Jabra is a name that’s not unknown in the world of business grade headsets. They’ve been providing headsets globally for decades, and they enjoy a solid reputation based on the products they’ve produced.
When conducting business, or enjoying some music during moments of downtime, you want to sound good, you want comfort, and you want reliability. Jabra has consistently met these challenges head on with professional grade headsets to meet the needs of business professionals across the globe.
Now that we’re into 2021, I wanted to take a minute and share with you what I feel are the best Jabra headsets in their product line today.
The five headsets I’ll cover include a wired headset for those looking to save some money, and don’t feel they need to be wireless. I’ll also cover three other Bluetooth wireless models, and one DECT wireless headset for those who need a connection to a desk phone and other devices.
But, before I get into the details, I wanted to let you know that I recorded a Youtube review video on these five headsets. If you’d rather watch this video rather than read this blog, you can see it here or below.
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If you’re someone who doesn’t have a need for a wireless headset, but you want a good quality wired model, then the Jabra Evolve2 40 is a model that should be on your short list.
What makes this a good choice?
Based on the quality of this wired headset, and the fair and reasonable price of $129.00 - $139.00, makes this one headset that you really need to take a close look at.
It comes with a 2-year warranty which is very typical for a professional grade wired headset. No surprises here.
The Evolve2 40 also has a great sounding microphone that does a surprising good job at reducing unwanted background noise based on my tests.
Make sure to check this out in my review video. While on the subject of microphone, you can mute the microphone two ways; first, you can press the mute button that’s located on the headset earpiece. You can also mute the microphone by raising up the microphone boom arm. This is a feature normally seen on premium headsets, so it’s nice to see it included on the Evolve2 40.
Most wired USB headsets have button controls that are located on the inline controller.
Inline controllers are commonly found halfway down the USB connector cord. The Jabra Evolve2 40 has the same kinds of buttons (volume adjustment, mute, answer/end). However, the buttons for these functions are located on the headset rather than on the cord. I think it helps to make this more integrated rather than having buttons away from the headset itself, while helping to declutter the USB cord as well.
Many headsets allow the microphone boom to rotate so that it can be worn on the right or left side.
Other headsets limit microphone positioning to one side only. The Jabra Evolve2 40 microphone can only be positioned on the right side. Though this is a limitation, it’s not unusual, and for most people, I believe this won’t be considered a negative or deal breaker.
I like the Jabra Evolve2 40. I think it’s a nice sounding, comfortable, and affordable wired USB headset. It has a modern look which makes it stylish in headset terms, and because it’s a Jabra headset, you know that they’ll stand behind the product. Make sure to put this model on your shortlist if a wired USB is something you’ve been considering. All in all, a great value.
If you’re a fan of the Jabra Evolve2 40, but you prefer a wireless headset, then this is a headset you should consider.
The Jabra Evolve2 65 has the same basic features of the Evolve2 40, but without the wire.
It can be used with a computer and mobile device, and operates off of Bluetooth version 5.0. The Evolve2 65 provides a battery life of up to 37 hours.
As wireless headsets go, having a 37 hour battery is impressive. Consider the fact that the average person doesn’t talk a full 8 hours in a day, and you can get an idea how infrequently you’ll be recharging this battery. It’s not unreasonable to figure recharging might be once a week. Pretty amazing really.
Another thing that I like about the Evolve2 65 is it can be used as a wireless, or wired headset.
When the battery is plugged in and being charged, you can also use it while it’s receiving a charge. Other headsets can’t be used while being charged. That’s nice versatility and it can come in handy when you need to have a conversation or meeting but your headset is being charged.
Like the Evolve2 40, the microphone can only be positioned on the right side.
But again, that’s not much to get disappointed over as right side mic positioning will work for virtually everyone, though some may have a personal preference to wear it on the left.
The Evolve2 65 has incorporated the latest connectivity
Many older generation wireless headsets use mini or micro USB for the charge port. Today in 2021 that's outdated technology so the Jabra Evolve2 65 uses the latest and greatest with a USB-C charge port. In addition, there's an adapter you connect to the computer which you can also get in the connectivity option for your choice (USB-A or USB-C).
