Review: Jabra Evolve2 85 Headphone
Jabra Evolve2 85: is it worth your purchase?
- Exceptional sound quality and ANC modes
- Compatible with Zoom, Teams or Skype
- Ergonomic design and charging base
- Dedicated button for Teams
- Small operating buttons
- No removable battery
If you need a premium professional wireless headset to combine its use between work and leisure hours, the Evolve2 85 is a complete versatile tool with 4 ANC active noise cancellation modes to suit every need.
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Jabra Evolve2 85 Headphone Review
We have in hand the most professional Jabra headset proposal that you can find in their catalog, in order to guarantee the highest quality and usability at work, (for many now converted into teleworking), and combine it with leisure time.
The Evolve2 85 have been developed from the point of view of professional and business use, since they have the UC certification of unified communications for use with applications such as Teams, Skype or Meetings. Let’s see their qualities and if they have a rival.
Qualities in its design
They are large over-ear headphones, which does not mean that Jabra has taken great care in key aspects to make them manageable and light for daily use. The brand conceives them as a device that you will wear most of the day.
They combine work and leisure, so that you can leave the house in the morning with them on, listening to music, while you walk your way to work, and continue using them at your work place, taking advantage of their multiple microphones that improve the quality of video calls.
It helps that it weighs just 286 grams, well below the average for similar headphones, with a 40mm speaker crown that is generous, but oval rather than circular, for more comfortable hours of play. use.
Since they completely cover the ears, you will not feel any pressure from continued use over time. They are also comfortable if you wear glasses. The pressure exerted by the headband is just enough so that they do not move, but without causing tension in your head.
Unlike other models like the AirPods Pro Max, you can fold them to collect their speakers and reduce their size. However, Jabra has thought of everything in a way that includes a practical hard case to protect them during your trips or trips.
You can take them off and hang them around your neck. Its rotary controllers will allow you to achieve the position that is most comfortable for you in these cases. We like the way the articulated arm of the microphones is folded and how it is integrated into the helmet.
Now, you should know that they are not reversible, so the headset must always coincide with your right ear if you want to use the pop-up microphone properly.
It goes without saying that the finishes are premium, with memory foam padded areas on the headband, as well as on both audio drivers. They are wireless, but they keep the 3.5 mm mini-jack connector so that at any given moment, you can use them via cable.
In the practical case you will also find the audio cable, the USB-C type battery charging cable, an adapter for use on the plane, as well as a USB dongle that you can connect to your computer or laptop to synchronize both devices.
As we will mention later, one of the peculiarities of this Evolve2 85 model is that you can have them synchronized with your mobile, tablet and laptop at the same time, to accept calls, make video calls, or listen to music by jumping from one to another.
On one of the sides of the right earphone we have the typical button panel for volume control, song advance and rewind. Already on the left, we have the power-on and the management of the different ANC noise cancellation modes it presents.
One problem we have run into is the small size of these buttons. With the passage of time, you end up getting used to the location and it will not cost you to locate them by touch, but it must be recognized that they are tiny and can lead to errors in the initial moments of use.
This does not mean that the user experience is tremendously satisfactory. For example, if you receive a call, simply unfold its folding microphone to answer the call, without the need for anything else. To hang up, you return the microphone to its original position.
Moving on to the driving part, Jabra has thought of everything. While taking a conversation or video call with the Evolve2 85, two LED indicators on the ring of the headphones, called Busylight, offer a 360-degree view in red tone so that those around you know that you are busy.
It is a function that you can also activate manually, so that if you are busy or in concentration mode, you can activate it so that your colleagues or family members take for granted and do not constantly bother you with comments or questions.
Regarding the quality of the calls, the Evolve2 85 have a total of 10 microphones inside. Four of them are in the headset itself to answer calls on the road, while the use of the articulated arm activates another six extra to process the signal digitally in noisy environments.
Evolve2 85 works with leading UC and Teams unified communications platforms, making calls clear and crisp. If you complement them with the ANC active noise cancellation modes, the isolation is total.
Multipoint connection with devices
As we have already anticipated, you can use your Evolve2 85 with several devices at the same time, to the point that you can activate the synchronization with a maximum of ten. For synchronization, just use the power button.
If you move the activation button slightly, the headphones turn on. But if you hold the button for a moment, the Evolve2 85s go into pairing mode. Go to your smartphone or tablet and look for them in Bluetooth settings.
To connect them with a Windows or macOS computer, we have the USB A dongle that will make things easier for us. If your computer no longer has this port, you can also connect it via Bluetooth, but you will lose some functionality associated with Jabra Direct.
Integration with Microsoft Teams
We wanted to dedicate a special section to Teams since the Jabra Evolve2 85 are very focused on this collaboration tool from Microsoft. In fact, a dedicated button on the right earbud allows you to take incoming Teams calls.
Evolve2 is certified for Teams as a plug-and-play user experience. Based on this, if your headset is synced with your PC, the dedicated Teams button will allow you to answer incoming calls or open the Microsoft Teams client with one press.
