Jabra is expanding its line of audio devices with a new premium, noise-canceling pair of headphones. Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the new Elite 85h offer all the features you would normally find on a $300 noise-canceling headphones and a couple more to lure you in.
The new Jabra Elite 85h’s biggest highlight is their ability to let you talk to a voice assistant without pressing any buttons. They are the first headphones with an always-listening module, similar to smart home devices like the Google Home. To make everything seamless, Jabra has packed a total of eight microphones, although only four of those are for talking to virtual assistants and calls.
The rest power a technology Jabra likes to call SmartSound. It allows the headphones to automatically tune the noise cancelation levels and volumes based on your surroundings. Therefore, for instance, if you’re at an airport, the Jabra Elite 85h will switch to a higher sound profile to keep the background noise away. There are three presents available for now — Commute, In Public, and In Private, all of which you can manually adjust as well.
Apart from that, the Jabra Elite 85h have a USB Type-C port and are rated to last a staggering 32 hours on a single charge. Plus, they’re IP52 dust and water resistant too for surviving sweat during workouts.
The Jabra Elite 85h come in four color options — beige, navy, and two different shades of black. They’re priced at $299 and will go on sale sometime in April this year.