The Creative Outlier headphones are a clear winner as far as mid-range on-ear headphones are concerned. As their name suggests, these headphones have been created to suit creative and non-conformist types who value having a range of connectivity options and top-of-the-range audio.
For just under £80, you’ll get a great deal of features, personalisation options as well as a very useful MP3 player function. What’s not to like?
What’s in the box?
This pair of Creative headphones come in a hard plastic rounded container weighing only 381g (just under 14 ounces). As you open it you’ll find your brand new Outlier headphones, the USB charging cable, a 3.5mm audio cable, a quick setup leaflet, a user handbook and set of 6 colourful, lightweight, and interchangeable acoustic rings in coral, hot pink, white, lime green, yellow and black.
Creative Outlier – Design
Design-wise, the key characteristics of these Creative Outlier headphones are their minimalist look and its unbelievably lightweight build at just 95g (barely 3.4 ounces).
But more importantly, as you soon as you try them on you will realise that these headphones don’t just look pretty.
Comfort considerations have been clearly taken into account when designing these headphones and the result is the perfect combination between modern design and overall comfort.
The ear pieces have been padded with quality leatherette, whereas the frame features an incredibly lightweight and flexible alloy build.
Volume and track controls have been placed on the outer right ear piece for easy handling. Once you know where they are, using them will become second nature.
Overall, these headphones are designed to provide ultimate comfort levels: if you are looking for a pair of headphones that’ll make you forget you’re wearing them, the Creative Outlier is definitely the right choice.
Creative Outlier – Playback Modes
USB Audio – Selecting the USB audio mode will allow you play music stored on your PC or laptop using just a USB cable. Firstly, you’ll need to switch off the Outlier headphones and connect it to your PC/laptop then switch on the headphones again; windows will then automatically install the necessary drivers.
The Outlier also has its own dedicated PC and Mac software for you to fine tune the audio settings to your liking, this is available here.
Bluetooth – This is the default setting you will need to stream music from your phone or tablet. Switch on Bluetooth on your phone and search for the Outlier headphones to connect or just touch your NFC compatible phone to the NFC label on the headphone and wait for it to connect.
MicroSD Audio – The MicroSD audio mode will allow you to playback music from a MicroSD card. To get this up and running just insert the MicroSD card and switch the headphone to SD mode then the built in MP3 player will kick in, from here you’ll be able to skip tracks using the buttons on the headphones itself.
Creative Outlier – Comfort Test
I’m not generally a big fan of headphones; I’ve owned and tested quite a few headphones in the past and found most of them to be quite uncomfortable once I hit the 30 minute mark. The Creative Outlier is billed as a lightweight and very comfortable on-ear headphone so I wanted to see how long I could keep them on before it became uncomfortable.
Surprisingly, I was able to get through an entire movie without feeling a thing, the soft memory foam padding really does an excellent job at cushioning your ears, I’m pleased to say there was no sweaty ears after using them either.
Creative Outlier – Main Features
Powerful sound reproduction across all frequencies – The Creative Outlier are fitted with Neodymium magnets that enhance the clarity and richness of every sound, from music to VOIP calls.
Can be easily personalised – When you purchase these Creative Outlier headphones, you will get 6 pairs of interchangeable outer acoustic rings in modern and vibrant colours. But the rings have an added functionality: keep them on and they will keep bass notes balanced. If powerful bass is what you need, simply remove them and feel the difference.
Extraordinary battery life – Enjoy up to 10 hours of continuous music playback. A 3.5mm cable is also included so you can keep the music going for longer.
Multiple connectivity options – Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC technology allow you to stream music wirelessly and interference-free.
Not just for music lovers – The Creative Outlier headphones are perfect for gaming and for those who like to keep active.
The Creative Outlier is hands down the best headphone I’ve ever used. Its eye candy appeal and lightweight properties will definitely appeal to the younger more active generation who want to make a bold statement.
For me, comfort is key when it comes to headphones and I can easily see myself wearing these for hours on end. I would highly recommend these headphones as an affordable and feature rich gadget for any music lover who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me free of charge for my honest review and opinions. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and it’s in no way influenced by the manufacturer of this product.
The Creative Outlier wireless headphones are a true joy to wear, it packs a host of useful features including NFC one touch pairing and an integrated MP3 player into a device that's extremely lightweight and durable. Without a doubt one of the best headphones I've ever used.