Danish technology company, Jabra, recently launched its Elite 45H headphones in India at a price of Rs 9,999. Jabra Elite 45H headphones are claimed to have a battery life of up to 50 hours, and come with support for Jabra Sound+ app and Bluetooth 5.0. Are they worth buying at this price point? We spent a few days with it and here’s our review of Jabra Elite 45H:
Jabra Elite 45H design
Let’s begin by talking about the design of Jabra Elite 45H. The headphones have a very simple design but that does not mean that they aren’t classy to look at. In fact, you would like them if you love gadgets with minimalist design, more than the flashier ones. The body of the headphones is primarily made of plastic with matte texture but the extenders that help you adjust the device are metallic. However, they mostly stay hidden behind the headband of the headphones and are only visible when you actually make certain adjustments. The device weighs 160g, and needless to say, it is extremely light, and hence, it is very comfortable to wear Jabra Elite 45H for a long time.
To get into the specifics, the headband of Jabra Elite 45 headphones is made of a rubberised material that has padding, clubbed with plastic on the top. The earcups are made up of PU leatherette and they have memory foam within them for padding. There are tiny holes on the earcups too that form a prominent ‘R’ on the right one and an ‘L’ on the left one.
When put together, the materials that are used for the headband as well as for the earcups result in a very comfortable listening experience. We used the headphones for hours at times and never at once felt uncomfortable. Even though the headphones are compact in size, they cannot be folded inwards. They would have been more portable than what they are now, had that ability been there. However, we should mention that Jabra has included a case in which the headphones can be carried, so that’s certainly a plus.
All the controls of the headphones are present on the right earcup. There is a button to switch them On and Off, and interestingly, it turns on the Bluetooth too automatically. There are three buttons placed above it which can be used to Play/Pause, Receive or Reject calls, adjust the volume and skip through songs. There is another button placed separately that is dedicated to use the digital assistant on your smartphone. Besides these, the right earcup also comes with a USB-Type C charging port.
We did notice one thing that may cause inconvenience to some. The headphones have a tendency of slipping a bit when the wearer bends their head forward or backward. If you use Jabra’s new offering a lot, you may find this to be a consistent problem. The grip of the device could certainly be better.
Jabra Elite 45H performance
Jabra Elite 45H headphones have to be connected with the Jabra Sound+ app in your smartphone to be used and doing this is a very simple task. Just download the app on your smartphone, select the device’s name and then follow the instructions. This will give you access to a number of additional functions that can be performed via the app like five-band customisable Equalization and certain things that can be modified according to the user’s preferences. Users also have the option of enabling Sleep Mode. The headphones have Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and come with fast charging capabilities. However, it lacks an IP rating and some features like Ambient Sound, auto Play and Pause, and ANC is also not present. The company has also claimed a battery life of up to 50 hours, and during our time with Jabra Elite 45H headphones, we could use them for almost an entire week without having to charge them again. We think at this price point, this is a very good battery life they boast of.
Coming to the sound output of the Jabra Elite 45H headphones, the lows, highs and the mids of the music – all sounded great, but the device is particularly for you if you like music that’s heavy on mids. The Bass on headphones sounds extremely good too. We heard a lot of songs that were heavy on Bass to make sure that it sounds great, and it does.
However, we should mention that some tracks would sound better at a lower volume on the headphones. You may encounter this problem if you listen to songs that are heavy on too many instruments.
We didn’t only use the headphones to listen to music, but also to make and receive phone calls. We have to say that the microphone of the Jabra Elite 45H headphones did a good job at all times. We, as well as the person we called, could hear each other clearly at all times. We didn’t face any disturbance even once, and we think that that’s quite impressive.
Considering the price of Rs 9,999, Jabra Elite 45H headphones are definitely a good buy. The clarity of sound is great, the battery is long lasting and the microphone works well too. Moreover, the headphones are comfortable to wear even for long duration. A few features may be missing, but at this price point, Jabra Elite 45H offers good performance.