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Jabra Evolve 65t Review – A 2020 Perspective!

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This Jabra Evolve 65t review has been a long time coming. These wireless earphones were originally released in November 2018, but it’s always good to review older products in the 2020 landscape. The popularity of wireless earphones and headphones¬†is always increasing as the prices drop and the tech becomes better value. So how do the Jabra Evolve 65t fare in 2020?

If you’re short on time, skip to the different sections of our Jabra Evolve 65t review:

Jabra Evolve 65t Review Overview

The Evolve 65t is manufactured by Danish company Jabra who is well known for both their consumer and commercial audio devices. Despite Jabra being a brilliant audio specialist, they are not as well known by consumers as they probably should be. Objectively, Jabra makes good products, and the Evolve 56ts is certainly one of them.

These truly wireless earbuds are excellent. They are also pricey, which could be a turn-off for the casual due to the lack of brand recognition. Despite a hefty price tag, they do somewhat justify this cost due to the quality of the product itself.

Let’s dive into the deep end of this Evolve 65t review.

Jabra 65t In Ear

Who Are These For?

Let’s be clear, these aren’t cheap. You can pick them up at the official¬†Jabra site¬†for A$605 for both the UC optimised version (unified communication) or the Microsoft for Business version. They can be found slightly¬†cheaper elsewhere,¬†so it’s worthing doing your due diligence.

As you can see, these wireless earbuds were designed with business communication in mind. Don’t get me wrong, they play music to a very high standard, but they are also suited to business. These are versatile and are mostly targetted to individuals who listen to a lot of music but also takes important calls or Skype meetings.

We’ll review the Evolve 65t’s capacity as a music listening device and as a communications device.

Jabra 65t Music Sound Quality

It appears that Jabra has designed these with business communication as the priority. Out of the box, the Evolve 64ts are incredibly strong on the treble. This results in an overly treble-driven music sound, which is off-putting.

However, you are able to optimise the sound output through the Jabra Sounbd+ app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

Once I had adapted the sound characteristics more to my liking they sounded fantastic. I would go as far to say, they are the best wireless earbuds I have personally tried. If you have high bitrate files (320 kbps), your music will be distortion-free, even at max volume (don’t do this to your ears!).

I personally love a bit of hip-hop and must say that these earbuds do a tremendous job of delivering exceptionally clean drums and crisp vocals. Dre’s 2001 album was once again a genuine musical experience and was on par with some well-rated wireless¬†headphones.

The highs and mids on these are exceptional. The bass output leaves a little to desire but it’s hard to complain about when they are so small. Luckily, taste in music sound is a subjective thing, so if bass-driven music isn’t your cup of tea, then no bother!

Jabra 65t Exploded View

The Geeky Stuff

We’ll run through all of the specs a little further in the review, but let’s look at some of the sound specs now.

The frequency range of the Evolve 65ts is good but not amazing. It has a low range of 20Hz, which puts it in the top 85% of headphones and earbuds. This doesn’t seem too impressive but when you consider it includes headphones as well, it becomes a lot more impressive.

The highest frequency is 20,000Hz, which puts these in the top 90% of headphones and earbuds. It’s a lot easier to manufacture earbuds to produce higher frequencies, but it’s still impressive nonetheless.

Overall, a very respectable sound range for such a small device. Even in 2020, these stack up well against other wireless earbuds in the market at similar price points.

Evolve 65T Communication Quality

The Jabra Evolve 65T do a very very good job at delivering high-fidelity communication. The device comes with four built-in microphones that do a brilliant job of picking up your voice. The speakers also do an exceptional job of delivering a clear and distortion-free voice to your eardrums.

I’ve taken numerous calls on these things and at no point has anyone said they were having issues with the call quality. This is really good news because I use Sony wh-1000xm3 (I’ll write a review on these soon!) as my daily music headphones and often get complaints about the call quality.

It’s worth mentioning that Evolve 65ts are capable of multi-device pairing, which is great. Being able to connect to your phone and laptop is perfect for professionals who may get a call on their phone or have to do a Skype meeting on their laptop. A lot of newer wireless earbuds do have this feature but it’s great that these do too.

Overall, these are top-notch and you’ll get no complaints from your colleagues or friends when talking to them!

Jabra Evolve 65t charging case

Useful Features

We’ve already touched on some of the useful features but let’s look at the some of the features you may find useful.

Voice Assistant

Voice assistants are so popular these days that they are baked into almost every device with a speaker and microphone. And honestly, That’s a good thing. Voice assistants like¬†Alexa, Google and Siri are really useful and becoming better with each iteration.

Considering these are primarily targetted at business use, perhaps this feature is extra useful to quickly record new meetings or reminders.

Auto-pause

A feature that I absolutely love is the auto-pause feature. The moment you remove an earbud, the music pauses. If you put the earbud in within a minute, voila, the music is back. Very cool!

