The Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex is what I imagine high-level executives would be using for their video calls. This professional enterprise-grade headset looks, and feels premium. But the MVP here is the microphone, and its ability to effectively reduce ambient noise, though the audio quality is pretty good, too.
- Hybrid ANC
- Up to 32 hours music playback (ANC off), 21 hours (ANC on)
- Two simultaneous Bluetooth connections
- USB-C charging, supports wireless charging via optional charging pad
With its cushioned headband and soft memory foam earcups, the Evolve2 65 Flex is comfortable to wear. I have worn it for a couple of hours without fatigue — it weighs just 136g. And it's also great for travelling, thanks to its foldable design. The earcups can fold flat and bend inwards, which halves the headset's footprint. The Evolve2 65 Flex comes with a nice and soft pouch that has a pocket for the included Bluetooth adapter. This adapter is handy for my desktop PC, which lacks Bluetooth. The headset supports two simultaneous Bluetooth connections. I would typically connect it to my smartphone and PC so as not to miss out on any notifications or calls. Note that there's no 3.5mm jack.
One of my favourite features about this Jabra headset is its hide-away boom mic. Flip it down to unmute and speak, flip it back up to mute. It's so simple that you're unlikely to mute/unmute at the wrong time. There's also a red LED indicator (dubbed Busylight) that you can turn on — it's enabled during a call — to show that you don't want to be disturbed. Also useful is the on-head detection feature. Basically, media playback will automatically pause or resume when you remove or put on the headset. It mostly works — takes 10 seconds for the headset to pause playback, but around 5 seconds to resume — but there were several instances when it failed to work. Besides the usual volume buttons, the headset also has several dedicated buttons, such as one to toggle between ANC and transparency modes, and another to summon the voice assistant.
Call quality is excellent with the Evolve2 65 Flex effectively reducing ambient noise. For instance, the music from a speaker playing at 50% volume just behind me was barely audible to listeners in a call, and they could make out my voice clearly. The hybrid active noise cancellation is good, too. At home, the noise from the ceiling fan and my robot vacuum was much reduced, while traffic noise was dampened during my commute. But you can still hear people talking next to you, albeit softer. As for music playback, I was surprised at the headset's rumbly bass. But the trebles still came across clearly. There was decent stereo separation. You can also play around with the music equaliser in the Jabra Sound+ mobile app.
Jabra says that the Evolve2 65 Flex can last up to 21 hours with ANC enabled while playing music. This estimate seems right — the headset dipped to 90% after two days of infrequent use (music and calls). The sticking point here is probably the price. At S$518 (S$612 with the wireless charging pad), the Evolve2 65 Flex is expensive for a headset. But you're getting a portable, attractive-looking headset that's great for calls and music on the go. And it comes with a two-year warranty and 100-day money back guarantee. Get it now from Lazada, Shopee, or Jabra.
Note: Review unit provided by Jabra.
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