Specifications, release date, price and more


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Jabra’s range of active wireless earbuds has always been one of my favorites for workouts. They’re actually impervious to sweat, they fit perfectly, and the smartphone app allows for a lot of customization, which is great for folks like me who love a bass-forward EQ for running outside. Now, Jabra has a new addition to its lineup, the Elite 4 Active, which is much more affordable than the company’s sport-focused earbuds usually are, but you’ll be making some sacrifices.

At $120, the Elite 4 Active are cheaper than Jabra’s other Active earbuds, including the $180 Elite 7 Active and $180 Elite Active 75t (which is now a few years old but still very good). You get active noise cancellation, the same as with the Elite 7 Active (the Active 75t offers digital ANC only), and Alexa integration, along with the IP57 rating that makes both the Elite 7 Active and Elite 75t Active so durable. For comparison, Apple’s AirPods Pro and activity oriented Beats Fit Pro are IPX4, meaning they’re splash-proof, but an IP57 rating means Jabra’s earbuds can withstand immersion in water, dust, you name it. I’ve never been able to kill a pair of Jabra Active earbuds with sweat (which I can’t say for AirPods Pro), so this bodes well for the Elite 4 Active.

You also get support for Google Fast Pair, which provides a more seamless pairing experience for Android phones similar to how AirPods pair with an Apple device. (Of course you don’t get that magical iPhone integration with these Jabra earbuds.)

The Elite 4 Active also promises solid battery life – seven hours on the earbuds themselves and 28 in total when the earbuds are stored in their charging case – and supports fast charging.

This all sounds pretty good for $120, right? Well, you lose a few features to save money. Unlike the Elite 7 Active, the Elite 4 Active lacks an adjustable equalizer and adjustable ANC, so you’re stuck with EQ presets and can’t adjust the transparency of the earbuds’ noise cancellation.

Jabra is also offering the Elite 7 Pro the ability to pair with multiple devices at once — an overview when those earbuds launch — via a firmware update, but the Elite 4 Active won’t get that feature, and the Elite7 Active. That’s a shame, as the feature is common to other Jabra earbuds and sets it apart from many of its rivals.

But those tradeoffs don’t sound too bad for the price, especially when most fitness-focused earbuds with ANC cost upwards of $150.

The Elite 4 Active are: for sale today in navy, mint or black. Stay tuned for a full review.


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