Creative D100 review: Creative D100

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MSRP: $79.99

Creative D100 (blue)

(Part #: 51MF8090AA007)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Dual 3-inch drivers carry impressive bass output; runs on four AA batteries; four color options.

The Bad Lacks remote control; can't use it as a speakerphone.

The Bottom Line The Creative D100 speaker plays music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-compatible music player with impressive low-end range from its dual 3-inch drivers, making it a worthwhile addition to your next outdoor get-together. And although it doesn't have a remote control or speakerphone functionality, the price is right for this portable speaker and it earns our recommendation.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Sound quality 8.0
  • Value 8.0

Editor's note: Due to the changing competitive landscape, we've lowered the D100's overall rating to a 7.6.

The Creative D100 is a wireless boom box that connects easily to any device with a Bluetooth connection, and its versatile connectivity options and lightweight design make it easy to bring along to your next barbecue or outdoor gathering. At $80, it's priced favorably next to the more expensive SoundMatters FoxL v2 and Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515, while delivering better sound quality and more bass thanks to the dual 3-inch drivers prominently displayed across the front of the speaker. If you're on the hunt for a portable music player to free your music from a Bluetooth smartphone, the Creative D100 is a great buy.

The cylindrical shape of the Creative D100 is physically larger than the Logitech Z515, but it actually weighs just 2.2 pounds so you can easily move it around your house or stuff it in a picnic basket to add tunes to your outing. Creative offers it in blue, pink, green, or black to accommodate a variety of palettes, but we wish that it came with a protective case like the one included with the Logitech Z515.

The design is very straightforward, with Bluetooth and volume controls spread across a small strip of plastic on the front of the device, and an on/off switch, auxiliary-in port, and the power port rounding out the rear. On the bottom of the speaker, you'll find four rubber feet to prevent the D100 from slipping across a tabletop as well as a battery cover that slides off to reveal a compartment for the four AA alkaline batteries you need to power the device on the go. Unlike the Z515, the D100 doesn't come with a built-in rechargeable battery (which accounts for the lower price tag), but Creative rates the battery at up to 25 hours of music play.

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