Design and Workmanship
The Creative SFXI Air looks like big headphones at first glance. Typically, the microphone of an over-ear headset can be positioned in front of the mouth. Creative uses a small, removable microphone that sits directly in front of the left earpiece. On this page you can find all connectors and controls. In addition to a 3.5 mm jack, there is also a USB type C port and a micro SD slot. An LED ring is also integrated on both sides. The color to be displayed can be controlled via an app.
The temple is completely in black and covered with imitation leather. Partially a padding can be felt in between. The padding of the auricles is made of foam. Inside there is an inscription on the side. Otherwise the rest of the material is plastic.
Overall, the headset looks very well processed. There are no processing errors to be recognized.
In addition to the already mentioned padding on the headband and ears, the headset also offers a simple and easy-to-use size adjustment. On both sides the headband can be adjusted in height by a few centimetres in a total of 12 steps. Another positive thing to mention is that the ear cups are movable.
The wearing comfort of the Creative SFXI Air, however, is average in practice: In our case, the cut-out for the ears was a bit too small and the padding on the headband was not sufficient for wearing the headset for several hours.
Control and Pairing
Next to a power button, the source can be selected via a source button. Apart from the Super X-Fi button, the rest of the operation is done via the back of the left auricle. Visually inconspicuous is a touch surface with which different commands can be executed: Adjusting the volume, changing titles and pausing.
The operation of the SFXI Air is in principle relatively simple and takes place easily after a short familiarization phase. However, it rarely happened that the command was not implemented by the touch surface and a new attempt was necessary.
With the pairing we had no problems with the headset from Creative. In our test we were able to connect iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth without any problems. Also a direct connection via USB to a Windows PC worked directly. What was striking in Bluetooth mode with a Huawei tablet was that after a certain time the sound playback was minimally time-shifted to a played video.
In order to get the most out of Creative’s headset, the ear must be photographed for X-Fi mode. Based on this data the SFXI should deliver the optimal sound. The setup is done by an app on the smartphone. In practice, however, photographing one’s own ear turned out to be a challenge, as the app shoots the photo automatically. A second person or a mirror is recommended for this procedure. The X-Fi mode can then be used.