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Creative T100 Stereo Speakers Review: Smart Office Addition

Written by  Mar 18, 2020

The T100 may be dearer than its predecessors but impressive sound quality combined with a more features make them a worthy addition to the family.

What do you get for the money?

The Creative T100 costs £110 and for that, you’ll be getting a pair of stereo speakers, a mains adapter, a 1.5m-long 3.5mm AUX-in cable and an infrared remote control.

The speakers house 2.75in full-range drivers and each delivers a continuous 20W of power, with the output of the pair peaking at 80W.

The plastic casing makes the speakers pretty lightweight at 1kg apiece and they don’t take up too much room on your desk, either, with each measuring 90mm wide, 120mm deep and 220mm high.

Image of Creative T100 2.0 Compact Hi-Fi Desktop Speakers, up to 80W Peak Power with Bluetooth 5.0, Optical-in, AUX-in, Wide Soundstage and Audio Clarity with Bass Control for Computers and Laptops (Black)

Creative T100 2.0 Compact Hi-Fi Desktop Speakers, up to 80W Peak Power with Bluetooth 5.0, Optical-in, AUX-in, Wide Soundstage and Audio Clarity with Bass Control for Computers and Laptops (Black) £109.99 Buy now

What connection options does the T100 have?

The T100 speakers are incredibly flexible for a simple pair of stereo PC speakers. You can connect to them via analogue 3.5mm connection but if you want to go wireless, you can pair via Bluetooth, 5.0. Sadly, the T100 only supports the SBC codec, so you can’t enjoy higher-quality audio streaming via Bluetooth as you would with aptX, aptX HD or AAC.

While you can play hi-res audio files by plugging in a USB storage device, there are few caveats. The storage device must be FAT32 formatted, 32GB in capacity or less and you’ll only be able to listen to MP3, WAV and FLAC files. Your final connection option comes in the form of an optical-in that allows you to hook up the T100 to your TV or games console. These are truly multi-purpose multimedia speakers.

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How easy is the T100 to use?

The T100 are extremely easy to set up. All you’ve got to do is plug it into a power source, choose how you want to connect to the speakers and away you go. Powering on the speakers, cycling input sources and changing volume can all be done via buttons on the top panel of the left speaker. The infrared remote adds a few more options, including four EQ presets, a mute button and individual settings for bass and treble. The remote works perfectly well but there’s no way to tell what settings you’re currently using and when you turn the speakers off, the settings reset, which is a bit of pain.

How good is the sound quality?

For a pair of compact speakers, the T100 did a good job of filling my bedroom with sound. Granted, it’s not a huge room but I wasn’t left wanting by the speakers’ acoustic abilities as I pushed the volume right up. I didn’t have any issues with dialogue clarity when watching movies or TV shows, either – the T100 reproduced mids and highs cleanly without any tinniness, which isn’t always the case with cheaper PC speakers. Unfortunately, there was noticeable audio lag when I watched videos via Bluetooth so I had to use the 3.5mm cable when consuming video content.

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As with the majority of its T-series brethren, the T100 uses Creative’s trademarked “BasXPort” technology, which it says does away with the need for a subwoofer. I wouldn’t go quite that far; the bass is good but the setup would undoubtedly benefit from a dedicated speaker for low-end frequencies. That said, the omission of a subwoofer makes the T100 a far more appealing package to those for whom desk space is at a premium.

Image of Creative T100 2.0 Compact Hi-Fi Desktop Speakers, up to 80W Peak Power with Bluetooth 5.0, Optical-in, AUX-in, Wide Soundstage and Audio Clarity with Bass Control for Computers and Laptops (Black)

Creative T100 2.0 Compact Hi-Fi Desktop Speakers, up to 80W Peak Power with Bluetooth 5.0, Optical-in, AUX-in, Wide Soundstage and Audio Clarity with Bass Control for Computers and Laptops (Black) £109.99 Buy now

Should I buy these speakers?

The T100 has an impressive range of connectivity options and the speakers look smart on your desktop while remaining spatially economic. Sound-wise, they perform superbly if you’re listening to music or watching video via the wired connection but Bluetooth latency detracts from the wireless experience. Also, while not a deal-breaker, it’s a shame that Creative didn’t include support for newer codecs.

If you’ll make use of Bluetooth connectivity for music and want the flexibility of being able to connect via an optical-in or play music via a USB device, the Creative T100 will serve you very well.

These are very useful addition to your arsenal whether they are used in the office environment or for personal use.


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Carl Bryant

Carl comes from a creative tech background in retail and telecoms, his flair and attention to detail is very important to the success of this website. Carl is a freelance journalist who shares his knowledge and experience as well as reviewing tech products for us.

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