Jabra’s new earbuds promise world-class comfort and durability

Jabra Elite 8 and Elite 10
Pictured: Jabra Elite 8 Active and Jabra Elite 10 earbuds
// A tough bud to crack.
Alex Choros
Sep 07, 2023
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Published on September 06, 2023

Jabra just announced two new pairs of wireless earbuds, one of which has been rated the toughest in the world.

The Elite 8 Active are the tough buds in question, and come with a whole lot of certifications. The buds themselves are rated IP68 for water resistance, which means they're able to be submerged as deep as 1.5m for up to 30 minutes. Most earbuds tend to only be rated IPX4 for splash resistance. In addition, their case is rated IP54, which gives it splash resistance, and some protection from dust.

Jabra also says the Elite 8 Active can survive drops of up to 1m and is backing up the claim with a MIL-STD-810H certification. Lastly, the buds go through ten cycles of accelerated corrosion testing, to ensure they can survive the sweatiest exercise.

All the tough features are backed up with a rather robust battery. You can expect eight hours per charge with noise cancelling on, and will get up to 32 with the included battery case. If you turn off noise cancelling, these figures rise to 14 hours and 56, respectively.

They'll be available from September 15, priced at $329.

Jabra's second new buds are the Elite 10 - its new flagship model. The key pitch is comfort, through patent pending ear gels that are said to perfectly sculpt to different ear shapes. Jabra says they have a semi-open design that removes the feeling of having your ears plug, and can relieve in-ear pressure from extended usage.

As high-end buds, they naturally support Dolby Atmos and have noise cancellation. You can expect six hours of battery per charge with noise cancellation on, for a total of 27 hours with the case. This rises to eight hours and 36 hours with noise cancellation off, respectively. While not as durable as the Elite 8 Active, the Elite 10 still have IP57 water resistance.

The Elite 10 will set you back $379, and are also launching on September 15.

This story first appeared on our sister site WhistleOut Australia.

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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