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Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Sep 04, 2020 at 08:17 am
Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
6.8
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
6.9
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.6
Phone Calls
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are okay professional headphones. On the plus side, they're well-built, comfortable, and offer amazing battery life. Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced and versatile enough for hearing people clearly on phone calls and listening to music. They have a high-quality boom mic that transmits your voice clearly and does a good job of isolating it from background noise. They're also available in a wide range of configurations and can be optimized for either United Communications (UC) or Microsoft Teams, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, they let in quite a bit of background noise and leak quite a bit of audio. Since their headband doesn't fold and their microphone doesn't detach, they aren't the most portable choice if you plan on traveling with them.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are okay for mixed usage. They're quite comfortable and feel fairly premium. Their default sound profile is versatile enough for a wide range of content, though it can be adjusted in-depth via a graphic EQ in their companion app. Their amazing battery life and multi-device pairing capability are helpful for office use, though their poor noise isolation performance makes them a little less viable for noisy environments. Their non-removable microphone makes them stand out when they're being used in more casual scenarios.

Pros
  • Amazing battery life.
  • Great microphone recording quality and noise handling performance.
  • Multi-device pairing capability.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Mediocre audio leakage performance.
  • Not especially portable.
  • Mediocre bass and treble response consistency.
7.1 Neutral Sound

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are satisfactory for neutral sound. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that should suit a variety of genres, though some may find them to be a little on the boomy side. That said, you can customize your listening experience via a five-band graphic EQ or presets in their companion app. Unfortunately, you may experience some significant deviations in how your music sounds during separate listening sessions, as their bass and treble reproduction is quite sensitive to their seal, fit, and positioning on your head.

Pros
  • Five-band graphic EQ in companion app.
Cons
  • Mediocre bass and treble response consistency.
6.8 Commute/Travel

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are an adequate pick for commuting and traveling. They're well-built, comfy, and have a battery life long enough to last you throughout the longest trips. Unfortunately, they also have poor noise isolation, so you may hear quite a bit of rumbling from bus and plane engines. Their microphone doesn't detach, and their headband doesn't fold, which makes it a little trickier to carry them around when not in use.

Pros
  • Amazing battery life.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Not especially portable.
7.3 Sports/Fitness

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are decent for sports and fitness. While they aren't the most portable headphones, they do a decent job of staying on your head during light exercise. Their wireless design also eliminates the risk of having an audio cable snag on your clothes or some other object. They're sturdy enough to take a couple of drops and bumps and have an easy-to-use physical control scheme that lets you quickly adjust without interrupting your rhythm.

Pros
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Not especially portable.
6.9 Office

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are alright for office use. They're quite comfortable and have amazing battery life, so you should have no trouble wearing them for hours at a time. They support multi-device pairing, so you can listen to music on your phone while staying connected to your work computer. They offer a unique feature in the form of a 'Busylight', which serves as a visible indicator that you're on a call. That said, they let in quite a bit of ambient chatter, which means you may be distracted by coworkers. They also leak quite a bit of audio, so people nearby might be annoyed if you listen to music at high volumes.

Pros
  • Amazing battery life.
  • Multi-device pairing capability.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Mediocre audio leakage performance.
  • High wireless latency.
6.9 Wireless Gaming

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are fair for wireless gaming on PC, though their audio latency is too high for them to be ideal for this purpose. They also can't connect to Xbox One consoles and offer only partial compatibility with PS4s. That said, if you're in a pinch, these headphones have a comfortable fit and a default sound profile that emphasizes the thump and kick of action-heavy games. Their multi-device pairing capability allows you to game while streaming music from your phone. Meanwhile, their great boom microphone lets your teammates hear you clearly, even in noisy environments.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing capability.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Mediocre bass and treble response consistency.
  • High wireless latency.
7.5 Wired Gaming

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are good for wired gaming, as they now offer audio and mic support over a USB connection following the release of a firmware update. They're quite comfortable and have a well-balanced sound profile that'll give equal weight to both sound effects in your favorite action-heavy titles as well as in-game dialogue. Meanwhile, their boom mic does a great job of making your voice sound clear and full-bodied while talking to teammates.

