With all the audio and video meetings going on these days, having a headset to use on those meetings isn’t really optional any longer. The majority of meetings take place using computer applications such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, RingCentral and others.
It’s easy to find a USB headset because there’s so many to choose from. But, not all of them are able to provide the comfort, sound quality, and reliability needed.
In this blog, I’ll be introducing you to a new wired, USB headset that Jabra just released, which is the new Jabra Evolve2 30.
Jabra Evolve2 30 Video Review
Who the Evolve2 30 is for
If you’re someone who works at home, at the local coffee shop, or in an office with a team of people, your communication needs are pretty much the same.
You want a headset that’s comfortable, you want a headset that sounds good, one that reduces unwanted background noise, and of course you want it to be reliable and affordable.
2 variants to choose from
The Jabra Evolve2 30 comes in two different versions;
For those who use different applications such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other UC platforms, then the UC version would be a good choice.
For those who are Microsoft Teams specific, then you’ll want to select the MS Teams version as it’s specifically designed for use with Teams.
Besides these two different variants, you also have the choice between USB A or USB C connectivity. A lot of computers today are coming with USB C ports, but there are still a lot of computers using USB A. So whichever you use, there’s an Evolve2 30 connection that’s right for your situation.
As I mentioned earlier, we all want a headset that’s comfortable, especially if you’re on long calls that can last for hours. So how does the Evolve2 30 rate on comfort?
The first thing that makes this headset comfortable is its design. The Jabra Engineers designed this headset so that it provides gentle pressure against the head that’s sufficient to keep it in place, but gentle enough so it’s comfortable and able to be worn for long periods of time.
This is a careful balancing act that requires enough pressure to keep the headset in place, but not so much pressure that creates headaches or discomfort.
In order to help accomplish this, Jabra Design and Engineering teams measured hundreds of heads using Biometric measurements. This allowed them to zero in on the perfect design for all day wearing comfort.
The second thing that aids comfort on the Evolve2 30 is the high quality, noise isolating, memory foam ear pads. The types of foam material used in ear cushions are one of the areas where it’s easy to cut corners. Many headsets do cut corners here and it’s easy to tell.
When you wear one of these headsets for a period of time, you can feel the hard plastic from the ear speaker housing pressing against the ear. This is not only uncomfortable for short periods of time, but imagine the discomfort if worn all day?
Fortunately though, the Evolve2 30 isn’t a cost cutting designed headset. Jabra uses memory foam in the ear cushions which is a premium material, and known to conform to you, and your specific contour, making for a more comfortable wearing experience.
These ear cushions are not only soft and comfortable, but the speaker housing that they’re connected to, help to passively eliminate unwanted background noise. Additionally, the speaker housing is reinforced and durable so it helps to protect the internal and external components from impact to help prolong its useful life.
The headband on the Evolve2 30 is adjustable which allows you to position the ear cushion(s) comfortably against your ear. We’re all uniquely built, and having the ability to place the ear cushions in the right spot helps make the headset wearing experience all the better. The headband, and slider are both built from stainless steel for durability.
Last, and certainly not least, no headset comfort conversation would be complete without some mention of the weight of the headset. The mono version weighs just 3.2 ounces, and the duo model weighs only 4.4.
By headset standards, these are both very lightweight, and when it comes to comfort, weight plays an important role. Many headsets we’ve reviewed weigh 6 ounces, and even as much as 10 ounces. So when you stop to compare, it’s easy to see that the Evolve2 30 was designed with comfort in mind.
Sound quality - 1 star, 5 stars, or something in between?
Comfort is always an important factor, but so is sound quality. After all, if a headset is comfortable, but it sounds bad, well, there’s no sense in considering it. We all want to sound good when we’re on calls, so how does this Jabra Evolve2 30 sound?
Does it deliver that professional sound quality we’re all looking for, or does it leave you unimpressed and still searching? Well, to help answer that question, we ran this headset through some audio tests in order to find out for ourselves.
We tested the Jabra Evolve2 30 for:
- Voice sound quality - how good your voice sounds when speaking 2. Voice sound quality when background noise was present
- How well it did to remove loud background noise
The verdict is in; A solid 4 stars and an above average headset for sure.
As far as voice audio quality is concerned, the Evolve2 30 did a good job. The voice quality was good and professional for sure. After all, this is a Jabra headset, and I can’t think of a headset they make that sounds poor. The truth is, they make good quality headsets, and the Evolve2 30 isn’t an exception.
The voice quality remained consistently good even when the headset was contending with the different background noises. It’s important to mention this because a headset can sound good in a quiet environment, but in a noisy one, some tend to struggle.
They may reduce noise pretty well, but in the process, the voice audio quality can be compromised. We didn’t experience that in our test with the Evolve2 30. The sound quality remained constant whether there was background noise or not.
And though this may sound like something that should be a given for any headset with a noise canceling microphone, the truth is, having a noise canceling microphone doesn’t guarantee you’ll sound good when the headset is working to reduce that background noise.
