Creative offers with the Outlier Gold True Wireless in-ear headphones which are supposed to convince with numerous features. The battery life of up to 14 hours (39 hours with charging case) is already outstanding, but the sound is also supposed to be thanks to Super-X-Fi technology. Due to the protection against sweat or water, they should also be suitable for athletes or use in the rain.
For the most part, the Creative Outlier could convince us in our practical test, but not completely. Why? You can find out in the following.
|Model||Creative Outlier Gold|
|Total battery life||up to 39 hours|
|Play time per charge||up to 14 hours per charge|
|Siri / Google Assistant||Yes|
|Waterproof||welding resistant according to IPX5|
|Audio Codecs||aptX, AAC, SBC|
|Driver||5.6 mm Graphen Driver diaphragm|
|Interface||USB Type-C (Charging) |
|Weight||earphones: 10 g |
Loading case: 54 g
|Accessories||USB type C to A charging cable |
2 pairs (S) of earplugs
2 pairs (M) of earplugs
Workmanship, wearing comfort & design
At first glance, the workmanship of the charger case and headphones is successful. Even if you take a closer look, this is at least the case with the headphones. However, Creative could have done a lot better with the charger case.
The charging case is made of high-quality aluminium, but is relatively large and therefore hardly fits in your pocket. It probably doesn’t fit into small women’s trouser pockets, but it doesn’t look nice for men either. Inside, it has a plastic slide that is pulled out to the side and then wobbles a little. Not bad, but worth mentioning.
What disturbed me more was the fit of the headphones in the charging case. So despite the magnetic lock, you have to make sure that they fit correctly. Because only then they are charged and switch off automatically. Otherwise you’ll be surprised when the smartphone rings, you pick it up and the sound still runs through the in-ear headphones that are stored in the charging case. That definitely works better.
But enough complaining. Creative has also done a lot of good. So the in-ears are super light and yet robust. The housing is made of multi-part plastic, but the gap dimensions are optimal – otherwise Creative could not guarantee the IPX5 certification. This proves that the in-ears are protected against water and sweat.
The Creative Outlier Gold fits perfectly in the ear. They stay stable and are not disturbing due to their light weight. At least with me. Of course, this is different for everyone. To cover different ear shapes Creative supplies earplugs in “S” and “M”. And this in two versions, in case the first pair gets lost.