The Evolve2 75 is the first Evolve headset to have fully adjustable Jabra Advanced Active Noise Cancellation, and also has additional new features like a unique dual-foam technology earpiece design.
Today unified communications vendor Jabra is announcing the release of its Evolve enterprise-grade headset, the Evolve2 75, the next generation version of the Evolve 75. Its marketing is specifically targeted at hybrid work environments, with features that make the headset less conspicuous in public settings like a coffee shop.
Jabra introduced its Evolve2 line in early 2020, as the next generation of its Evolve portfolio, although the original Evolve continues to be sold to customers whose needs it meets and who like its lower price. The Evolve2 75 is the latest Evolve headset to be updated with next-generation features. Within the Evolve portfolio, the Evolve2 75 is near the top of the line, with only the Evolve2 85 above it.
“What is really driving this headset is the environment we are in right now,” said Michelle Ritz, Project Marketing Manager at Jabra. “Our survey on how companies are planning a return to the office [The Jabra Hybrid Ways of Working 2021 Global Report] indicated that 68% of employees favour a return to a hybrid office. 90% of executives envision a hybrid model as they move back.”
Ritz noted as well that while the pandemic has seen a significant rise in the use of Zoom and other internet telephony clients, and the use of phones for conferencing has decreased accordingly, Ritz said that this shift has increased the headset business rather than hurt it.
“With people forced to work from home, mobility and comfort became more important,” she stated. “Without a quality headset, they are limited by poor audio and lack of engagement. This kind of quality headset is also more comfortable.”
The Evolve2 75 is the first Evolve headset to have fully adjustable Jabra Advanced Active Noise Cancellation, which allows the user to determine how much, or how little, they hear of their surroundings.
“Noise cancellation is very important, and this is our first Evolve with fully adjustable active noise cancellation,” Ritz said. It also has a ‘HearThrough’ button to adjust the setting of nearby sounds without having to take the headset off.
The Evolve2 75 has a 33% shorter hide-away microphone boom arm than the Evolve 75.
“When the boom arm is flipped down in Performance Mode, it eliminates ambient sound completely,” Ritz noted. “When the arm is flipped up, it enters Discreet Mode, in environments where you don’t want to look like an office worker.” When in Performance mode, the boom arm also meets Microsoft’s Open Office requirements.
“This model also has an improved busy light with a 365 view,” Ritz said. “The headset’s 8-microphone technology works with Jabra’s triple chipset-powered algorithm to distinguish between the user’s voice and the noise around them for sharp-sounding calls.
Battery life has also been improved over the Evolve 75.
“This has 36-hour music and 24-hour talk time, which is about 33% more talk time than the current Evolve 75,” Ritz indicated.
“There is also dual connectivity to connect with a dongle to a PC or a mobile phone,” she added. “This is useful in hybrid environments, for increased collaboration or concentration. It also comes with a pouch to store it in when you take it with you.”
Other features of the headset include a unique dual-foam technology with an ergonomic earcup design, an ultra-soft leatherette ear cushion for improved ventilation, and reduced ear pressure for enhanced comfort.
The Evolve2 75 is available on October 15th at an MSRP of $USD 349. Despite the retail pricing, which Ritz said is to make it clear how the headset aligns with the rest of the portfolio, she stressed it is both an enterprise and a channel product.
“It’s very much an enterprise product,” she said. “It will be available through retail because some employers let users pick their own devices and then repay them. Channel partners are excited about this because they know that users understand the limitations of non-professional headsets. They also find the availability of the adjustable noise cancellation and the dual foam interesting.”