We’re back again with another wireless in-ear headphones review. This time, our Creative Outlier Sports review takes a look at a pair of lightweight, sweat-proof, wireless sport earbuds with great battery life.
The Creative Outlier Sports wirless in-ear headphones have the following features and specifications:
- Wearing Style: In-ear, Behind-the-neck
- Main Features: aptX
- Drivers: 6mm Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
- Cable Length: 0.5m (~20in)
- Frequency Response: 100Hz ~ 10kHz
- Sensitivity: – 42dBV / Pa
- Compatibility: Bluetooth devices that support the Stereo Bluetooth Profile (A2DP)
- IPX4 certified
- Weight: 15g (0.5oz)
- Color: Neon Green, Fiery Orange, Midnight Blue
What’s in the box
- Creative Outlier Sports
- 1 pair each of S, M, L size AuraSeal silicone ear tips
- 3 Types of Secure Tips
- Micro-USB Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- User Guide
- Compact Carry Case
- 1-year limited hardware warranty
Like all wireless earbuds, the Creative Outlier Sports in-ear headphones consist of two earbuds connected to each other with a cable. The cord itself is flat and coated with a clear rubber material and, in the case of our review sample, is a bright neon green. Fiery orange and midnight blue colour versions are also available.
Each earbud is fairly compact, and are black with a metal silver circle in the middle. Just below this, where the cord meets the earbud, is a small Creative logo in the same color as the cord. The inside of the earbud allows you to attach one of three different ear hooks depending on your style and fit preference.
The inline remote and microphone is about two inches from the right earbud and has a matching neon green multi-function button circle, with a + and – button as well. Below the – button is an LED light that flashes blue or red depending on the status message the headphones are indicating. On the side of the inline remote is where you’ll find a small cover under which is where the Micro-USB charging port is located. The Creative logo is embossed on the back.
The included black semi-hard shelled carrying case is circular in shape, roughly 3 1/4″ in diameter, and made of a faux leather material. Inside is a small pouch inside the upper lid part for storing extra ear tips, secure tips, and the Micro-USB cord. The Creative logo is embossed into the front of the case.
The Creative Outlier Sports in-ear headphones are very comfortable to wear, and the cord lays nice and flat on the back of your neck due to its design.
Sound with wireless headphones is usually a cause for concern. From low volume to muddied sounds to audio delays when watching videos, a number of issues can arise when using wireless headphones. That is not the case with the Creative Outlier Sports. With the aptX audio playback and 6mm Neodymium drivers, audio is clear and crisp without any noticeable delay when watching a video.
The audio range of high, mid, and bass tones is fantastic, and while these in-ear headphones don’t go as loud as some others that I’ve tested before, the maximum volume is still clear and crisp, and definitely louder than you want to listen to for extended periods of time.
In addition, the AuraSeal silicone ear tips form a really nice seal in your ears and do a really good job of blocking off sounds from the outside world.
Another issue that often plagues wireless headphones is call quality. When testing the Creative Outlier Sports on a call, the other party was able to hear me with no issues even though the mic sits a bit off to the side of your mouth. As is usually the case, it was easy to hear and understand the other party on the call as well.
Creative claims the Outlier Sports will get around 11 hours of battery life on a single charge. During our testing, I was able to hit this mark frequently while listening to music at around 50% volume. Depending on listening volume, we managed to get between 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 hours before the headphones needed recharging. The Outlier Sports take about 2 hours to fully recharge.
With an MSRP of $69.99USD, the Creative Outlier Sports in-ear headphones are in line — if not cheaper — than similar products. With great sound, long battery life, and an IPX4 certification, they’re definitely worth it.
The Creative Outlier Sports in-ear headphones are comfortable, sweat-proof, lightweight in-ear, and great sounding and come at a very reasonable price. It’s not hard to see why we’ve awarded them a Top Pick of 2017 award here at Techaeris.