Jabra Evolve 75 vs. Jabra Evolve2 75 Comparison + Mic Test VIDEO | Headset Advisor

Jabra headsets are known around the world as being a premium brand for use in business, and for pleasure. One Jabra wireless headset that enjoyed a lot of global popularity is the Jabra Evolve 75. 

For many good reasons, the Evolve 75 has been the favorite, go to headset for those engaged in business, or just chilling while listening to music or a podcast.

But, like with any product that has a following, it’s bound to get a refresh at some point. The Jabra Evolve 75 is no different. After being on the market for several years, this Titan of business communications is receiving a needed update. 

In this blog, I’ll discuss the Evolve 75 and it’s new replacement, the Evolve2 75.

I’ll compare both headsets by discussing some of their features, and I’ll also discuss their sound quality. But, before I get into all this, I need to let you know that I recorded a Youtube video on the Evolve 75 vs. Evolve2 75.

So, if you’re like me, and countless others who prefer to watch video content over reading it, then make sure to check out my video below.

Still reading? Great! Let’s get started on this Evolve 75 comparison. 

For the past four years, the Jabra Evolve 75 has been highly popular, and for several good reasons. Among them are: 

  • Lightweight 
  • Great sounding microphone 
  • Active Noise Cancellation for maintaining focus 
  • You can use them as a wired or wireless 
  • Built in busy light
  • Microphone Boom arm magnetically attaches to the headband to keep it out of the way when not needed 

The color scheme used on the Evolve 75 is a matt black with red accents, and though that was forward looking at the time, it’s become dated in appearance. 

The new Jabra Evolve2 75 has eliminated the red accents in favor of a more stealthy black, Darth Vader type look. The updated appearance makes it look far more contemporary over the former model. 

Here are some comparisons between these two headsets. 

Wireless Range 

Both headsets are stated to provide up to 100 feet (30 meters) of wireless range. So, you should expect both to provide you with an equal amount of distance to roam. 

Weight 

The Jabra Evolve 75 tips the scales at 4.12 ounces, while the Evolve2 75 comes in at 6.9 ounces. Though I may not be a math whiz, I can say that the Evolve2 75 weighs more. 

When discussing weight, it’s normally a topic that is associated with comfort. Weight does matter, there’s no denying that. But, comfort also involves other things such as design, materials used, size of ear cushions, how much padding in them, and the degree to which a headband has padding. 

The Evolve 75 is a comfortable headset. The Evolve2 75 is also a comfortable headset, and that extra 2.8 ounces isn’t felt when wearing it.

Jabra has done a magnificent job to keep the comfort high in spite of its weight being a pinch more than the earlier iteration. The ear cushions have more padding, and are made of memory foam for superior fit and comfort.

The headband is generously wrapped in cushion not only at the top of the band, but along the sides as well. Finally, the headband, where it meets the ear cups, has a unique bend which helps to place the ear cushions in a comfortable position. One more example of an improvement on the new Evolve2 75. 

Microphone 

The Jabra Evolve 75 has a 3 unidirectional microphone array. The Jabra Evolve2 75 features 4 analog, and 4 digital microphones for a total of 8.

The microphone boom arm on the Evolve 75 magnetically attaches to the outside of the headband when it’s not needed. In our experience, we’ve found that the magnet doesn’t always hold it in place which can result in the boom becoming detached. 

It appears that Jabra recognized the magnetic issue with the Evolve 75 because they redesigned it on the Evolve2 75.The microphone boom arm on the Evolve2 75 easily stores into a compartment on the ear cup housing. Simply slide the boom arm up, and into the cavity, and it’s now out of the way for those times when you’re not on a call. 

If you’d like to hear how both of these headsets sound with no background noise, office noise, dogs barking, wind, and of course, no sound test would be complete if it didn’t include our signature noisy, annoying blender test, make sure to check out my video here. 

Bluetooth version 

The Jabra Evolve 75 uses Bluetooth 4.0, where the Evolve2 75 uses Bluetooth 5.2. Some might argue that this may not matter, while others might say that it’s better to have the newest version of Bluetooth. For me, I’d personally go along with the thought that it’s best to have the newest, most up-to-date version of Bluetooth. 

