Recently we go the chance to try out the Jabra Evolve2 65, a headset, that’s designed to, and will, level up your work from home experience.
We’re now in an age where working from home has become the norm. Zoom meetings and calls happen on a daily basis when it was probably something that we used to do once a month – which makes it all the more important to get some quality equipment that supports your needs. That’s where the Jabra Evolve2 series comes in.
The Jabra Evolve2 range of headsets fall within the existing Evolve series, re-engineered to provide greater performance. The Evolve2 65 does seem to do just that.
The Jabra Evolve2 65 is the “entry-level” on-ear headset within the new Evolve2 line. It’s got a nice solid metal frame with a leatherette padding. The same comfy leather wraps around the ear cups as well.
Typically, I’m not the biggest fan of on ear headsets, because they don’t really sit very well on my head and I’ve always preferred the over-ear headsets that surround the whole ear. However, it is actually quite comfortable. I wouldn’t go so far to say that on-ear headphones would be my headsets of choice, but they are definitely more comfortable than most.
Another aspect that I typically prefer over-ear headsets versus on-ear headsets would be passive noise cancelling. However, I was quite surprised that the Evolve2 65 dopes that quite well. While it might not have Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), but it’s passive noise cancelling is actually quite impressive. The moment you put them on, you can immediately feel the dampening effects.
The headset is also pretty comfortable over the long run as at is quite light and the earcups swivel to keep them well positioned on your ears that aids in both comfort and noise cancellation.
If you need to remove the headset, you can quite easily hang them around your neck and swivel the earcups to sit on your collar. However, it is slightly odd that the earcups swivel outward rather than inward. It might be because of the connected boom arm, but it’s still slightly odd.
The boom arm is one of the key performance features of the headset, but also the one feature that might turn you off if you intend to use this headset on the go. The boom arm uses 3 microphones that help it deliver great audio quality. While the review headset we have has been optimized for Microsoft Teams, we’ve used it for Zoom and Webex meetings, as well as standard mobile calls and whatsapp calls. The call quality has always been extremely clear on both ends.
However, it is the same undetachable boom arm that makes the headset scream “work” rather than “audiophile” or “gamer” and it might not be for you if you’re going for a particular aesthetic look.
That being said, the Jabra Evolve2 65 is designed as a professional headset meant for “work” first-and-foremost rather than “play”. Which makes it all the more astonishing how well it handles music. The 40mm drivers provide a very full and balanced sound, and a nice soundstage, that belies your visual expectations of the headset.
Our review list included music from Queen, Extreme, David Guetta, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai and more that tested the headset across different genres and complexities. I have to say, we were truly impressed.
Included with the Jabra Evolve2 65 is a charging cradle that doubles as a headset stand and a USB C cable. A full charge can last up to 37 hours. Even listening to music and audiobooks for an extended period of time, it still gave us a good 30+ hours on a full charge. A 15 minute charge can get you a good 8 hours of listening time.
You do need to be precise with the charging cradle though as we’ve noticed that if the connectors don’t get into contact well, it will still stay there, but it might not charge.
Is the Jabra Evolve2 65 a good headset? Definitely. Call Quality is great and very clear on both sides. I could hear the caller very clearly and they could hear me as well. And it worked well not just for Microsoft Teams but as well on WebEx and zoom. Need to relax, the headset was great for music as well.
Aesthetically though it might not be for everyone, and the price might be a bit of a stumbling block at about SGD 392. But, it might be an investment to your work from home setup – especially since it doesn’t quite look like we are moving away from working from home anytime soon.
So if you’re looking at investing in a new piece of gear for your home office, it might be worth considering the Jabra Evolve2 65.