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Jabra - Evolve 65 Bluetooth Headset - Black

Model: 100-98500000-02SKU: 6260693

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 57 reviews

79%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ok for the price

    Posted
    Asharples
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    Honestly I won't give this anything lower than a 4 Star. I don't like the headset because it hurts my ears after wearing for more than 3 hours. I bought this for work and don't like how tight it fits. Overall a decent build and fair sound quality. The mic is a pretty cheap design and they recommend an inch from your mouth. I feel like I'm chewing my mic boom if I do that. I also don't like the flexible boom. Range is ok and case and design are pretty spot on. Overall if you have a smaller head or maybe it's the ears then this is a great value. Great back up headset at the very least.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, poor extra features

    Posted
    MizuNoHane
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    To get it out of the way early: the sound is good. We put up our headphones next to our usual standbys at home and the output is decidedly clearer with better separation between the high and low tones. Midtones are crisp, which is good because Jabra advertised the Evolve 65 as being useful for phone and Skype calls. Using it on a regular call over Bluetooth (we avoided testing with VoIP apps because they almost uniformly sound better than a typical call), the quality was very clear, both for the headset user and on the other end. Range is also excellent - I was able to leave my phone on the kitchen table and walk across the entire house and the person on the other end could still hear me fine. I appreciate that the headphones come with a USB cable that doubles for audio output with a computer, and that they shine a "busy light" when you're on a call. Overall, these two features position the headphones as business oriented, so that just makes the decidedly un-businesslike random orange stripes on the headphones baffle me more. If these are professional headphones, why does the busy light glow a sinister red, and the Bluetooth light alternate red before turning vivid blue? Combined with the orange stripe, these form a mishmash of colors that don't fit any professional palette, definitely not one I would expect to see used in an office. And that leads to the main thing that bothers me about these headphones. Obviously for true audiophiles, sound quality is everything. But the Jabra Evolve 65 falls into this weird midtier price and quality range where the headphones trade as much on their extra features as their audio, and the features as they arrive are really disappointing. The design of the headphones feels cheap. Orange stripe notwithstanding, the plastic construction is hollow and thin. The boom mic is advertised to have a magnetic slot to discreetly stow it along the headband, but this quickly loses its seamless appearance the second you elongate the headphones for fit, and worse, it doesn't actually stick at all! The moment you put the headphones on it instantly pops out of its slot and refuses to be put back in, making you look ridiculous - unless you were wearing it in the privacy of your office cubicle and nowhere else. The ear cushions are too small to actually cover anyone's ears, and this instantly tells you their claim of "passive noise cancellation" is really no cancellation. I was listening to John Legend's latest single and could easily hear my wife smugly remark "You look like you have an antenna sticking out of your head" from across the kitchen. The 10 hour battery life is on the low end of dedicated over-ear headphones available, which usually run about 20-40 hours. Finally, the active button on the side of the Jabra headphones are labeled "NFC" despite having no NFC functionality whatsoever, and I still am at a loss as to why this would be the case. I hope this review adequately explains why I struggle so much to recommend this product. No doubt these headphones sound good, but it's important to recognize that for $170 you expect a measure of good design with good sound, or excellent sound with poor design, and the Jabra Evolve 65 satisfies neither of these. I get that my criticisms might sound like nitpicks, but these are nitpicks advertised as features you would pay for but not actually be able to enjoy - which begs the question, why not look at a cheaper set that doesn't offer these but sounds equally good? The short battery life seals the deal as making this a pair of headphones I could only wear to get through the workday, charge when I clock out and not use again until I return to work. Don't get me wrong - my wife and I both own Jabra products, and we like them a lot. But for the money, it's hard to see the value in this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jabra

      Hello MizuNoHane - We are happy to hear that you are satisfied with the audio quality and range of the Jabra Evolve 65. Sound is our expertise, so we are glad to hear it offers the sound levels you expect from a headset. We would also like to address a couple other concerns you have:
      The Evolve 65 does support NFC, so as long as your phone supports this as well, you should be able to take advantage of it. If you are having trouble with this, please reach out to our technical support team so they can assist you: https://www.jabra.com/ServiceMenu/contact/ContactJabraSupport/ContactJabraSupportBusiness
      Regarding the magnetization of the boom mic, you should be able to 'tuck in' the boom even when the headband is fully expanded. Please make sure the boom lines up properly with the magnetized area for it to stay securely.
      Lastly, we appreciate your feedback regarding the style and design of the Evolve 65, and we will surely pass on your comments. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team so we can help. Thank you for your very detailed review! Jabra

