Last August, Jabra launched a new generation of headphones in its Elite range, which included the Elite 3 mini headphones and the Elite 7 Active sports headphones. The latter was especially distinguished by an impressive sound and a secure and reliable fit.
So we were surprised to see another set of Jabra headphones coming soon. The new Jabra Elite 4 Active, revealed at CES 2022, will split the difference between the Elite 3 and Elite 7 Active buds to offer a wallet-friendly option for sportier types.
The Elite 4 Active headphones cost £119.99, which is £40 more than the Elite 3, and for that extra money you get a particularly notable upgrade: the addition of ANC. The Elite 4 Active headphones also have a higher water rating of IP57, making them water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The IP55 rating on the Elite 3 is still sufficient for sports use, but headphones with a superior waterproof rating are always welcome so you can rinse off your sweat under the tap or run in the pouring rain without the sneaking suspicion that you’re ruining the headphones.
Other features on the Elite 4 Active include Jabra’s HearThrough mode, which allows for ambient noise and solid sound quality powered by 6mm drivers and seven hours of battery life on the speakers plus another 21 hours out of the case.
As with the Elite 3 buds, there are no wings on the Elite 4 Active earphones, which can make achieving a secure fit for exercise difficult for some. However, in our experience, Jabra buds stay in place as well, or even more reliably, than other sport buds, and the lack of wings makes them more comfortable when worn for extended periods.
The addition of ANC will lure many people away from the Elite 3 headphones, and the great overall feature set in the Elite 4 Active could make spending an extra £50 on the Elite 7 Active hard to justify.
Improvements to the Elite 7 Active include a smaller, sleeker design, and use of Jabra’s liquid silicone rubber ShakeGrip coating for a more secure fit. There are some other small upgrades too, like the fact that you can adjust the ANC and the battery life of eight hours compared to seven on the Elite 4 Active.
We’ll be putting the Elite 4 Active buds through its paces soon for a full review to see if it’s the better choice from Jabra, and where it stands in the wider world of sports buds.
Buying from Jabra | £119.99