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Why Jabra Evolve Headsets are Industry Leaders in Office Headsets…

Jabra Evolve Series Review

When it comes to office headsets, Jabra are in the premier league, and the Jabra Evolve series headsets are key players on the market. There are five key models which offer an assortment of features and benefits which have landed them as a key choice for various types of businesses.

The five models – 20, 30, 40, 65 and 80 (all binaural designs) range a fair amount between them in terms of abilities and benefits, though we feel like the high Jabra quality remains throughout. Here are a few reasons why:

Evolve Headsets are Industry Leaders in Noise Cancellation

The series introduces large ear cushions with specially designed leatherette adapting the padding to the individual, blocking office noise. Furthermore, the flagship product Jabra Evolve 80 offers additional noise cancellation with an around the ear wearing style and is the industry’s first professional headset offering active noise cancellation to give a full concentration zone experience.

  • Active Noise Cancellation – a microphone in the earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.)
  • Passive Noise Cancellation – the headphones work to block out sound waves from the environment by the materials they are made of

Jabra Evolve Series is Popular for its ‘Busy Light’ Feature

Built into the headphones, the busy light indicator effectively signals availability to colleagues.

Made For Music & Voice: Incorporates high-end sound quality for both professional communication and entertainment.

Designed with Mobility in Mind: Built-in Bluetooth capability for the Jabra Evolve 65 along with plug-and-play options for PCs or mobile devices for other models through USB and 3.5mm stereo jack stick outputs.

The Five Jabra Evolve Headset Models:

Jabra Evolve 20

The Jabra Evolve 20 is essentially made for voice and music, and it is easy to switch between the two. It has noise cancellation technology but passive, basically meaning the headphones work to block out sound waves from the environment by the materials they are made of. In this case, the ear cushions do most of the work – and it does a good job of cancelling out voices in the vicinity.

As with many Jabra headsets, the 20 has easy call management. An in-line call controller gives you easy access with large buttons and LED indicators. Pick up or end calls, control volume, you simply mute the line.
Key Features for the Jabra Evolve 20 Headset:

  • Wideband.HIFI Headset
  • Noise Cancelling
  • Over The Head Wearing Style
  • Digital Signaling Processing (DSP)
  • USB Charging
ResellerPrice
Extra Direct£35.00
Jabra evolve 20 cheapest option£32.00

 

Jabra Evolve 30

The 30 is a better headset choice if you are looking for active noise cancellation – much more ideal for a call centre or loud and busy workplace. This particular model was built to create a complete concentration zone around you in the noisy, open office – so you can stay focused on the job.

As we know, Jabra like to offer multi-purpose products and they step out of the water from just office headsets. The Jabra Evolve 30 has a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack (unlike the iPhone 7) which lets users connect headsets with smart phones, tablets or other devices.

The Jabra Evolve 30 is a professional headset designed to improve conversations which can be used for personal use. Essentially it is a high end device – middle of the range when it comes to the Evolve series, however.
Key Features

  • Optimised for Microsoft Lync
  • Noise cancelling microphone and DSP technologies
  • USB connection and compatible with Jabra PC suite
  • Over-the-head wearing style with adjustable headband
ResellerPrice
PMC Telecom£44.39
Viking Direct£59.39

Jabra Evolve 40

This model is where the evolve series stars to get more interesting. Essentially the 40 is built and designed intended for business use, with its integrated busy light and Intelligent Call Transfer feature.

The Busy-light, as you can well imagine, automatically turns on during a call to let others know the person is busy. It’s a simple yet instrumental part of workplace call making, and users can also activate it manually to signal that they don’t want to be disturbed.

The Jabra Evolve 80 and Evolve 40 now have Jabra Intelligent Call Transfer. This means you can transfer your Lync and Skype for Business calls to your smartphone — ideal for when a meeting is running over and you need to head out the door. Simply disconnect the 3.5 mm jack from the USB inline call controller, plug into your mobile phone and the call transfers instantly to your mobile device

  • Optimised for Microsoft Lync
  • Wideband.HIFI Headset
  • Noise Cancelling
  • Over The Head Wearing Style
  • Digital Signaling Processing (DSP)
  • USB Charging
ResellerPrice
BT Shop£45.78
PMC Telecom£47.00

Jabra Evolve 65

We are getting towards the high-end Jabra Evolve headsets with the 65. This model prides itself on its wireless connectivity, and when put to the test, it really does have a decent 30m range meaning you can stand up and walk around, leave the room, even go and make a coffee while staying connected on a call.

As with similar Evolve models, the 65 has a busy light. This means that when you’re on a call, the busy-light turns on automatically to let others know you’re busy. You can also manually activate the busy-light when you don’t want to be disturbed.

A key selling point for the 65 is its 10-hour battery life – and it is exactly as advertised. You can get upto 10 hours talk time on a single charge, and even use the charging cable when you run out of battery.

This headset uses passive noise cancellation which is efficient enough for a reasonably busy workplace.

Jabra Evolve 65 Key Features

  • Supports Bluetooth Version 3.0
  • Noise Cancelling
  • USB Connectivity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Talk Time
  • Compatible with Devices for Music Capabilities
ResellerPrice
Misco£101.94
PMC Telecom£82.91

Jabra Evolve 80

If you are looking for active noise cancellation, this is your winner. The Jabra Evolve 80 is a professional headset designed to improve concentration and conversations. Premium noise-cancelling technology gives you peace to work in the noisy, open office, effectively creating a concentration zone around you, so you can stay focused on the job.

The speakers are built for style and comfort with leatherette ear cushions and are specifically designed to reduce office noise. When combined with active noise-cancelling technology, you get maximum protection against office noise. The concentration zone is completed with a busy light indicator that signals user availability to colleagues.

The Jabra Evolve 80 comes with a 3.5 mm jack stick incorporated into the control unit giving you the freedom to connect your corded headset to PC, smartphone or tablet. The control unit also supports comfortable and easy access to its most used functions, such as volume. You are also able to answer calls and close calls directly at the control unit thereby increasing your overall flexibility, so you can better focus on the conversation. When not on a call or when you are on the go, the microphone boom-arm can be seamlessly integrated into the headband – so you can easily turn your office headset into a personal headset.

You can switch on active noise-cancellation to virtually eliminate low-frequency sounds, such as the hum of air conditioning. Active noise-cancellation uses advanced microphones to monitor and counter ambient noise up to 3 times more effectively than our competitors.

Jabra Evolve 80 Key Features

  • High-end Noise Cancellation
  • Over The Head Wearing Style
  • Digital Signaling Processing (DSP)
  • USB Charging

 

ResellerPrice
Misco£215.94
PMC Telecom£192

We recommend:

In our humble opinion, we recommend the following headsets for the following purpose:

Small business – Jabra Evolve 30

The 30 is slightly lower and and cost efficient whilst still providing a decent quality product with noise cancellation for a moderately noisy workplace.

Call centres and large workplaces – Jabra Evolve 65

The wireless connectivity means workers can be mobile, and the noise cancellation technology here is high end.

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