A while back, we reviewed the Jabra Elite 75t. I loved that thing to bits. It has a good build quality, fantastic software experience, great sound quality, and great battery life. And now we have its cousin, the Jabra Elite Active 75t.
The naming scheme is pretty simple to grasp. With the new “Active” in its name means that it is made for “active” purposes. So if you’re looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds for your fitness routine, this should be it, right?
The glaring differences
Luckily, we have both the Jabra Elite 75t and also the Jabra Elite Active 75t with us. So, let’s have a look at the differences between these two pairs of true wireless earbuds because there are quite a few highlights.
Firstly, the color. The Jabra Elite Active 75t is available in Copper Black and also Navy that we have here. As for the Jabra Elite 75t – the non-active version – is only available in Titanium Black only? Where did the beige color option go?
Anyway, the new Elite Active 75t has a soft-touch coating on top rather than just pure plastic. Some might like this and some might not – but our question is in its longevity. From what we experience so far, soft-touch material will tend to become sticky after some time.
Opening up the case reveals that… everything is the same. I even swapped the earbuds from the Elite 75t to the Elite Active 75t and they both charge without any issues.
That also means that the earbuds are the exact same in terms of shape and probably have the same internals too, right?
And yes – you’re right. They both have the exact same set of features, the same software options in the app, the battery life is also the same – at about 7 hours in one charge while the case provides about 3.5 times more additional charges.
The same sound quality is very similar too. Being a Jabra product, it has an obvious emphasis on vocals but the bass and treble are still amazing. But when I realized that the sound quality is so similar, I was actually surprised.
What does “active” truly mean?
One more key difference between the Jabra Elite 75t and the Elite Active 75t is their IP-rating. The Jabra Elite 75t is rated at IP55 whereby the Jabra Elite Active 75t is rated at IP57. I’m impressed that Jabra is able up the ingress protection and maintain sound quality.
But of course, IP57 isn’t the full story. Jabra is also touting waterproof and sweatproof capabilities on the Elite Active 75t – which is no small feat. I have talked with another TWS brand rep and what he told me was that – to be sweatproof also means a little acid-proof. This is true, since our sweat can be acidic but it varies due to many other factors.
That TWS brand rep also told me that there are other TWS that having an IP57 rating does not mean sweatproof – yet it’s not instant death. The sweat takes time to creep in and damage the components – which, unfortunately, we are unable to arrive at a conclusive test.
Watch the review video at the top of this article to witness me take a shower with the Jabra Elite Active 75t instead.
Either way, the Jabra is so confident in the Elite Active 75t that they’re providing a 2-year warranty against dust and sweat. Wow.
As for the non-active version, Jabra is also offering that 2-year warranty against dust and water instead.
By the way, the charging case is not IP-rated. Only the earbuds are IP-rated.
But at what price?
I think we can just say that Jabra re-engineered the Elite 75t to create the Elite Active 75t. The biggest major highlight here is obviously the IP-rating and also being sweatproof and protected by a 2-year warranty.
While that RM999 price tag might look expensive, Jabra’s stuff tends to have discounts rather frequently. During the 7.7 sales on Shopee, the non-active Jabra Elite 75t went down to from RM799 to about RM600 something – which is a fantastic price point.
Where to buy?