Jabra’s Elite 5 noise-canceling earbuds have a lot to offer for $150

In 2021, Jabra updated its true wireless offering with a redesigned, feature-rich budget option and a premium set with both powerful active noise cancellation (ANC) and advanced calling features. Back in January, the company launched an affordable, fitness-focused model called ANC. At IFA 2022, Jabra has new mid-range earbuds that don’t cut many corners to save you money. The Elite 5 are equipped to handle your voice chats, reduce distractions, and offer a list of other handy tools—all for $150.

The Elite 5 shares a similar design to Jabra’s other recent earbuds. They are so alike that I will forgive you if you confuse one model with another. The shared aesthetic isn’t a bad thing, however, as the company opted for a smaller overall size when it began overhauling its buds last year. That compact stature means each option offers a more comfortable fit, and the same goes for the Elite 5. Water resistance is the same as the more affordable Elite 3 at IP55, but the Elite 5’s chassis supports wireless charging like the more expensive Elite 7 Pro . It also has a familiar look.

Inside, a 6mm driver handles the sound, and you can adjust the EQ via the Jabra app. Adopting the hybrid active noise cancellation setup, Qualcomm’s QCC3050 chip monitors noise from both outside and inside to combat unwanted noise. There are a total of six microphones on board for calls, up from four on the Elite 3, and they can combat wind noise. There’s support for Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair, as well as the ability to call Alexa or Google Assistant hands-free. And for Android users, there is one-touch access to Spotify via the Spotify Tap feature. Jabra doesn’t mention ambient sound, or HearThrough as the company calls it, but it’s available on the Elite 3 so it would be an odd omission here.

The Elite 5 has the same battery life stats as the Elite 3: up to seven hours on the buds and up to 28 hours overall when you factor in the case. The difference is that these numbers are given with ANC on. So turning this feature off will likely give you more listening time than the cheaper model, as it doesn’t have ANC. Finally, multipoint connectivity is available on the Elite 5, allowing you to connect to multiple devices at the same time.

As you move up the Jabra Elite range, the features get better with each model. The Elite 5 is right in the middle, with a little more than the Elite 3 and a little less than the Elite 7 Pro. For now, however, this latest set of earbuds could be a tough sell. Jabra is offering the Elite 7 Pro for $130 for a limited time, which is the lowest price we’ve seen. But if you prefer the Elite 5, starting today they are available in black and gold/beige color options.

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