I bought these years ago to take on holiday. Back then I only owned an iPod classic so had no portable way of playing music out loud. I spotted these travel speakers by Creative in Argos for about £10 and decided to buy them.
--- The Look ---
The speakers are reasonably stylish with a shiny silver covering (they are not white as they appear in the picture above) and circular speakers surrounded by a black rubber edge. The base of the speakers is attached to a sturdy black base to hold it in place. A bright blue light lets you know whether the speakers are on or off. The buttons located on top allow you adjust the volume and switch the speakers on or off. The speakers are indeed very compact and small as well as being lightweight so are easily portable.
--- Sound Quality ---
The sound quality is unfortunately not great and although these are quite cheap I was expecting slightly better sound. Despite the slim Titanium micro-drivers and digital amplifier that is supposed to give high-quality, in-depth sound, they are tinny (but not quite as bad as a laptop) and don't have very good clarity either. The bass is practically non-existent so there is no depth or power to the music. The volume is limited and doesn't get very loud at all but if you do try and turn the volume up as high as you can there is a high degree of distortion. This is an issue as when on holiday you tend to want to turn the music up loud and have a good time.
--- Functionality & Usage ---
As travel speakers they are a really good product as they can be folded into a palm-sized bundle making them easy to throw in a suitcase, pocket or carry bag and transport around. They eat up a lot of batteries very quickly so I always used the AC to plug them in. There is no attachment to listen to or charge an iPod (even though the space between the speakers is the perfect size) but you can plug one in using the jack.
--- Summary ---
Overall the sound quality was a huge let down for me and although they are really convenient and small to carry around - you barely notice they're there - it's just not worth it as you can't enjoy the music at all. I would not recommend these speakers and I think its well worth paying a bit extra for better quality.
Have to just say that I have the speakers at the top of this page, if you click on the Amazon link I think that's the later version but I'm reviewing this old one.
These were my very first travel speakers and I was so happy when I got them because I had never had travel speakers before. I wasn't traveling around as much back then but I knew I would need speakers because I like waking up to music and I didn't want to fall asleep with headphones in my ears because I have woke up with very sore ears.
Back then I never knew how small travel speakers were suppose to be, what I mean by that is I didn't know how small I would need them, do I get really small speakers so they are particularly non existent?
The Creative travel sound I300 is a rectangular shape lying on its side with a stand at the back to hold it up, the actual speakers are on the far sides to the left and right of the panel with a silver center and a black rim around them, directly in the middle of the rectangular shape at the bottom is written "Creative" and in the middle to the top is where a blue light turns on to let you know that the device has been switched on.
The switch to turn it on and off is on the base part of the stand, and when you are finished with the speakers you just fold them down to make it more convenient to store away and travel with.
Now the sound is so bad that you would be forgiven for thinking that maybe these speakers are like some prototype to see if you can travel around with speakers to see if they are durable.
The sound is quiet at best and when turning the volume up it crackles like snap crackle and pop, when it does clear up it has dropped in volume even if you never touched the volume setting. There's no quality in the music, no definition, you may not even recognize your own music (I didn't).
These speakers are still around (surprisingly) and can be purchased in either the white (like this one) or the black version.
Unlike my more recent speakers this is a rare few in my collection that doesn't have a iPod Docking station to attach my iPod but you are provided with a cable that connects from your iPod jack to the speakers auxiliary, or, on this speaker the line in jack, so you can attach and play any kind of Mp3 player, but just be aware to have your mp3 players charged as these speakers don't have the charging function my others do.
Included in the packaging you are provided with an AC adapter to plug into the wall, and they can also be battery operated as well, but the batteries don't take long for them to start dying and the sound starts crackling like crazy way before then.
These speakers are probably the best speakers to travel around with in terms of convenience and being compact, because you can even fit them into an inside pocket of a jacket and they fit in there nice and snug, but like I have said the sound is just too bad for me to even consider using them (if I could even locate them now).
You can still get the Creative Travel Sound I300 from a few places and I believe they are being sold at a price close too £42
I personally wouldn't advise you to get them as you can pick up some much better speakers for less.
I own well did own a set of these until I got so fed up with them and gave them to my youngest brother. So they were of for travelling thats if your traveling and have lots of batteries. So annoying.
Sound it was ok not perfect but it was ok as long as you do not turn the volume up to high or it goes all funny and sounds terrible, so not good if your like me and like your music loud and clear! If your listening to music with a lot of base then you want to stay a way from these, and go for something more expensive.
So on to traveling size, not bad actually they fold together nicely so fits in your handbags or suitcases perfectly so it saves carrying a CD player and loads of CDs with you on holiday. So on that this is a good product but I believe you can buy much better speakers.
Most places you can only buy these in white, but some shops might do it in black too as these are the main colours.
The model itself comes with a little stand already attached so you can stand it up easily and attach your i pod very easily, no problems with connection at all, well I did not anyways.
So on to the price £40.00 will get you a set of these but ideally I do not recommend these as you can buy such better quality ones that act as a travel speaker and a normal house hold speaker, so do not throw money away have a look around first.