Headphones with noise-cancellation features are quite a hit among business travelers. It is due to them staying in loud open office spaces or areas and frequently commute for a reason. With that, having headphones with such a feature makes their life a little less stressful.
The thing is, the best products aim towards people who have extra amounts to spend. And that does not include everyone around. Luckily, Jabra designed a pair of headphones with excellent audio and noise-cancellation features at a competitive price, and this is the Jabra Elite 85h.
These headphones do not only feature noise-cancellation, but it offers exceptional audio, as well as improved battery life. If you want to learn more about this product from Jabra, continue reading our review for today. We got you covered with the features, specifications, performance, and all other details for you to know more about the Jabra Elite 85h.
Jabra Elite 85h Review – What’s in the Box?
The Jabra Elite 85h that we have is the black one, and it came in your typical-looking Jabra cardboard packaging. It sports the grey and yellow theme, as well as a minimalistic design. The front features an image of the headphones. It also includes the company’s name on the upper-left corner of the box. The lower-right portion displays the name of the product written lengthwise.
The sides and back of the box show other information about the Jabra Elite 85h. However, the company made sure to keep things to a minimum. But of course, they included all the vital details you will need to know about the product.
The Jabra Elite 85h comes with its carrying case, and the package also features other items in it. These include a USB-C charging cable, one 3.5-millimeter cable, plus a 2-prong airline adapter. For convenience, Jabra included a warranty of 2-years against dust or water damage.
Jabra Elite 85h Review
The Jabra Elite 85h comes with a durable faux leather case with an interior made from soft fabric. This feature increases the sense of quality and style for these specific headphones.
What we have with us is the titanium black Jabra Elite 85h, and we love its minimal and chic design. Each side of the headband features subtle logos to add more beauty to the product. The build of the Jabra Elite 85h comprises mainly of plastic, including the extendable arms that feature a brushed-metal look. Thankfully, the plastic that Jabra used is sturdy, offering you more flexibility for people with larger or smaller hands.
The top of the headband and the outer part of the ear cups features an eye-catching meshed fabric material, giving the Jabra Elite 85h a unique sense of style. Again, faux leather adorns the ear cups, as well as the underpart of the headband. The material is excellent and surprisingly soft for added comfort during prolonged usage.
It is also worth noting that the headband is pre-tensioned, so you can use it for extended hours without feeling pressure on your head.
The right ear cup features a set of control buttons where the larger-sized indentation functions as the pause & play button, as well as for answering calls. The tinier dots below and above the previous button lets you control the volume with a short press, while a long press enables you to skip tracks.
The charging port of the Jabra Elite 85h is at the base of the right ear cup together with the 3.5-millimeter AUX port, as well as a button to mute your voice during calls. For the left ear cup, it only features a single button that allows you to go through ANC modes. It is a necessary button when you dislike having to change things via the Jabra Sound+ application.
Quite interestingly, there is no power button on the Jabra Elite 85h. Here, the cans will switch on once the ear cups angle towards each other, and it switches off when the cups are flattened out. Music pauses on its own whenever you remove the Jabra Elite 85h.
Block Unwanted Background Noise
The Elite 85h features smart ANC or Active Noise Cancellation that responds to your environment. It activates once it detects unwanted background noise based on the preferences that you set via the Jabra Sound+ App. The digital ANC makes use of four out of the headphones’ eight microphones to filter the noise in your surroundings.
With the Elite 85h, you can customize your music settings. It allows you to enjoy your personalized audio experience with unmatched music clarity.
Power for the Entire Day
You can enjoy listening to music throughout the day with the Elite 85h. A single charge gives you up to 36 hours of battery power, and it also features fast charging.
Unparalleled Call Quality
Advanced call technology utilizes six of the headphones’ eight microphones to improve the quality of your calls. This technology cancels out more background distractions and wind noise. Aside from that, it delivers crystal clear sound so you can make and receive calls with confidence.
The Elite 85h can detect when you remove these headphones from your ears. Once it detects that you’re wearing it, the headphones auto-plays audio or answers calls. When you remove the 85h, it pauses audio or mutes calls.
