Head­phones on,

Jabra Evolve 75

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Nickey Ross

At work, we ex­pe­ri­ence dis­trac­tions that mess with our con­cen­tra­tion and ef­fi­ciency. Per­haps, we per­form bet­ter when we go into a state of semi-iso­la­tion. One way to help in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity is to don a pair of noise-can­celling wire­less headset, such as Jabra’s Evolve 75, which can be pur­chased along­side its charg­ing stand, or with­out the stand at a slightly re­duced price.

Look­ing at the de­sign, the Evolve 75 headset is com­pletely wire­less. It has nice com­fort­able leather ear cups too. The headset can be eas­ily con­nected to your PC via a USB don­gle, paired with a smart­phone through Blue­tooth, or two mo­bile de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously, thanks to dual Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. The headset spans a wire­less range up to 30 me­ters when con­nected to a PC, while up to 10 me­ters when paired with a smart­phone. When it is pow­ered on, a voice an­nounces the re­main­ing hours of bat­tery life. A full charge takes around two and a half hours, and gives you up to 15 hours of bat­tery life.

It's also got Ac­tive Noise Can­cel­la­tion (ANC) that tunes out ex­ter­nal noise with the push of a but­ton, thanks to ad­vanced mi­cro­phones. It works so well that we couldn't even hear a ring­ing phone or the sound em­a­nat­ing from air con­di­tion­ers. In­ter­est­ingly, the headset in­cludes an in­te­grated busy light that serves as a ‘do not dis­turb’ sig­nal to your col­leagues.

CON­CLU­SION While it may cost a pre­mium, the Evolve 75 headset is worth ev­ery penny and does not dis­ap­point.

There’s also a lis­ten-in fea­ture where you press a but­ton on the left earcup to mute the sound, so there's no rea­son to re­move the headset to catch what your co-work­ers are say­ing in mid-con­ver­sa­tion.

The au­dio qual­ity pre­sented by the Evolve 75 is sim­ply ex­em­plary. The headset can han­dle the most hard­hit­ting of bass lines. When it in­volves the highs, the headset con­veys them very well. Even the qui­etest of synths in cer­tain tracks can be picked up; oth­er­wise, they'd be in­audi­ble if lower qual­ity head­phones were used. Vo­cal-wise, the de­liv­ery was also pretty solid. When making a call, the voice qual­ity of the per­son on the other end of the line came across clear and pre­cise.

A sep­a­rate USB ca­ble that comes bun­dled with the headset is meant for recharg­ing the headset’s bat­tery, but you can opt for a charg­ing stand – which uses said USB ca­ble – to dock it in place when not in use. To get the best out of the headset, it is rec­om­mended that you down­load the Jabra Di­rect soft­ware to your PC to ac­cess ad­di­tional set­tings.

The op­tional charg­ing stand for the Evolve 75 headset.

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