• Driver size: 15mm
  • Ports: 1x microUSB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Others: Integrated busy-light, Magnetic earbuds, Casing
  • Dimensions: 176 x 186 x 54mm
  • Weight: 50g
  • Pros:
  • Build quality
  • ANC
  • Cons:
  • Price

Evolving To Wireless

The Jabra Evolve 75e is a pair of wireless earbuds that is designed to be used in the office, but with the neck band, we’re quite sure that you could take them out for a jog as well. As for how it stands when butting heads with sweat, that’s an experiment for the long run.

As mentioned, the earbuds feature a neckband that rests comfortably around your neck, though it will require some getting used to. During the first few tries, we had to consult the layout before putting it on correctly. However, the easiest way we found out is to just keep in mind that the correct position is to have the buttons facing up. There are a total of four buttons on the earbuds, three on the right side and one on the left. On the right side, you have your standard play and volume control. Holding the buttons will perform a different action such as power on and off, or changing songs. Then there’s the button on the left, which is to toggle your ANC. The voice in your head (literally) will tell you if its on or off. It will also inform you the remaining level of the battery, be it in medium low power, or high.

The eartips on this device sports a fairly unique design. Instead of the regular round shape, it is shaped like an ellipse. You can swap the wingtips and the tips to your desired size. And you will have to find the right fit, as it would be uncomfortable in the long run if you are using an improper one. Connecting the earbuds to your device or computer is fairly simple. You can connect it to your PC via Bluetooth, or with the provided USB dongle.

Performance wise, with ANC switched on the bass gains extra oomph and voice is clearer as well. When ANC is off, we feel that the audio gives off a tin-y vibe, like the music is played through a tin can. So for the best audio experience, we would recommend you to keep ANC on. However, similar to other ANC capable devices, it will give you a weird feeling when no music is playing. The sound quality is decent, but don’t expect any mouth-watering experience. Mic quality is also decent, but when used to talk to people on Skype or Discord, the mic will still sometimes pick-up ambient noises, office chatter and so on. Our chat companions have also mentioned that we sound tin-y when talking every now and then.

Overall, for a pair of earbuds designed to be used in busy office environments, it does its job sufficiently. You can hold the ANC button and it will trigger a ”Listen-in” function, allowing you to talk to people without removing your earbuds. ANC will help you focus on your work, tuning out environment noise. With an in-line mic, it allows you to have conversations on the go as well, perfect for the busy businessman.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Jabra Evolve 75e is a pair of decent wireless earbuds. While decent in audio quality and mic quality, its advantages are slightly tainted by its high asking price.Jabra-evolve-600x500

(previously published in issue April