Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Updated Feb 12, 2019 at 10:54 am
Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
Mixed Usage
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Jabra Evolve 65t are decent mixed-usage truly wireless headphones and are a great option for sports as well. They are designed to be a more business-oriented variant of the regular Elite 65t model, including a dongle for PC that improves the microphone performance. Unfortunately, the mic performance isn’t that much better and might not be worth the extra investment. On the upside, they are very portable and block enough ambient noise to be suitable for commuting and office use. Unfortunately, their design is bulky for in-ears and might not be as comfortable for everyone.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. They have a decent audio reproduction for critical listeners, but the in-ear fit might not be as comfortable for everyone, especially with their bulky design. On the upside, they isolate a good amount of noise and will be good for commuting and to use at the office. You can also use their dongle with your work computer for better microphone performance. Their portable and breathable design is great for sports, even without stability fins. Unfortunately, their latency might be too high to be suitable for watching TV, and their mic may not be good enough for online gaming.

7.0 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. They have a very good bass, with just the right amount of punch and kick a great mid-range which is even and well-balanced, and a good treble. However, their default sound profile bass lacks a bit of thump and rumble. Also, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble could sound significantly sharp and piercing on S and Ts. Thankfully, you have access to an EQ in the mobile app to customize the sound to your liking.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.9 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting and traveling. These headphones isolate a good amount of ambient noise, including engine rumble, and you’ll be able to mask even more noise by raising your listening volume. They are very portable and easy to carry on you at all times. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long flights, but you shouldn’t have any comfort issues for short bus rides.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. Even if they don’t have stability fins, the bulky design of the Evolve 65t is stable inside the ears and won’t pop out. Also, they are very portable and can easily fit in pockets or a bag when going to the gym. They are breathable, and you shouldn’t sweat more when using them during workouts.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
7.1 Office

Above-average for the office. They can connect to 2 devices like your phone and work computer which is convenient. Also, you can use the proprietary dongle to get a better microphone performance and additional controls. They also isolate ambient chatter well, but you might have to charge them once during your workday since they hold about 6 hours of continuous playback on one charge.

See our Office recommendations
5.6 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. These headphones have too high latency for gaming, and their microphone performance isn’t as great as gaming headset boom microphones. Even if you aren’t looking for headphones with a microphone because you don’t play online games, these headphones should not be your first option for gaming.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.5 Wired Gaming
7.0 Phone Call
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.0 Phone Call
  • Good passive isolation.
  • Stable and breathable for sports.
  • Better microphone performance with the proprietary dongle.
  • Bulky in-ear design.
  • Not as comfortable for everyone.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image

The Evolve 65t look pretty much the same as the Elite 65t, even color-wise. They have the same bulky in-ear design that is larger than most truly wireless earbuds, and they slightly protrude out of your ears. Their design looks better when placed inside the ears.

Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Jabra Evolve 65t kept the same design of the original 65t and Elite Active 65t. The buds are larger and fit inside your ears so you don’t need stability fins. They can be decently comfortable for those who can fit in the buds but might not be ideal for people with smaller ears. Also, the in-ear design isn’t for everyone, and some will feel listeners fatigue faster than others.

OS Compatibility
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Additional Buttons No

The Evolve 65t have a similar control scheme to the Elite 65t, but with an additional command for talk-through. Each bud has a main button. The right one offers calls and music management, and you can also trigger your device’s voice assistant. You can control the volume on the left earbud and skip tracks backward and forward. The controls are easy to use, but the layout could be improved. Also, when using the control scheme, you have to push the earbud even further inside your ear canal, which is uncomfortable.

Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the Evolve 65t don’t trap much heat inside your ears. Their bulky bud design might be a bit less breathable than some smaller in-ears, but this shouldn’t make a big difference in temperature. You can wear these during physical activity without sweating more than usual.

L 1.6 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.9 "
Volume 1.4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Evolve 65t are very portable. You can easily fit both earbuds inside small pockets or a bag. They also come with a small case that doesn’t add too much bulk and will still fit inside pockets as well.

Type Hard case
L 4.0 "
W 3.2 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 17 Cu. Inches

The Evolve 65t come with a similar case to the Elite Active 65t, which was a great upgrade over the original Elite 65t case. The size and shape are practically the same, but the lid now closes effectively and doesn’t open easily. The case protects the earbuds against scratches and minor impacts. However, the earbuds aren’t held by magnetic force inside the case, and the lid is quite hard to open now. This results in the buds often popping out if you’re struggling to open the case.

