Jabra Elite 3 review

Jabra Elite 3 review: Inexpensive wireless headphones with great sound

Jabra Elite 3 – TWS headphones with impressive sound quality and low price. However, they lack active noise cancellation, and the controls are not the most convenient.

The Danish company Jabra has been producing TWS headphones since 2015, and the brand is one of the most popular on the market. After the release of the first Apple AirPods in 2016, the TWS wireless headphone segment exploded, and Jabra managed to take one of the leading positions in the market.

Did the company live up to the fans’ expectations this time around? Find out in my review.

Read Also: Jabra Elite 4 Active review: good TWS headphones for the gym and everyday life

Features Jabra Elite 3

A typeIntracanal
Speakers6 mm
frequency range20-20,000 Hz (speaker), 100-8000 Hz (mic)
ConnectionBluetooth 5.2
Communication range10 m
Noise suppressionNot
Water resistanceIP55
ColorsBeige, dark grey, lilac, aquamarine
Retrieval sensorsNot
autonomy4 hours of playback – headphones, 28 hours – with a case
ChargerUSB-C, 10 min. recharges give 1 hour of listening, case: 3.5 hours
DimensionsEarpiece: 20.1 x 27.2 x 20.8mm, Case: 64.15 x 28.47 x 34.6mm
WeightEarpiece: 4.6g, Case: 33.4g
PriceRs. 5,999
Jabra Elite 3 review

Design and appearance

There is nothing unusual about the design of the Jabra Elite 3, but for an affordable price segment, this is normal.

The case is rounded, and the silicone tips sit snugly in the ear canal – no “legs”, like endless copies of AirPods. Despite the plastic coating, Elite 3 does not feel cheap, while they are light – 4.6 grams.

At first, there is even a fear that you might not notice how the headphones fall out of your ear, but they sit there securely.

There are three pairs of eartips in different sizes, or EarGels as Jabra calls them. The tips are soft, so there is no discomfort during long listening.

I am pleased with the presence of IP55 water protection – the headphones are not afraid of moisture and dust, although they should not be immersed in water. But, for lovers of active training, models of the Jabra Elite Active line are more suitable.

We have four body colors to choose from: beige, dark gray, lilac and aqua. Each earbud has a small LED indicator: green when you take the earbuds out of the case, and red when charging.

Jabra Elite 3 review

The case itself resembles the analogue of the AirPods Pro  – the case is glossy, like headphones, but there are almost no prints left. On the front side there is an LED indicator that informs about the level of charge.

At the back is a USB-C connector, and the case weighs only 33.4 grams, together with the headphones, the weight will be 42.6 grams.

Management and connection

The top of each Jabra Elite 3 headphone housing is a physical operation button.

When pressed, because of the tight buttons, you will press the headphones into the ear canal every time, it would be better if Jabra made touch panels.

The controls on the Elite 3 are also strange: a single press on the left earpiece turns on the HearThrough transparency mode, and a double press calls up the voice assistant Alexa, Google or Siri.

Jabra Elite 3 review
At the same time, to reduce the volume, you have to press and hold, and sometimes it's easier to get a smartphone. The same action with the right earpiece will increase the volume, and a single press here is responsible for playing or pausing.

Double pressing switches to the next track, and triple pressing starts playing the current song again. To switch to the previous track, you need to triple-click twice. Remembering all the gestures is not easy, but the problems do not end there – after all, a different layout is used for calls.

Unlike other Jabra headphones, Elite 3 controls cannot be remapped in the Sound+ app. As a result, in many cases it is more convenient to take out the phone and perform the necessary actions with it.

Sound quality

Of course, for TWS headphones, sound quality is more important than design or control, and here the Jabra Elite 3 does not disappoint.

Inside the headphones are 6 mm speakers that provide sound in the range of 20-20,000 Hz. It’s clean and detailed, and in many songs you’ll hear instruments fade into the background when using other headphones.

Bass may be a bit lacking, but you can select a preset in the Jabra Sound+ app where the bass is more pronounced. True, there is no manual setting - the choice is only from several presented profiles.

Microphones and features

The Jabra Elite 3 headphones are ideal for calls and listening to podcasts.

Each earpiece has two microphones to eliminate unnecessary noise. They also contribute to the operation of the HearThrough transparency mode, which allows you to better hear everything that is happening around.

But there is no active noise cancellation. For this price segment is normal, but sometimes the external noise is too disturbing. Also lacks an automatic pause when removing.

Jabra Elite 3 battery life

For TWS headphones, battery life is especially important, but Jabra Elite 3, unlike other models, cannot be used while recharging.

The Danish company Jabra has been producing TWS headphones since 2015, and the brand is one of the most popular on the market. After the release of the first Apple AirPods in 2016, the TWS wireless headphone segment exploded, and Jabra managed to take one of the leading positions in the market.

According to Jabra, a single charge of the Elite 3 is enough for seven hours of listening, although calls and video playback drain the battery faster. Since there is no active noise cancellation, less energy is wasted.

The case gives another 21 hours of operation, which is a total of 28 hours. If you don’t listen to music all day, the Elite 3 should last about a week or even two. The case is charged via the included USB-C cable. It is disappointing that it takes 3.5 hours to fully restore energy, although 10 minutes of recharging will give an hour of work.

Jabra Elite 3 review

Outcome

When creating the Elite 3, Jabra did not invent anything new, and this decision turned out to be the right one. TWS headphones are inexpensive with excellent sound, especially good for calls and listening to podcasts. The battery life is about 28 hours with charging from the case.

The design is nice, even though the case feels a bit cheap, and the soft eartips provide comfort for long listening sessions. But, control through physical keys is poorly implemented here, there is no active noise reduction and automatic pause. If these features are important to you, you should choose another model.

Alternatives

Jabra Elite 3 belongs to the budget segment of TWS headphones, so they have serious competition. If you need active noise cancellation, Anker Soundcore A2 NC or Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro can be recommended . But Elite 3 has a more attractive design and comfortable attachments.

Is it worth buying

The Jabra Elite 3 are Jabra’s first wireless headphones in this price range. They lack some key standout features, but are solid and still offer a lot of what most users need.


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