Jabra Elite 4

Jabra Elite 4

Jabra Elite 4

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BEST RATING
Calls:
4.6
MUSIC: Fair6.6/10
CALLS: Very Good8.8/10
GAMING: Poor5.4/10
TV: Fair6.0/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.6/10
EXERCISE: Good7.7/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Good7.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Good7.3/10

The Jabra Elite 4 earbuds, released in April 2023, are midrange priced and stemless with a closed enclosure, meaning they likely provide decent noise isolation. They are wireless but do not support wired connections. Sound quality is overall very good, and they are particularly noted for high-quality mic performance, making them suitable for calls and meetings. Build quality is excellent, and comfort is good, so they're fit for extended wear. Though they are good for music and podcasts, they may not be the best for gaming due to poorer performance in that area. They are sweatproof and dustproof certified with active noise cancelling, making them versatile for exercise and travel. They weigh 4.6 grams each, and their portability is very good. The battery life is 5.5 hours with an additional 21 hours provided by the case, though they lack wireless charging. The Elite 4 offers an app equalizer and customization, and despite lacking low latency features, they are optimized for Android devices. They are not optimized for virtual surround sound, suggesting a more straightforward audio experience without simulated 3D audio effects. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent mic quality for calls
  • Wireless with good noise isolation
  • Sweatproof and dustproof for exercise
  • Portable with app customization options
Cons
  • Not suited for gaming or TV
  • Lacks lossless codec support
  • No wireless charging capability
  • Less ideal for enjoying music

Ratings by Category

Calls:
4.6
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.6
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
4.5
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Exercise:
4.3
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Battery Life:
4.1
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Music:
3.6
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
TV & Video:
3.0
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$79
Brand
Jabra
Release Date
April 1, 2023
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.6/10
Phone Calls Score
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8.8/10
Gaming Score
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5.4/10
TV and Video Score
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6/10
Exercise Score
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7.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5.5 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.2
Case Battery Life
21

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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7/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
4.6 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Jasper Lastoria | September 2023
"The Jabra Elite 4 is a good midrange option with solid isolation and aptX codec for Android. It sounds consumer friendly from the box and the app has some EQ to adjust to taste. Some included luxuries include multipoint, sidetone, and Spotify Tap"

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