The Jabra Elite Active 45e came in the standard Jabra box with key features clearly displayed on the box. This highlights the wireless music, calls, sport and waterproof. This had voice assistant enabled. The superior sound was highlighted in various places on the packaging, with the suggestion gained from 150 years’ experience. The earphones felt solid, robust with no additional ear gel to lose on a busy workout. The buttons had larger buttons as compared to other Jabra products. The headset cable was strong and solid.
The Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless are IP67 rated which means they are completely dust tight and can be submerged up to 1 metre in water for 30 minutes. This, in theory, would mean you could use the earphones in the shower, but I would not recommend not having tested.
The Setup is standard, turn on the earphones via the multi-function button and the Jabra voice prompt advised to turn on Bluetooth on your phone and select. This took less than a minute. This gave the functionality to pause music, turn the volume up and down on the phone when listening to music.
The button on the earphone is large in comparison to many other earphones used, ensuring those with big fingers can easily make changes as required.
The app: Jabra sound+
The Jabra sound+ app got a rating of 3 out of 5 on the play store. the app, while not required for basic use, has a variety of great features. The app is compatible with most of the Jabra range Jabra Elite 45e, 65e, 65t, 85h, Active 45e, Active 65t and Jabra Evolve 65e, 65t The app allows you to set up configurations for each area or adjust your audio using the 5-band equalizer.
The voice assistance was set up for Amazon Alexa. (you can use Google, Siri also) this allowed one button pressed on the earphones to ask all the usual question of Alexa whether in the home or out and about. This worked great. (after a little setup variation) but will not allow music to be played via the free Spotify version, this required the subscription version. (This is not a Jabra query rather Amazon Alexa) Jim has a review of the App HERE with the Jabra 85h
Find my Jabra, Locate by sound
This app feature allows find the last location on the connection of the Jabra, then you can use “Locate by sound” This is a great cool feature saving time looking for them, whether left in a coat pocket. the back of the couch or n the office.
The design of the earphone has earwigs and ear hooks for a secure fit, this ensures if running or under harsh conditions, the earwigs help keep them in place over and in your ear preventing them falling out. The design also incorporates Open ear design which allows external sounds to be heard. This ensures you are aware of the external environment, This is listed as a Safety feature, for those on roads etc this is highlighted on the cover “Lets in ambient Sound “This should be compulsory for many cycles on our roads which can be oblivious to their surroundings,
There are few niggles for these earphones while minor in that they don’t come with the newer c charger lead (instead the older USB-A to Micro-USB cable.) resulting in having to carry different charger cables. The earphones while strong and sturdy don’t come with a protective case which would be a nice to have.
Jabra Elite Active 45e vs Jabra Elite 45e
Jabra Elite Active 45e is larger than the previously reviews Jabra Elite 45e and is slightly heavier at 29g and comes with an abundance of technology.Both have excellent build and audio quality with the Elite Active a better battery life. The Elite Active 45e has up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge, and 12 days of standby time
The Jabra is always a favourite from there 150 years of experience, the Jabra Elite Active 45e works as earphones are supposed to with the excellent build quality and waterproof and a warranty to go with it. The visual view of these earphones may be a personal choice but slightly bulkier and heavier than the others in the Jabra range.
These earphones do not fall out when used in challenging environments, nor have earbuds that can fall out after constant use. The design has big buttons, allowing the charger easily fitted without having to remove fiddle clips to insert. The battery life is good at 9 hours. The 2-microphone technology improved audio quality (wind-noise reduction on calls) to the person on the other end of the call even when used in a noisy environment. The audio as expected can be adjusted to the situation allowing a customised audio experience via the 5-band equalizer. Overall the Jabra brand stands out for quality, a dedicated Alexa button ensures Jabra is keeping with the latest technology in functionally and audio quality. If looking for a set of quality earphones within this price range using the Jabra Elite Active 45e is an excellent choice.