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Jabra Move Wireless: The headphones propped up against a white Scrabble box.

Jabra Move Style Edition review

They may be aging out, but the Jabra Move Style are still stylish.

Published onMarch 17, 2021

Jabra Move Style Edition
The bottom line
If you're in the market for affordable wireless on-ear headphones, the Jabra Move Wireless offers excellent battery life and a compact build. While the cans lack folding hinges, they're unlikely to take up much space in a backpack unless you have a Fjällräven one.

Jabra Move Style Edition

If you're in the market for affordable wireless on-ear headphones, the Jabra Move Wireless offers excellent battery life and a compact build. While the cans lack folding hinges, they're unlikely to take up much space in a backpack unless you have a Fjällräven one.
Product release date
January 2019
$74 USD
172 x 146 x 59 mm
Model Number
What we like
Premium build quality<br>
Pair up to eight devices<br>
Battery life<br>
12-day standby time<br>
What we don't like
No folding hinges<br>
Poor isolation<br>
Uncomfortable with glasses<br>
SoundGuys Rating
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Isolation / Attenuation
Durability / Build Quality
Battery Life

The Jabra Move Style Edition headset is a fashionable pair of cans that features fine battery life and additional colorways over the older model. As far as on-ear headphones are concerned, these are remarkably comfortable and easy to transport despite the lack of folding hinges. This headset can be found renewed or used, but has been replaced by the Jabra Elite 45h.

Editor’s note: this Jabra Move Style review was updated on March 17, 2021, to address the Jabra Elite 45h.

Who is the Jabra Move Style Edition for?

A photo of a woman wearing the on-ear headphones against a black background.
The Jabra Move Wireless Style Edition headphones aren’t comfortable with glasses, but feel great without them.

Anyone who needs a pair of headphones and doesn’t want to stretch her wallet should consider these headphones. As the name implies, these are great for on-the-go listeners who don’t have time to untangle wires and don’t have the backpack real estate for full-fledged over-ear headphones. As lightweight as these headphones are, they pack a beefy battery that affords more than half a day of listening.

What’s it like to use the Jabra Move Style Edition?

A photo of the Jabra Move Wireless to show the headband material.
A cloth wrap covers the adjustable stainless steel headband.

Construction quality is pleasantly premium with a stainless steel headband blanketed by slightly cushioned cloth wrap. The headband is adjustable via a basic sliding mechanism that works smoothly and retains its position even with moderate movement. Suspended from the angular yolks are plastic ear cups, each of which houses a 40mm driver.

PU leather makes up the thin yet comfortable ear pads, and the left ear cup houses a 3.5mm input along with playback controls. On the other ear cup, however, is a power and Bluetooth pairing slider running across the same plane as the micro-USB port. If you wear glasses as I often do, you’ll find these to be uncomfortable. However, when wearing contacts, these are some of the more enjoyable on-ear headphones to use.

By pressing the raised multi-function button on the left ear cup, listeners may access their respective virtual assistants. While this is different from complete Google Assistant integration, it does the trick for basic commands. The omnidirectional microphone effectively picks up my voice during calls; friends made sure to tell me I came through loud and clear with only some background noise.

The headphones are lightweight and easy to pack in a bag, despite an absence of folding hinges.

The playback controls are much appreciated; however, they’re rather small and easy to accidentally press one instead of the other. It’s a bit of a nitpick, but it happened enough times throw out there.

Working out is too much movement for the Jabra Move

Jabra Move - The Plantronics BackBeat 500 FIT are a great value for on-ear workout headphones and connect quickly to your device. Pictured: The Plantronics BackBeat 500 FIT headphones on a wood surface.
The Plantronics BackBeat 500 FIT are a great value for on-ear workout headphones and connect quickly to your device.

While there are plenty of people who enjoy workout headphones, these aren’t great for exercise. For one, there’s no mention of water-resistance. If you do sweat and something gets damaged, it’s not covered by the one-year warranty. Aside from that, though, the headphone clamping force isn’t enough for intense movement. While this makes it more comfortable, and preferred, for daily listening, it may send the headphones shaking about during a run.

Related: Best workout earbuds

If you must have a pair of on-ear headphones for exercise, check out the Plantronics BackBeat 500 Fit. They’re not very comfortable for long-term listening, but they do the trick for a variety of workouts and boast large, accessible on-board controls.

How long does the battery last?

A macro photo of the micro-USB charging input.
Charging via micro-USB requires ~1.5 hours and allows for over 12 hours of playback.

