Creative Outlier Air 2, review: the king in terms of sound quality, battery and price

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Among the audio brands available in Spain, few companies can boast a solid track record for as many decades as Creative. The manufacturer, far from lagging behind in the new wave of completely wireless headphones, was able to create what in our opinion were one of the best options of the last year, and the Creative Outlier Air V2 come to keep the bar very high.

The Creative Outlier Air are still a very solid alternative (and more so if we consider their notorious drop in price) and although we still love them, the company wanted to show that they still had room for improvement. We have tested the second generation, and boy did we love them.

Creative Outlier Air V2: Technical Features

  • Graphene membrane in the 5.6mm driver.
  • Audio codecs: AAC, SBC and Qualcomm aptX.
  • 80 mAh batteries in each earbud, 450 mAh in the case:
    • Up to 12 hours on a single charge and 34 total.
    • Charging time: 1-2 hours.
    • Charging the case: USB C.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connection in the 2.4 GHz band.
  • Built-in call-compatible microphone with Qualcomm cVc 8.0 technology for crystal-clear calls.
  • Range of up to 10 meters (in our experience we have had up to 5 without problems).
  • Touch button for multimedia control and Google Assistant or Siri.
  • IPX5 water resistance.
  • Weight:
    • Each earphone: 6 grams.
    • Charging case: 60 grams.

A design that works, with a very important change

Creative Outlier Air 2, review: the king in terms of sound quality, battery and price 1At the aesthetic level they are practically the same (Left, first generation. Right, second).

At the design level we are practically facing the same headphones, highlighting a color change from metallic gray to dark blue, also metallic. We have a very simple case, slightly smaller than in the previous generation, and that opens laterally by pressing from the right area.

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One of the sides stands out for the USB C charging port and three LEDs that indicate the charging status of the case and each earphone, with the charge levels being green, yellow and red.

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The headphones still have the characteristic design of the Creative Outlier, a design that depending on the shape of your ear can adapt really well, although if your ears are small they may be uncomfortable. In my particular case, they adapt perfectly and I can wear them all day without discomfort or even do sports with guarantees that they will be well attached, but it is true that some users told us that they had a problem. We do not consider it a Creative flaw, since in the end each ear is a world and in the end the best advice you can have is to try them for yourself.

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At the aesthetic level we like them, and they have little to do with AirPods and any other headset that imitates Apple’s design. Creative’s work in this regard is noteworthy, and while it hasn’t changed from generation to generation beyond color, we’d rather keep it than make it worse or lose its identity.

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The biggest difference from the previous generation is in what we could call theButton. It was without a doubt what we liked the least about the original model. To provide a bit of context, in the Air 1 we had a physical button that was very hard to press and that could cause pain in the ear to press. The Outlier Air V2 have instead a touch panel with which you do not have to make any pressure, just make several touches to perform actions.

  • Playback mode:
    • Two touches: Pause or play.
    • Three touches: Previous track (left earphone) or back (right earphone).
    • Press and hold: Volume down (left earphone) or up (right earphone).
  • Without being reproducing anything.
    • Two touches: Pause or play.
    • Three touches: Mobile voice assistant (Google Assistant or Siri).
    • Long press for 6 seconds: Go to pairing mode.
  • On call:
    • Two touches: Pick up or hang up the call.
    • Press and hold: Volume down (left earphone) or up (right earphone).

Failure to do one-touch actions might seem like a disadvantage, but far from it is a success. In most headphones with a panel that is activated with a touch, they turn out to be more annoying than useful due to the involuntary pulsations (when you are going to reposition the headset, for example).

The extraordinary technology to ensure that you do not take them off all day

As we discussed in the design section, if the Outlier Air V2 adapt well to your ear you can spend with them all day. And we didn’t mean that you can have them in your ears only, but that you can really spend the whole day with them listening to music.

Creative Outlier Air 2, review: the king in terms of sound quality, battery and price 6Graphene covered membrane, Creative’s secret weapon.

Creative promises up to 12 hours per charge and up to 34 if we use the charge of the case. In this sense, I cannot corroborate if the figure given by Creative is accurate, since it is usual that I do not spend more than six hours using them, sessions after which I usually end up with approximately 50 ~ 60% battery.

Each earphone has an 80 mAh battery instead of the 60 of the original model, while in the sound reproduction there is hardly any change. The driver continues to use a graphene membrane, which in addition to offering a great sound quality, the material has a lower energy consumption.

The microphones have also made a notable leap in capture quality thanks to Qualcom cVc 8.0 audio capture technology. We could already test this technology with the Creative Auvana Trio, and despite not being spectacular, it is a notable improvement when making calls compared to headphone microphones without this technology.

Little evolution in sound quality, except for one detail

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In sound quality we have little evolution compared to the original model, which has already set the bar very high. We find a balanced sound that stands out for its powerful bass and a good spatial sound that makes Creative continue to compete on a quality level with models with much higher prices.

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At the level of wireless connectivity we have the SBC, AAC and Qualcomm aptX codecs. We have not had latency problems when playing videos, and although when playing video games it has been somewhat noticeable, the truth is that the delay is only perceived if you look closely. Nothing to interrupt a casual gaming session.

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The great addition to the original Air is the inclusion of Super XFI, Creative’s proprietary technology which allows us to enjoy what the company callsHolographic Sound.

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Super XFI is an application that analyzes the features of your face and your ears to create a personalized audio model by artificial intelligence. Unlike higher-end products (where XFI is implemented at the hardware level) in wireless headphones it is done throughsoftware, being the model itself used from Creative’s own application.

What does this mean? Well, basically, we can achieve a spectacular sound, as long as we listen to our own music within the Creative application. If you are going to listen to music in streaming, it is an addition that you will not even know that it exists, but better to have it and not use it than want it and not be able to have it.

We loved the Air, we loved the Creative Outlier Air V2

There is not much more to contribute about the second generation Airs. Everything that was excellent about the original product is still just as good in the Air V2, they have corrected its biggest defect (the physical button, which is now tactile), the battery of the previous ones was one of the best and now it is even better and they have added Super X-Fi support, even if only for listening to local music.

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Although they are a product that has corrected its greatest weakness, for example, they still do not include an ear sensor to pause the music when you take them off. For a year, we have seen more and more brands opt for add-ons such as wireless charging in the case or active noise cancellation, add-ons that raise the price. We would like Creative to explore these options in a superior model, but we highly appreciate that at the product level they have preferred to keep the essence of the Outlier Air.

The official price of the Creative Outlier Air V2 is 79.99 euros, although at the time of writing these lines are in promotion at 69.99 euros. Without a doubt, a totally recommended purchase as it offers the best relationship between sound quality, battery and price.

Creative Outlier Air V2 in the official Creative store.

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