Jabra have long been a favourite with the Jabba Reviews team so when the new Elite 85h Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones were released we got our hands on a pair to check them out.
As usual from Jabra, the look and design of the Elite 85h headphones is premium. The black is classically stylish, whilst the contrast of materials gives a modern twist. In particular, the matt grey metallic paint against the black ear units is eye-catching, but behind the design of the headphones, Jabra considered durability. The headphones are engineered to be rain-resistant and durable, and the internal components have been nano-coated and protected with a 2-year warranty against water and dust. The battery has up to 36 hours of power on a single charge, and fast charges in what feels like no time at all.
The wireless noise-cancelling headphones are backed up with SmartSound which analyses the sounds around you and automatically adjusts the settings to match your preferred audio. The headphones feature a total of eight microphones, and four of them are used for Smart Active Noise Cancelling. In use, this feature stands out from other noise cancelling methods. It’s easy to set yourself up in the app and then the headphones respond accordingly.
Jabra 85h Specs
- Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
- Passive noise cancellation
- Noise reduction on outgoing voice signal
- Wind noise protection
- Voice assistant access
- Adaptive audio with SmartSound
- 8 microphones
- Music and talk time up to 41 hours (with ANC off) / up to 36 hours (with ANC on)
- Standby time>1 year (auto power off after 72 hours)
- Charging time 2.5 hours (with dedicated 500mA USB wall charger)
- Battery after 15 minutes of charging up to 5 hours (with dedicated 500mA USB wall charger)
- Bluetooth 5.0 , USB-c, 3.5 mm jack
- Operating range up to 10 m (33 ft)
- Up to 8 paired devices
- Two devices can be connected at one time
When you make calls on wireless over-ear headphones you usually have ambient noise to contend with. My current headphones are next-to-useless for calling, so when we tried the Jabra 85h we were impressed by the clarity of sound. Of the eight microphones, six are used to block out wind and background noise and pick up your voice clearly. And having Voice Assistant compatibility is another kudos for these headphones, which covers Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. We are also big fans of the smart control of your music when you remove the headphones, which means that the headphones detect when they’re over ear or being taken off and automatically pause or play your music.
They are Bluetooth 5.0 compliant with a 10m range, but also have a 3.5mm jack. The charging plug is USB-C, and you can expect around 5 hours of life from a 15-minute charge. In my opinion, the Jabra Elite 85h is an excellent option for its price point and the quality of both design and engineering you get for your money.
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