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Speed TESTED: Jabra Elite 45e

If you’re an avid music fan leading a sporty lifestyle, a solid pair of earphones are a valuable commodity. Should your current device be unsatisfactory, you’d be wise to consider the new Jabra Elite 45e.


Upon receiving the new product, I immediately took its “engineered for superior wireless calls and music” guarantee to task. I brought the Elite 45e along for a jog and it did not disappoint. The device is an in-ear headset with a neckband, which means you have the luxury to run at whatever pace without worrying about sweating on any vulnerable cords. This proved true with this Jabra release. With its silicone ear wings and ear gel, you can just put it on before the run and blast your tunes to your heart’s desire.


My one quibble is that the earpieces don’t ever feel as firmly in place as they should be. This left me peering over me shoulder intermittently to check if the device had fallen off.


Another major concern would be the sound quality, particularly the heightened effect of the bass on most tracks. If you haven’t got the patience to download the Jabra Sound+ App on your device, you won’t be able to equalize the music to your liking.


As for the calls, the 45e relays conversations seamlessly. Calls are received through advanced two-microphone technology, and it has noise-cancelling features that renders voices clear and audible.


It’s also worth noting that the device requires a minimum charging time of two hours; this will power the device for eight-hour use — ample time for a day’s worth of audio needs. You will be able to charge with a provided mini-jack for USB charging.


Speed says

The Jabra Elite 45e gets the job done. Although it might not be a music enthusiasts’ best friend, the quality is beyond sufficient for keeping spirits high in an evening run. Calls also go without a hitch and voices are rendered clearly–valuable qualities for the on-the-go professional.



TYPE Wireless in-ear
DRIVER 12.4mm
NOISE ISOLATION Active noise canceling
RESPONSE BANDWIDTH 20Hz to 20kHz speaker frequency, 100Hz to 10kHz microphone frequency
WEIGHT 25.95g
PRICE P8,818


Read the full review on Speed Magazine February 2019 issue.


Words by Fidel Feria

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