The Jabra headsets we’ve reviewed over the years have been consistently impressed us. I reviewed the on-ear Jabra Evolve 75 Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation and keep them at my desk at home. Now, Jabra has taken much of what makes the Evolve 75 great and packed it into the smaller Jabra Evolve 75e neckband headset.
The Evolve 75e was “Engineered to be the world’s first professional UC-certified wireless earbuds.” They look like any of the increasingly ubiquitous neckband-style headsets but are something different. You see, while most of this style of headset is designed for use during active periods of time such as running, the Jabra Evolve 75e was created to help you get things done in a professional setting. That’s not to say this headset isn’t great for music, it is, but it is as much an office headset as it is anything else.
Professional sound. The way you want to wear it.
Jabra wasn’t playing around when designing the voice-prowess of the Jabra Evolve 75e. The headset has three-microphone technology that is able to create a special talk-zone around you. It allows the headset to filter out the voices and noises surrounding you while you talk. The result is that calls are as clear as clear can be on both ends of the conversation.
Calls and music that lasts as long as you need it. All day long
One of the reasons neckband-style headsets stand out in the exploding wireless headset market is their ability to pack a large battery into the neckband. By necessity, truly wireless headsets have small batteries. To compensate for this many of them, Jarba’s offerings included, come with a battery case that provides additional charges. Still, if you get four hours of talk and music time from a truly wireless headset you are doing well. The Evolve 75e is a neckband headset so it has a huge advantage and can deliver up to 14 hours of playback and call time per charge. Add in the fact that the headset can be fully charged in under two hours and you have a headset that really does offer excellent battery and charging capabilities.
Powerful at work. Fully concentrate, whatever the noise around you.
The Jabra Evolve 75e was designed for noisy work environments. In recent years many businesses have gone toward open office designs. That means fewer and fewer professionals have their own office. The noise from the people around you not only interferes with conversations but can also be exceptionally distracting. That’s why Jabra built Active Noise Cancellation into the headset. It does a good job in a work environment of allowing you to better focus. That noted, however, I did take the Evolve 75e on a recent trip and I found it to be a bit less effective at isolating me when the plane was in flight than some other headsets with ANC. In other words, I really see the ANC on the evolve 75e as something more connected to productivity than travel. On that count, it does a nice job.
In addition, since this is a headset designed for a business environment, Jabra built a “busy light” into the headset. It lets colleagues know you are occupied and helps avoid the constant interruptions that can also get in the way of your ability to be focused and productive.
Smart controls for work and play
One of the things I love about neckband headsets is the fact that you can have the headset on your neck without the earbuds in your ears.
These headphones even have magnets that hold the earbuds together when you aren’t wearing them. When a call comes in or you want to shut out the noise surrounding you, you can simply pop the earbuds in. The headset has a vibration notification built into it. When a call comes in the headset can let you know even if the earbuds aren’t in at that moment. (And, thanks to the 14 hours battery life, you can wear the neckband all day long with it on but not in your ears.) When you feel the vibration, you are alerted to a call coming in and can put the earbud in and take the call.
The problem enters when you need to control the headset but don’t want to take it off your neck. Thankfully, the Jabra Evolve 75e has five well-placed buttons that allow for quick control of calls and music.
There’s even a smart button that lets you access Siri or Google Now with the press of a button.
In the past, I have not been all that impressed with the fit of some of Jabra’s in-ear wireless headsets. They were okay but didn’t seal as tightly, or get as secure, as I would have liked. Clearly, Jabra received feedback on this. As a result, they offer a range of options to give you a “personalized fit for an improved experience.” Inside the box, the Jabra Evolve 75e comes with multiple fitting options for EarGels and EarWings. This gives you multiple ways to get the best fit possible. It is definitely worth trying all the various options when you first start using the headset.
Of course, since the Jabra Evolve 75e is a headset designed for business, it comes with a USB dongle for connection to your computer. This is, after all, a “Skype certified three-microphone technology provides crystal-clear calls and creates a unique ‘talk-zone’, making sure you are heard, while other nearby voices are filtered out.”
More than that, this headset works with a range of professional voice and video services. Among them are…
- Microphone frequency range: 150 Hz to 6.8 kHz
- Speaker: 15mm dynamic speaker
- Speaker bandwidth: 20 Hz to 20 KHz
- Active Noise-Cancellation: Hybrid ANC with 4 mics ensuring 27dB perceived cancellation in an office environment
- Passive Noise-Cancellation: Yes
- Listen-in feature: Long press the ANC button to hear the outside world without taking off your earbud
- Certifications: Skype for Business, Cisco, Avaya and more
- Ear wings (3 sizes with Acc. Pack)
- Oval shaped silicon rubber ear gels (3 sizes with Acc. Pack)
- Sweat & water-resistant: Yes, IP54
- Magnets in earbuds: For easy and comfortable position around the neck. When the earbuds are connected, your music will pause or your call will be ended.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 – Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE)
- Wireless range: Up to 100 ft / 30 m with PCs, up to 10 m with smartphones; PC USB Bluetooth dongle (Jabra Link 370); USB BT audio device/HID dongle. Bluetooth® 4.2 – Bluetooth® Low Energy (BTLE)
- Bluetooth pairing: Up to 8 devices
- Simultaneous Bluetooth connections: 2
The Jabra Evolve 75e has an MSRP of $259. And, while there is a range of neckband-style headsets available at a lower price, this isn’t just any neckband-style headset. This is a business-ready solution that can also be used to enjoy music on the go. Check it out here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Comes with diverse options for best fit and comfort; Has a notification light so you can tell others you are busy; Great battery life; Good sound for audio and excellent call quality; Earbuds connect magnetically when not being worn; Vibration notification lets you know a call is coming in; Comes with wideband USB dongle; Market-leading Bluetooth technology for multi-point connect and range
What Needs Improvement: ANC not great for travel; My computer only has USB-C ports and the dongle is USB-A