It’s time for our review of the Outlier Air Wireless In-Ear Headphones from Creative.
The Creative website describes the Outlier Air as follows:
“Boasting a playtime of up to 30 hours, a 5.6mm superior graphene driver diaphragm and Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX and AAC audio, the Outlier Air impresses with detailed and immersive audio reproduction. It is also certified IPX5 water-resistant with a comfortable fit for all-day wear — perfect for work, gym sessions, or even while travelling!
In pursuit of audio excellence, Outlier Air carries the true spirit of endurance and true performance.”
What’s in the box?
The box contains the headphones, the charging box, a manual, spare tips and a charging cable.
A Closer Look
The first thing you need to do is charge the headphones – they sit in their protective box (which is also the charging box) and you connect the cable to a power source. On the side of the charging box there are a number of lights showing the status of the charge, and which headphone is charging.
Creative claim that you can get 30 hours of use – this is split down by 10 hours when you first take them out of the charging box (when fully charged) and then an additional two full charges without having to connect the box back to a power supply. I found this to be a fairly accurate claim and there was no point that they suddenly ran out of power or I didn’t have enough power left in the box to recharge them. That said, it’s wise to charge the box (and the headphones) whenever you get an opportunity so that you don’t run out!
In terms of connecting them to a device that was very simple. What you do is connect either the left or the right headphone to your device via Bluetooth, and then once that has connected the other headphone pairs automatically with the other. It does look strange on your Bluetooth device list to see them listed as either L or R but it works fine.
Fitting the headphones are very simple – although they don’t quite block out a lot of noise around you, this is mainly due to the tips, so you might want to consider getting better tips for them. I actually found the tips that came with the headphones to not actually be that comfortable over extended periods, but when I replaced them it was fine. So really it’s going to be down to personal preference along with your specific ears as well!
Controlling various functions with the headphones were easy although there were occasions I had to press quite hard, which isn’t great when they are in your ears.
The microphone works very well, although there were a few times that the background noise was louder than my voice (according to the people I called), but that was easily rectified when I adjusted their position in my ears. So again, most likely down to me!
You can use them with both Siri and Alexa, and that works very well.
All in all the Creative Outlier Air In-Ear Headphones are a great set of wireless in-ear headphones at a reasonable price, if you get a chance to test them for yourself you should, you never know, you might just buy a pair.
The Creative Outlier Air In-Ear Headphones are available now priced around £74.99.