Water Resistance - The Jabra Elite 85h Review
Updated: Oct 18, 2020
If you want premium headphones with excellent battery life, and a water-resistant nano-coating, the Elite 85h is your best bet.
Built and Comfort
These headphones are extremely comfortable, even with glasses. The ear cups are plush and leave plenty of wiggle room for even the most outward facing ears. While the ear cups are rather bulky, they fold flat and rotate up toward the headband. Plus, you can keep everything organized in its included carrying case. Sure, it’s not as travel-friendly as a pair of true wireless earbuds but it makes a significant difference.
Instead of incorporating touch controls, Jabra’s headphones make use of the right panel with nearly undetectable playback, volume, and call controls. Upon pressing the controls, a hizzing sound escapes from the ear pad. Initially, this was comical but became increasingly annoying as time went on. The edges of both ear cups also have buttons: a noise cancelling toggle button is on the left side, while the right side has a mic mute/voice assistant button just above the 3.5mm and USB-C charging ports. You may access Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant via the voice assistant button. While the buttons are responsive, I really wish they were slightly larger.
One of the more unique features of these premium noise cancelling headphones is the water-resistant nano-coating protecting the headphone’s internal components. While I wouldn’t work out with these mainly due to their size and weight it’s a comfort to know they won’t be damaged if exposed to light rain.
The Jabra Elite 85h’s battery lasts a very, very long time. Jabra claims up to 41 hours with noise cancelling switched off, but your results will likely vary from factors like listening volume, codec selection, and so forth. When the battery does eventually die, it takes 2.5 hours to complete a full charge cycle with the included USB-C cable. If the battery dies and you’re in a hurry, 15 minutes of charging allows for roughly 5 hours of playback.
Despite the lack of high-quality codec support, these headphones sound fantastic. There is enough bass that is ever so slightly above neutral. If you desire more bass, you can do so with the App associated with this pair which is pretty neat to adjust the sound quality to your convenience. The Jabra 85h does make it up on the midrange and the high frequencies. It hits most genres in music, especially if you want to am out to some hip hop beats, these are your ideal pair.
Noise cancelling is impressive but doesn’t outperform Sony’s headphones. However, the ANC is still highly effective at mitigating noises like clicking of a keyboard, air conditioning, and washing machines. Really low-frequency noises still permeate the noise cancelling barrier but that’s the case for virtually all ANC products
How well it performs depends on your vocal range, but generally speaking, it’s fine, not great. The Elite 85h microphone handles low voices differently than higher-pitched ones. As far as technical specs go, 6 of the 8 microphones are used during voice transmission to isolate the voice from background noise. When you turn the background music on it’s much less audible than it sounds in real life. What’s more, the microphones actively work to combat wind noise, which works rather well when walking around.
Should I Buy the Jabra Elite 85h?
Yes, the Jabra Elite 85h is an exceptional pair of headphones with an attractive price and design. However, if you’re not one to pick apart sound quality, the Jabra Elite 85h is your best feature-packed option. On the other hand, if you want a slightly more accurate bass response from your headphones with significantly better microphone quality, look into the cheaper Sony WH-CH710N.
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