Gadget NewsJabra Evolve2 75 Review: the conferencing headset I never knew I needed

DarylJanuary 9, 2022

Though I consider myself a tech enthusiast, it never occurred to me that I needed a proper headset to do conference calls, as I usually relied on the microphones on my laptop or wireless earbuds.

Until one fine day, some dude on top of our office decided to renovate his space, and we aren’t spared from constant hammering and drilling noise, and my callers thought I was in the middle of a warzone when I talked to them on my earbuds.

The Jabra Evolve2 75 couldn’t have come at a better time, especially since most of my meetings are now held online. This is a conference headset that I never knew I needed, and when I thought it couldn’t do any better in music, I was wrong.

Unlike other premium ANC headphones I’ve owned, the Evolve2 75 feels very light, and because it’s designed to be used at your desk most of the time, it doesn’t have a foldable design that you can easily stow in your bag. The build quality is good, as it comes with a leather headband that cushions my head comfortably, and the aluminum arm adjusts the height of the earcups smoothly.

Given that this is a premium conferencing headset, I’m disappointed that Jabra only included a soft fabric case in the box, which also lacks additional pockets for storing cables, but thankfully, there is a small pocket for storing the wireless dongle. Jabra could have included a hard case for added protection, but since this will be on my desk the majority of the time, it isn’t an issue for me.

As a conferencing headset, the Evolve2 75 provides a lot of conveniences in both hardware and software; my unit is a Microsoft Teams certified headset, so you get a dedicated Teams button on the right earcup that launches the program with a single tap, though it only works on PC; it also serves as an answer/reject key when you receive a phone call.

When you’re on a call on your smartphone or computer, there are red LED lights on the earcups to tell people not to bother you, which is useful for office workers and can be turned off in the Jabra Sound+ app if you don’t need it.

The headset has dedicated physical buttons for controlling music playback and volume, which I believe many will appreciate because it eliminates the need to deal with confusing gestures; however, you will need to remember to double or triple tap on the play button to skip tracks.

When compared to its predecessor, the Evolve2 75 has a much shorter boom arm microphone that works extremely well, a button right under it that lets you mute your voice or activate your phone’s voice assistant, and it mutes the microphone when you fold it up while on the phone.

I tested it in a noisy Starbucks outlet and found it to work extremely well, my voice isn’t distorted like a poor quality audio recording as I’ve experienced on some noise cancellation microphones, and the recording quality is quite comparable to my cheap condenser microphone.

Of course, if you don’t want to be seen using the boom arm microphone like a maniac, you can fold it up and the earcup microphones will take over, though you’ll still need to press the mute button below the arm to unmute it.

The Jabra Sound+ app provides a plethora of customization options for the headset, but my favorite feature is MySound, which tailors the sound based on the frequencies I hear in my ear via a setup wizard; it’s not a night and day difference in terms of sound quality, but I hear slightly better details on my music.

I’m glad Jabra prioritized audio quality on the Evolve2 75, especially given that this is primarily a business headset. ANC performance is adequate, and the HearThrough feature allows for natural sound transmission.

To be honest, I didn’t expect the Evolve2 75 to sound this good, and it didn’t need to; it presented the dynamics of K-Pop tracks such as BTS’s Butter so well with a responsive punchy bass while not forgetting to emphasize the vocals; however, when switching to tracks with lower frequencies, it doesn’t do quite well in presenting the rumbles; I wouldn’t recommend this for movies.

I have no complaints about the Evolve2 75’s battery life; it dropped a mere 7% of battery when I finished a conference call, while a 2-hour music listening session will consume around 12% of battery with ANC turned on and 80% volume, measured by connecting over the Jabra Link dongle, though if you do the math it is still quite far from Jabra’s official claim, and it also takes quite some time to charge if you use the included dock, so

The Jabra Evolve2 75 is far from an inexpensive conferencing headset, but you do get what you pay for, especially if you care a lot about microphone quality, and most importantly, you don’t need to leave it at the office desk all the time because of its portability and amazing sound quality, not to mention the number of customizations you can do on the Jabra Sound+ app, you definitely can’t go wrong with it.

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