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Jabra Evolve2 75
December 28, 2021
199mm x 75mm x 238mm
If you’re looking for a good option for a wireless headset, especially for business purposes, there’s a decent amount of choice available. Jabra is attempting to take on that market with its Evolve2 line of telecommuting and hybrid-work oriented headsets, including the Jabra Evolve2 75. But does this headset justify its high price tag?
What you need to know about the Jabra Evolve2 75
- Jabra Evolve2 75: $369.99 USD
The Jabra Evolve2 75 is around the middle of the pack in the Jabra Evolve2 product lineup. It’s a wireless headset that uses USB and Bluetooth to connect, primarily aimed at businesses where employees have a lot of online meetings or other calls. In addition to the features of its cheaper counterparts, the headset brings active noise cancelling, a hear-through button, and automatic play/pause as its biggest selling points. It also features more prominent busy lights to indicate when you shouldn’t be disturbed, and an adjusted microphone design that works both when deployed and stowed. You can buy it in variants optimized for either Microsoft Teams or Unified Communications, with or without a charging cradle, and with either a USB-A or USB-C dongle (we used one with USB-C).
What’s good about the Jabra Evolve2 75?
The Jabra Evolve2 75 features decent active noise cancelling. It’s not perfect—remember, this is an on-ear headset—but it does a good enough job blocking out sound that your coworkers chatting next to you shouldn’t be a big issue.
The headset will automatically play or pause content that you have on your connected device when you put it on or take it off. This can be nice, but occasionally it does the opposite of what you want, because it’s only a toggle. You can also pair to both the USB dongle and to a Bluetooth device simultaneously, and easily switch between the two. It ships with support for Bluetooth 5.2, which should give it wide connectivity and access to the latest set of features, including Bluetooth multipoint and support for AAC and SBC codecs.
The headset feels sturdy, and it looks the part of something you’d wear at work. The microphone can also flip up or down depending on when you’re using it, which always a nice touch.
Considering that it’s an on-ear design, the Jabra Evolve2 75 does a good job with its active noise cancelling. While it’s not as good as the market-leading over-ear headsets like the Sony WH-1000XM5, it does a pretty impressive job of blocking out outside noise. It can also be turned off, or you can press a hear through button to better hear what’s going on around you.
What’s not so good about the Jabra Evolve2 75?
A handful of issues prevent the Jabra Evolve2 75 from being a good pick for most users. It’s an on-ear headset with a lack of padding and middling material choices on both the ear cups and on the headband. This makes it uncomfortable to use for more than an hour at a time. It’s also easy to shake the headset loose, or to have it fall off if you tilt your head too far forward or backward. There’s also an overabundance of buttons placed in different locations and it’s easy to get them confused with each other.
However, the biggest issue here is the price. The Jabra Evolve2 75 is expensive enough to no longer be competitive with the vast majority of the market. This may be due to support for specific services like Microsoft Teams and through marketing primarily to workplaces, but that certainly isn’t enough to justify the price if you’re a regular consumer. It’s also important to note that the unit costs even more if you want the custom charging cradle. The charging cradle is a flat disk that requires an additional USB port, which magnetically guides the Jabra Evolve2 75 into its charging pins, but not without some coaxing.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 fails to live up to its price point when it comes to its frequency response. There are some exaggerations in both the low end and especially in the high end compared to our ideal consumer target curve that makes it difficult to recommend this headset for close listening. It’s not terrible, but there are better headphones out there if you’re looking specifically for a good musical experience. It’s still good enough for taking calls and more casual listening.
The Jabra Evolve2 75’s microphone is unique in that it can work both when the microphone boom is lowered as well as when it’s raised in a storage position. In our testing we found it produces a very misshapen frequency response (as seen on the chart above), and the mic samples don’t exactly paint very flattering picture either. You can listen for yourself to the microphone demos we recorded to see what you think of its sound quality.
Jabra Evolve2 75 ideal microphone demo
Jabra Evolve2 75 office microphone demo
Jabra Evolve2 75 specs
We’ve collected the most important specifications of the Jabra Evolve2 75 for your quick reference:
|Jabra Evolve2 75|
Box: 145mm x 67mm x 190mm
Buttons on left and right earcup
36 hours (ANC off)
33 hours (ANC on)
Yes: 30% of battery after 35 minutes of charging
Jabra Evolve2 75 review: Should you buy it?
Overall we can’t recommend the Jabra Evolve2 75. While it’s better than the Jabra Evolve2 65, it still does very little to justify its high price. The on-ear design and ear cup materials are uncomfortable for long periods of time. It also doesn’t keep a good fit, being fairly easy to knock off your head by accident. The sound quality has some issues that shouldn’t be found in a headset of this price, with big deviations from our ideal frequency response curve. While its wireless features are impressive, with dual support for USB and Bluetooth, the number of controls on the headset quickly becomes confusing.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 could be a decent choice if you ever find it for a huge discount, but Jabra is asking way too much for it. There are better wired headsets, wireless headsets, and headsets aimed at business users.
Frequently asked questions about the Jabra Evolve2 75
You can charge the Jabra Evolve2 75 with a USB-C cable if you don’t have the charging cradle.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 has full support for macOS machines. Linux users can also use it, but it’s not officially supported and you won’t be able to use the official app.