Review: Jabra Evolve 75e – Business Hybrid

The Evolve 75e headset features a neckband and earbuds.
The Evolve 75e headset features a neckband and earbuds.

The Jabra Evolve 75e earbud-headset features wireless connectivity, easy access controls, and active noise-canceling technology.

Headphonesty purchased the Jabra Evolve 75e to create an accurate and in-depth review.

The Jabra Evolve 75e were released in 2017 as the first professional UC (unified communications) certified wireless earbuds.

They embrace the best aspects of a classic consumer Bluetooth earbud design while featuring innovative features, including a neckband with built-in music and call controls, and ergonomically designed earbud wingtips.

Bottom Line

Sound performance is good across the board. The treble is crisp and bright, the midrange is full and well-balanced, and the bass is surprisingly solid. Easy-access controls for music playback volume and call management make the user experience that much better. The only thing I didn’t like about this headset is that the neckband does not fit snugly and tends to move around if you are not stationary.

What We Like 😍
  • Customizable fit
  • Accessible call and music playback controls
  • Active noise-canceling (ANC)
  • Excellent battery life
What We Don't Like 🤢
  • Neckband tends to move around
  • Not optimized for sports/athletics
These earbuds are designed with a flexible around-the-neck rubber collar that provides stability and houses all of the on-the-go sound and communication controls.

The Jabra Evolve series is a range of headsets and earbuds tailored specifically for open office environments. They offer excellent noise-cancellation technology, intuitive call management controls, and exceptional battery life.

Company Overview

Jabra GN is a Danish audio equipment brand most well-known for producing wireless headsets and hands-free devices for mobile users. The brand is owned by GN Audio, a branch of the Danish company GN Group founded in 1869.

Jabra is an environmentally conscious brand that holds several sustainability-focused certifications and strives to manage the carbon footprint of its products.

The Jabra product lineup includes a wide range of wired and wireless headsets, headphones, and earbuds designed for business and personal use. They also offer speakerphones and high-quality video conferencing equipment.

The Jabra company logo. (From: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jabra_Logo.png)
The Jabra company logo. (From: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jabra_Logo.png)

Technical Specifications

  • Form: Earbuds, Around the back of the neck wearing style
  • Drivers: 15mm dynamic driver
  • Frequency Response (Hz): 150Hz – 6800Hz
  • Removable Cable: No
  • Talk Time: Up to 14 Hrs (without ANC)
  • Charge Time: 2 hrs
  • Audio Features: Active Noise Cancelling ANC, Echo cancellation, Enhanced (DSP) Digital Sound Processing, HD Audio, Noise canceling mic, Noise protection, Peakstop Protection, Stereo sound, Wideband Audio, Wideband mic
  • Weight: 50g

Packaging

The Jabra Evolve 75e arrive in a basic cardboard box that has the product name and brand logo depicted on the front, alongside some feature and compatibility information.

Once cracked open, we find a disc-shaped case made from a thick polymer material with the Jabra GN logo. The convenient, durable carrying case is sealed with a 360° zipper.

The headset comes in a compact zippered carrying case.
The headset comes in a compact zippered carrying case.

The earbuds and neckband are nestled into a soft mold inset on one side of the case, with a mesh pocket holding the extra sets of earbud gels and wingtip stabilizers on the other. The USB dongle is stowed away in its small transparent pouch.

It took me a while to find the charging cable packaged underneath the mold inset piece holding the headset.

In the box

  • Jabra Evolve 75e
  • 3 EarGel sizes (small, medium, large)
  • 3 EarWing sizes (small, medium, large)
  • Jabra Link 370 Bluetooth USB dongle
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Quickstart guide & user manual
Open case displaying the headset, USB dongle, and earbud accessories.
The headset, USB dongle, and earbud accessories.

The included accessories aren’t as extravagant as I expect from a headset of this caliber. However, the EarGel and EarWing alternate size options are appreciated, and the carrying case is compact and convenient.

Design

The Jabra Evolve 75e have a unique design that takes a different approach to traditional true wireless in-ear monitors (TWS). They feature a lightweight vibrating neckband that provides extra stability and an easy-access surface for the sound/speech controls and charging port.

I was a little bit worried about the size and bulkiness of the headset, but after trying it on, I am pleased with how it feels. The design is minimal and unencumbered, clearly focusing on comfort and practicality.

The neckband can become displaced if the wearer moves too much, making the 75e suboptimal for exercise or sport.

The all-black colorway has a few silver accent spots on the neckband and earbuds to provide some flair. The branding is subtle, with an inconspicuous Jabra logo on the back face of the neckband and small logos on both earbud arms.

One of my favorite design features is the easy-access placement of the controls. There are four buttons on the neckband arms used for muting, volume, music control, pairing, and call management.

The rubberized neckband houses all of the music playback, pairing, and call management controls.
The rubberized neckband houses the music playback, pairing, and call management controls.

The earbuds come with three different-sized wing tips (small, medium, and large) designed to hook onto the ear’s pinna and provide extra stability. The earbud backings have magnetic attachment areas that keep them fastened when not in use instead of hanging freely.

