Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo review: freeing you from wires and office noise

Spending all day in an office picking up the phone for each incoming call can get old very fast, but a headset that can keep your hands free while on the phone. It’s not only more convenient, but it also makes you more productive. The Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo headset do just that.

The Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo comes with a carrying case, micro USB cable, and Bluetooth adapter for connecting to your PC. Pairing with your phone is as simple as any other Bluetooth device, but pairing with the PC is even more simple because as soon as you plug in the included dongle it pairs automatically.

Design

The headset itself is made of light plastic and at first, I thought it felt a little cheap. However, this turned out to be a pro rather than a con. This made the Evolve 65 MS Stereo super lightweight and comfortable to wear for hours at a time. Unlike some other headsets I’ve worn, I could barely tell these were on my head. The plastic headband also appeared to be quite durable enduring all of my bending and flexing without damage.



The rotating earpads are soft and only apply slight pressure to your ears, adding to the comfort while offering some passive noise cancellation. This is not as good as active noise canceling, but something is better than nothing when you’re in a busy office. The right earpad includes all of the useful elements on the Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo, including the micro USB charging port, volume buttons, multifunction button, busylight indicator, on/off switch, and the Bluetooth and power indicator lights.

The microphone boom arm is on the right side. The Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo offers plenty of options to get it set up exactly the way you want. The microphone arm lowers forward as well as backward making it easy to have the microphone on the left or right side as you desire. The microphone arm can also be bent slightly to adjust whether you want it closer or farther away from your mouth. When not in use the microphone is held in place by a magnetic groove in the headband.

Usage

The multifunction button serves a multitude of functions as the name suggestions. Those functions include answering calls, ending or rejecting calls, putting calls on hold, and switching between them. It can also inform you of which device you are connected to and the status of the battery. The volume buttons also serve more functions than just controlling the volume. They can also be used to enable/disable the busylight, manually turn on the busylight, or mute the microphone. That’s right you can manually toggle on the busylight to let your coworkers know to leave you alone.

Even though the MS in the Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo stands for Microsoft Lync now known as Skype for Business, it is compatible with many more services. It offers you the flexibility to use it with some of the most popular online voice call services.

Audio Quality

Another great perk of wearing this headset for the day is listening to music while at work. Music sounds good, the sound signature is a little flat and not skewed too much toward the high or low end. This means you won’t have any piercing highs or overpowering bass, making these good for any genre and voices on phone calls sound crystal clear.

Distance

Distance is about on par with most Bluetooth accessories I’ve used. The connection is solid within 20ft. but the closer you get to 30ft. the more spotty the connection becomes. Overall I found it to be no better or worse than most Bluetooth audio devices I’ve used.

Battery Life

Battery life has been great for me on the Evolve 65 MS Stereo. Jabra rates them for up to 10 hours, but I’ve only personally used them for no longer than 3-4 hours at a time. This gave me a little over two days worth of usage and proves they have plenty of power to get you through the typical work day.

What happens if you forget to charge them up after a long day? No worries, the Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo can also be used while plugged in and charging. Either with the Bluetooth connection or as a wired set with the micro USB cable.

Final Thoughts

The Evolve 65 MS Stereo offers up pretty much everything you’d need in a workplace headset. Good audio quality, lightweight and comfortable, flexible placement of the microphone, long battery life, and freedom from wires. The one sticking point is probably going to be the price. At nearly $200 retail price the MS Stereo version does not come cheap. Even though these are something you’ll use every day I know it’s a lot to ask for most people. If you can afford them then I would highly recommend adding them to your cubicle arsenal.

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