Elite 2 as the most affordable offering and Elite 7 Pro at the premium end. This product lineup makes a lot of sense considering the consumer acceptance for truly wireless earbuds.

Also Read: Jabra Elite 4 Active review: durable earbuds priced well

It is probably the first time that Jabra is catering to a wide spectrum of consumers. The Elite 7 Active was introduced at Rs 15,999 but I have seen them go for as low as Rs 9,999. With Sennheiser Sport True Wireless also available for Rs 10,999 and Jabra’s own Elite 4 Active retailing for Rs 6,999, there are plenty of options for workout earbuds. The Elite 7 Active from Jabra claims to be the best of the pack. Is it? Let’s find out.

Design and Comfort

Jabra Elite 7 Active

Jabra Elite 7 Active has a refined design compared to older models

After reviewing the Elite 3 (review) and Elite 4 Active, I have been wanting to test the Elite 7 Active or Pro models. Now that I have used the Elite 7 Active for a little over a month, I must say that this design is really good. Not only are the earbuds smaller than before, the new case design has a smaller footprint as well.

The case is as wide as previous models but not very tall. They can still be tucked inside your denim’s coin pocket and feel light in comparison to Elite 75t Active. The familiar USB-C port for charging is now at the front. Since I have used and reviewed quite a few Jabra earbuds, my muscle memory got programmed to look for the port on the back.

However, having this port at the front makes it much easier to access. The case also supports Qi wireless charging. The earbuds are considerably smaller this year but they still do stick out of your ears. The curved design of the earbuds make them easier to grab from the charging case. The Elite 7 Active gets what Jabra calls “ShakeGrip Technology.” In simpler terms, the earbuds use silicone material for better grip during workouts.

Jabra Elite 7 Active

Jabra Elite 7 Active also come with IP57 rating

Trust me, they stay in your ears even during intense workouts. I think a lot of people looking for workout earbuds will find a design that uses ear tip wings to be more comfortable. I personally didn’t find any issue with the design or comfort. Since the Elite 7 Active goes deep inside your ear canals, you might notice some discomfort while pushing the buttons to control the music or receiving phone calls.

The Elite 7 Active comes in three colours: black, mint, and navy. Our review unit is navy blue and the matte finish makes sure that it sustains the beating without showing any signs of it. These earbuds are also IP57 rated, which is among the highest certification you can find in this segment. In a nutshell, this is the most defined design yet from Jabra and one that aims to appeal directly to those looking for earbuds that are perfect for home, office, and the fitness centre.

Sound and Voice Calls

Jabra Elite 7 Active

The Elite 7 Active tries to appeal to every consumer with its soundstage

If you want the best calling experience then go for the Elite 7 Pro. The calling experience is not bad on the Elite 7 Active but it is not the best that Jabra has to offer right now. My callers never complained about difficulty hearing me but Elite 7 Pro has better tech to suppress noise and make calling experience pleasant. When it comes to sound, the Elite 7 Active further deviates from the rich bass heritage of Elite 75t.

Jabra is trying to appeal to a diverse crowd with its new earbuds and Elite 7 Active tries to do that with the focus on rich audio not pinned by bass alone. The overall sound quality is cleaner and aims to appeal to a diverse crowd. Most consumers will be pleased with the sound quality of the Elite 7 Active. It does like to emphasise the sub-bass frequency and when listening to the solo guitar section on Carly Rae Jepsen’s Western Wind, you will notice there is no auditory masking and the earbuds succeed in their endeavour to deliver true sound.

Jabra Elite 7 Active

The USB-C port at the front is a clever decision

It is not just pop but even when listening to other genres, the Elite 7 Active does try to deliver accurate performance. In order to immerse yourself, listen to the saxophone on Pharoah Sanders’ You’ve Got To Have Freedom or go classic and listen to John Coltrane. That jazz music can not only get loud but even give you chills. It also excels at playing that workout playlist curated by Spotify.

It is not faultless but where it lacks, these earbuds more than make up by offering five different EQ settings in the Sound+ app. Jabra has tuned these earbuds with an ideal customer’s requirement in mind but you can tune them to your own liking with those custom EQ settings. The active noise cancellation on Elite 7 Active is not as great as that you would find on Sony WF-1000XM4 (review). However, it is quite capable thanks to the passive isolation offered by the earbuds.

I took a flight recently and with ANC turned ON, I could barely hear the rumble of the aeroplane engine. It does not suppress a lot of sound but does quiet the surroundings enough for you to focus. I also found myself using HearThrough a lot during workout and while it is still not as natural as transparency mode on AirPods, it does work well. Overall, I wished these supported codecs like LDAC or had support for Dolby Atmos. For their price, it seems Jabra shouldn’t have overlooked these features.

Verdict

Jabra Elite 7 Active

The Elite 7 Active does include support for wireless charging

I am not going to spend a lot of time talking about the Sound+ app here since I have covered the app features extensively in my review of Jabra Elite 4 Active. It is one of the most useful companion apps offered by an audio brand right now. Jabra claims that the earbuds will last for eight hours on a single charge and offer up to 30 hours with the case. For my listening, I got between 6 to 7 hours on a single charge with mixed use of ANC and HearThrough mode.

When compared to the Elite 4 Active (review), the Jabra Elite 7 Active offers a design that is modern and refined and that is my favourite aspect of these earbuds. Honestly, there is little to choose between these two and most people should go for the Elite 4 Active. However, if you do spend extra and get the Elite 7 Active, you will get multipoint, which allows you to connect these earbuds to two devices at once. You will also get a much better fit thanks to the grippy coating and support for wireless charging. With Sennheiser also entering the fray, the competition for workout earbuds has intensified but you can’t go wrong with either of the Jabra earbuds.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8/10

What works

  • IP57 rating
  • Durability and warranty
  • Good sound quality
  • Multipoint support
  • Good battery life

What doesn’t

  • Buttons could cause discomfort
  • Lack of LDAC support
  • ANC could have been better
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Karthekayan Iyer

Karthekayan is an Assistant Editor at Pricebaba. He covers consumer technology for Pricebaba and leads the development of the deals section. With a degree in Instrumentation Engineering, Karthekayan spent three years working for an engineering firm before becoming a tech reporter. He writes news, features and reviews the latest gadgets. He has over 8 years' experience and has worked with Indian Express, Digit.in and BGR India in the past.