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Creative SFXI Air Gamer review: Fully-loaded sound

Creative SFXI Air Gamer review: Fully-loaded sound

Creative SXFI Air Gamer

If you want a headphone that can do everything from wireless Bluetooth audio, gaming, to just standalone listening, the Creative SFXI Air Gamer is likely it. The headphone is loaded for bear, and comes with everything from a detachable mic, a microSD card slot, to LED lights for maximum bling.

Quick specs

  • 50mm neodymium magnet drivers
  • Lithium-ion battery, up to 11 hours
  • 338g
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0, microSD, USB Type-C

The SFXI Air Gamer shares much of its DNA from the wired SXFI Air version. It looks almost exactly the same, but the cable can be removed. Besides charging, you can use the USB-C port to connect to the Nintendo Switch for audio, or the 3.5mm audio jack. If you have the Genki Audio, you can pair it with the Switch via Bluetooth. If you just want to listen to music without the need for a device, the SFXI Air Gamer also lets you do that. You can load your music onto a microSD card and switch it to storage playback mode. The microSD slot also replaces the physical volume keys.

Creative SXFI Air Gamer
The LED lights can be turned off by pressing the power button for one second.
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To control the volume and playback, you'll need to use the touch controls located on the left earcup. Swipe up or down to to increase or decrease the volume, left or right to forward or rewind. Touch and hold two seconds to activate a voice assistant. There are also two mics, a smaller NanoBoom and a larger Commander noise cancelling mic. Both work great. Ideally, you'll want to plug the headphones in for gaming, but you can game on Bluetooth as well, but latency could be an issue if you're particularly sensitive.

Creative SXFI Air Gamer
The leatherette ear cushions are very comfortable.
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The 50mm drivers do great for music. I love how clear and distinct the highs, mids, and lows were. Creative's magical SFXI tech makes the soundstage so much wider. You'll need to do a quick mapping of your ears in the SXFI app, then upload the profile to the headset, but once done, you'll be able to get the audio tuned for your ear shape. You'll have to hear it to believe it, but it's pretty amazing. There's also a Battle mode that amps up bullet and footstep sounds, while somewhat muting the other non-essential sounds. All-in-all, this headphone delivers.

If you're just looking at the feature set of the Creative SXFI Air Gamer, then the S$199 price is pretty much a good deal. The older wired Creative SXFI Gamer was S$179, but has since dropped to S$129. You get a ton of features you may or may not use, but you can't beat the SXFI sound, in my opinion. You can get it from Creative's online store.

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