Jabra evolve 40 mono Review

I have quJabra evolve 40 monoite particular taste in headsets depending on the environment it’s going to be used in..  The Jabra Evolve 40 fits one of those environments perfectly. Mono headsets like this one are the best option in a normal quiet environment. I also prefer the cable connection it has over wireless in a purely work related environment. I’ve had Bluetooth fail on me too many times on important calls!

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This headset from Jabra ticks all the boxes for me.  I bought it to plug straight into my cell phone, so I got the version with the 3.5mm plug.   If you’re looking for something that is cabled and mono I would recommend it without hesitation. I’ve broken the review down into the categories that I can score and a couple of categories that I won’t put a score on because they’re more just a matter of preference.

 

SOUND QUALITY 9/10

Listening to other people speak the quality of the sound is near perfect.

The only reason that I’m not giving a perfect score on this Jabra headset for sound quality is that I compared the microphone sound quality to one of my Sennheiser headsets (I’ll look to review soon) and it was definitely a little worse. In saying that the Sennheiser headset was a lot more expensive and the difference was only small so that’s why I’m still recommending this headset.

 

COMFORT 10/10

I can’t fault the Jabra evolve 40 on comfort at all. This is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve tried.  It does make the headset a little larger than some, but it’s worth it for the comfortable ear piece.

 

STYLE

You can judge for yourself, on the style – but the Jabra Evolve definitely makes a pretty bold statement. One thing I will say about the bright Orange cord, is that I didn’t forget I was plugged into something like I have done with plain black cords in the past.

 

CONNECTIVITY

I got the version of the Jabra Evolve that only has the 3.5mm plug. It’s designed to plug directly into your mobile phone (though obviously not the iPhone 7).  It will also plug into the headset port on most laptop and desktop computers.

 

FEATURES

Thie Jabra Evolve 40 is very basic in terms of features, there is no wireless or Bluetooth connectivity and no volume control. I guess this keeps the price down and will make it pretty reliable – but I think it would have been nice to have volume control built in.

The microphone folds up and out of the way and has a sort of magnetic clasp to hold it on top of the headset when you’re not on a call using the headset to listen to music or audio books.

 

PROS

Good sound quality on both sides of the conversation.
Very robust construction
Extremely comfortable
Fantastic value

 

CONS

No volume control
No noise cancelling on the ear piece

 

Jabra evolve 40 – CONCLUSION 9/10

If you’re after a mono headset that has the 3.5mm plug for your cell phone that is reasonably priced this Jabra is definitely the best on the market that I’ve found, and I’ve tried a lot of headsets!

The 3.5mm plug means that you don’t have to worry about the reliability of Bluetooth and the large ear cup is comfortable enough to wear all day.

The Evolve 40 is perfect for quiet environment at home.  I have tried this Jabra in environments like driving a car and it didn’t do so well. While driving the person on the other end of the phone had no issues hearing me and heard very little road noise, I could barely hear the other person over the noise of my car. In saying that, I don’t drive something quiet like a Prius.

If you’re getting a headset for a quiet environment and value for money is important to you – then this is a great headset.  There are several headsets in the Jabra evolve line up – so if you need one with slightly different features then it might be worth looking at their other models.

I hope you’ve found this review of the Jabra Evolve 40 mono useful.  Please let me know in the comments if there are any tests that you’d like me to run on it or anything else I can tell you about the headset.

Dealing with unwanted noise at home

man dealing with unwanted noise by putting fingers in his earsUnwanted noise is a big problem if you’re going to work from home.  I don’t necessarily want people talking to me on the phone to know that I’m working from home. I’ve got two indoor dogs and a young daughter. There’s nothing like being on the phone and having a dog start barking to let the other person on the phone know that you’re not in the office.  If you’re going to work from home, then you’re likely going to have to figure out how to deal with unwanted noise.

There’s still a bit of a stigma about people working from home. Often when people realise that I’m working from home, they think that I’ve gone home from work that day to watch Oprah on daytime TV. Even if the person on the other end of the phone isn’t judging me – I still need to be able to hear what they’re saying.

There are a couple of things that I’ve done already to try to help deal with the unwanted noise and there are a couple more things that I’m still going to try.

These are the things that I’ve done so far that have worked pretty well at getting rid of unwanted noise:

  • Noise cancelling headset – this has probably made the biggest difference so far. I think I’ve bought and tried about 20 different headsets and headphones. I’ll look to review some of them here.
  • Putting the dogs in a different room.  Seems kind of obvious, but you don’t always think about that until the phone rings. I’ve found that if I don’t do it before the phone rings then I might as well not bother. Trying to get dogs into another room quickly just makes them louder and louder.
  • Noise treatment under the doors. This was a quick 20-minute fix. It seems to have made a bit of a difference, but I’m not sure how much. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a review with some sort of a test in the future.
  • Putting my computer desk as far away from the TV and everything else as possible. When I’m at home I’ll often just work in front of the TV with my computer on my lap, but when I’m trying for quiet.  The computer desk is now in a good place.
  • Really high quality ear plugs – Review to follow shortly

These are the things that I still want to try to deal with unwanted noise:

  • Replacing the hollow doors with more solid doors
  • Putting a proper noise proof frame around one of the doors
  • Putting up some sort of a homemade noise shield in front of where I want to work

We’ll have to see how many of these things I managed to test. If you’ve got any ideas that have really worked for you to deal with the noise then please let me know in the comments below.