There’s much more to making a pair of sports headphones in 2019 than just being able to withstand being soaked in sweat a few times a week. While Jabra’s Elite Sport true wireless buds are a bit plain-looking in black, the lime green finish suggests there’s more to them than meets the eye.
They’re a little on the large side but there’s a heart-rate monitor onboard that provides live feedback while you train and keeps you at the right pace. They can record your routes using your phone’s GPS, count reps while you workout and provide post-gym info on things such as VO2 max and recovery time. Yep, there’s a bonafide personal trainer hidden in there.
It’s impressive stuff but it’d all be meaningless if they sounded like a load of cats trying to escape from a wheelie bin. Fortunately, they do not. There’s good clarity and detail, without the extra helping of bass that’s often used to mask poor performance, and connection strength is nigh-on flawless too.
Their extra skills mean battery life suffers a bit at around three hours between charges, but with the help of the case you’ll get an extra nine hours out of them. The built-in controls can be a bit fiddly too but if you’re after a pair of totally wireless headphones that have the talents of a fitness tracker, look no further.
Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭
An excellent pair of earphones and a very capable fitness tracker in one clever package
Jabra Elite Sport tech specs
Bluetooth: yes • Battery life: up to 4.5 hours • Mic: yes • Built-in controls: yes • Sweat/water-resistant: both • Weight: 6.5g per bud