As for sound, the Evolve2 65 sounds very good, not only to pick up your voice, but reducing unwanted background noise.
We tested it by putting it up against some annoying sounds such as loud office noise, barking dogs, wind and of course our signature blender test. I thought the Evolve2 65 passed these tests very well.
While being bombarded with these noises, you could easily, and clearly hear my voice. If you’d like to hear for yourself, make sure to check out my video so you can determine how this headset sounds for yourself.
Warranty & price
The Evolve2 65 comes with a 2-year warranty, and has a manufacturer suggested selling price of $239.00 - $289.00, depending on the model selected.
Though the Evolve 75 isn’t part of the new Evolve 2 line, it still represents a headset well worth your time to consider, and your investment.
What makes the Evolve 75 a headset worth looking at?
It connects to computers and mobile devices, and when connected, it sounds really good. Of the five headsets I’m discussing in this blog, the Evolve 75, to me, sounded the best of the group.
It picked up my voice loud and clear, and in my opinion, reduced more of that unwanted background noise. Yes, this is a headset model that’s one click back on the evolution of Jabra headsets, and it’s not part of the newest family of Evolve headsets. But, it’s still a great sounding and comfortable headset and those are two things that a lot of people are looking for today.
The Evolve 75 also has a feature not found on the other models, which is Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC for short.
ANC is a feature that’s designed to give the headset wearer some control over the sounds coming from the work environment. By activating this feature (pressing a button on the headset), background noise is reduced which allows you to stay focused on your work or calls.
The battery in the Evolve 75 yields up to 18 hours, and the version of Bluetooth is 4.0, which is last generation Bluetooth.
The most recent generation of headsets are now coming out with Bluetooth version 5.0, and 5.2. Some might wonder what the advantages of version 5.0/5.2 over 4.0 is. Here’s a short answer by doing a quick Google search: In short, it can transmit eight times more data, at twice the speed, across four times the range.
The Evolve 75 is a comfortable headset that sounds great.
It uses a micro USB connector for charging, and the microphone boom stows against the headband when not in use. The boom is held in place by a magnet. Though this headset has some attractive qualities, I’d likely pass on this headset in favor of a current generation model.
The Evolve 75 comes with a 2-year warranty, and has a manufacturer suggested selling price of $293.00- $346.00.
Keep in mind, the long waited Evolve2 75 is now available and you can check out the in depth review + mic test video here!
The Evolve2 85 is a very interesting headset. It’s a model that completely encloses the ear which helps to shield outside noise. A lot of people today work in environments that are either home based, or in some way, subject to unwanted, distracting sound. This can interrupt concentration, and lower work productivity. The Jabra Evolve2 85 helps to deal with this unwanted noise in an efficient manner.
Not only will the ear cups help to shield noise, but the Evolve2 85 comes with Active Noise Cancellation.
This allows you to regulate how much sound you want to hear. You might want to remove as much noise as possible, so you can concentrate. Or, you might want to hear some of your surroundings so you don’t feel so isolated. In either case, you have the control at your fingertips.
Like some of the newest wireless headsets, the Evolve2 85 can be used as a wireless, or wired headset.
When recharging the battery through the included cable, you can still use the headset while being charged. This is a nice feature that I’m seeing on some of the newer headsets.
The battery in the Evolve2 85 provides up to 37 hours of life, like the Evolve2 65.
No doubt they use the same battery as the life is the same. Needless to say, there’s plenty of available juice when you have a number of calls or meetings stacked up, or if you want some much needed downtime listening to your favorite tunes.
The Evolve2 85 is surprisingly comfortable given its appearance.
To me it looks a bit bulky, but it doesn’t wear that way. The headband is generously padded as are the two ear cushions. When wearing the Evolve2 85, it feels really good, snug, but soft and comfortable.
The microphone on this headset is noise cancelling, and it does a great job of that.
It deals with unwanted background noise very well, so your callers won’t be hearing a lot of that noise in your background. For a premium headset like this, this is something you’d really expect, and the Evolve2 85 doesn’t disappoint.
The microphone boom can be stowed away.
There’s a spot on the earpiece that’s designed to house the boom when the microphone isn’t needed. This would be those times when you’re listening to music or a podcast for example.
