Introduction (Does It Do What It Should)
Okay, this is one of those times where I have to say that the Outlier Free Pro Plus is something else. If you can’t tell by the picture, the Outlier Free Pro Plus is a pair of bone conduction headphones.
If you aren’t familiar with bone conduction, it is something that hasn’t really mainstreamed. I remember first encountering it at a CES convention, where I grabbed on to something and could hear music in my head. Yes, there is nothing of the Outlier Free Pro Plus that sticks into your ear. Instead, it just rests on top of your ears, and you can hear the sound with a touch.
As I mentioned in the video, the Outlier Free Pro Plus has bass that you can feel vibrating on your ears. The effect is almost relaxing, but I would say that the volume wasn’t quite as loud as I thought it would be.
I also talked in the video, but did not really test, is how it is IP8 waterproof, and there are images of it on the Creative Labs website of a user swimming with them on. I could have done that thing where I am in the shower, but I’m kind of sick of that set-up. There is a stranger rubbery thing on this made for plugging the microphone in case you need to get the Outlier Free Pro Plus wet. I also didn’t demonstrate that very well.
Another thing that I didn’t demonstrate is that the Outlier Free Pro Plus has a built-in 8 GB MP3 Player. Oh yes, then there is the battery capacity of 10 hours of battery life.
The Creative Labs Outlier Free Pro Plus does have one drawback, it is the charging cord. It is a USB-A cord that plugs in, and then it magnetically locks in, but it doesn’t really lock quite well and can be easily dislodged.
Facts About The Company
Creative is a somewhat old company found in 1981, and it was made because Creative wanted make better sound for PCs. Yeah, that was a long time ago, and Creative has produced some really great sound cards throughout the years, and they were the de-facto standard for PC audio in 1989. You might remember how bad cheap PCs were back then.
Creative has had a great track record when it comes to audio products. I mentioned in the video that one of the first products that I reviewed from them was a Zen stone, which was a really cool MP3 player. I have reviewed other products from them.
What Does This Company Make?
These are just the products that I have reviewed from Creative Labs in the past few years.
This was the last time: Creative Labs Stage SE Bluetooth Speaker.
There is a Outlier Pro set of earbuds that I checked out before Christmas last year.
There was also this Creative Labs SoundBlaster Blaze V2 Gaming Headset, which is a pretty cool thing for gaming with its detachable noise-cancelling microphone.
Similar to that is the Creative Chat USB, made some really good online chatting.
Then there was the Aurvana Trio Wireless, a set of wireless earbuds that are wired together to go around the back of the head.
Oh yes, I forgot about the Outlier One Plus with a built-in media player.
Just the Specs, Man
If you’re the type that needs this info, this section is for you!
Wireless, Bone Conduction
Bluetooth® 5.3, Built-in Memory Capacity (8 GB)*, *MP3, FLAC, WAV, and APE file formats. Does not support WMA formats.
Water Resistance (IP Rating)
On-the-go, Sports, Music / Movies
137 x 106 x 44 mm / 5.39 x 4.17 x 1.73 inches
32g / 1.13 oz
Cable Length (End-to-end)
0.6m / 1.97 ft
Up to 10 hours per charge *Based on moderate volume level. Actual battery life will vary with usage settings and environmental conditions.
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer Battery 180 mAh x 1
Frequency Response: 100–10,000 Hz
Sensitivity @ 1 kHz: – 38 dBV / Pa
Type: Omni-directional x 1
Voice Assistant: Siri, Google Assistant
Type: Bone Conduction Transducers x 2
Frequency Response: 20–20,000 Hz
AAC, SBC, Supports Low latency mode for movies and games
(HFP) Hands-free Profile, (A2DP) Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, (AVRCP) Audio / Video Remote Control Profile, Supports Multipoint for up to 2 devices
Up to 10m / 33 ft*, *Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.
Voice Assistant: Yes
Type: Button Press
Midnight Blue and Matte Black, Midnight Blue with Fiery Orange
If there is something on this that I didn’t cover, please let me know.
What Do the Reviews Say?
I did a search of it on Amazon, but I didn’t see it on there. I guess it is too new?
Okay, Get To The Unboxing Already!
Okay, I Like It, Just Give Me The Link So I Can Buy It Already!
Like I said before, I could not find it on Amazon, but here is where you can find it on the Creative Labs website.
Maybe I Want It, But Is There Anything Else Like It? Maybe For A Lower Price? Please?
Like I said before, the Aftershokz is really the only bone-conduction pair of headphones that I have reviewed. I think the company has rebranded to Shokz, and the last pair that I reviewed from them was the OpenComm. We also reviewed the Bluez 2S, but that was quite a while ago, like with the original Bluez. Assuming that they still have these models, they are probably a higher and more advanced version of their former selves.
As it turns out, I believe that I have reviewed another pair of bone conduction products with the OAXIS myFirst Headphones BC Wireless.