Pros
  • Great microphone recording quality and noise handling performance.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Mediocre bass and treble response consistency.
7.6 Phone Calls

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are good for phone calls. They have a great boom mic that makes your voice sound clear and full-bodied, not to mention mostly free of background noise. People on the other end of the line shouldn't have any trouble understanding you, even in loud environments. That said, they let in quite a bit of background noise, so you may have trouble hearing other people's voices when you're calling from a loud environment.

Pros
  • Great microphone recording quality and noise handling performance.
  • Comfortable, relatively stable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 6.8 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 6.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.6 Phone Calls
  1. Update 9/18/2020: We retested these headphones via USB after their latest firmware update.
  2. Update 9/14/2020: Updated 'Wired' section and score to reflect the lack of passive audio playback option.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

Much like the Logitech Zone Wired, the Jabra Evolve2 65 are somewhat conventional-looking business-oriented on-ears. They feature a sleek, somewhat low-profile design with a monochrome color scheme that will blend seamlessly into an office setting, though their non-removable mic makes them somewhat noticeable during casual use. They're available in either black or beige.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.40 lbs
Clamping Force
0.5 lbs

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are comfortable on-ears. They're very lightweight, fairly well-padded, and don't exert too much pressure on your ears, so wearing them throughout your daily 9 to 5 shouldn't be a problem.

7.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have a decent physical control scheme that's quite easy to use. There are dedicated volume buttons that double as playback controls, as holding the volume up button skips forward and holding the volume down button skips backward. If you're on an important call and don't want to be interrupted, you can hold down on both volume buttons to turn on indicator lights on both ear cups. You can mute the mic by flipping it up or by pressing a separate mute button. Lastly, there's a multi-function button that can be used to answer, end, and reject calls. These headphones offer voice prompts for all commands except playback functions, so it's easy to know when you've made an input.

A Microsoft Teams-certified variant is available, which has a multi-function button that provides more functionality with that video conferencing app, but we didn't test it.

6.2
Design
Portability
L 7.8 "
W 6.0 "
H 1.7 "
Volume 80 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Jabra Evolve2 65's portability is passable. While the ear cups swivel flat, the headband doesn't fold to reduce their overall footprint. Also, their boom microphone isn't detachable, so it could snag on something if you just throw them into a bag unprotected.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 8.3 "
W 7.6 "
H 0.8 "
Volume 51 Cu. Inches

These headphones come with a good soft case. It's made out of faux leather and should protect them from scratches and minor water exposure, though bigger drops might cause some damage.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are quite well-built. They feature a mostly high-grade plastic and silicone construction, though the hinges feel like they're made of aluminum. Overall, these headphones feel like they could endure a couple of minor bumps and drops without taking too much damage.

7.0
Design
Stability

These on-ears are decently stable. They should stay on your head with gentle movements, but anything more severe than that may cause them to slip off. Their wireless design eliminates the risk of having an audio cable snag on something and consequently yank them from your head.

Design
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In The Box

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 headphones
  • Soft case
  • USB-A Bluetooth dongle
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.81 db
Treble Amount
-0.36 db

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have a fairly well-balanced, though slightly boomy, default sound profile. Their slightly overemphasized bass adds a touch of extra thump and kick, but also makes some mixes sound a little muddy. Mids and treble are impressively accurate, so vocals and instruments should be present and clear. When talking on the phone, voices sound warm, present, and detailed. If you're not a fan of how these headphones sound out-of-the-box, you can adjust them to your liking via a five-band graphic EQ in their companion app.

6.0
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.95 dB

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have mediocre frequency response consistency. Bass and treble response are particularly sensitive to the headphones' positioning and fit, so you may have trouble getting a consistent listening experience if you have long hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
11.55 Hz
Low-Bass
0.4 dB
Mid-Bass
3.51 dB
High-Bass
6.58 dB

The bass accuracy of the Jabra Evolve2 65 is satisfactory. There's an extended bump across the mid to high-bass ranges that makes some mixes sound boomy and muddy. That said, your own experience may vary, as their bass response is highly dependent on their positioning and fit on your head.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.37 dB
Low-Mid
2.0 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.79 dB
High-Mid
0.04 dB

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have impressive mid accuracy. While the bump from the bass range carries over into the low-mids and causes some slight clutteredness, it isn't too noticeable overall. The rest of the range is very accurately reproduced, which yields full-bodied, present, and clear speech, vocals, and lead instruments.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.56 dB
Low-Treble
0.46 dB
Mid-Treble
2.41 dB
High-Treble
-0.28 dB

Their treble accuracy is very good. Speech, vocals, and leads sound detailed and bright, without much in the way of harshness.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.66 db
Dips
1.48 db

The Jabra Evolve2 65's peaks and dips performance is decent. A bump in the high-bass range results in some boominess. The following drop through the low to mid-mids thins out speech and leads and pushes them slightly backward in the mix. Another dip in the low to mid-treble range slightly dulls the finer details in some mixes.

