Just when you thought Jabra had introduced enough new headsets, they threw another one into the mix to put smiles on our faces.
For a long time, the Jabra Evolve 75 has been a fan favorite, and for a lot of very good reasons. The Evolve 75 is feature rich, comfortable, and has that professional sound you’ve come to expect from a Jabra headset.
Given its popularity, features and professional sound, how can that be improved on? Well, I’m here to say that Jabra did just that. They took a highly popular wireless headset and made it even better.
In this blog I’m going to review the new Jabra Evolve2 75 wireless headset.
I’ll go over many of its features, and I’ll of course test the microphones and speakers to see how this new wireless headset sounds. And without a doubt, no test would be complete if I didn’t put it up against some annoying sounds like loud office noise, dogs barking and yes, even the dreaded blender test to see how it does to eliminate these unwanted sounds.
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Still with me? Great! Let’s dive into the new Jabra Evolve2 75 to see what this new wireless headset is all about.
What devices does the Jabra Evolve2 75 connect to?
The Evolve2 75 works with computers, and mobile devices. It comes with a Jabra Link 380 Bluetooth adapter for computer USB connectivity, but you can also connect to
computers, mobile phones and tablets for example, that are Bluetooth enabled. The Evolve2 75 uses Bluetooth 5.2, which at this time is the latest version.
Though you have the option of connecting the Evolve2 75 to a computer that’s Bluetooth enabled, it’s a better option to connect to it via the USB adapter. You’ll get a more steady, reliable connection, and you’ll get longer wireless range too. You may find the audio quality to be better as well.
While on the subject of connectivity, the Evolve2 75 can pair up to 8 devices, and up to 2 simultaneously. This is nice because it remembers the devices on your list, and when paired to two of them, it switches seamlessly between them.
Updated & enhanced chipset
The Jabra Evolve2 75 has been enhanced by the use of a new, powerful digital chipset. In fact there are three onboard chipsets that help to power and control the various features of this new wireless headset.
This new chipset is not only faster, so your commands are executed faster, but it’s also more powerful over any other chipset Jabra’s ever used, and finally, it’s far more intelligent.
This is perhaps one of the more ordinary aspects of any new wireless headset. It’s far more interesting to talk about technology features, but when it comes to day-to-day use, wireless range does make a difference. After all, if you can’t go far enough to do your work smoothly, it causes you to alter your actions in order to compensate for the lack of wireless range.
The new Jabra Evolve2 75 is rated to give you up to 100 feet (30 meters) of wireless talk/listen range. This is pretty standard for many Bluetooth devices. You will find new models that have a range that’s limited to 33 feet, so by comparison, I guess you could say that at 100 feet, the Evolve2 75 is on the upper end of Bluetooth range.
How heavy is this new headset?
The Jabra Evolve2 75 weighs in at 6.9 ounces. I’d say that places this new headset at the middle of the pack in terms of weight. Some may weigh less, while many others will weigh more.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 weighs the same as these common household items:
- A cup of vegetable oil
- 7 slices of bread
- 4 of your favorite Pop Tarts
When you correlate these items to the weight of the headset, it should help you to envision how much it weighs.
Why is weight important? If you consider that this is a device that’s worn over the head for many hours a day, it makes sense that you’d want this device to be as lightweight as possible.
The last thing you want is it to be heavy which can easily lead to pain and discomfort, but headaches as well. The lighter the better, and considering everything that’s gone into this headset, I’d say Jabra did a good job to keep the weight down.
More on comfort
Weight is one element of comfort. There are others such as design, headbands and ear cushions. When you take all of these things into consideration, you come away with a headset that might be considered comfortable, somewhat comfortable, or maybe even uncomfortable.
For short periods of time many headsets may receive a passing grade, but that’s not a good measure of comfort. Headsets are commonly worn for up to 8 hours, or in some cases, even longer. That’s the true test of comfort.
That is, how do you feel during that stretch of time, and how do you feel on your way home? Those are the times that you’ll come to appreciate all the engineering that’s gone into the development of a headset.
