Jabra Elite 75t vs Active 75t vs 65t: Worth the upgrade?

So you’ve decided to buy a pair of Jabra earbuds…

If you haven’t already made the jump from wired to wireless earbuds, Jabra is making some of the best that are currently available. But if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already decided that Jabra is the brand for you. But that’s only half the battle, now you’ve got to decide if you want 75t or 65t, and what’s the difference between Elite and Elite Active? Let’s stack each pair of buds up side-by-side so you can decide which is the best fit for you.

Price: Elite 75t vs Active 75t vs 65t

The first, most obvious, point of difference in the price of each pair of buds. The Jabra Elite Active 75t are the most expensive at $329, then there are the Elite 75t buds at $299. The noticeably cheaper 65t range will cost you $199 for Elite and $229 for Elite Active. Keeping up?

How much do Elite 75t, Elite Active 75t and 65t buds cost?
RetailerJabra Elite Active 75tJabra Elite 75tJabra Elite Active 65tJabra Elite 65t
AmazonFrom $306.12From $229.59From $229From $199
KoganFrom $299From $279From $199From $179
Catch.com.auN/AFrom $269From $189.90From $174.90
JB HI-FIFrom $329From $299From $229From $199
Bing LeeFrom $329From $299From $229From $199

Okay, so that’s price out of the way. Essentially, 65t are cheaper, but in both versions, you pay extra for Active. So what does Active get you?

Jabra Elite vs Elite Active: Major differences

Active has added water resistance and more colour options.

The difference between Jabra Elite and Jabra Elite Active is small but it could make all the difference depending on how you use it. It comes down to colour choice and water/dust resistance.

In the 75t range, the Elite buds sport an IP55 water resistance rating. That means they are dust resistant, but not dust-tight, and will survive a spray of water from any angle but shouldn’t be submerged. On the other hand, the 75t Active Elites are rated IP57, meaning they have the same dust resistance, but can survive being submerged in water at a depth between 15 centimetres and one meter for up to 30 minutes.

The 65t Elite buds have the same IP55 rating as the 75t Elites, but the 65t Active Elite buds only have an IP56 water resistance rating, meaning they shouldn’t be submerged but can take a fair dowsing of water from any angle.

So in comparing the 65t and 75t models, basically you have three marginally different levels of water resistance.

Jabra Elite and Elite Active IP rating guide
ModelJabra Active Elite 75tJabra Elite 75tJabra Elite Active 65tJabra Elite 65t
IP RatingIP57IP55IP56IP55
DurabilityWater resistant between 15cm and 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Dust resistant. Resistant against splashes of water from any angle. Dust resistant. Resistant against water jets from any direction (but to submersion). Dust resistant. Resistant against splashes of water from any angle. Dust resistant.

Jabra Elite vs Elite Active: Colour options

The next key difference between each model is the colours they’re available in. There’s a huge range of colours available with not much crossover across models. More importantly, the Jabra Active Elite 75t offers wireless charging, but only with the Grey and Navy models at the time of writing.

Jabra Active Elite 75t

  • Copper Black
  • Grey – wireless charging
  • Mint
  • Navy – wireless charging
  • Sienna

Jabra Elite 75t

  • Titanium Black
  • Black
  • Gold Beige

Jabra Elite Active 65t

  • Titanium Black
  • Copper Blue
  • Copper Red

Jabra Elite 65t

  • Titanium Black
  • Copper Black
  • Gold Beige
Jabra 75t Elite Active Copper Black

Jabra 75t vs 65t: Worth the upgrade?

Besides water resistance, colour options, and price, Jabra’s Elite and Active earbuds are identical. The biggest differences are between the 65t and 75t models.

Upgrading to 75t will cost you a good deal more ($100 more) but there are some clear improvements made in the 75t series. Firstly, the buds and charging case are significantly lighter . But most importantly, you’ll get significantly better battery life out of the 75t buds, up to 28 hours with the charging case, compared to the 65t’s 15-hour battery life total. The 75t buds themselves will last 7.5 hours, compared to the 65t’s 5.5 hours.

Jabra 75t vs 65t Specs
ModelJabra 75tJabra 65t
Wireless range (m)10 metres10 metres
Buds weight (g)5.5g (right/left)6.5g (right) and 5.8g (left)
Charging case weight (g)35g67g
Battery life (music playback/calls)Up to 7.5 hoursUp to5 hours
Battery life (charging case)Up to 28 hoursUp to 15 hours
Charging timeUp to 140 minsUp to 120 mins
Microphone typeDual MEMSMEMS