Jabra Evolve 75 headset review: pleasant companion in the office
By Fields Corrielus 2019-06-29 1533 0
I'm not sitting in an open-plan office in the office, but even in a smaller room it can get louder when four other colleagues are also on the phone. Until now I used a classic headset without extras and to listen to music I used a devil Real Blue NC. The headphones have noise cancelling, but the microphone is not really suitable for making proper calls. So I looked around for a headset and found the Jabra Evolve 75. The following lines will show you how the device works in everyday life.
Setup and battery
The Evolve 75 comes with a USB dongle for the PC, a USB-A on Micro-USB charging cable, a case for transport and a charging station. By the way, the case is a cloth-covered hard shell that protects the headset well, but takes a lot of dust with it. But let's get to the headset, which has to be set up first. I use the USB dongle on my Windows laptop. Plug it in and the headset is recognized directly. You can also use Bluetooth, but then the device is recognized as a smartphone and not as a PC. The dongle also communicates more smoothly. You can also connect the headset to a second device via Bluetooth, the headset then jumps to the respective device when a call comes in.
You can also install the Jabra Direct software on your computer. With it you can keep the firmware of the dongle and the headset up to date, control software like Skype, Jabber etc. directly from the headset and also adjust the music settings like sound profile and the like. When you're ready, the headset tells you when you turn it on whether it's connected and how much battery life it has left. In my test I easily reached the specified 15 - 18 hours talk time or listening to music. According to Jabra, the standby time is 15 days. Until the battery is full again, the headset has to hang on the cable or on the charging station for two hours. Due to the micro-USB connection (unfortunately no USB-C) it is surprisingly fiddly to put the headset on the charging station. In addition, the headset, including the charging station, takes up a lot of space due to the inclined position, so you might have thought of something more compact. If you don't have much space, you'll be better off with the charging cable.
Let's take a closer look at the headset again. The workmanship of the headset is absolutely fine, Jabra didn't use cheap plastic, metal wouldn't make sense in this case just because of the weight, because the headset sits on its head the whole day. The adjustment mechanism on the headband is stable, seamless and easily adjustable. The padding on the ear cups and on the headband is pleasantly soft, so that you don't get any problems with aching ears or other aches and pains even after longer wearing. Very comfortable!
On the ear cups there are still a few control elements that should not go unmentioned at this point. On the right Jabra has attached the microphone, which automatically mutes when folded up, this mechanism also appears stable and causes no problems. On the right there is the charging connector, the slider for switching on and pairing, a small battery LED and the buttons for louder and quieter. The Jabra button in the middle is used to start/stop music or answer/hang up on calls, also to open software phone services. On the left as well as on the right side of this button the busy light is hidden, which shows your colleagues that you are on the phone. There is also a button on the temple to trigger Siri or the Assistant.
On the left auricle there is also the button for switching the active noise suppression on and off and the button for the so-called listen-in feature. If you press this button, you will hear what is happening in the office without having to remove the headset.
How does the headset sound?
The good thing about the Evolve 75 is that it's both a headset and a good headset. The sound is clear and well balanced, and depending on the sound profile you choose in Jabra Direct, you can get plenty of bass out of your headphones. There is actually nothing that stands out or is bad about the sound. For everyday office use it's definitely very neat and not in such a way that I would have to switch to my devil Real Blue NC. Great, because you only have one device that you can use all day long and if you call, you don't have any problems to put on the other headset quickly.
The voice quality is also very good throughout. Voices are clearly transmitted, I couldn't perceive any stutterers, creaks or the like. Various partners confirmed to me that my voice was also transmitted well and clearly through the built-in microphone. So there is nothing to complain about.
The Evolve 75 also has active noise cancellation to reduce annoying colleague noise and make calling and working more enjoyable. The ANC is OK, typing on the keyboard etc. is relatively well dampened, even voices etc. are partly filtered. Headphones like the Real Blue NC, Bose QC35 or the Sony WH-1000XM3 do this much better. Here you could certainly achieve even more if Jabra switched to Over-Ear and the cups surrounded the ears.
Conclusion on the Jabra Evolve 75
I am completely satisfied with the Evolve, the running time is great and, depending on my presence at the workplace, it can last up to three days. Even when worn for a long time, there are no problems and the sound and speech quality is also very good. Only the fumbling with the charging station disturbed me a bit, otherwise I can recommend the headset if you are looking for a headset and not just sitting alone in the office.
But the whole thing has its price, almost 230 Euro are due for it. Do you already use the Evolve 75 or are you travelling with other models? Leave an opinion here.
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