Creative Labs Zen Air

Creative Labs Zen Air

Creative Labs Zen Air

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BEST RATING
Air Travel:
4.5
MUSIC: Fair6.8/10
CALLS: Poor5.1/10
GAMING: Poor5.1/10
TV: Poor5.6/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.4/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.8/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Good7.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10

The Creative Labs Zen Air earbuds are a budget-friendly option known for their stemmed design and closed enclosure, providing a degree of passive noise isolation. They're wireless with active noise canceling, which is a bonus for minimizing ambient sounds. The earbuds support AAC codec for better sound quality on Apple devices and are sweatproof certified, making them suitable for exercise. However, the overall sound and build quality, comfort, and microphone quality are rated as poor, so they might not be the best choice for critical listening or long calls. For those who travel, these earbuds offer good portability and a modest battery life of 5 hours, extendable to 17 hours with the charging case, which also supports wireless charging. Despite lower scores in most categories, they could still be a good entry-level option for casual listening, especially for users who prioritize affordability and active noise cancelling. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Budget-friendly
  • Integrated microphone
  • Closed design for isolation
  • Stemmed design for fit
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Average battery life
  • No waterproof rating
  • Limited sound quality

Ratings by Category

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.
Battery Life:
4.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Music:
3.9
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Exercise:
3.9
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
Portability:
3.0
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
$20
Brand
Creative Labs
Release Date
December 1, 2022
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.9/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Score
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5.1/10
TV and Video Score
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5.7/10
Exercise Score
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6.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 Hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5
Case Battery Life
12

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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7/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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7/10

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 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Headphone Check

Maike Paeßens | February 2023
"The Creative Zen Air’s weak points are its low battery life and rather short Bluetooth range. On the other hand, the strengths of these weatherproof True Wireless in-Ears are the sound and the wide attenuation of the Active Noise Cancellation. Considering the price range, the speech intelligibility during calls is also exceptionally good."

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