For teleworking, there is nothing like a good headset. One that isolates us from other noises, that can be heard well and that has a good microphone to receive video calls smoothly. Today Jabra presents the new Jabra Evolve2 30, its most economical new generation headset that includes a dual microphone and a dedicated button for Microsoft Teams or other platforms if you opt for the general version.
Jabra Evolve2 30 Technical Sheet
|Jabra Evolve2 30|
|Connectivity||USB-A or USB-C|
|Buttons||Microsoft Teams (or multifunction), LEDs, volume and pause buttons|
Looking for comfort and clarity when talking.
The Jabra Evolve2 30 is a supra-aural headset with passive noise cancellation and USB A or USB-C connectivity. Jabra explains that for the best teleworking experience, users are looking for a headset that allows them to isolate themselves, with open space-ready microphones and a foldable articulating boom, and good sound. In this case, the Jabra Evolve 2 30 does not offer Bluetooth connectivity, but it does come with a cable.
This is a light headset, weighing only 125 grams. This is precisely its great asset compared to other headsets, including Bluetooth, where the weight is often higher due to the battery. With the Jabra Evolve 2 30, we have a headset that is quite flexible and swivels up to 180 degrees. The boom microphone itself also has a fairly high swivel angle, so it will be easy to place it at the height that most interest us.
As the company explains, passive noise cancellation has been improved by up to 48% over the first-generation Evolve 20. It does indeed generate a feeling of emptiness and the sound is very focused, but it is far from what is offered by headphones with active noise cancellation.
One detail that has caught my attention is how well-directed the sound is, with very little leakage around it. This has the advantage that those who are close to us will not hear as much of what we are hearing.
In terms of sound, these Evolve2 30 have 28-millimeter speakers. The sound is quite clean, although it lacks power and punch. For occasional music listening at work, they may be fine, although it is noted that they are more focused on making video calls. For those looking for something more, Jabra itself has the Evolve2 40, with a 40-millimeter speaker. The company explains that these headsets incorporate a digital chipset for sound, compatible with future firmware updates.
We were able to test the microphone in a couple of short video calls and, based on feedback, the result seems good. According to the company, it is 12% improved over the first generation. The two microphones are at the tip of the articulated boom, both on the outside and inside.
LEDs to indicate that we are busy and partnership with Microsoft Teams
On the right ear cup, where the microphone is, we additionally have physical buttons for volume and playback. We also have a dedicated button to mute the microphone and a central button in the center of the headset with the Microsoft Teams symbol.
Jabra offers a certified version for Microsoft Teams and a more generic version for the rest of the unified communications platforms. In the case of Teams, we can press to launch the application or access a notification.
Around the headset we also have a red LED light to alert others that we are listening to something else. An addition that fits very well with this teleworking philosophy and also adds a distinctive touch to the headset. This indicator light can also be found on the USB-A port, where a white light shows if the microphone is muted.
Jabra offers compatibility with Jabra Direct, Xpress, and Sound+ applications, apps with which to slightly customize the sound.
The price of these new Jabra Evolve2 30 will be $78.85, a very competitive cost for a headset with a good design, microphone, and the Microsoft seal to work with Teams. We do not think it will be strange to find them regularly in offices and administrations, where for its price and features it fits quite well in what many workers might need.
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