Since Jabra's Evolve range first hit the market in 2014, the state of work has changed significantly. With the growing proliferation of global teams and remote work, there is a higher need for collaboration across enterprise locations and around the world. Furthermore, in today's society where our work and private lives overlap regularly, it is important that technology solutions can support every scenario. Taking the best features of Jabra's consumer audio expertise combined with enterprise grade technology, the no-compromise Evolve2 headset range offers features that suit every element of life – whether in the office or on-the-go and remote.
The new Evolve2 85 model offers Digital Hybrid ANC and ten microphones in total, including two microphones in the fully integrated boom-arm, which can be discretely hidden for on-the-go use, and eight in the ear cups. Users can enjoy up to 37 hours wireless battery life, 40mm drivers for immersive music, and an integrated busy light with 360-degree view on both ear cups. The headset has been developed to take full advantage of the latest audio chipsets, enabling the Evolve2 85 to be one step ahead in battery life, solid connectivity and audio processing. The Evolve2 85 is also designed with both the office environment and mobile professional in mind, which ensures the headset can be worn for long hours, in any environment.
Looking more like a typical office headset, the Evolve2 65 model has three microphones of which two are located in the boom-arm and one in the right ear cup. The headset offers up to 37 hours of battery life and three times better real wireless range than the existing Evolve 65. Finally, the Evolve2 40 is a corded variant and offers the same comfort, durability and user experience as the Evolve2 65.
The Evolve2 85 and Evolve2 65 will include the Jabra Link 380, Jabra's new BT adapter (dongle) that will be available in either USB-C or USB-A version. The Microsoft Teams variants in the range have a dedicated Microsoft Teams button which allows instant connection to colleagues and meetings. For these versions the special status indicator LED on the headset signals different alerts, such as a missed call or a new voicemail.
Besides elevating concentration, flexibility and collaboration, the new Jabra Evolve2 range tackles an organization's need for monitoring and analyzing the entire UC ecosystem in the company to secure stable and high UC call quality. Evolve2 will integrate with leading software/monitoring vendors to allow IT directors and other decision-makers to analyze the performance of every Jabra headset and quickly identify the root cause of poor call quality, whether it's due to Wi-Fi router, UC infrastructure, or the individual user's headset settings. Moreover, the Jabra Xpress software enables easy and secure management of headsets, allowing for firmware updates and the implementation of new features while making life easier for the IT department.
Compared to Jabra's existing Evolve range, the Evolve2 85 is a purely digital headset that delivers 50 percent better noise cancelation via the Digital Hybrid ANC and noise isolating ear cushions with memory foam. The voice performance is powered by 40 percent better transmitted audio and double the voice distractor performance, which delivers a distinct focus on the user's voice while canceling distracting voices around the user. This focus is partly achieved via the 10 microphones that ensure both voice clarity and ANC - for speaking in even the noisiest environments.
The products within the new range feature 360-degree visibility of the Jabra signature busy light on both ear cups to clearly signal concentration while working autonomously. Additionally, the wireless headsets in the range can be connected to all mobile devices. For these, the Jabra Sound+ App ensures a personalized and fully utilized audio experience.
"The working world is changing. Advancements are being made across all sectors, but productivity isn't improving at the necessary pace. Distractions are growing in the workplace; remote working is on the rise and so are the challenges with collaboration. This makes the professional world a fairly convoluted space, something the Evolve2 range provides an answer to. Our headsets deliver productivity, pioneer the digital experience and enhance concentration. We are confident that with the Evolve2 range we're offering the best headset for concentration and collaboration, while also creating a new standard in headsets for the modern worker," says Holger Reisinger, SVP, Enterprise Solutions at Jabra.
Schedule to reach channel partners in April 2020, the Evolve2 85 ($499 with desk stand for charging) and Evolve2 65 ($299 with desk stand for charging - $288 for the mono model with charger) will be available in black and beige, while the Evolve2 40 ($139 in stereo and $129 in mono) will be available only in black.