JABRA ELITE 4 ACTIVE – Advanced audio engineering.

Date:19 January 2022 Author: Juandre Tags:

The Jabra Elite 4 Active is a great-sounding pair of budget buds with personalized sound and ANC built for life on the go.

 

Announced at CES 2022, Jabra’s Elite 4 Active wireless earbuds further demonstrate the company’s mission to dominate the affordable sport headphones market.

Incredible fit. Outstanding durability.

The latest in a long line of true wireless earbuds, the Elite 4 Active is an inexpensive alternative to the Elite 7 Active and shares a near-identical spec sheet. You still get active noise cancellation (ANC), Alexa integration, Bluetooth 5.2, and IP57 waterproof protection, along with brand hallmarks such as Jabra Sound+ app compatibility. In fact, the amount of functionality the Elite 4 Active carries is quite generous for the price, making it one of the best workout headphones. And with a 2-year warranty*, you’ll never have to worry about your workout buddies letting you down.

The Elite 4 Active carries Jabra’s new design that debuted on the Elite 3, Elite 7 Active and Elite 7 Pro last year. Instead of a mostly circular earbud with an elbow that holds the microphones, the company switched to a rounded triangle shape that offers a cleaner look. Most importantly, all of Jabra’s latest earbuds are significantly smaller than their predecessors and the Elite 4 Active continues that trend. The smaller size not only means these buds don’t stick out from your ears as much, but they’re also lighter and more comfy.

We wouldn’t blame you for mistaking the Elite 4 Active for the Elite 3. Aesthetically, the main difference is the outer panel on the 3 is one big button, while that area on the 4 Active is seamless. The button is there, but it’s sealed off. Jabra increased the water resistance to IP57 for this model, and the onboard controls are one area where it had to increase protection. Of course, Jabra has always designed its earbuds with the Active label for workouts. Better sweat protection is usually part of that formula.

Stay in the zone

With Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that blocks intrusive sounds at the touch of a button, so you can stay immersed in your music. From ignoring the sound system at the gym, to filtering out ambient urban noise, ANC helps you get in – and stay in – the zone.

Perfect for sports. And life.

A wing-free, ergonomic design makes the Elite 4 Active comfortable, and unintrusive – perfect for any active lifestyle. So whether you’re working out or relaxing, you get all the benefits of a sports earbud, in a design that fits seamlessly into your life on the go.

Small on size. Big on power.

The Elite 4 Active delivers up to 7 hours of continuous playback. Keep them in the case, and they’re good for up to 28 hours, and if you do get caught out, the handy fast charge feature gives you up to a full hour of playback in just 10 minutes of charging.

 

Call quality and connectivity

Another area where the Elite 4 Active outperforms its big brother is call quality. The four built-in mics come with mesh covering that suppresses wind noise, so those on the opposite end of a call can hear you clearly. According to my wife, my voice was loud and distinguishable on our call when speaking in gusty conditions and over ambient sounds.

Verdict

The Elite 4 Active is a better value than the Elite 7 Active. It’s an impressively good mid-range model that comes with adequate ANC, excellent call quality, rich sound, strong connectivity, and waterproof protection. Access to the Sound+ app for audio customization sweetens the deal even further.

The cheaper price tag means losing out on popular features like multipoint technology and wireless charging, as well as some of Jabra’s newer settings. More effort could have also been put into the multifunctional button design to achieve optimal comfort.

All of Jabra’s sporty wireless earbuds are worthy of your coin, especially the Elite Active 75t, which offers the complete package, but at a premium. However, the Jabra Elite 4 Active is the most convincing purchase for active lifestyle and fitness types on a budget.

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