Today the market offers a wide variety of headsets. You can choose a device with one or two earbuds, with a removable or foldable microphone, with or without lighting. But what if you want a top-end device that offers the most features, no matter the cost? Then I advise you to pay attention to the Jabra Evolve2 85.
Jabra Evolve2 85 Review – Package Contents
As befits a premium device, the Jabra Evolve2 85 offers an excellent package. You will find a convenient case for transporting the headset in the box, which stores the device. A Bluetooth adapter (USB-A or USB-C, depending on the version), a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable for wired connections, and an adapter for use on an airplane. There is a pocket inside the case where you can store all the accessories.
Jabra Evolve2 85 Review – Design and Construction
Jabra Evolve2 85 looks not very catchy, but at the same time stylish. The decoration uses high-quality materials that are pleasant to the touch and do not collect fingerprints. The headset is quite large and weighs 286 grams. But at the same time, the device sits very comfortably on the head. This is mainly due to the soft foam used in the ear cushions and headband padding. Even after several hours of work, fatigue is not felt.
The left ear cup contains an on / pair switch, a button to toggle noise-canceling modes; an LED indicator, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Besides, two connectors are charging the device using a special charging base (can be purchased separately for $ 50). On the right cup, there are buttons for playback control and volume control, a Microsoft Teams button (it may also be unbranded), and a microphone boom with a Mute button, which discreetly hides in the cup (in the lowered position, the microphone turns on automatically, when raised, it turns off). By the way, the boom is swivel so that you can adjust the microphone’s position for yourself.
Each of the Jabra Evolve2 85 bowls also has Busylights that glow red when you are on a call or purple when using Microsoft Teams. In general, the headset leaves a delightful impression after use; the only thing you can find fault with is that the buttons on the right cup are loose, which is why you can hear a little rattling when you try to find them.
Jabra Evolve2 85 Review – Sound and Microphone
The Jabra Evolve2 85 is equipped with ten microphones at once for maximum speech quality. There are four analog MEMS microphones and six digital MEMS microphones. The former is in the boom as mentioned above, which is hidden in the right bowl, and the digital microphone array is used when, for example, you are on the road, and the boom is hidden. It is really comfortable to communicate with this headset – the interlocutor hears you perfectly, without any outside noise.
Jabra Evolve2 85 is UC-certified, which means you can count on stable operation with all popular UC platforms (Cisco, Mitel, Avaya, etc.). Moreover, suppose your primary tool for communicating with colleagues in Microsoft Teams. In that case, you can choose the same version of the headset as we have in the review, which is fully adapted and optimized for MT. You can customize the Teams button on the right earcup to answer calls on MT, navigate to different screens, bring MT client from background to foreground, and more. At the same time, the indicator on the right earcup will glow purple if your device is ready to join an MT meeting, a call is missed, or there is a voicemail.
In terms of technical characteristics, the analog microphone has a sensitivity of -35 dBV / Pa, digital: -26 dB FS / Pa. Frequency response analog: 5-20000 Hz, digital: 100-8000 Hz. To connect to audio sources wirelessly, Bluetooth 5.0 is used. There is support for SBC and AAC codecs, HSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 profiles. Two devices can be connected to the Jabra Evolve2 85 at the same time via Bluetooth.
A headset for such a price should be able not only to transmit the sound of high quality but also to reproduce it well. For this functionality, the Jabra Evolve2 85 is responsible for 40 mm speakers with a frequency range of 20-20000 Hz (100-8000 Hz in talk mode). The headphones show themselves worthy when listening to music and watching movies. There are good detail and depth in the scene. While active noise canceling is on, there is little loss in quality, while ANC does its job well and minimizes external sounds so you can focus on work or play. The user also has access to the heart through mode, which skips sounds when ANC is on and allows, for example, to have a conversation without removing the headphones.
Jabra Evolve2 85 Review – Software and Autonomy
The Jabra Direct (Windows / macOS) and Jabra Sound + (Android/iOS) apps are available to access various headset settings and update software. Both desktop and mobile applications contain a large number of settings. The user can change the equalizer, adjust the operation of the noise-canceling mode, enable the automatic headphone detection function (pause the music when you take off the headset and continue playing when you put it back on), set a timer for sleep mode, adjust the microphone behavior and much more. Plus, you can see the charge level of the Jabra Evolve2 85.
By the way, battery life is another strong point of the headset. The manufacturer claims up to 37 hours of listening to music with ANC off (up to 32 hours with ANC on). In talk mode, the device should be enough for at least 20 hours (ANC on / Busylight on) and a maximum of 30 hours (ANC off / Busylight off). You can charge your Jabra Evolve2 85 via USB-C or using the charging station. Supports fast charging – 15 minutes is enough for 8 hours of battery life.
Jabra Evolve2 85 Review – Conclusion
THE Jabra Evolve2 85 is a great work tool for users who have to spend hours every day in audio and video meetings. The headset copes well with both voice transmission and music reproduction, while it is made of pleasant materials and has a high-quality assembly (except for the buttons on the right earcup). The device is aimed at business customers using UC platforms, which determines its cost.
PROS: appearance and assembly, sound quality, speech quality, optimization for working with UC platforms, software.
CONS: backlash of buttons on the right cup.