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really enjoying these

    Posted
    SteveC
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    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Upon opening the box you will find a black neoprene zippered case with the headphones inside. There's a very small pouch inside the top edge of the case with a clear window and it contains the Bluetooth dongle for use in your desktop/laptop. There's also a bright red USB cable that's 56" long, a quick start manual, a registration card and a EU Declarations book. The first thing I noticed is that these are really light compared to my other wireless Bluetooth headsets and the ear pieces/speakers are noticeably smaller. Putting them on they are extremely comfortable and the small cushions sit comfortably on my ears with very little pressure exerted on them. The earpieces have plenty of adjustment and I could easily fit them to my head with plenty of room for more. They also rotate 90 degrees one direction "for storage" and about 10 degrees the other way to help them sit on your ears, "my other Bluetooth headsets don't have the small rotation for comfort". On close to the smallest setting they fit my wife perfectly and she commented on how comfortable and light they are. She also noted that she especially liked/appreciated the orange strip on the headband, as where's she's from that orange stipe means "good luck". She usually hates headphones as they are too heavy and she doesn't like anything completely covering her ears. The inside of the headband has a soft feel rubber coating and it seems to help keep them from sliding around on my head. Before turning them on I plugged in the provided USB cable, attached that to my charger and let it sit for a good hour before trying them out. Pairing was very simple and straightforward, just slide the on/off switch over to the Bluetooth label and hold there for 3 seconds initiating pairing. My Mi Mix 2s paired without any issue. I also tried the NFC pairing with my Sony XZ2 and upon putting the phone up to the headset I instantly received the "Pair" popup on my phone, no problems there. When a device is paired or disconnected you get a nice voice prompt in the headset stating so. I'ven't tried the included USB dongle as I didn't need it for my gaming laptop to connect to them with no problem at all and everything worked like it should as it did when they were connected to my desktop computer through the USB cable. I've some hearing issues and need to use either hearing aids or a headset while making phone calls or watching TV otherwise I only catch part of the conversation especially if there is any noise or background music while someone is talking. I made multiple phone calls and one fairly long call "45 minutes" and could understand everything without problem. These actually sound quite a bit better than the Sony ones I've. Voices were nice and clear very clean sounding without distortion. Next I tried watching a movie on my phone "Batman Vs Superman" sounded surprisingly good, especially voices. I handed the headset to my wife for her to listen to and she said "wow it's like being right there", she was more than impressed with how these sounded. There's isn't an overabundance of Bass but I don't like heavy Bass due to my hearing problems, for me, these are about as close to perfect as they get. During a phone call the ring around the multi-function button will illuminate "red", if you don't like that or it's distracting just press and hold the volume up/down buttons at the same time for three seconds to disable that feature "simple enough". Both of us really liked the "busy light" as it lets someone know you are on a call, I could have used that many time letting people know I was busy without having to give hand signals that I was "occupied" at the moment. On the same side as the multi-function button are the volume up / down buttons each one situated above and below the multi-function button. This makes it very easy to adjust the volume levels. The Sony headsets have the volume on the side and I've to feel around for those buttons to find them. The movable "boom" microphone is especially nice, you can rotate it around so you can use this headset with the microphone on either the left or right side, my Sony headset doesn't have a boom mike but the way the speakers are angled you can't put the controls on whichever side you wish, "right side only in their case". I do like that you can swing it up and attach the end in the groove in the headband with the built in magnet. My wife thought this was a really nice feature, you can put it up when not in use and adjust it up/down to perfectly position the microphone during a conversation. I also tried out connecting the included USB cable to an open USB port on my desktop computer. Windows found the headphones and immediately set them up for use. These work really well as a set up computer / gaming headphones and do charge while they are connected to the computer. The one thing that I hate about my Sony Bluetooth headset is you cannot use them while they are charging, they shut completely off once you plug them into USB power, with these you can use and charge at the same time. As far as battery life goes, the 10 rated hours is plenty for my needs, I'ven't even used them long enough in a single sitting to drain the battery and it's simple enough to plug them in while using to keep them charged. I've multiple portable battery packs and that will make it simple to keep them charged up while traveling. It would be nice if the battery life were longer but the small size and light weight of the headphones would make that difficult to achieve. The "Passive" noise cancelling isn't that strong but it's good enough for my needs. It does cut down on ambient background noise, just enough to make it less noticeable. I can definitely tell the difference with them on or off, it'sn't a lot but it'sn'ticeable, not as much as the Active noise cancelling one of my other set of headphones has. So far I really can't find anything to complain about, the price is high, but it'sn't as high as some other's I've seen by any stretch, a good set of headphones is never going to be inexpensive. These seem to be very well built and are pretty sturdy for the size and weight. Will be interesting to see how these hold up over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend