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Analysis: Creative Sound Blaster FRee, a portable speaker with IPX4

Basically, it must be said that this is a model that stands out and seeks to be a suitable portable option to carry from one place to another, so the occupy 200.8 x 71.1 x 68.5 millimeters it is a success (but this already advances that inside there is not much space for the inclusion of, for example, a large resonance box). Regarding the weight, this is 446 grams, which is not much for it to be in a backpack and, even, in the hole of the holder for a bottle on a bicycle – where I have verified that it fits perfectly.

By the way, there is a feature that is important and may be one of the reasons for deciding on the Creative Sound Blaster Free: it is compatible with the standard IPX4, so it does not have problems with splashes (it is not submersible, yes). In addition, there are covers in the form of a cover for its connections on the back and the control buttons are made of rubber so that they are not damaged either.

When using technology Bluetooth the pairing is very simple, since you simply have to continuously press the corresponding button on the side of the Creative Sound Blaster Free and search for it with the Android phone in question. This, in addition, has another positive detail: the compatibility is very high. It should also be noted that the box includes a QR code which leads to the control app in the Play Store.

Rear of Creative Sound Blaster FRee

First details

The white model, which is the one we have tested, looks attractive and with a very good finish. The metal is present and the Protection grid is effective (Behind it the speakers are hidden, where there is a subwoofer at the back, which, although not very effective, fulfills its function correctly).

The buttons on one of the sides of the Creative Sound Blaster FRee in a rubber finish are those that allow you to manage the volume and Bluetooth connectivity (and the on and off). They are large and their handling is quite good … something that does not happen the same with those on the back. These are something small and it is difficult to press them at times to recognize the action (these allow the handling of the tracks, the cancellation of the microphone for the hands-free, and the Loud activation that improves the sound spectrum).

Creative Sound Blaster FRee rear buttons

When it comes to connectivity, this is the following: microUSB to recharge the battery (which allows about 5 hours and 30 minutes of continuous use using Bluetooth, which is not a bad mark); 3.5 mm Jack input for an external sound source; and groove micro SD to use cards that contain audio tracks. Complete, without a doubt. Besides, it has three LEDs that allow you to know at all times the status of the Creative Sound Blaster Free.

Sound and additional issues

The sound quality is good, this is clear and with remarkable definition. Of course, the bass is not particularly powerful and sometimes it would be good to have a higher volume since the two speakers of 4 watts they do not achieve high levels. As far as definition is concerned, the frequency range is 80 Hz to 20 KHz, and when using it, it is verified that it reaches where it has to go. In short, a solvent, adequate model that should not be asked for more than this.

Creative Sound Blaster FRee grille

There are some important details to comment, such as that we do not appreciate a great distortion when using the maximum volume, which is positive, but in the middle ranges we detect a certain weakness that is noticeable -especially in classical music-. As regards to the treble, few complaints there for the Creative Sound Blaster Free, it performs very well.

Creative Sound Blaster FRee speaker upright

The truth is that with a simple use and differential options, such as the protection against splashes (on the back), this Creative Sound Blaster Free is a very internal device to take it when going out to the field to places where there is water. It is not very powerful in the sound section, but meets solvency and many users will be satisfied with its use.

his price it belongs to one 99.99 euros, in black and white colors, somewhat high if you take into account the competition (in some online stores it is already possible to get it for less money). The definitive one, a good accessory that can even be a suitable option for use in the car.