This is a review for the Jabra 75t Elite, and how to use these excellent earbuds with Microsoft Teams. This should also apply to other Jabra earbuds, such as the Elite 85t.
So, it’s lockdown #3 in the UK. I have a home office with 2 kids in doing their homework, chatting to friends, on Teams calls etc, which is pretty distracting.
I was previously using a Jabra Evolve 65 wireless headset for work, which is a great headset and was fine when I was the only one in the office, but with everyone at home on Teams calls all day, the lack of noise isolation was a problem. So I needed to find a headset with active noise cancellation, that also works well with Teams.
I do have Airpods Pro but these don’t work with Teams on PCs; whilst they can be paired there is no volume adjust in Teams calls so they are always full volume, which makes them unusable. It’s no problem using Airpods with an iOS device however, but that’s not practical when on calls most of the day. This review does make some comparisons between the Jabra’s and Airpods Pro, simply because I have both, but the Airpods are a bit slicker when used with an iPhone due to some Apple magic, the Jabra’s don’t pair or start playing music as immediately as the AirPods for example so aren’t quite as slick as some areas. But they more than make up for it with other features.
Jabra do make Teams certified earbuds, the MS variant of the Evolve 65t https://www.jabra.co.uk/business/office-headsets/jabra-evolve/jabra-evolve-65t, however that is an older, more chunky design and only has passive noise cancellation, not active. The Evolve 65t MS comes with one of the Jabra Bluetooth dongles, and these dongles are essential for decent audio performance with a PC, but really, the only thing that is special about the 65t MS variant is the dongle.
So whilst you could get the Evolve 65t MS, you can also just use another Jabra headset such as the 75t (I got the Elite Active variant which is IP rated shower proof), and pair it with a Jabra dongle using the Jabra Direct app on MacOS or Windows. I would recommend the Jabra Link 370 adapter (I have heard there are issues with the 380 still) – so either buy one off eBay, or use one that came with another headset if you have one. The all you need to do is:
- Buy the Jabra Elite 75t
- Buy or use an existing Jabra Link 370 adapter
- Pair the two using Jabra Direct.
This solution works perfectly for me and allows you to benefit from the more advanced features of the Elite range, such as Active Noise Cancellation, as well as a solid Teams experience. After 2 weeks of daily use, these were my findings.
With the 370 dongle, the Elite 75t works perfectly with Teams on PC, great sound, no complaints from anyone, and I can’t hear my kids talking in the background. A colleague has the 65t which does pick up quite a bit of ambient noise, e.g. noisy family members talking in the same room, I’ve not had any complaints about the 75t but I suspect it is not as good as a full size headset with a boom mic.
You can of course also use them for Teams on your phone as well, although I found I had to manually switch to them in a call otherwise it would still use the phone speakers by default.
The 75t can be paired to 2 devices at once. This is a fantastic feature and I wish Apple would do this, I can listen to music from Spotify on my phone, and if a call comes in on my laptop I can answer it there. This works so well, you don’t have to stop music from the phone, just answer the call, the music stops, then when the call finishes the music resumes. There’s no need to switch headsets and being able to use two devices interchangeably is a game-changer for me. I have some issues however, where occasionally my phone will refuse to play anything even though the device is connected. If I play a sound on the PC, then for some reason the phone will then also be able to start. Hopefully this will be fixed in an update.
Jabra also recently added active noise cancellation. It’s not quite as good as the Airpods Pro, but it’s good enough. Make sure you update the firmware via the app to enable this feature, since it was only added in the latest 2.0 firmware release. However, the 75t somehow amplifies your voice and you can even hear your heart beating when wearing them which is a bit odd, the AirProds Pro don’t suffer from this as much. It also has a transparent mode so safer for cycling, running etc, and this works fine.
The mobile app has a lot of settings, as well as soundscapes to help you concentrate or sleep (rain, wave noises etc). You can also choose different presets for commute, work et, as well as equaliser, so some nice features that Airpods don’t have.
These are IP57 rated, and can actually be immersed briefly in water and they will survive. Better than the Airpods which are only sweat proof. I can take these running in the rain. +1 Jabra.
Sound is excellent, music sounds so much better and has more bass that the Airpods Pro. Airpods Pro honestly sound tinny in comparison.
Fit and Comfort
They are bigger and heavier than the Airpods Pro, and personally I do not find them as comfortable. In fact, I really struggled with them at first until I swapped the tips for the SpinFit CP360’s, which I found recommended and list as being compatible with Jabra’s. These tips made a huge difference to me, just to be as good as the tips that come with the 75t’s they need to fit securely (so they don’t come off in your ear), fit in the case, and sound good with music. They did all of these, and on top of that they make the earbuds more comfortable, so I highly recommend them. They come with 2 pairs small and medium, I ended up using one of each. Once that problem was sorted, they do look neater and more discrete than the awful white Airpods with a stick, and are just as comfortable.
The 75t/dongle combo hits a sweet spot for home working, I can get in the zone with some music and ANC, jump on a Teams call, go for a run in the rain – really these are the earbuds that do everything. I would highly recommend giving them a try.
I managed to pick up the Navy Elite Active 75t for £120 on Amazon which was an absolute bargain, but keep an eye on the price as it does vary. Note: I also managed to buy a pair of fakes on ebay, so watch out for that! They were dreadful.
- Once you get the right fit and tips, comfortable
- Connecting to 2 devices at once is a game changer
- Excellent sound for music
- Great for Teams calls with a dongle
- Fully waterproof
- Picks up ambient noise more than a full size headset.
- Not quite as seamless an AirPods
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