If you’d like to know more about the differences between Bluetooth version 4.0 and 5.0, here’s an informative article written by Josephine Engel of Dignited

Battery 

Here’s an area where you’ll find a notable difference between these headsets. 

The Jabra Evolve 75 has a battery that provides you with: 

  • 18 hours of talk time 
  • 17 hours of music 
  • 150 minutes to recharge 

The Jabra Evolve2 75 battery delivers: 

  • 24 hours of talk time 
  • 36 hours of music 
  • 160 minutes to recharge

As with any wireless device, batteries play an important role, and I feel safe in saying most of us want as much battery life as we can get. If you’re among those that do, then clearly the Jabra Evolve2 75 will be a headset you’ll be far more interested in. 

USB Connectivity 

The Jabra Evolve 75 connects via USB to micro USB whereas the Jabra Evolve2 75 uses USB C. Given a choice, USB C is superior over micro USB from the standpoint of ease of connecting, faster charging, and improved audio quality when using the headset in wired mode. 

If we’re casting votes, mine is for the USB-C. 

Active Noise Cancellation 

If you’re not aware of this term, I will quickly explain it so you’ll have a better idea of what I’m referring to in this section. 

Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC as it's often referred to, is an electronic feature that’s built into some headsets that acts as a countermeasure to ambient room noise. Sometimes noise in our work environment can be distracting, and prevent us from staying focused.

ANC allows you to apply some controls over how much of that room noise you hear. When you activate this feature, the noise is blocked out so you can stay focused on your work. With that in mind, here’s a quick comparison on how these two headsets compare.

The Evolve 75, and the Evolve2 75 both have this feature, but there are some differences. 

The Jabra Evolve 75 ANC is an on/off feature. 

The Jabra Evolve2 75 ANC provides you with 5 levels of adjustment, and when you download the Jabra Direct software, you can not only update your headset firmware, but make additional adjustments to ANC and adjustments to a host of other features such as the headset audio equalizer, and the HearThrough feature for example. 

ANC is a great feature, and even better when you’re given more options on how much noise you want to hear. Having ANC on the Jabra Evolve 75 is great, but having 5+ levels of ANC adjustments on the Evolve2 75 is even better. 

How much do both headsets cost? 

The Jabra Evolve 75 has a selling price of $293.00 

The Jabra Evolve2 75 has a selling price of $349.00

Both come with a 2-year warranty, and both are available to be purchased though I don’t think the Evolve 75 will be available for too much longer. 

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Final Thoughts 

So, based on what I’ve noted above, do you feel that the Jabra Evolve2 75 is worth a crisp $50.00 bill over the price of the Jabra Evolve 75? In my way of thinking, this is a no brainer. Yes, I certainly would pony up the extra $50.00 to get the Evolve2 75. Here’s why: 

  1. To me, the Jabra Evolve2 75 sounds better, though I know that sound is subjective, I still prefer the sound quality on the Evolve2 75. 

  2. The Evolve2 75 has a far more stout battery that will deliver longer performance. When it comes to battery life, more is always better. And, as wireless headset wearers, we all want as much as we can get.

  3. The Evolve2 75 Active Noise Cancellation feature is far more adjustable when compared to the Evolve 75. Having more control over the noise level in your environment is a real plus. 

  4. The Evolve2 75 uses an up-to-date version of Bluetooth that carries with it some advantages over v4.0 that’s used on the Evolve 75. 

  5. The Jabra Evolve2 75 is more comfortable, in spite of it weighing a little more. Like sound quality, comfort is also a topic that can be considered subjective. Still, I prefer the feel and fit of the Evolve2 75. 

  6. I like, and appreciate, the new microphone boom storage feature on the Evolve2 75. I think Jabra did a splendid job of improving that feature over the Evolve 75.

  7. Last, but not least, I think the Evolve2 75 just looks better. And, if you’re someone who will be wearing a headset throughout the day, why not have one that looks good, right? 

Evolve2 65 vs. Evolve2 75 vs. Evolve2 85 

If you’d like to watch a comparison video I recorded that compares the Jabra Evolve2 65, Evolve2 75, and the Evolve2 85, I’ll post it below. I think you might find it interesting, and informative. 

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