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Good sound, poor extra featuresPosted
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
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!