HearThrough

HearThrough allows the wearer to let more sound from the outside world get to your ears. It uses the built-in microphones to capture the ambient-noise and sends it through the speakers. It works. Not much else to say on it.

Passive Noise Cancellation (SoundScape)

We’d all love active noise cancellation, but that’s almost impossible in a wireless device this small. Instead, the Evolve 65ts use passive noise cancellation. Passive noise cancellation relies on passive background noise to help mask the noise around the wearer. The wearer can use SoundScape to choose background noises like Waterfall, Storm, Whitenoise etc. All generic stuff, but all very nice.

Jabra Product Shot

The Look Station

The Jabra Evolve 65ts look great. They are not groundbreaking in their aesthetic by any means but certainly look “well designed”. I would describe the device as minimalist and functional, as they should be!

The materials feel premium and they look premiums. There is a satisfying contrast between silver and dark grey. Finally, the way they are “put together” looks premium.

Overall, these types of devices are quite limited in their design, but I much prefer this type of design over that of the Apple Airpods.

What Are They Like To Use?

After using these for a while, I must say they’re great to use. I’ve been using them primarily to listen to podcasts and music while I work or to take the odd phone call. Honestly, I have no major complaints. The only minor complaint I have is the noise cancellation, and this is only because I am so used to the brilliant active noise cancellation of my Sony headphones. Let’s have a look at some specifics.

Battery Life

According to Jabra, the Evolve 65ts have 15hours per charge. However, it’s only around 5 hours of actual playback time, which is slightly above average. Long battery life and small form factor do not really go hand-in-hand, so it’s hard to complain here.

The Charging Case

It feels premium and seems to do a good job of protecting the earbuds. Charging them is super simple, just pop each of the earbuds into the charging case and it begins. The charging case will fully charge the buds in 45 minutes, which is pretty good! In addition, the charging case offers a back-up battery of around 4 hours of use. All of this combined adds a lot of positives to the overall experience of using the Evolve 65ts.

The Controls

The controls are great. I found them to be intuitive, well-positioned a satisfying enough. The right earbud is used to turn them on and off. The left earbud is used to control the music playback and activate the voice assistant.

Wireless Range

Something that often annoys me with older or cheaper Bluetooth devices is a short wireless range. Thankfully the 65ts use Bluetooth 5.0 and offer a range of up to 10 meters, which is more than enough for a professional working from a laptop,

What’s In the Box?

So what do you get when you buy the Jabra Evolve 65t? Well, you get a fair bit:

  • Evolve 65t earbuds (left and right)
  • Jabra Link 370 USB dongle (for connecting to your PC)
  • Charging Case
  • Carry Case
  • Micro USB cable
  • 3 sets of silicon ear-gels
  • Documentation.

Jabra Evolve 65t Full Spec List

Standby Time
Auto off after 15min without connection, and 60 min without activity
Type of Wireless Technology Bluetooth
Talk Time
5 hours (extra 10 with charging case)
Warranty 1 Year
Wearing Style
Ear bud (both ears), Ear bud (single)
How Does it Connect
Bluetooth for Mobile , Computer Bluetooth (dongle)
Software Compatabilty
Dragon Naturally Speaking, Skype , Unified Communications, Voice Recognition Software , Windows
Ear Cushion Material Silicon Ear Gels
Speaker Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Speaker size 6.0 √ó 5.1mm
Mic Frequency Response 100Hz to 10kHz
In-line controls Yes
Headset Weight
6.5g right headset 5.8g left headset, charging case 67g
Volume controls on earpiece Yes
Coverage Range Bluetooth range
Charge Time 2 hours.
Charger Type
Portable Charging Case
Coverage Range [Bluetooth] 10m

Jabra Evolve 65t Review Summary

Despite being on the pricier side of things, there is no denying the overall quality of the Evolve 65t. They do an excellent job of performing both musically and as a communication device. Even in 2020, almost 2 years since they were first released, they still compete with newer competitors.

I would argue that if you are buying a pair of wireless earbuds purely for musical purposed, then there are better ones on the market. But if you do your fair share of Skype meetings, conference calls and phone calls, these are ideal. I hope you found this Jabra Evolve 65t review useful and hopefully it played a part in better informing your purchasing decision!

If you’re looking for a pair of Jabra wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and wireless charging, check out our review of the Jabra Elite 75t.

  • Look Station
  • Features
  • Total Value

Summary

Jabra did such a fantastic job with the Evolve 65t earbuds that they still compete well with more recent wireless earbuds. If you’re a professional who needs a quality communication device that also makes your music sound great, then these are for you!

Overall
4.5

Pros

Good build quality

Excellent for business calls

With some tinkering, they play music superbly well

Good battery life

 

Cons

A tad expensive

Requires some changes to the EQ for music playback

 

 

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