Jabra Elite 85h

It is a true pleasure for me to work with new gears. It can be a new monitor or even a new mouse pad. But today, the thing that makes me happy is Jabra Elite 85h true wireless over-the-ear headphones with active noise cancelling.

My previous music-listening and calling tool were Soundcore Space NC by Anker. It was a cheap yet good over-the-ear Bluetooth noise-cancelling solution with only one issue. After about 30 minutes on a call, the microphone goes off, and the only way to make it work again was to turn the headphones off and on again. That was not critical but annoying.

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Choosing the new headphones was easy. After some research around youtube’s reviews and comparisons, I ended up with two models: Sony WH-1000XM3 and Jabra Elite 85h. Hearing some comments about issues with Sony headphones after a recent firmware update and having a great experience with Jabra products in the past, I decided to go with the subject of today’s post.

I need to say I’m more than happy with my choice. Let’s start with the exterior. The fabric finish of the device makes it feels so good and unusual at the same time. It is harder to clean the fabric finish than the plastic one, but there are no visible finger marks even after a week of use on the fabric surface. It just looks always clean. I’m still wondering how it will look in a couple of months of continuous touching.

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Having a touch-enabled surface on Soundcore Space NC with gesture recognition, I started to hate it. It is so modern and innovative, at first glance, but becomes so frustrating the more you use it. You can accidentally switch tracks, change volume level or hit play/pause while putting the headphones on your head or taking them down. That is why I’m happy to have physical buttons on Jabra.

Active noise cancellation (ANC) was one of the main features I cared about working from home. Because my wife works from home as well, and my daughter is at home in the afternoon. That could be a lot of noise, you can guess. ANC during the call is so good we can both with my wife be at different calls simultaneously in the same room. Working TV in the background will also be filtered out while on call. And you still can hear your voice during the call.

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