The headset’s microphone is on the right-hand earbud wire, which hangs down beside the wearer’s mouth in an optimal spot to pick up clear speech. There is also a “busylight” feature that alerts people in your surroundings that you are on a call.

Comfort

The Evolve 75e are designed to provide comfort for long listening sessions and certainly deliver in that regard. I used them for 6+ hours daily for several weeks and can confidently attest to their comfortable fit.

Earbud wingtips provide extra stability and a better fit.
Earbud wingtips provide extra stability and a better fit.

The silicone ear tips (Jabra EarGels) come in three sizes and are comfortable. I found the perfect size to fit my ears, which stay put for extended wear.

Battery

The Jabra Evolve 75e cater to professionals who need reliable earbuds for extended listening and talking. As a freelancer who works from home and needs consistency from a headset daily, I am pleased with their longevity.

The built-in rechargeable battery is stated to provide up to 14 hours of talk time or 13 hours of music playback time. I used them on a full charge for an entire 8-hour workday. I wasn’t doing any talking but played continuous music throughout, and when I checked on the battery at the end, it was still sitting above 25%.

The Evolve 75e features fast-charging capabilities, getting over an hour’s battery life on just 15 minutes of charge time.

To check on the status of your battery life, press and hold the “volume up” button on the neckband. This prompts an automated voice response that will provide a battery-level update.

Mic

The Jabra Evolve 75e feature a Microsoft Teams-certified triple-microphone system that uses specialized DSP (digital signal processing) technology to deliver active noise-canceling. The voice mic is on the right-hand wire that connects the earbud to the neckband.

The mic performs well, providing clear and consistent audio that makes voices sound full and unwavering. I tested the microphone out with a few lengthy business calls. My voice sounds crisp and full, and there were no reports of audio drop-off or interference.

The mic also supports voice commands using either Siri or Google Now.

This headset is compatible with Skype for Business/Lync.

Microphone recording

Bluetooth

The Evolve 75e are primarily wireless but also come with a USB data/charging cable to connect directly to a PC or laptop.

The Jabra Link 370 Bluetooth USB dongle.
The Jabra Link 370 Bluetooth USB dongle.

A software-specialized Bluetooth USB adapter controls the connection to a computer. The earbuds and Jabra Link 370 are pre-paired and will automatically connect when powered on.

Pairing to any Bluetooth device is easy and almost instantaneous.

I tested the range by connecting to my iPhone and had no problems using the headset from the other side of my apartment (approximately 65 – 70 feet away). There are, however, some drop-offs in connection when multiple walls, doors, or other surfaces are in between the headset and your paired device.

App

Jabra offers the Jabra Sound+ app, which allows users to customize their audio experience. It features a music equalizer, three pre-built audio configurations called “moments” (Commute, In-public, and In-private), and various call experience preference options.

Sound

The Evolve 75e deliver a nicely balanced sound profile with solid bass performance, clear midrange audio, and detailed, accurate treble – great for listening to music and making phone calls.

Bass

I am pleased with the bass performance of the Evolve 75e. They provide a solid low-end rumble when listening to bassy music and add depth to voices. Although they may not perform to the standards of music lovers who want to maximize their audio experience and enjoy bone-shaking bass, they do the job for me.

Enabling active noise-canceling noticeably improves bass performance. All the thumps and punches make more of an impact than they do with the ANC toggled off.

Enable ANC for optimal audio performance in all areas.

Midrange

The midrange audio performance is also surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting too much from a headset that appears to cater more to business professionals than audiophiles.

I used the Evolve 75e to listen to various genres of music. The fidelity and clarity of instruments and midrange vocals are very pleasing, all nicely balanced to deliver a well-rounded listening experience.

Treble

I am also satisfied with the treble quality that this headset delivers. All higher-pitched vocals and instruments (cymbals, flutes, violin, etc.) sound crisp, bright, and clear. There are no inconsistencies or harsh, sibilant high-frequency sounds – all of the highs sound great.

Where to Buy

Conclusion

The Jabra Evolve 75e are an excellent headset choice for any business professional needing high-quality personal audio for work or leisure. They deliver studio-quality audio and clear, easy on-the-go communication, whether in private or in a noisy public space.

Sound performance is good across the board. The treble is crisp and bright, the midrange is full and well-balanced, and the bass is surprisingly solid, providing all the punch and rumble I could ask for from a pair of IEMs.

Easy-access controls for music playback volume and call management make the user experience that much better. The Evolve offers more control than your typical true wireless IEMs.

The only thing I didn’t like about this headset is that the neckband does not fit snugly and tends to move around if you are not stationary. I am super active and enjoy the outdoors, and the Evolve 75e aren’t great for sports, exercise, or workouts.

The active noise canceling feature gives the Evolve 75e that edge to make them great instead of merely good. Not only does ANC cut out almost all background noise to make taking calls in public a breeze, but the ANC also dramatically improves bass performance, making for a better overall listening experience.

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