Jabra has announced the Elite 75t, more than a year after the launch of the blockbuster Elite 65t that defined a market against the iconic AirPods.
The improvements are slight, and the new buds command a slightly higher price at USD 200 (SGD 276). That’s a touch over the Jabra Elite 65t that launched at a RRP of USD 160 / SGD 268.
The changes are few but welcome. There’s a longer battery life, is 20% smaller and now offers a USB-C port for charging.
While few complained about the size of the Elite 65t, Jabra has gone the distance to make its successor significantly smaller. The “arm” housing the voice microphone that points toward the mouth is no more – a slight pity as I particularly appreciated that iconic silhouette.
Like its predecessor, the Elite 75t houses four microphones. With a new arrangement on the front and rear of each earbud, voice quality should still perform well with Jabra’s background in commercial-grade communication solutions.
The charging case has been revamped, too. It is smaller and now allows for easy operation – a peeve I had with the Elite 65t.
Despite a smaller form factor for both the case and the earbuds, Jabra has somehow managed to squeeze in dramatically better battery performance in the Elite 75t.
They now deliver 7.5 hours on a charge, up from the 5 hours of the 65t. The improved case adds 20.5 hours, a hair above the 20 advertised on the 65t. These improvements can be mainly attributed to the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity on the 75t.
Like last year’s models, the Elite 75t sports a IP55 certification. There’s no sport-oriented Elite Active 75t announced just yet, but this is a likely proposition with the popularity of the Elite Active 65t with its IP56 rating.
Despite this, it seems that the Elite 75t will feature the same drivers as its predecessor. This means it will likely have the same sound, which isn’t exactly a bad thing – though it rules out a chance of a marked improvement in that area, too.
The Jabra Sound+ mobile companion app will receive an update to the EQ controls to allow users to better customise their listening experience.