Jabra claims a 14-hour battery life for the headphones; however, our objective testing squeezed out 12.75 hours of constant playback. Initially, this may seem disappointing, but our testing is likely a louder volume than most listeners choose. In which case, close to 14 hours of playback does seem realistic. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to charge the headphones via the included micro-USB cable. Sure, it’s not USB-C charging, but it keeps costs low.

What Bluetooth codecs are supported?

The Jabra Move Wireless Style Edition operates via Bluetooth 4.0 and has a 10-meter wireless range. Unfortunately, it lacks any high-quality codec support, so audio-visual lag is apparent. However, what it lacks in Bluetooth codec quality, it makes up for with general connectivity by allowing for eight devices to be paired, and you can connect two devices at a time to the Jabra on-ears via Bluetooth multipoint. Switching between the dual-connected devices is easy and auto-connecting is seamless. Plus, if the battery does happen to die, the option for wired listening is always available assuming your phone allows it.

Do the Jabra Move Style Edition sound good?

A picture of the Jabra Move Wireless connected to the Samsung S9 in lilac with the headphone cable going from the phone to the headphones,. which are in the right side of the image.
If you want the best audio quality, use the included 3.5mm cable.

Jabra’s proprietary DSP provides a fairly clear sound especially considering how affordable the headphones are. Bass response is appropriate and mildly exaggerated while mids are clearly relayed. That said, because these are on-ear headphones, it’s easy to get an improper fit.

In order to benefit from the technology packed inside these cans, you need to make sure the ear cups are evenly on your ear and sealed to it. If the headphones can’t isolate you from the environment due to a poor fit, bass and clarity are severely degraded.

Lows, mids, and highs

In the Greeting Committee’s song Pull It Together, vocals seem more perceptible than bass frequencies, which is unusual for a pair of consumer headphones. The vocals are prominent, which is great for indie and acoustic music.

For their price, the Jabra Move Style Edition headphones have an impressively accurate frequency response, and their audio is clear.

At 0:10, and throughout the verse, a kickdrum underscores Addison Sartino’s voice, never masking it. This is refreshing since I’ve become so accustomed to general-purpose headphones exaggerating bass instruments to an insulting degree. Highs also come through clearly; skip ahead to 2:47, when the tambourine shakes back into the song. It’s impossible to miss its presence, but the Jabra Move Style Edition cans refrain from making it distracting. Rather, it remains a complement to the rest of the band in the song’s final moments.

Should you buy the Jabra Move Style Edition?

A picture of the Jabra Move Wireless headphones propped up against a white Scrabble box.
The Jabra Move Wireless Style Edition is elegantly designed and a great option for most consumers.

If you can overlook the lack of high-quality Bluetooth codec support, yes. These headphones tick all the boxes for a pair of daily use cans. They’re sleek, lightweight, produce clear sound, and are affordable. Plus, within the category of on-ear headphones, these are exceptionally comfortable, likely due to their 150-gram weight.

If you’re still unconvinced or need on-ears that will be comfortable with glasses, the Bose SoundLink On-Ear Wireless headphones take the cake. As we know, Bose is revered for its plush, featherweight products and the SoundLink On-Ear Wireless follows suit. If that still isn’t satisfactory, we have a whole list of standout on-ear headphones.

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Get the Jabra Elite 45h instead

A picture of the Jabra Elite 45h on-ear Bluetooth headphones being placed into a sling bag by a woman.
You can take the Elite 45h anywhere.

The Jabra Elite 45h on-ear headphones are an upgrade to the Jabra Move Style Wireless. They operate via Bluetooth 5.0, boast 40 hours of playtime on a single charge, and support extremely efficient fast charging: 15 minutes of charging provides eight hours of listening. What’s more, microphone quality is improved thanks to the more advanced system, and Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are all supported by the headset.

Jabra is debuted its MySound technology with the Elite 45h, which performs a hearing test to create a custom sound profile per user, something we’ve seen with Creative. MySound functionality is also compatible with the Jabra Elite 75t series and Jabra Elite 85t.

Frequently asked questions

As of July 8, 2020, the Jabra Elite 45h are available from the Jabra website. However, stock is limited. Interestingly, the Jabra site, says the product is only available for pre-order at the top of the product screen, but then it says the Elite 45h is on backorder. Yet, when I went through the ordering process, it states that the Titanium Black variant is in stock and will ship out in one business day.

No, the Jabra Move Style Wireless doesn’t have a microphone mute button. If you want to mute yourself on a call, you’ll have to do so directly from your phone with the call screen pulled up.

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