The Jabra Evolve range of Headsets
Jabra have a brand new range of headsets – The Evolve Series – 5 new headsets that come in both mono and stereo as well as Microsoft lync certified versions.
They are designed to work mainly with computers but there are a couple of models with added extras such as Bluetooth or 3.5mm corded phone jacks.
This series of Evolve headsets vary from low range budgets headsets ideal for casual use right up to top of the line headsets with active noise cancelling, extra large leatherette cushions and ultra noise cancelling microphones.
So let’s look at the range:
The Jabra Evolve 80 UC is at the top of the range.
This headset comes with Active noise cancelling to help block out surrounding sounds for the person wearing the headset. Noise cancelling technology in the microphone also means the person you’re talking to won’t hear your surrounds either.
It comes with a 3.5mm headset jack as well as a USB cable with inline controls. The extra large ear cushions give the wearer extra comfort and allow you to concentrate on work or submerge yourself in your music.
Because it has the 3.5mm jack it can be used with both smart phones and tablets. Keep in mind if you don’t have a smart or android phone that you may need to check your phones headset port to make sure the connections are the same size (some phones have a 2.5mm jack)
The Evolve 80 comes in 3 versions. The Standard Evolve 80, The Evolve 80 MS – which means it is Microsoft lync certified and the Evolve 80 with 3.5mm cable – This last one differs a little in its capabilities, it does not come with the usb connection and in line call control. So if you only ever want to use the headset with your tablet or phone this may be a slightly cheaper option for you – and if you change you’re mind you can always by the usb connector (these also come in standard or Lync certified versions) down the track as an accessory.
The Evolve 80 is a wideband Hi-Fi headset that includes DSP to optimise your music and help suppress any echoes. It’s designed to work with all major softphones and is certified by Cisco, Avaya and Microsoft.
The Evolve 65 UC headset is next on the list.
The Evolve 65 does not come with the 3.5mm headset jack. Instead Jabra have chosen to include Bluetooth and a USB dongle in this design. The Bluetooth technology will still allow you to pair to a mobile or tablet while the USB dongle gives you connection to a standard PC or Mac. The removal of the cables & addition of the USB dongle & Bluetooth means you don’t have to worry about getting tangled in cables.
The ear cushions on the Evolve 65 are smaller than those on the 80 and do not include the active noise cancelling however they have maintained their leatherette design.
The Evolve 65 also comes in a few extra versions. Not only do you have the option of Lync certified or not but Jabra have also given us the flexibility of being able to choose binaural or monaural designs (the choice of a headset covering 1 or 2 ears) . See the full range here
With a talk time of 10 hours and the portability of this headset is certainly designed for people on the go.
The Evolve 40 UC is next up.
The Evolve 40 is essentially very similar to the 65. The only difference is, you are now back to being corded.
The Evolve 40 comes with both a 3.5mm headset jack and the usb cable for pc use. Again the ear cushions are smaller than those on the Evolve 80 and the active noise cancellation is gone. The Evolve 40 does still include a noise cancelling microphone though.
Like the Evolve 65, the Evolve 40’s also come in both lync and non lync versions as well as Mono and Binaural options. Like the Evolve 80 these also come in a phone only 3.5mm option. Full range available here
The Evolve 30 and 20 are corded USB computer only headset.
The difference between the evolve 30 and 20 is that the Evolve 30 comes with a leatherette ear cushion and soft carry pouch where as the 20 comes with a foam ear cushion and no carry pouch.
Like the others in this range the Evolve 30’s and 20’s come in both Mono and Stereo versions.
The full range of Evolve headsets can be found here
Jabra truly have created something for everyone with this range from the top of the line to something cheep and cheerful. Just remember to check your phone connections!