Build Quality

The Jabra Evolve 65t are practically made the same way the Elite 65t are. The buds are thick, dense and feel durable. They should survive a few accidental drops without suffering too much damage. They have the same IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, which is a slightly lower water resistance than the IP56 rating of the Elite Active 65t. On the upside, the case is similar to the Elite Active 65t. The lid doesn’t open as easily as the original 65t, meaning the buds are better protected, which is a good thing since the earbuds aren't held in place by magnets.


The Evolve 65t have the same stable design as the other 65t models. Their unique shape doesn’t require stability fins since the bulky design holds in place inside your ears. Unfortunately, since they do not have any stability fins, you cannot adjust the fit if you have smaller or larger ears. They should still be good enough for running and working out, and since they're compact and wireless, they won't hinder your movements. You also won’t have to bother for a cable getting stuck on something.

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In The Box

  • Jabra Evolve 65t headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • Charging case
  • Proprietary USB dongle
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.03 db
Treble Amount
-0.81 db
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

The frequency response consistency is great. Assuming the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones. However, since the buds are quite big, some people may have difficulty getting a perfect seal with them.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
26.31 Hz
-2.02 dB
0.89 dB
3.34 dB

The bass of the Jabra Evolve 65t is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 26Hz is very good. Low-bass lacks by almost 2dB, meaning the Jabra will be a bit light on rumble and thump, but this won't be very noticeable. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of the kick drums is quite well-balanced. However, high-bass is overemphasized by more than 3dB, which adds a bit of boominess to the sound.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.85 dB
2.0 dB
-1.78 dB
-0.26 dB

The mid-range is very good. The response is quite even and mostly flat. The overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump, adds a bit of muddiness to vocals/leads and clutter to the mix. However, at 2dB, the effect will be subtle. The 3dB dip around 850Hz nudges the vocals and leads towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the lower frequencies, but again, this effect will be subtle.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.68 dB
-1.88 dB
-0.72 dB
2.14 dB

The treble performance is good. Low-treble and mid-treble are quite even and flat up to 8KHz, which is great for producing well-balanced vocals and leads, with a minor underemphasis affecting their detail and brightness. However, the 12dB peak around 10KHz adds a significant amount of emphasis to the sibilance range, making the S and T sounds quite sharp and piercing, especially on overly bright tracks.

2.19 db
1.19 db
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The imaging performance is decent. Their weighted group delay is 0.26, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that the group delay almost never crosses the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver-matching, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency and phase response. However, just like on the regular Elite 65t, we measured more than 3dB of amplitude mismatch between the L/R drivers which skews the stereo image and makes it noticeably heavy on one side. It should be noted that this could be considered as a marker for poor quality control, and the unit you purchase may or may not have this mismatch.

PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Acoustic Space Excitation

The soundstage of the Evolve 65t is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because the Beats have a closed-back design, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free.

Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-24.59 dB
-12.08 dB
-19.98 dB
-42.25 dB

The noise isolation performance of the Evolve 65t is above-average. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved 12dB of isolation which is above-average. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 20dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they isolate by more than 42dB, which is great.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.58 dB

The leakage of the Jabra Evolve 65t is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread over a very narrow range in the treble, making their leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of the leakage is also very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 23dB SPL, and peaks at 31dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom

The Jabra Evolve 65t have an average microphone performance, even with the proprietary dongle. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, but with the dongle, speech will be detailed and clear but may lack a bit of airiness. In noisy situations, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street. There is a model certified for Microsoft Skype for Business, and another that is UC-certified. You can hear a noticeable difference between the Evolve 65t with the dongle and the Elite 65t if you listen to the two headphones' microphone recording quality samples. Note that you will get results similar to the Elite 65t's microphone if you use the Evolve 65t without the provided dongle.

Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.55 dB
6001.45 Hz
Weighted THD
7.62 dB

The integrated mic of the Evolve 65t with the dongle has a decent recording quality. The LFE of 276Hz results in a recorded or transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 6KHz with the dongle suggests a clear and detailed speech, but it may lack a bit of airiness. These results are better than most Bluetooth headphones microphones, and better than the Jabra Elite Active 65t. However, without the dongle, the HFE was around 3.3KHz, which results in a speech that is muffled and lacks detail. The intelligibility of speech on this microphone will be decent in quiet environments.

Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
14.09 dB

The mic of the Evolve 65t is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 14dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
5.9 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
17.7 hrs
Charge Time
1.0 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port micro-USB

The Jabra Evolve 65t have almost 6 hours of playback on one charge, which is above-average for truly wireless headphones. You also get 2 additional charges from the case, which gives you an estimated total of about 15 to 18 hours of playback. We also expect them to have the same auto-off timer of 1 hour of inactivity, which is considerably longer than most truly wireless headphones and wastes a bit of power.

Active Features
App Support
App Name Jabra Sound+
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
Mic Control No
Room effects
Playback Control
Button Mapping No
Surround Sound N/A

The Jabra Sound+ is a decently well-made app that offers a good amount of customization options. You get an equalizer, hear-through, options for the mic to reduce wind and ambient noise, as well as battery data and setting profiles and widgets to change your settings if you're at work, home or commuting. Also, you have access to ambient sounds like white noise, ocean waves, etc. to help you focus and mask the noise around you. However, the app lacks an adjustable auto-off timer and in-app player, but overall, it's a good app that improves your experience with the Evolve 65t.

Also, the Jabra Evolve 65t have a desktop app called Jabra Direct (see picture). This app is more oriented towards office use cases, and customization options will be more related to the microphone. It is also used to download the latest firmware for your devices

Jabra Direct desktop app

Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
Line of Sight Range
158 ft
Default Latency
215 ms
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency

These Bluetooth-only headphones can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously, which is very convenient if you want to switch between your phone and office computer. They also tell you which 2 devices are connected, which is nice. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC and can’t be used with consoles. While the headphones are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, curiously the provided USB dongle only supports Bluetooth 4.2.

Like most Bluetooth headphones, the Jabra Evolve 65t have high latency that may not be ideal to watch video content and gaming. They have about the same latency with and without the provided dongle, which is disappointing. However, apps like YouTube and Netflix offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay on those apps.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
Non-BT Latency
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable N/A
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency

These truly wireless headphones can’t be used wired.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
PC / PS4 Wired USB
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Wireless
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply

The Jabra Evolve 65t come with a USB Bluetooth 4.2 dongle that gives you better mic performance and audio support on your PC. Additionally, like truly wireless headphones, they come with a charging case that gives about 2 additional charges.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Jabra Evolve 65t are decent truly wireless headphones that are business-oriented and set themselves apart by their USB dongle that give you a better microphone performance for calls. Unfortunately, they aren’t that different from similar Jabra 65t models, and the extra investment might not be worth it. If you’re interested in this type of headphones, see our recommendations for best truly wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless

There's practically no difference between the Jabra Elite 65t and the Jabra Evolve 65t other than the microphone performance. The Evolve 65t come with a proprietary USB dongle that gives a better recording quality which is audible when you listen to the two recording samples. However, without the dongle, you can expect similar performance between the two models. Overall, the Elite 65t might be a better option for most, unless you often make calls on a travel laptop or at the office.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite Active 65t and Jabra Evolve 65t are very similar headphones; nearly identical. The biggest difference between these two is the fact that the Evolve come with a USB dongle for PC that offers a slightly better microphone performance. They also have slightly better battery life and noticeably better wireless range. However, if you aren’t looking for business-oriented truly wireless earbuds, then the Elite Active 65t are way less expensive, and are a bit more water-resistant, making them better-suited for sports.

Jabra Elite Sport Truly Wireless

The Jabra Evolve 65t are more business-oriented, while the Jabra Elite Sport are designed for physical activity. However, the Evolve 65t are a bit more versatile since they have better accurate audio reproduction, a better battery life, and can connect simultaneously to two devices, while having a much better microphone when used with the USB dongle. On the other hand, the Elite Sport have a better case that isn’t as frustrating to open as the Evolve 65t, and they are more affordable.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017

The Jabra Evolve 65t are more versatile than the Apple AirPods. Due to their open-back design, the AirPods don’t isolate much noise and aren’t the best option for commuting and at the office. The Jabras also have better sound quality and are a better option for sports due to their stable design. On the other hand, the AirPods are very well-made and are very comfortable in the ears. Their case is also great and offers a great total 25-hour battery life.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

The Jabra Evolve 65t are better truly wireless earbuds than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have a more accurate sound, especially in the treble range. Their microphone is also better when using the provided dongle on PC. They have great battery life on a single charge and you can EQ their sound to your liking, which you can’t do on the Sennheisers. On the other hand, the Momentum True Wireless have a more premium feeling and feel better-built. They also support lower latency codecs, which can be useful if your source supports them too.

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