Jabra spent a lot of time and effort designing the ear cushions that are used on the Evolve2 75. They use a dual foam design that results in better ventilation, keeping you cool (ear cushions, over time, can feel warm on the ears), while helping to assist in reducing unwanted background noise through the materials used to house the ear cushions.
The other thing you’ll notice on the Evolve2 75 is the generous use of padding along the sides of the headband as well as on the top. It looks soft, and for sure, it doesn’t look like Jabra intended on skimping on the amount of padding. Quite the opposite. It’s clear they intended on providing comfort on the ears, and over the head, which are the two main touch points when wearing a headset.
Evolve2 75 Microphones
The Jabra Evolve2 75 uses 8 strategically placed microphones, 4 of which are used when Active Noise Cancellation is on.
Unlike in the past where headsets came with a single microphone, the headsets of today are upping that by incorporating multiple microphones that are designed to provide better audio quality. And I’d say they’re doing a good job at it.
If you raise the microphone boom arm up, this will automatically mute the microphone, and when you lower it, it will unmute it. This can be used to answer an incoming call as well.
Jabra has two names they assign to the microphone boom arm position:
- Performance Mode
- Discreet Mode
Performance mode refers to the times when you’re on a phone call, or video call and you want optimum sound quality.
Discreet mode refers to those times when you’re listening to music, a podcast etc, and you don’t need a boom microphone. Simply raise it up, and it stows out of your way, and out of sight, hence the references to discreet.
Speaking of the microphone boom, Jabra engineered the mic boom used on the Evolve2 75 to be 33% shorter than the boom used on the Evolve 75. If you were to ask a group of people whether they preferred a boom arm that’s longer or shorter, I’m pretty sure most would answer shorter.
We applaud Jabra for recognizing this, and shortening the boom. I wish more manufacturers would understand this as well.
The microphones used in the Evolve2 75 are noise cancelling. This is something you’d expect on any wireless headset today, so no surprise here.
Even if you have a wireless headset that checks all the boxes, and even checks them in a big way, it’s going to fall short if it doesn’t have a battery that delivers a good amount of talk/listening time.
Keeping in step with the current battery trend, the Jabra Evolve2 75 comes with a battery that provides up to 24 hours of talk time, and up to 36 hours of listening time.
This assumes that the Active Noise Cancellation feature (which I’ll talk about shortly), is not being used. To give you an idea how much battery life you can expect if using ANC, the listening time, for example, reduces from 36 hours to 33.
Getting a full charge on this battery takes 160 minutes (2 hours, 40 minutes).
You’ll get 4 hours of battery life after 15 minutes on the charger, 30% after 35 minutes, and 60% after 70 minutes.
Something to help you concentrate better
Today, we’re seeing a feature that’s becoming more common in wireless headsets. This is a feature referred to as Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC for short.
ANC is a handy feature that allows the headset wearer to regulate how much of the room noise is heard. Whether you’re contending with the sounds of babies crying, dogs barking or coworkers talking, ANC allows you to have control over what you hear.
Studies have shown that distractive room noise is a leading cause of reduced worker productivity. With that in mind, it makes a lot of sense to have a tool that gives you some control over it. ANC is a tool designed for this job. Essentially, it electronically produces counter measures against detected incoming sound.
In some instances, you may want to block out as much of the background noise as possible, though some people don’t like that much noise isolation. Still, you’re in control of how much noise you do hear.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 has ANC, which Jabra refers to as concentration mode. This is just another way of referencing Active Noise Cancellation. If you’ve never used a headset with ANC, you really should try one to see how nice it really is. Honestly, I’d be surprised if the Evolve2 75 didn’t include it as ANC has become a standard feature on premium headsets.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 has a feature called HearThrough. This feature allows you to have a conversation with someone in your work environment, or just hear what’s going on around you without the need to remove the headset.
A lot of people find it annoying to have to take off a headset to converse with someone, then put it back on and resume working. This process is known to repeat throughout the day. The Jabra HearThrough feature solves this problem.
There’s a button you press that allows you to hear your surroundings. When you don’t want to hear what’s going on around you, you simply turn that feature off. This is where the ANC feature picks up giving you the ability to adjust how much room noise you do hear.
