Forget AirPods: these Jabra earbuds are $60 for Black Friday

The Jabra Elite 4 sits next to the laptop inside an open charging case.
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There are plenty of excellent and feature-packed wireless earbuds out there, but they can be quite expensive, especially if you’ve already spent a lot on other tech over the course of the year. Luckily, if you want something straightforward with good audio quality, the Jabra Elite 4 earbuds are an ideal choice. Even better, Best Buy has a great Black Friday deal on them right now, dropping the price from $100 to just $60. That’s a big discount on mid-to-high-end earbuds, at least in terms of audio quality.

Why should you buy Jabra Elite 4?

At just $60, the Jabra Elite 4 are a very comfortable set of earbuds. Not only that, but they surprisingly offer active noise cancellation (ANC), and it’s quite good and definitely a big upgrade from the Elite 3’s somewhat mediocre ANC and works well for things like commuting. Will do. You also have some degree of adjustment capability on ANC using the associated app, although you won’t need to use it much as it’s so good out of the box. The included transparency mode is also great, although you should know that overall battery life isn’t great, with about 22 hours total in the earbuds and the case with ANC on. This rises to around 28 with ANC off, but that’s not as competitive with some earbuds in the same price range.

Fortunately, the audio is very good, and while it may not necessarily satisfy audiophiles, it has good overall clarity and balance, which is more than we can say for some other budget-oriented earbuds. The calling is also very clear; With four microphones to work with, it can pick up your voice and keep it clear of background noise for whoever is on the other end. Sadly, the Sidetone feature that lets you hear your own voice isn’t as good, at least compared to some of the higher-end Jabra models, but then again, they do have eight microphones to work with.

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Although the Jabra Elite can’t compete with something like the Airpods Pro 2, they’re still a solid set of headphones, especially with the deal from Best Buy that brings them down to $60. You may also want to check out these Black Friday deals on headphones and earbuds for some options, as well as the ongoing extensive Best Buy Black Friday sale.

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