Our testers loved the fit of the Elite 65ts, which is circular in shape with a slight curve to accommodate the ear canal. Pressing the control buttons may be cumbersome at first, since you’re mashing the buds further into your canal, but you learn to adjust. After figuring out which silicone tips fit you best (there are three sizes included), all it takes is a quick insert in the ear for an incredibly secure fit. As a result, the Elite 65ts have superb noise isolation, which, sure, won’t block out the roar of the blast of a lawnmower, but is a boon against rattling trains and nearby office chitchat.
They’re also IP55-rated, meaning they’re dust-tight and sweat-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about buying a separate pair for your gym runs. Though, if performance is your top priority, we recommend looking at the Jabra Elite Active 65ts. They’re slightly more expensive, but built with workout-friendly features like sweat-resistance (IP56 rating, to be exact), a built-in accelerometer, and grippier coating.
That said, when compared to the earbuds’ premium build, the charging case will leave you scratching your head. First, with no magnets to hold them in place, the earbuds don’t sit as securely in the case as they probably should. On top of that, the plastic case’s hinged lid is awkward to open. Upside? The case is petite and stores easily in a pocket, and surpasses every other expectation by offering two extra (five-hour) charges and the power to give you 1.5 hours of battery in just 15 minutes.