The Creative D100 just arrived at our office a couple of days back, and I literally had to push a hundred people away to review it. OK, maybe I only pushed two people, but they were twice my size, and it was so worth it. This is one of the simplest products I’ve ever reviewed, but I enjoyed every single minute of it. Here’s the lowdown.

Design and Features
The speaker looks like any other small sized dock, but the beauty of it is that it’s not a dock at all. You can use this with any device, even those that don’t have Bluetooth, as it has an auxiliary input. But getting back to the way it looks, I think it’s really pretty (yes, I did just use that word). The front of the speaker is a bright baby blue that makes me feel bright and sunny inside. There are just three buttons on the front panel at the center of the speaker; one to activate Bluetooth, and two for volume. There’s also a small light that shines green when the speaker is on and not connected. Once you turn on the Bluetooth, the light shines blue.

Pretty little thing

Pretty little thing

The back has just two connections, one for the power cable and an auxiliary cable. Of curse, there’s a power on/off switch as well. All in all, this speaker is light, compact, and looks really nice. There’s also an option for running it on 4 AA batteries, and the compartment for this slides out from under the speaker. Creative says that the batteries will last for 25 hours of music play, and they may well be right, as most of their products I’ve used lately have more or less lived up to their word.

Now some people want everything, but that cannot always happen. Sure, Creative hasn’t added a speakerphone option or an iPod charging dock or a rechargeable battery, and this works against it a little bit. Why can’t we just accept this little speaker for what it is and move on, though? One thing that does annoy me, however, is that there’s no remote, even though the only possible controls you can have for this are a power on/off switch, volume and a Bluetooth on/off switch.

Performance
Connecting to the speaker was really easy. I used a couple of devices, but am currently connected to it with a 3rd generation iPod Touch, listening to the smooth sounds of Mr. Ben Harper while writing this review. All you have to do to connect it is keep the Bluetooth button pressed for a few seconds till you hear a double beep. The green light then turns blue, and you should be able to find the speaker on your Bluetooth enabled device. I also connected a Nokia N97 mini to it, as well as an iPhone and an iPad, and none of them gave me any problem whatsoever.

Best friends forever

Best friends forever

The sound from this tiny little speaker system really pleased me. It isn’t really meant for high volumes, and if you crank it up all the way it will start distorting a little. But at normal levels, the sound is absolutely sublime. I haven’t come across too many other speakers or iPod docks in this price range that sound so good.

Verdict
If you want a small, light portable speaker that goes well with your phone on portable media player, I’d definitely recommend the Creative D100. It does its job pretty well, and is nicely priced at Rs. 4,499. It also comes with a one-year limited warranty. I give it 4 1/2 stars, as the only valid argument that works against it is that Creative has left out a rechargeable battery and a remote.  But it still packs quite a punch for the price; so this is something I’d definitely buy, and even recommend to my friends.

Publish date: December 10, 2010 1:12 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:00 pm

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