Creative adds new features to its Outlier earbuds and goes Pro in 2022
Creative adds new features to its Outlier earbuds as it goes Pro in 2022
Note: This article was first published on 8 March 2022.
Following quickly on the heels of the Creative Outlier Air V3 released close to the end of last year, the company has packed in new features into their new true wireless earbuds they're optimistically calling the Creative Outlier Pro.
Pro buds need pro features and these include Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that's typically found in more expensive headphones, Ambient Mode, customisable touch controls, IPX5-certified water resistance, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, wireless charging, and a battery life of up to 60 hours.
Hybrid ANC technology uses both feed-forward and feedback mics to effectively cancel out unwanted noise. This means there are mics inside and outside of the earbuds that listen out for noise to cancel. And the Outlier Pro has a total of six microphones, two more than the Outlier Air V3.
Passive noise cancellation also gets a boost from soft silicone ear tips to help achieve the optimal seal for better noise insulation and greater comfort.
Control the earbuds with simple taps on their side or use the Creative app. Users can do this to toggle between the ANC Mode and Ambient Mode. When activated Ambient Mode lets ambient sound in so users can be aware of their surroundings, for example, while walking near a traffic junction.
The Creative app first made its appearance with the Creative Outlier Air V3 and has also been improved with the addition of features like more customisable touch controls for the Outlier Pro and a Low Latency Mode that reduces the latency of the Creative Outlier Pro by more than half, so users can enjoy better-synchronised music and video content.
And while the Outlier Air V3 came 6mm bio-cellulose drivers, the new Creative Outlier Pro has new 10 mm graphene-coated driver diaphragms that come tuned by Creative’s in-house audio engineers that the company claims will deliver better clarity, enhanced bass, and effective ANC quality. The fact that it includes Creative’s Super X-Fi technology like the Outlier Air V3 also helps preserve Creative's unique holographic audio delivery to mimic how your ears would perceive audio coming from physical surround speakers but recreated to deliver within your ear canal. Still not sure what to expect? We've covered it in more detail in this earlier article. Its limitations however still remain such as not being applicable to use on streaming content services like Spotify and Netflix, apart from not being everyone's ideal cup of tea to take advantage of.
Battery life has been improved too. Where the Outlier Air V3 had a battery life of 10 hours and a total rated playback time of 40 hours, with the ANC off, the Outlier Pro has up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge and up to 60 hours with the charging case.
One really attractive feature is the price. The Creative Outlier Pro is available at the Creative online store (Singapore) for just S$119. As a comparison, the Creative Outlier Air V3 retails at S$99 so these are just S$20 more for a much better feature set in return.
To be clear, the Creative Outlier Air V3 is already quite a bargain for what if offers and the new Outlier Pro betters it in these five ways:-
- Hybrid ANC
- Much better battery life
- Larger 10mm graphene-coated drivers
- IPX5-certified water resistance that's good against sweat and splashes
- A more 'pro' design over previous Outlier earbud models
Note that Creative is having a special event for the Creative Outlier Pro's that will be held during Creative’s March Madness Facebook Live Event on 9 March 2022 at 8.00pm. Register for the event to grab these True Wireless Earbuds at their special promotional price!