Jabra’s Elite 4 Active earbuds add ANC and are more resistant to sweat


Jabra has only just launched its Elite 3 wireless earbuds, but it already has a sequel. Ditching notes that Jabra has introduced the Elite 4 Active, an entry-level model that addresses some of the 3’s omissions. They now have active noise cancellation to drown out the world during your workouts, while the improved IP57 water resistance (from IP55) should help deal with sweat and downpours.

The features will look otherwise familiar if you’ve seen the Elite 3, although that’s not necessarily a problem. The Elite 4 Active has 6mm drivers, a “HearThrough” mode to amplify outside sounds and one-button listening. You’ll have to make do with wired charging, but you’ll still get a claimed seven hours of battery life from the buds themselves and 28 hours if you add the charging case.

Availability in some countries is the bigger unknown. The Elite 4 Active is available now in the UK for £120 (around $161), but they haven’t been announced for the US as of this writing. We asked Jabra if it can share more. Provided the earbuds arrive in the United States, however, they could easily represent a bargain. We liked the Elite 3 for its combination of a low price with strong sound quality, healthy battery life and comfort – the 4 Active builds on that formula. They may represent better value than the Echo Buds and other rivals that make more noticeable compromises.

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