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Creative Woof Bluetooth speakers ruick-read review: Not worth it

creative woof The Creative Woof's range is frustratingly short, and you're kind of tied to a small radius, which defeats the purpose of wireless connectivity.
Written by Mihir Patkar | New Delhi | Posted: August 30, 2014 2:13 pm | Updated: September 1, 2014 10:48 am

What Is It?

Creative Woof is a miniature portable Bluetooth speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s all metal and sits well on any surface, as the speaker is pointed upwards. There’s also a standard 3.5mm audio jack to connect it to your PC or any other device with a direct line. And yeah, it has a built-in microphone so you can answer calls.

The Creative Woof has an MRP of Rs. 3,999, but you’ll find it for around Rs. 2,500 in stores.

Pros:

-The volume that this little unit delivers is impressive. It gets twice as loud as the Sony Vaio Fit, the Macbook Air, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. However, at higher volumes, you will notice the audio crackling.

-When it comes to voice, the Woof does a good job. Be it a YouTube video or a podcast, the Woof was noticeably better to decipher what someone is saying than our laptop or phone speakers.

-It’s rated at 6 hours of battery life and Creative is right on the money there. In repeated tests, that’s almost exactly how long the Woof lasts on a single charge. Plus, it shows the battery indicator on your phone, which is quite cool.

Creative-Woof

Cons:

-As with any small-sized speakers, bass output is pathetic. Forget the feel of that deep thump, you won’t even hear bass with the Woof next to your ear. Then again, you can’t expect much better at this price with mono audio.

-You better be less than 10 feet away from the speakers, and there shouldn’t be any wall between you two. The Creative Woof’s range is frustratingly short, and you’re kind of tied to a small radius, which defeats the purpose of wireless connectivity.

-Don’t even think about answering calls through the Woof. The microphone does not pick up audio well, even at a close distance, so you have to shout to be heard. In multiple calls, either our recipient could not hear us or said there was too much ambient noise.

Creative-Woof-01

Who Is It Good For?

If you habitually listen to songs on your phone’s or laptop’s speaker, then the Creative Woof is a good option. It’ll save you battery and be much, much louder—though not always better in quality. The 6-hour battery life also means it’s a great companion for trips.

Who Is It Bad For?

If you care about how your music sounds, especially the bass, then forget about the Creative Woof. Also, if you’re looking for a hands-free solution, avoid this one. The limited range also means that you end up rooted in one room.

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