Creative Technology has unveiled the Creative Outlier Air V3, a new in-ear headphone that offers good sound, increased wearing comfort and active noise cancellation (ANC) in addition to long battery life.
What’s inside the Creative Outlier Air V3
Now in its third generation, Creative Technology’s True Wireless in-ear headphones feature a slimmer design that’s supposed to provide a better fit and thus greater comfort. This is also supported by the fact that the weight has dropped significantly compared to the direct predecessor: each earphone weighs 5.2 grams, while the charging case weighs 69.8 grams.
The Air V3 also offers exciting new features. Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity is just as much a part of the game as wireless charging according to the QI standard. Active noise cancellation (ANC) is also offered, and the manufacturer also offers the now popular transparency mode (called “ambient mode” here).
The charging case’s 450 mAh battery is back to 10 percent in just 2-3 hours – a total of up to 40 hours of use is thus possible. The Earbuds last for 8 hours with ANC or in ambient mode, and another two hours without noise suppression. Together with the charging case, another 32 hours of runtime are possible.
In addition, the Creative Outlier Air V3 has an IPX5 certification, which protects it against the ingress of dust and water. Navigation is optionally via touch control or companion app, the latter also comes up with a fully customizable equalizer to adjust the sound image to personal preferences.
Saturated sound thanks to audio holography
But the sound quality of the Creative Outlier Air V3 should also have improved greatly. It uses 6mm bio-cellulose drivers that can handle both AAC and SBC audio codecs. They are said to offer detailed highs, balanced mid-tones and intense lows.
Super X-Fi READY is also supported. A free preview of this technology can be tested via the Creative app. Super X-Fi headphone holography recreates a soundstage with multiple speakers for virtual surround sound. However, this does not work with content from streaming platforms like YouTube or Spotify.
A total of four microphones are also said to provide clear voice transmission during phone calls. Also offered is a dual-voice function, which enables answering calls or controlling voice assistants such as Siri or Google Assistant.