Jabra just launched its Elite 3 wireless headphones, but it already has a following. tech radar Notes Jabra introduced the Elite 4 Active, a step-up model that handles quite a few omissions from the 3. They now have active noise cancellation to drown out the world during your workouts, with improved IP57 water resistance (above IP55) that should help deal with sweat and rain heavy rain.
The features will look familiar if you’ve seen Elite 3, although that’s not necessarily an issue. The Elite 4 Active packs a compact 6mm, “HearThrough” mode for amplifying outside sounds and listening with a single bud. You’ll have to make do with wired charging, but you can still get seven hours of battery life from the speakers themselves and 28 hours when you include the charging case.
Availability in some countries is the biggest unknown. The Elite 4 Active is now available in the UK for £120 (about $161), but it hasn’t been announced for the US as we write this. We asked Jabra if she could share more. Provided the earbuds make it to the US, they could easily represent a bargain. We loved the Elite 3 for its combination of low price, powerful sound quality, healthy battery life, and comfort – the Active 4 builds on that formula. They may represent a better value than Echo Buds and other competitors that make notable compromises.
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