Creative TravelDock 900 review: Creative TravelDock 900

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good

The Good The Creative TravelDock 900's stereo-expanding switch makes music seem bigger, and the speakers pack a decent punch despite their small size.

The Bad Though relatively compact, the Creative TravelDock 900 looks a bit clunky when closed.

The Bottom Line The Creative TravelDock 900 puts out some decent power for its size, but it's not as small as one might wish for a low-end portable speaker set.

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Creative TravelDock 900

Creative offers many variations on its MP3 player-friendly speaker sets. The TravelDock 900 ($79.99) is one of the smallest, and it's geared toward people with flash MP3 players. Overall, it can hold its own in its weight class, but it's designed more for portability than anything else. The performance is better than you might imagine of speakers in this price range--just don't expect thumpin' sound.

When the top of the Creative TravelDock 900 is open, its simple design is pleasing to the eye. Two drivers are spaced a few inches apart, on either side of a small dock area for flash players. This dock area consists of simple 3.5mm plug, which is standard for most headphone jacks; lightweight flash players plug right into it. An auxiliary line input and a standard audio cable are included for heavier MP3 players and laptops. When the lid is closed, however, this unit resembles a white, oblong mussel shell that never seems to close all the way. It's not ugly; it just seems awfully clunky for a unit with only two drivers. Still, travelers should have no problem making room for it in their messenger bags and suitcases. It measures 6.0 by 2.5 by 1.7 inches when closed and weighs just 9.11 ounces (without batteries).

The Creative TravelDock 900 with a Zen Nano Plus "docked."

Along the back of the Creative TravelDock 900, you'll find a few useful ports and features. On the far left is a universal USB adapter that lets you simultaneously play and charge an iPod Shuffle (if the speakers are plugged in to DC power). To the right are the auxiliary line input, the Wide Stereo Effect switch (more on this below), and the DC power jack. However, a power adapter is not included.

Like most entries in Creative's latest travel line, such as the Creative TravelDock Zen Micro , the TravelDock 900 features a stereo-expansion function--just flip the switch on the back of the unit, and all of a sudden, your stereo field seems wider. It's an illusion, of course--you're not going to get much stereo separation from speakers mere inches apart, but it works rather well, and it's the strongest feature this little guy has to offer.

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Creative TravelDock 900

Part Number: 51MF5035AA000 Released: Oct 1, 2005
MSRP: $79.99 Low Price: $19.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 1, 2005
  • Color White
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 2 Watt
  • Amplification Type active
  • Type Speakers
  • Sensitivity 80 dB