Jabra Evolve 80 Headset Review

Jabra Evolve 80 Headset Review

Jabra Evolve 80

As someone that is always seeking the best headset for every situation, the Jabra Evolve 80 has been a great addition to my arsenal.  The Evolve 80 is a reasonably large headset, so it’s perhaps not as portable as some of the models, but what it lacks in being lightweight it certainly makes up for it in the sound isolation features.

The other headsets in Jabra’s Evolve range don’t fit all the way over the ear like the Evolve 80.  This passively blocks out much of the sound that would otherwise be distracting.  In addition to this, it has an active noise cancelling feature which cancels out any low pitch sounds such as air conditioning, car sounds, dishwashers and other home appliances.

SOUND QUALITY 10/10

Listening to other people speak the quality is as good as you could want for an office headset.  The larger speaker drivers also mean that the headset is well suited to listening to music and Netflix with more than enough range from treble to bass.

I’ve found the microphone to provide good isolation, though I have read others reviews mentioning this as a weakness so I will have to put this properly to a m

ore scientific test at a later date.

 

COMFORT 10/10

I can’t fault the Jabra Evolve 80 in terms of comfort.  It is very comfortable to wear even for long extended periods.  It’s a little larger and heavier than some, but it’s well padded and the weight is distributed evenly on your head.

STYLE

You can judge the style for yourself, but I quite like the way this headset looks.

 

CONNECTIVITY

The Evolve 80 doesn’t have any wireless capability, it is completely reliant on the cable.  The cable it comes with is good, allowing for both 3.5mm microphone connection and USB connection.  The cable works well with mobile phone, tablet and computer connection.

FEATURES

There are a few notable features, the most important and one I’ve mentioned already is the active noise cancellation.  The cable has volume control built in if you’re connecting via USB, but not if you’re using the 3.5mm plug.

The microphone also folds out of the way when you’re not using it.  It doesn’t have the magnetic catch that the other products in the range have, but the microphone still manages to stay out of the way.

 

PROS

Great sound quality

Excellent active and passive sound cancellation

Seems to be robust

Comfortable

 

CONS

Relatively expensive

Microphone can only be on the right hand side, you can’t choose which side yourself.

Jabra evolve 80 Headset – CONCLUSION 9/10

If you’re after the ultimate in isolation while in your cubicle or working from a Cafe then this is the best headset that’s currently available.

Wired connections are always more reliable than wireless or Bluetooth – however, the lack of wireless can at times be annoying especially if you’re prone to forgetting that you’re plugged and getting up from your desk while still attached!

Hopefully, you’ve found the review of this Jabra Evolve 80 Headset useful and helpful.  If there are any other headsets you’d like me to test – please drop a note in the comments.

 

 

Swiss Mobility Power Pack Review – 10000mAh

The Swiss Mobility Power pack is a fantastic powerpack for giving you extra minutes of talking on your cell phone or time on your iPad or tablet.

This is going to be a short review because this device has two major benefits, and one major drawback.  Just that information should be enough for you to make your decision easily.

 

swiss mobility power pack 10000 image

PROS

  • 2 Ports, can charge two devices at one time
  • Fast charge 2.1 amp port, charges devices faster than many power packs
  • 10,000mAh is a large capacity
  • Attractive design
  • Comes with carry bag

CONS

  • Re-charging the device itself is very slow.

Swiss mobility power pack Conclusion

The Swiss mobility power pack is a near perfect device with one major flaw.  When you’re actually using it to charge your devices it’s excellent and I can’t fault it.  However, at the end of the day when you’ve been using it and it comes to recharge it – it takes hours and hours.  The reason is simple, the output ports support 2.1 amps, but the input port only supports 1 amp.  The result for me, is that when I plugged it in to charge it needed more than overnight often to completely charge from flat to full.

If you use several different power packs the flaw may not be an issue, you can just use another one of our devices while it charges.  However, if you only have one powerpack – then you might be better off picking a different one.

The form factor is quite nice, but if you want something for your pocket you’ll probably want to go for one of their smaller models and not the 10,000mah version.  Swiss has several different sizes for this, but the 10,000mah version is a good compromise lots of capacity while not too large.

I would still recommend it, but just be aware of how long you have to leave it to charge.