That brings me to background noise itself.
Believe me when I say that not all headsets handle background noise the same. Here are the noises that we threw at the Evolve2 30:
- Office noise - people talking, office equipment sounds etc
- Dogs barking - dog owner and at home worker, this one’s for you
- Blender Test - We cranked up a blender on high 2-3 feet away. And though I realize that most people aren’t blending pitchers of Margaritas or Fruit Smoothies while on calls, this is a great noise challenge for any headset.
Given that this is a value priced headset, I was impressed with how well it did to squash these noises. If you’d like to hear these tests, and decide for yourself how well it did, then you’ll want to watch the review video and fast forward to 2:22.
All in all, I’d say that this is a pretty solid headset from the standpoint of audio quality, and noise reduction. And by the way, both of these things are important if you want to sound professional on your calls.
While on the subject of sound, the Jabra Evolve2 30 features wideband audio and 28 mm drivers for great sound quality whether on calls, or listening to music.
Granted, you shouldn’t expect this sound to rival that of a Bose headset, but you should expect some solid sound overall, and in that sense, it delivers. Something to keep in mind here is this is a business headset, and unlike that Bose headset, it’s not designed for personal entertainment as it’s primary design objective. With that in mind, the sound quality you get from this headset is respectable.
Buttons on the headset
Most wired USB headsets come with an inline controller. On that controller are buttons that allow you to access certain features like volume, mute and answering calls. The Jabra Evolve2 30 has these same features, but to access them, they’re located on the headset rather than midway down the cord like other headsets.
Here are the features that you can access on the Evolve2 30:
- Volume up / Volume down (this is your hearing volume, and not your speaking volume)
- Mute on / Mute off (this is so you can turn off your microphone when needed for things like having a side conversation, muting the dog barking, screaming out loud when you learned that you didn’t get that promotion you were expecting etc)
- Answer / End (this is a feature that allows you to take and end calls from the headset rather than from the computer within an application.
Some may prefer for the buttons to be located on the inline controller, while others may prefer them to be on the earpiece of the headset. For me personally, I like the buttons on the headset.
I guess it simply comes down to personal preference, and that happens to be mine. Yours may be different, and if so, then there are many other good quality headsets with the feature buttons on the controller rather than on the headset itself.
Busy light on board
The Jabra Evolve2 30 comes with a built-in busy light. When you go live on a call, the busy lamp turns on to alert those around you that you’re on a call, and not to be disturbed. This is a nice feature that helps to minimize interruptions, as well as helps you to get more done during your work day.
Jabra Direct allows you to do several things.
- You can update your firmware to make sure your headset is always up to date
- You can get bug fixes
- You can get the most up to date features so your headset is always performing at its best
Overall thoughts and impression of the Jabra Evolve2 30
I like this headset. I think Jabra did a nice job to make an affordable headset (I’ll cover pricing here in a moment), one that sounds good and is comfortable.
The microphone, which can be placed on the right or left side, is noise canceling, and I have to say that it does a pretty good job of reducing noise especially considering this is an entry level headset. Heck, for headsets that cost a lot more, this headset performs every bit as well which says a lot about it.
The audio quality is professional for sure, and without a doubt appropriate for use on any kind of business call. I have heard other headsets that do sound better, that provide a more rich sound, but those headsets generally are priced two to three times as much as the Evolve2 30. So give credit where credit is due. This headset does a good job.
The Evolve2 30 weighs very little when compared to other headsets. When you pick it up it’s light, and the same when you wear it. Light is good, heavy is bad. The Evolve2 30 is good.
The Evolve2 30 comes with a nice carry case so you can take it with you on the go which keeps it protected, which is nice. It gives you a busy light so you can minimize interruptions, and you can answer and end calls right from the headset when using applications such as Avaya, Cisco, Unify, RingCentral, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft Teams, Google, 8X8, Dialpad, Mitel and more. Being able to access calls right from the headset rather than from the computer is a nice bonus.
The Evolve2 30 doesn’t come with Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC for short. This is a feature that allows the user to press a button on the headset to manage the room noise.
This allows for better concentration especially in noisy environments. It’s no surprise to me that the Evolve2 30 doesn’t have this feature because ANC is normally found on more expensive headsets and rarely, if ever, do you find it on more economically priced models. So to me, no deal breaker here, and for many, it may not be a feature that’s needed anyway.
Jabra Evolve2 30 mono (single ear) - MSRP $98.00
Jabra Evolve2 30 duo (double ear) - MSRP $109.00
I think this is a very fair and reasonable price for these headsets. You get a lot of headset for the money, honestly. It comes with a 2-year warranty, and it’s backed not only by Headset Advisor when you buy from us, but also from Jabra who’s earned an excellent global reputation.
These are seriously good headsets for a very fair and reasonable price. For around $100.00, you’re getting a fantastic tech tool that will have you sounding great on your calls, and one that will last. What’s not to like about that?
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Tip # 1
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Tip # 2
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