Put a little Jabra in your ears
By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
With its comfortable neckband keeping controls handy, the Elite 25e is ready for music, phone chats and voice commands
Jabra’s Elite 25e Bluetooth stereo headset handles the music superbly and has a battery that can last 18 hours.
It’s got a cool black neckband that’s easily adjusted for comfort and cables running from the earbuds almost perpendicular to the sides of your head.
Jabra designed the neckband for a great fit and all-day comfort. Meanwhile, the Elite 25e is water-resistant (IP54 rated) and useable in light rain.
The sound quality is quite good, the result of 10mm drivers delivering full-spectrum music, especially when you make the correct choice in EarGels size for the earphones. Three sizes are provided.
The neckband has a microphone on the left side so you can use the 25e as a headset for your phone. Magnetic inear snapping means you can attach the magnets near the buds together to wear the headset securely when not in use.
The magnetic design has other functions as well. During a call, you can hang up by snapping the two magnetic zones together. Pick up an incoming call by detaching them.
The Elite 25e has control buttons on the right side of the neckband for volume and, between them, another for multiple functions. On the left side, near the microphone, is a button for making phone voice commands to Apple’s Siri, Google Now or Microsoft’s Cortana.
The Multifunction button is for turning the headset on and off, for playing and pausing tracks, and for answering or rejecting a phone call.
It can also be used in handling multiple calls. For example, when you’re on the phone and another call comes in, tap the button to simultaneously end the first and take the second.
Press and hold the button for two seconds to put the current caller on hold and answer the new one. Press and hold another two seconds to switch between calls. Doubletap the button to reject an incoming call.
The neckband will vibrate to let you know there’s an incoming call, but that can be switched off if you dislike it.
The Voice Guidance function announces the current status of the headset, such as when it’s connected to a phone or when the battery is low. This can be turned off as well.
In my test, I found the sound quality very good for inear phones, with clear midtones and highs and impressive bass.
RTB Technology distributes the Jabra Elite 25e for Bt2,990.
Jabra Elite 25e: KEY SPECS
– Bluetooth: Version 4.1
– Talk and music time: Up to 18 hours
– Standby time: Up to 22 days
– Charging time: Approximately two hours
– Wearing style: Neckband, 157x141x35mm
– Weight: 48 grams
– Dimensions: 48.3×17.9x23mm
– In the box: Elite 25e, small and large extra EarGels, USB cable, Quick Start Guide, warranty leaflet, warning leaflet, registration leaflet
– Warranty: One-year limited