Wired or wireless, your choice
Most wireless headsets are just that, wireless. In other words, they can only be used as a wireless headset. However, one of the changes that’s taken place recently is wireless headsets that can also be used as a wired headset.
When your battery is in need of recharging, you have the option of plugging in the included 3.9 foot USB cable to recharge the headset. While recharging, you can continue using the headset in wired mode.
This is a very practical feature that allows the headset owner to continue using the headset even when recharging. Though a few makes and models of wireless headsets have this ability, it’s more uncommon than common. Nice to see this was an included feature on the Jabra Evolve2 75.
Sound - how good does it sound, and how good is it at reducing noise?
The Jabra Evolve2 75 isn’t a minor update to the former Evolve 75, it’s a complete overhaul. Included in that overhaul are sound qualities that place it light years ahead of its former self.
In my video, I put it up against some challenging noises such as dogs barking, office noise, and a fan blowing on me. With the microphone positioned in performance mode (lowered), it not only sounded fantastic, but when it came to reducing that annoying background sound, it performed exceptionally.
This means that if you care about having professional grade sound when on phone calls or when on a meeting, you simply can’t go wrong if you use an Evolve2 75.
Simply put, it sounds awesome. Then again, that’s my take. Yours might be different. Make sure to watch my review video so you can decide for yourself how well (or not so well) the Jabra Evolve2 75 sounds.
I was less impressed with the sound quality when the mic boom was raised, but then again, when it’s raised, you’re probably going to be listening to music or some other audio, so sound quality in that mode isn’t critical.
I was honestly surprised a bit as to how well it handled the noise I threw at it. My voice was clear even when the noise was blaring. And, there wasn’t a lot of background noise present either which is a challenge for any make or model of headset. Job well done Jabra!
Software | Apps
The Jabra Evolve2 75 is able to be used with Jabra software such as:
All of these Apps allow you to customize your headset so it performs the way you want, as well as allowing you to manage a single headset or a team.
Some of the things you can do include updating your firmware, adjusting call settings, personalizing the audio equalizer, getting bug fixes, adjusting the Active Noise Cancellation and HearThrough features, managing a group of headsets from a single point, and more.
Needless to say, Jabra has put a lot of thought and effort into their software, and how it allows you to make settings that are just right for you.
Other noteworthy features
If you use Microsoft Teams regularly, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a version of this headset that’s designed for Teams. It includes a Teams button that allows you to access Teams immediately. And, for those who aren’t Microsoft Teams power users, there’s a UC variant that will still work with Teams, but better suited for those who spend more time on other Apps.
There’s a more visible busy light that has two LEDs on each side.
This makes your busy status more visible over the previous version. Also, when you’re on a Team's call, the light moves to purple rather than red. This is to notify those around you that you’re on a Teams call.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 has smart sensors that detect when the headset is on, and when it’s off.
It can perform different tasks depending on whether the headset is being worn or not. For example, if you’re on a call, and you take the headset off, it will mute your microphone. It will also pause your media until you put it back on. Once on, the media resumes.
You also have the choice of a couple of colors.
You can choose from black, or beige. I always think it’s nice when you have a choice. Most headsets are only available in one color, so this is nice to have another color choice.
How much does it cost, and what’s the warranty?
The Evolve2 75 starts at $349.00, and comes with a 2-year warranty. Not only do you have a color choice, but you can choose to get a charging cradle or not as well.
Based on the fit, finish and features, I’d say that this headset is priced very reasonably given everything it offers.
I was waiting for the introduction of the Evolve2 75 with great anticipation. I was curious to know what kind of updates it would come with. To say that I’ve been impressed would be putting it lightly. This is a major overhaul from the former Evolve 75 not only in appearance, but in performance and technology.
I very much like this headset not only because it looks modern and well-built, but because it has some very attractive and useful technology features that users of this headset will find very beneficial.
I love how this headset sounds when the microphone boom is in performance mode, and I like how the speakers sound when listening to music. I find it pleasurable because I get a good bass bump, while the mids and highs haven’t been left out. A good sound experience overall. Oh, and the way it handles background noise is simply impressive as well.
Great sound, comfortable, technology rich features and a nice price point and warranty makes me a big fan of this newest wireless headset from Jabra, the Evolve2 75.