The new Jabra Evolve series brings some fancy new headsets to the working place.
There are quite some few models in that series, starting with the Evolve 20 (US$40) and ending with the Stereo Evolve 80 (US$329).
One thing about the Evolve 80: It’s good looking. It covers half you face, but it’s really good looking.
It covers your ears (Well, my ears at least…) completely and after a long day of use it is still comfortable enough to wear.
A red circle on the ear pieces will light up whenever you’re in a call and will alert your colleagues that you’re not only listening to music, you’re actually working… (A twist on that soon).
The Evolve 80 MS is Lync certified and will show up as an audio device in your Lync \ Skype for Business client:
It connects via USB and has a control unit where you can answer and end the call, mute your microphone and control the volume. All very nice and shiny design:
The added bonus in the control unit (Remember the twist?) is that you can turn on the ear piece’s lights by pressing the Jabra button in the middle. This will make you look busy, when in fact you’re listening to the latest UC Architects podcast.
Gotta hit the road? commute on your way to work or spend some time in the air? Act as the flight’s captain by plugging the 3.5 jack into your phone or tablet. Voice and audio quality is just as good.
Another cool feature is the Active Noise Cancellation. It will activate a battery-powered noise cancellation feature which will help reduce some environmental noise around you. It’s not extremely good, but will help reduce the chatter in the background if you’re trying to concentrate.
So, Jabra Evolve 80;
- Sound and Audio Quality.
- Looks (they look that good it deserves two points).
- Microphone – big and annoying. Other Evolve products have a magnet in their Mics so they can attach themselves to the arch. Could be handy here.
- Ear cushions – Comfortable, but can get messy if you sweat.
- ANC requires a micro USB connected to recharge the internal battery.
All in all, a great product.