Creative Labs Outlier Air V3

Creative Labs Outlier Air V3

Creative Labs Outlier Air V3

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Poor5.7/10
CALLS: Good7.6/10
GAMING: Poor5.1/10
TV: Poor5.4/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.9/10
EXERCISE: Very Good8.0/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Creative Labs Outlier Air V3 earbuds offer good overall sound quality at a budget price, and they are a great choice for listening to music, especially audiobooks or podcasts, given their excellent score in that aspect. They are stemless with a closed enclosure, offering passive noise isolation. While these earbuds are wireless with a solid battery life of 10 hours (40 hours with the case), along with wireless charging, they do not support a low latency feature, which could make them less suitable for gaming and watching TV or videos. Designed for durability, they're sweatproof, making them a good choice for exercise. Comfort is rated good, and the mic quality is fair, suitable for calls but not exceptional. They have decent app features, including equalizer and audio controls, and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. Please note that the soundstage/imaging score is low, so they might not be the best for users seeking a spacious and immersive sound experience. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Wireless with AAC Codec
  • Good overall and comfort scores
  • Very good build quality
  • Sweatproof certified
  • Medium weight, portable
Cons
  • Poor soundstage / imaging
  • Fair mic quality
  • No lossless codec support
  • No active noise cancelling

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.7
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
4.5
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Exercise:
4.4
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Calls:
4.2
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Portability:
3.5
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$30
Brand
Creative Labs
Release Date
June 1, 2021
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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5.7/10
Phone Calls Score
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7.6/10
Gaming Score
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5.2/10
TV and Video Score
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5.5/10
Exercise Score
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8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10 Hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.2
Case Battery Life
40

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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6.5/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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6.8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
5.2 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Kob Monney | July 2022
"The V3 present the best version of the Outlier Air series yet. The new features such as Active Noise Reduction and Ambient mode are integrated well; the performance of both is as good as you’ll get below £100. The design is less bulky and more comfortable thanks to being smaller and lighter, and the Outlier Air V3 eke out more clarity, detail and definition from music."

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