The Outlier from the insider

Visvaksen P | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on March 30, 2016

Outlier headset

Creative has worked its way to join the premium audio club. Its latest is a good package save those fluorescent bands

The Outlier headset, Creative Labs’ newest wireless audio offering is ‘miscategorised’ as a Bluetooth headset. The lightweight on-ear device can also double up as a wired headset, or with the help of a microSD card,

it can even take the mantle of a standalone mp3 player. With the wireless audio space as crowded as it is, this kind of versatility sets it apart from the competition.

The Outlier feels quite solid despite being extremely lightweight in its construction. It comes with an assortment of brightly-coloured bands that users can accessorise the headset with. Creative claims that these ‘Acoustic Rings’ also serve to boost the bass response, but we didn’t think they made any noticeable difference.

Sound quality is at the expected level for an entry-level wireless headset, which is adequate if not perfect.

Clarity is reasonably good even at high volumes but the bass lacks the thump that more premium headsets offer.

But this isn’t the headset for nitpicky audiophiles. As previously alluded to, the Outlier’s trump card is its ability to fit a variety of use cases.

In addition to microSD, Bluetooth and wired input, the headset also supports NFC and even audio over USB.

It also includes a built-in mic that enables it to be used for audio input in addition to output.

Creative claims that the Outlier offers 10 hours of battery life. Although we weren’t able to get near that figure, the 7 hours we managed to extract is still a fairly impressive return.

Price: ₹4,831

Love: Connectivity options

Hate: The tacky colour bands

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Published on March 30, 2016
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