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Jabra Elite 65t Rivals Apple AirPods in myriad ways

At first glance, the Elite 65t looks promising. The earbuds are all black with gunmetal gray accents to add some flash to an otherwise understated design

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Jabra Elite 65t. Pixabay

Wire-free listening has its own perks and Apple’s AirPods (Rs 15,400) and Bose SoundSport Free (Rs 18,990) cord-free earbuds have ruled the roost in the Indian market.

Not any more.

Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, is now offering Jabra “Elite 65t” wireless in-ear headphones for just Rs 12,999.

Is it worth given the price? Let’s find out.

At first glance, the Elite 65t looks promising. The earbuds are all black with gunmetal gray accents to add some flash to an otherwise understated design.

A good thing about the buds is that these do not stick out from the ears. There are no “long stems” either that hang close to earlobes like the ones we see in the Apple AirPods.

The company has included silicone tips in three different sizes that offer a good amount of noise isolation and a secure fit.

The tips had no wings to hold the device in place but they stayed secure in our ears. Using the largest buds gives a tight fit which is crucial to maximising bass.

We also found the buds to be quite capable in handling sweat and dust.

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Representational image. Pixabay

A charging case is included in the package that is slightly bigger than the one provided with AirPods. A good thing is despite being slightly larger, it remains a pocketable case.

The charging case is durable despite being made of plastic and could handle rough usage. A clasp in the front secured the case and ensured the headphones do not come off easily.

The earbuds lasted close to five hours on a single charge and the case added close to 10 hours of battery life to Jabra Elite 65t.

A neat feature is that pulling out one of the earbuds stops the music automatically. It starts playing again once plugged back into the ear.

We also found it easy to toggle through tracks just by holding down the volume up and down buttons on the left eartip.

The earbuds delivered quality sound — clarity and volume in all conditions. Both the eartips feature a microphone area that stick slightly towards the mouth to pick up the sound.

The microphones built into each bud filtered out ambient noise, such as wind, during the test calls.

What does not work?

We found the noise-isolating fit too tight and some may find it uncomfortable.

Also Read: Report: Apple Is Working On A Wireless AR/VR Headset To Release In 2020

The fit can also cause slight pain if worn for long periods.

Conclusion: The Jabra Elite 65t offers great audio packaged in a durable and good-looking in-ear device, offering good overall music and call quality. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to AirPods, we would recommend this device that also beats the AirPods in many ways.  IANS

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Apple AirPods to Become $15bn Business in 2020

The company is likely to maintain 50 per cent of the true wireless hearables market share globally in 2020

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For Wireless Hearables, Apple is also expected to show a significant turnaround in Q4 fuelled by its new model, AirPods Pro. In 2020, Apple will maintain a strong market leadership based on its loyal customer base, with advanced product and marketing strategies. Pixabay

Apple sold $6 billion worth of AirPods this year and is set to rake in $15 billion in revenue from the true wireless hearables in 2020, according to the famed Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

Apple could sell as many as 85 million AirPods next year, making AirPods the company’s third-largest business after iPhones and ipads by 2021, Sacconaghi said in a note published on Friday.

However, reports CNBC, the AirPod’s run may be short-lived.

“Given AirPods’ extraordinarily steep adoption curve and rapid saturation of the iPhone installed base, we see a dramatic deceleration in AirPods revenue growth by 2021 or 22, to single digit growth rates or possibly lower,” said Sacconaghi.

Apple recently doubled its monthly AirPods Pro production from one million to two million units per month.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook often refers to privacy on iPhone as a fundamental human right and the company aims to minimise customer data collection. Pixabay

The size of the global market for true wireless hearables is expected to touch 120 million units this year and 230 million units in 2020, growing 90 per cent year on year (YoY), according to Counterpoint Research.

Apple is expected to show a significant turnaround in Q4 this year fuelled by AirPods Pro.

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In 2020, Apple will maintain a strong market leadership based on its loyal customer base, with advanced product and marketing strategies in the wearables segment, says Counterpoint Research”s “Hearables Market Forecast”.

The company is likely to maintain 50 per cent of the true wireless hearables market share globally in 2020. (IANS)