8.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.3
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.33
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.33

The Jabra Evolve2 65 deliver great stereo imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. Meanwhile, their L/R drivers are very well matched in amplitude and phase response. Some slight frequency mismatch is present, but it isn't too noticeable. These headphones should accurately localize the placement of objects in the stereo image, which creates a more immersive listening experience. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.27 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
1.46 dB
PRTF Distance
14.85 dB
Openness
5.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2

The Jabra Evolve2 65's passive soundstage is sub-par, which is quite normal for closed-back headphones. Their on-ear design only partially interacts with the outer ear, which is crucial in creating an outdoor speaker-like listening experience instead of causing sound to be perceived as coming from the inside of your head. That said, they provide a more spacious listening experience than alternatives like the Logitech Zone Wired.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Jabra Evolve2 65 don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.175
WHD @ 100
0.138

Their weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. The frequency range falls within good limits, ensuring clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.3.13 (1033)
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to evaluate the Jabra Evolve2 65. It should be noted that the tests were completed while using the included proprietary dongle. Our results are only valid when the headphones are used in this configuration.

Isolation
4.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.77 dB
Bass
-0.33 dB
Mid
-7.0 dB
Treble
-28.39 dB

The Jabra Evolve2 65's noise isolation performance is poor. These on-ears barely block out any ambient noise in the bass range, so you hear quite a bit of rumbling from passing buses and construction vehicles. They also do very little to reduce the chatter from noisy nearby coworkers. That said, they do a good job of blocking out high-pitched background noise, like the hum of an AC unit.

6.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.35 dB

These over-ears have mediocre leakage performance. There's a fair bit of noticeable leakage throughout the mid-range as well as the low treble range, so escaping audio should sound fairly full-bodied. If you play your music at high volumes in a quiet office setting, nearby coworkers may hear what you're listening to.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have a flippable boom microphone.

8.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
142.54 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.01 dB
HFE
6267.15 Hz
Weighted THD
0.054
Gain
20.17 dB

The boom microphone delivers great recording quality. Your voice should be heard as clear, natural, and fairly full-bodied.

8.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
32.71 dB

The microphone's noise handling capability is impressive. People on the other end of the line shouldn't have trouble understanding you, even if you're calling from a loud or crowded environment.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
60.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
60.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have amazing battery performance. They're advertised as providing 37 hours of continuous playback, but our test unit lasted for more than 60 hours on a single charge while using the included Bluetooth dongle. However, listening to content at high volumes and enabling the busy light can significantly reduce their overall battery life. Thankfully, they also have a standby mode to prolong their battery life when not in use. They recharge quite quickly, taking about an hour and a half to hit full battery. If you can't wait that long, you can use the headphones while they're recharging.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Jabra Sound+
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have a good companion app in the form of the Jabra Sound+ app. It provides a pretty wide selection of configuration options, including a five-band graphic EQ, audio presets, microphone sidetone adjustment, and changing the standby mode timer. You can also check their battery life and update their firmware. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow you to remap their control scheme.

Connectivity
8.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
335 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
223 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
178 ms
Android Latency
175 ms

The Jabra Evolve2 65 have impressive Bluetooth connectivity. They're compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and can pair with two devices simultaneously. That said, they don't support NFC pairing, and their latency is a little too high across all platforms to make them ideal for watching movies or playing games without experiencing noticeable audio lag. That said, it's worth mentioning that apps compensate for this audio delay differently, so your experience may vary.

5.4
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
258 ft
Non-BT Latency
298 ms

These headphones come with a USB-A dongle that allows you to quickly connect wirelessly to your computer. That said, latency is higher when using this dongle than while connected over conventional Bluetooth. Another variant is available with a USB-C dongle that plugs into compatible USB-C ports, but we didn't get that variant.

