Jabra Elite 4 Active fitness buds give AirPods 3 a run for their money

Jabra's affordable true wireless buds are built for running and workouts but also make great everyday earbuds

Jabra Elite 4 true wireless earbuds
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There's a new contender for the title of best true wireless earbuds. Sneaking in just before CES 2022, Jabra has unveiled the Jabra Elite 4 Active noise-cancelling earbuds. As the name suggests they are for more active users who want to listen in the gym or during a run. At £119.99 they're considerably cheaper than Apple's AirPods 3, and from what we've heard of them, they are more than capable of keeping you musically satisfied outside of the gym.

Specs-wise, the Jabra Elite 4 Active are impressive for the price. There's active noise cancellation – something the AirPods lack – and IP57 dust and water resistance, HearThrough mode so you can hear your surroundings when you want to and up to 28 hours of playback.

Jabra Elite 4 Active: Price and availability

The Jabra Elite 4 Active is available to buy now in the UK at Amazon for £119.99. The buds are currently available in three colours: Black, Mint and Navy.

US and AUS price and availability TBC.

These Elites could be hard to beat

In our Jabra Elite 3 review we said that they were some of the best true wireless earbuds for the money, with find-my-earbuds and Alexa built in. What we didn't like was the lack of active noise cancelling and the lack of manual EQ – and those features are both in the Jabra Elite 4. Jabra always deliver excellent true wireless earbuds, and on paper, these one look like a better buy than the AirPods 3, especially if you intend to run and build your guns in them.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).