Jabra is a US-based company known for producing hands-free communications products such as earsets and headsets for use by the business process industry, currently a boom industry in the Philippines.
In 2014, the company introduced a new product series called the Jabra Evolve, a series of professional headsets that feature advanced noise-cancellation technologies.
The Jabra Evolve, which comes in five models 20, 30, 40, 65 and 80, is ideal for office use as it shuts down unnecessary noise in an open office that more often than not affect the productivity of an employee handling calls.
Jabra recently came out with an upgraded version of the Jabra Evolve 80, which comes in stylish aviation-inspired form factor, and made from sturdy leather and metal materials. The ergonomically designed frames and adjustable headbands speak volume about the quality of handiwork that went into it.
The Jabra Evolve 80, which looks a lot like a high-end consumer headset used for enjoying streamed music from a mobile device, features microphone, a control unit with USB connector (to attach to the desktop) and a detachable 3.5 mm jack (to connect to any mobile device). As such, you can really use the headset not just for Skype calls, but also for listening to music from your smartphone.
As a professional-use headset, it does feature a lot of function, aside from the industry-grade noise cancellation feature and crystal clear sound.
While the Jabra Evolve 80 is used for making Skype calls when attached to a desktop PC, you can transfer that particular call to a smartphone by simply unplugging the 3.5 mm jack stick from the control unit, inserting the jack to the mobile phone and the call will be transferred to the mobile phone. You can even continue the conversation using the headset’s bluetooth connection.
Other features of the Jabra Evolve 80 include a “listen in” function. Though this product may provide the best noise cancelling technology out there, it also allows you—with a touch of a button—to clearly hear your surroundings while wearing the headset.
The ear cushions, covered by soft leather material, are highly comfortable, hugging the ears comfortably. They don’t just act like pillows for your ears; they also contribute to the noise cancelling feature of the headset.
The sound produced by the Jabra Evolve 80 is HD Voice and the microphone attached to it (which can be easily tucked) also feature noise cancelling—the unwanted background noise further reduced.
As mentioned earlier, the Jabra Evolve 80 boasts of HiFi (hi fidelity) sound, so you can use it for non-work function to listen leisurely to your favorite sounds—maybe after a hard day’s work in the office.
The Jabra Evolve 80 features a 20-hour battery life, which is more than enough for both work function and leisure listening.
(This review first appeared in the print newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer DigiLife section published on September 30, 2015)