The notification LED on your headphones also turns purple to notify you of a pending Teams meeting, a missed call received by the platform, or if you receive voicemails. It will flash green if you receive an incoming call from Teams.
Personalization with software
We have already seen the enormous possibilities that headphones have. However, it should be noted that if you decide to use Jabra Direct software for PC or Mac, or Jabra Sound + for mobile, you will see how the customization goes up a notch and everything becomes more interesting.
For example, the mobile App allows you to manage the four different ANC modes that the headphones provide (My moment, Transport, Work and Relaxation). It is interesting even for security reasons, to realize what is happening around you when you move on public transport.
These sound modes are highly customizable through the use of the software, with a musical equalizer and the odd profile already preset at the factory by Jabra, to make things easier for you. You can also handle it to your liking and whim.
You also have soundscapes with which you can mask the noise around you, with sounds of nature emulating ocean waves, rainy days, birds. In iOS it is possible to edit the widgets to manage them from your mobile main screen.
In particular, in these days of telecommuting with an imperative need for concentration, the Evolve2 85s have become my great allies for those times when you need to escape, especially if your workplace is shared with other members of the house.
Before defining the sound quality, which is excellent, it is worth knowing that there are headphones on the market with some ANC noise cancellation, and models such as the Evolve2 85, which allow these modes to be parameterized for different needs.
That said, during the months that I have had them as a test, I can well say that the ANC noise cancellation modes is what I have taken advantage of the most during my work hours, combined with leisure hours.
In the first case, you get all distractions to one side. And beware, with the maximum concentration mode ‘My moment’ you will not hear even a knock at the door of the house. Fortunately, the calls do, because you receive them on the headphones.
With regard to music, the equalization allows highlighting the part that best suits your tastes. However, by default, the Evolve2 85’s settings are very good, offering good response in the mids and highs, and surprising in the lows.
At the moment, I have not had the opportunity to try Apple’s AirPods Max , whose price is higher, but if you are looking for a product that combines hours of work and relaxation, I have no doubt that I am looking at one of the best products in the world. market.
In short, we see that they offer a solid and balanced performance in different modes of use that you can make of them, either for conversations in calls, listening to music or using them with podcasts. It will also matter where you use them.
Autonomy and load
We have already talked about many aspects of the headphones, but sometimes, we forget that a good experience with the autonomy and the battery charge is key in order to use them daily, in the same way that you charge your smartphone or smartwatch.
In my case, I have had the opportunity to test the Evolve2 85 with the additional charging base that the brand sells, so that it is enough to position them on top to receive the power. It is comfortable and practical, plus you forget about cables.
Otherwise, you will have to use the provided USB-C cable to connect it to the headphone jack. This guarantees maximum compatibility with any current mobile charger.
If we get to the point, the full charge of the Evolve2 85’s battery is something that takes an average time of 2 hours and 20 minutes in total. With one hundred percent charge, you can face up to 35 hours of continuous use of them.
This is somewhat relative, since depending on how you use the ANC active noise cancellation technology, the most energy consuming of all, the times will be considerably reduced.
The key fact here is that they support fast charging, so with a charging time of just 15 minutes, you can face up to 8 hours of extra use. Using the mobile application, including widgets on iOS, allow you to know the status of the battery at all times.
Another common aspect of Jabra headphones, for those who do not know them, is that when you turn on the headphones, a voice informs you of the synchronization with your devices and the status of the battery, something very practical to know at all times the charge capacity .
The recommended price of the Jabra Evolve2 85 is € 543.29, with the possibility of purchasing them in both black and gold finishes. The brand also sells the charging base in both colors at a price of € 84.70.
This means that the Evolve2 85 is positioned in the high-end headphones on the market, competing directly with brands such as Bose, Sony and their model WH-1000XM4, the BeoPlay H95 from Bang & Olufsen, or even the AirPods Pro Max from Apple.
There is no doubt that we have a high quality product in our hands, with good components in its manufacture, and pioneering technologies in what is the management of its speakers and microphones to fulfill its function.
For their price, they will not be available to everyone. However, the most demanding should know that they will find in the Evolve2 85 a product that will not disappoint if they plan to combine hours of work with those of leisure and entertainment.
Compared to other competing models, we see aspects such as the battery that is not replaceable, at least by the user, something that other high-end models do have.
In any case, we guarantee that the sound quality will not disappoint you. The four modes of use of its ANC noise cancellation technology, in turn customizable through software, make it one of the best on the market in its category.
You can take a look at our special of the best headphones of 2020 , where the Jabra Evolve2 85 tested here, seem to have earned a place among them all.
- Active Cancel ANC
- 40mm speaker size
- Speaker sensitivity 117 dB
- Frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 KHz
- 10 microphones (4 analog MEMS and 6 digital MEMS)
- SBC and AAC compatible codecs
- Compatible with UC and Teams
- Up to 37 hours of use
- Support up to 8 paired devices
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB-C connector
- Dimensions 160 x 77.3 mm
- Weight of 286 grams