Then, when you have a phone call, or meeting to do, simply swing down the boom arm, and you’re immediately in professional mode. It’s nice to be able to have this mic available when needed, and stowed away when it’s not needed. This is one of the cool features on this headset.
As with other headsets in this blog, the Evolve2 85 can be connected to computers and mobile devices using Bluetooth version 5.0.
Warranty & price
The Evolve2 85 comes with a 2-year warranty, and has a manufacturer suggested selling price of $449.00- $499.00, depending if you get the charging stand or not.
If you have a need for a wireless headset to connect to a desk phone, and other devices such as a computer or mobile phone, then the Engage 65 or 75 may be the product for you.
Unlike the other wireless headsets in this blog that operate off of Bluetooth technology, the Jabra Engage 65 & 75 use DECT technology.
There’s a world of difference between them too, the biggest difference being wireless range.
A Bluetooth headset can’t provide wireless range much beyond 100 feet, and in most cases, you’ll get far less range than that. However, when using a DECT wireless headset, 100 feet of wireless range would be on the low side, with models that can go 200 feet and beyond.
The Jabra Engage 65 wireless range is projected to be up to 490 feet. Though true wireless range would be less than that, it’s still much more than you’ll ever get from a Bluetooth headset.
The Engage 65, like some other models, can be used when the battery is being recharged.
Plug the charge cable in to begin the charging process, and continue using the headset. A very handy feature for sure, and it can be used with a desk phone and computer.
The Engage 65 comes in three available versions; mono, duo or convertible.
There are differences between the mono, duo and convertible models in the available battery life. For example, the mono and duo headsets feature a talk time of up to 13 hours. The convertible model has a talk time that’s good up to 9 hours with a battery that’s not replaceable. If you need a headset that gives you a lot of talk time, the convertible model may not be your best solution.
Another area where these models differ is in the estimated wireless range. The Mono and Duo versions are rated up to 490 feet of range, where the convertible model is stated to provide up to 330 feet. Keep in mind that these range estimates, as with all wireless headsets, are quoted as line of sight rating.
This means that the stated wireless range is based on an open field that contains no obstructions. Working in an office, for example, is full of obstructions such as walls, doors, partitions, desks and more.
These obstructions weaken the signal as it tries to maintain connection between the base and the wireless headset. The result is a compromised range that will almost always be less than what the product specifications state.
If having a lightweight headset is high on your list of things that are important to you, the consider how the weights among all these variants, well, vary:
- Engage 75 Dual ear model = 90 grams
- Engage 75 single ear model = 64 grams
- Engage 75 Convertible model = 18 grams
- Engage 65 Dual ear model = 83 grams
- Engage 65 single ear speaker = 57 grams
- Engage 65 Convertible model = 18 grams
As you can see, the convertible models are significantly lighter than the single and double ear models. Something to keep in mind as you search for a lightweight, comfortable headset.
If having several connections simultaneously is important, then consider that the Engage 75 series headsets can connect to 5 devices simultaneously, whereas the 65 models can connect to 2.
For example, the Engage 75 series can connect to two USB devices (Softphone and desk phone for example), two Bluetooth devices, and to an analog phone. I’m not aware of any wireless headset that provides so many connection options. Bottom line, the Engage 75 has you covered, literally.
There are a number of similarities and differences between the Engage 65 and 75 headsets, and it’s my opinion that there are far too many to cover in this blog.
Jabra is the second largest headset manufacturer of business grade headsets in the world. Many of the new models being introduced today may very well help to narrow that gap.
I very much like the headsets that Jabra is introducing. They’re modern looking, they sound great, they’re comfortable, and they do a very good job at reducing background noise.
Speaking of background noise, in the noise tests I performed, I felt that the Bluetooth models not only sounded better than the Engage series headsets, but they also did a better job to remove unwanted background noise.
But then again, that’s one person’s opinion. If a Jabra headset is something you’re interested in, you should definitely check out my video so you can hear for yourself, and decide for yourself which model on this list sounds best.If you decide that you’re going to purchase a Jabra headset, make sure to use coupon code YOUTUBE when checking out on our website