8.1
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
USB-C
Detachable Yes
Length 3.9 ft
Connection USB-C
Analog/USB Audio Latency
49 ms

Update 09/18/2020: Following the release of a firmware update, the Jabra Evolve2 65 offer audio and mic support via the included USB cable. The score and text in this box have been adjusted to match.

These headphones support passive USB audio and mic compatibility with the included USB-A to USB-C cable, which can also be used to charge the headphones. They can also still be used over a Bluetooth connection whenever they're charging.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone (PC Only)
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone (PC Only)

Update 09/18/2020: Following the release of a firmware update, the Jabra Evolve2 65 offer audio playback and mic support via the included USB cable. The score and text in this box have been adjusted to match.

The Jabra Evolve2 65 offer full microphone and audio compatibility when using their USB audio cable or USB dongle with a PC, though it should be noted that their audio latency is too high for them to be suitable for wireless gaming. When used with PS4 consoles, their USB dongle only provides audio, not microphone compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

The Jabra Evolve2 65 aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

These headphones come with a Bluetooth 5.0 dongle that's paired with the headphones out-of-the-box. Another variant is available with a USB-C dongle, but we didn't get this variant. You can also purchase a charging stand with these headphones, though you should be aware that the dock is an added cost.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are available in a fairly broad selection of configuration options. You can select built-in optimization for either Microsoft Teams or Unified Communication (UC), configure them as a mono or stereo headset, choose between a USB-A and USB-C wireless dongle, and buy them with a charging dock. If you're shopping on Jabra's website, they're available in two colors: black and beige. If you buy these headphones directly from Jabra's website, you can mix and match the following options. That said, while color, optimization, and USB-dongle selection don't seem to affect their cost, stereo headsets are priced higher than mono headsets. The charging stand is also an added-cost option.

Color Optimization Headset Design USB Dongle Charging Stand
Black Microsoft Teams Stereo USB-A Yes
Beige Unified Communication (UC) Mono  USB-C No

We tested the 26599-989-999 variant, which is a black stereo headset with UC optimization and a USB-A wireless dongle. While we haven't tested the other stereo variants, we expect them to perform similarly overall. If someone comes across a Jabra Evolve2 65 that's differently configured from the above table of options, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared to other headphones

The Jabra Evolve2 65 are okay office headphones. They offer a comfortable fit, premium build quality, a well-balanced sound profile, and a high-quality boom microphone. They're also available in a wide range of configurations and can be optimized for either United Communications (UC) or Microsoft Teams, though we don't test for this. That said, they have poor noise isolation and leak quite a bit of audio. If you're looking for more options, take a look at our recommendations of the best office headphones, the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls, and the best on-ear wireless headphones.

Logitech Zone Wired

The Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless are better office-oriented on-ear headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Jabra are wireless headphones that can simultaneously connect to two devices and have a better boom microphone. That said, the Logitech have a marginally more neutral sound profile and block out slightly more ambient noise.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

The over-ear Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better for office use than the on-ear Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, better-built, and have a more comprehensive control scheme. Conversely, the Jabra have a boom microphone that outperforms the Bose's impressive integrated mic, lasts roughly three times as long on a single charge, and have a better companion app.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless. The Sony are wireless over-ears that are even more comfortable to wear, better-built, and offer vastly superior noise isolation courtesy of a highly effective ANC system. That said, the Jabra have a much longer battery life, can connect to two devices at the same time, and have a boom microphone that's much better overall than the Sony's integrated mic.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless are more versatile than the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset, though they're radically different devices with different intended uses. The Jabra are Bluetooth stereo headphones with a better-balanced sound profile, much longer battery life, a broader range of configuration options, and a superior boom microphone. Meanwhile, the Plantronics is a mono earbud that's far more portable and does a much better job of staying in your ear. Both offer multi-device pairing capability, though only the Jabra are Bluetooth 5.0-compatible.

Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless

The Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless are better office headphones than the Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless. The 85's over-ear design and ANC feature block out more ambient noise than the on-ear 65. The 85 are also more comfortable and have more features in the Jabra Sound+ companion app. That said, the 65 have much longer continuous battery life and a better-performing boom microphone.

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