Durable and Rain-Resistant
The Elite 85h’s internal components have nano-coating, making the headphones more durable. It can withstand water, dust, and other various elements that can cause damage.
The active noise cancellation of the Jabra Elite 85h uses eight digital hybrid microphones. It also has a passive noise cancellation feature, which makes it more convenient. The headphones also come with a voice assistant button for Alexa or an on-device option such as Google Assistant, Siri, or Bixby.
The built-in microphones used for the Jabra Elite 85h are two ECM and six MEMS types, while its speaker measures 40 millimeters. This Jabra Elite 85h gives you around 41 hours of music and talk time with the ANC switched off, and approximately 36 hours when it is switched on. For the standby time, it goes over than a year though it automatically shuts off after eight hours. For its charging time, it takes about 2.5 hours using a 500mA wall charger.
Its available Bluetooth profiles include HFP v1.7, HSP v1.2, A2DP v1.3, SPP v1.2, PBAP v1.1, AVRCP v1.6, and the Bluetooth version that the Jabra Elite 85h uses is 5.0.
For its dimensions, the Jabra Elite 85h is 195 x 82 x 225 millimeters and weighs a total of 296 grams.
Using the Product
The Jabra Elite 85h was notable, just like what the company claimed. Its noise-canceling performance is among the best, and it is one of the best products that we have tested. As soon as the cans switched on, perfect audio was produced for your ears to enjoy. Compared to other ANC cans, we also did not feel any pressure on our ears, which is something vacuum-like that tends to be uncomfortable.
Often, noise-cancellation sounds unnerving for first-timers, but the Jabra Elite 85h does an excellent job of giving you complete silence. And this is without making you feel like you are underwater. Of course, there will still be faint sounds coming through when there is no audio played.
However, it will significantly decrease to a point where you will not even notice when your music starts playing. Also, we tried using the Jabra Elite 85h in a windy environment. We did not experience any hissing or whistling noises that are usually present on ANC headphones when used in such areas.
When it comes to its call quality, the Jabra Elite 85h’s speech setting increases the clarity to voices and spoken-word audio like audiobooks and podcasts. You will appreciate the Energize and Smooth equalizer settings of the Jabra Elite 85h, because we sure did.
Speaking of speech, we have to commend Jabra for their call quality of the Jabra Elite 85h. Calls came through loud & clear, and this is all thanks to the eight microphones built-into the headphones. Six of the mics enhance and improve the call quality of the 85h.
The HearThrough feature is also something we appreciate since it automatically switches on when we answered calls. With this, we were able to hear ourselves during the conversation, and we were quite surprised by how useful this feature was.
For the battery life, it was able to last for a very long time, and our tests reached approximately 33 hours of playback even with the noise-cancellation switched on. The company claims up to 41 hours of use with noise-canceling switched off, plus a year of standby time. The thing is, results may vary due to factors like volume, codec choice, etc.
When the battery drained, it took us about 2.5 hours to fully charge the headphones using the included USB Type C cable. If you need to charge the product quick, 15 minutes will do to give you roughly five hours of use.
The Jabra Sound+ software is the excellent companion for your Jabra Elite 85h headphones. It is the company’s software that lets you access different features such as SmartSound. It enables you to personalize and customize your Jabra device in a user-friendly manner.
You can manage and personalize your music profiles, select your voice assistant, and modify the amount of background noise you want to block. The Jabra Sound+ comes with a simple visual in-application indicator to keep your Jabra Elite 85h performing optimally. It tracks your battery use and can install software, as well as device updates straight in the app.
What we appreciate about this software is the fact that you do not need to plug your Jabra Elite 85h to your PC.
The Jabra Elite 85h is an excellent pair of headphones. It has a good design, long-lasting battery, and it comes with compelling features. Not only that, but it also provides high levels of comfort, and it delivers excellent performance for your enjoyment.
Overall, we had a great experience while using these headphones for music and calls. The audio quality was excellent, and we didn’t feel any irritation or discomfort even after using these for long hours. If you’re looking for the best headphones for everyday use, we highly recommend the Jabra Elite 85h.