Creative Outlier vs Creative Outlier Air V2 Review

Creative Outlier Air V2

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9.0/10

Introducing the all-new Creative Outlier Air V2 now upgraded with intuitive touch controls, built-in microphone with Qualcomm® cVc™ 8.0 technology for improved call quality and Super X-Fi® READY for the ultimate wire-free listening experience! The Outlier Air V2 boasts a total playtime of up to 34 hours, a 5.6 mm superior graphene-coated driver diaphragm, and Bluetooth® 5.0 with aptX™ and AAC audio codecs, so you can enjoy immersive audio all day long. It is also certified IPX5 water-resistant with a comfortable all-day fit that’s perfect for any urbanites with an active lifestyle!

Creative Outlier vs Creative Outlier Air V2 Review

The Outlier Air V2 has added touch controls, a bump in battery life, and are slightly lighter. They are still IPX5 rated, using Bluetooth 5.0 and support AAC, SBC and aptX. The charging case is six grams heavier and offers four hours of additional battery life. The Air V2’s are four grams lighter and offer two hours of additional battery.

The design of the V2’s is very similar to the original Outlier Air. It’s a nice sleek curved design, but now has a blue effect to the end instead of the standard black.

Creative Outlier vs Creative Outlier Air V2

Outlier Air V2Outlier Air
Driver5.6mm Graphene5.6mm Graphene
Bluetooth version5.05.0
Earbuds battery life (hours)1210
Case battery life (hours)3430
Audio codecsAAC, SBC, aptXAAC, SBC, aptX
Touch controlsYesNo
IP ratingIPX5IPX5
Earbud weight (g)610
Charging case weight (g)6054

The big upgrade is touch controls. These replace the fiddly physical buttons and are very appreciated. The touch area is large enough so I never seem to miss. The touch controls change depending on what you are doing with the earbuds. So if I’m rocking out to Judas Priest double-tapping on either bud pauses Metal Gods. A triple tap on the left earbuds will restart the track and a long press will reduce the volume. The same taps on the right will skip forward and increase the volume.

When no music is playing triple tapping starts your voice assistant and a long press will activate pairing mode. If I’m on a call, double-tapping will end or pick up a call, three-second press to reject and a long press on the left and right earbud will control volume.

The V2 is using the same 5.6mm drivers and this is a good choice. The audio is crisp and sounds great. The balance enhances tracks from any genre I tried them on.

If I was to have a wishlist for the V3 model, I’d love to see ear detection so they pause when taken out. This is key for true wireless earphones.

Overall, the Creative Outlier Air V2 is a great upgrade from the Outlier Air. They offer more battery, and better controls. Finally, check out our other audio reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.

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