Review of the Creative Outlier Pro: Outstanding Battery Life for Less Than $100
They perform well in battery life and ANC, two of the most crucial areas. This is supported by both a cozy design and good overall sound.
Creative Outlier Pro
Creative Outlier Pro: The battery life and ANC of Creative’s Outlier Pro earbuds are two of the most crucial features. Having to check those boxes. You can confident that Creative’s earbuds will perform admirably elsewhere while providing good overall sound and a comfortable design.
- Brand: Creative
- Battery Life: Up to 15 hours on earbuds, up to 60 hours on carrying case
- Bluetooth: 5.2
- Additional Tips: 4
- Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Charging Case: Yes
- Codecs: SBC, AAC
- Drivers: 10mm graphene-coated dynamic
- IP rating: IPX5
- Wireless charging: Qi
- Microphones: 6
- Weight: 7.2g/0.25oz per bud
- exceptional battery life
- Outstanding ANC
- commodious style
- overall sound quality is good.
- Useful companion app
- Buds might be heavier than expected for some people.
- Only offline music is compatible with SXFI; no wear detection.
One of the most enduring brands in audio hardware is Creative. The Creative Outlier Pro, the company’s newest earbuds, checks all the right boxes. Including superior active noise cancellation and long-lasting battery life. They also have excellent audio quality.
Creative Outlier Pro Comfort and Style
The earbud design of the Creative Outlier Pro is comparatively uniform. They are oval-shaping and have an almost deep bronze color with an offset brown finish that is slightly metallic, matching the metallic finish on the case. The official name is “Metallic Umber,” according to the Creative website. Which I can trust, but you understand what I mean. Although it is a common color, you might prefer the choice of having something entirely in black or white. Sadly, the option isn’t available yet, but maybe Creative will add more color options in future versions.
The earbuds themselves weigh 7.2g/0.25oz each, which is significantly heavier than most other earbuds. For instance, Anker’s Soundcore Life P3 earbuds weigh 4.8g (017oz) while Apple’s AirPods weigh 4g (0.14oz). The extra weight is undetectable once you insert the Creative Outlier Pro earbuds into your ears, though. The earbuds’ balanced design ensures that they provide support around the ear when you insert them, preventing unneeded discomfort from the added weight.
The 10mm graphene-coated dynamic drivers and additional hardware for Creative’s SXFI technology, which enables 3D audio on the earbuds, house in the extra bulk of the earbud housing itself. So the extra bulk isn’t just for looks.
Three sets of ear tips are included in the box as well. You should switch out as usual to find the one that fits your ear the best. The best way to enjoy music and other audio types is to create a consistent and strong seal with your ear, so change them out and make sure you find the right tip.
Case for the Creative Outlier Pro and battery life
The Creative Outlier Pro case is intriguing in and of itself. It has the same long, cylindrical shape as earlier Creative Outlier earbuds, which slide out to the side rather than flipping over from the top. Since the logo is oriented that way, it is primarily made for right-handed users, but you can use it with your left hand as well.
The sliding mechanism will release if you hold it and shake it, but the magnetic locking mechanism is fairly powerful. If it were in your pocket or bag, it wouldn’t slide out, but you could use it to stylishly flick your earbuds out. The Creative Outlier Pro case, however, is quite large, so it probably won’t fit in your pocket, especially if you’re wearing, say, a tight pair of jeans or a suit. You won’t just put this case in your pocket and ignore it.
Although something smaller is preferable to this, I wouldn’t necessarily choose it, but the case’s design is acceptable. The Creative Outlier Pro’s long battery life is housed in the case, giving you up to 60 hours of playback with ANC turned off and up to 40 hours with ANC turned on. Overall, the Creative Outlier Pro has one of the longest battery lives out there. Comparable earbuds, like the Beats Powerbeats 4 wireless earbuds, have a playback time of about 15 hours but cost $60 to $70 more. The JVC HA-XC90T earbuds are another comparable pair that cost an additional $60 to $70 and offer up to 15 hours of playback.
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 headphones,
Consider the Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 headphones, which have a similar price point and provide 10 hours of playback (although you will get up to 80 hours of playback from the charging carry case with those). But overall, the Creative Outlier Pro’s battery life stands out among earbuds at this price point and is one of its best features. You anticipate the battery charging time to be equivalent to long battery life. And yes, depending on whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection, the Creative Outlier Pro needs two to three hours to fully charge. Typical of most earbuds.
Connectivity and Codecs for Creative Outlier Pro
The Bluetooth 5.2 technology used by the Creative Outlier Pro makes pairing with your device incredibly quick. When you open the Creative Outlier Pro carry case, it will immediately reconnect to any connected devices that were previously disconnected or to any previously disconnected devices that are seeking to pair. The Creative Outlier Pro connection is reliable once it has been paired.
The Creative Outlier Pro earbuds utilize the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, which is another thing to be aware of. You can expect to find these common audio Bluetooth codecs in almost every pair of wireless earbuds. They don’t use aptX or aptX Adaptive, which will notice by those who prefer better audio playback quality.
ANC and Creative Outlier Sound Quality
Next, let’s talk about the Creative Outlier Pro true wireless earbuds’ audio quality. Since we’ve used Creative’s earbuds before, we know to anticipate a good, well-balanced sound with deep tones. The overall soundstage of the Creative Outlier Pros is spacious and bright, and the bass is well-placing but not overpowering. The remainder of the listening experience unaffected.
The treble and top-end can occasionally be a little bit short, as one thing you might notice. I didn’t find it particularly disturbing when listening to tracks with fast, punchy horn sections or fast-paced dance music. Though it sometimes doesn’t come through as clearly as it might. It is evenly distributed through a mid-range, leaving enough room for each instrument and other mid-range elements to stand out without hindrance.
Outlier Creative Pro ANC
The Creative Outlier Pro’s active noise cancellation is, to put it simply, brilliant. Active noise cancellation is a key feature. The Creative Outlier Pro offers excellent value when compared to some of the other options available at this price point and the price these earbuds retail for.
The Creative Outlier Pro ANC successfully blocks out a significant amount of noise when tested against a video of airplane noise. Because it’s a very high-pitched sound. There will always be some noise leakage, but compared to most everyday sounds, the Outlier Pro ANC will spare you those distractions when you’re trying to focus. The ambient noise mode performs admirably. Ambient noise modes are not my favorite, regardless of how good they are. However, if you do need an ambient noise mode, it performs flawlessly with little feedback.
Try SFXI 3D Audio and customize the Creative Outlier Pro EQ
Both Android and iOS devices can use the Creative App. You can design a personalized EQ tailored to your listening preferences or select one of the many integrated EQ options once you download and install the companion app. It’s interesting to note that you can also find EQ settings for well-known games like League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League, as well as more general EQs for MOBAs, FPS, RPGs, and other genres. Undoubtedly, it’s a nice touch.
You can manually adjust the hybrid active noise cancellation settings in the Creative App, ranging from level one for the weakest ANC to level five for the strongest ANC. Within the active noise cancellation settings, the ambient mode volume can also change. When using the earbuds in ambient mode, noise can pass through the microphones. Keeping you aware of your surroundings. Additionally, the ambient mode level can alter from level one to level five.
The final thing to note with the Creative Outlier Pro is that you can also use SXFI, Creative’s integrated spatial audio experience that provides 3D sound. However, the integration doesn’t work with music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music or YouTube, and so on. The only files you can use with SXFI (a separate app to the Creative App, available for iOS and Android) are local music files downloaded to your device. Now, that can become an issue for those who rely heavily on all music streaming apps instead of keeping a music collection downloaded on their device.