Creative has for a long time churned out decent quality PC speakers, from stereo setups right the through to 8-channel surround models. Most recently it's been the company's stereo desktop sets that have really caught our eye with the T20, T40 and HD50 sets all getting scores of 8/10 or higher. In this modern digital age, it's no longer enough simply to have great sounding speakers, though, now they must be wireless! Duly Creative has obliged, creating these, the Creative T12 Wireless Bluetooth speakers.
Smaller than their award winning cousins, the T20s, the T12s sit just 180mm high, 71mm wide and 98mm deep. As such they should fit comfortably on even the most modest of desk arrangements.
While wireless power is becoming more prevalent for charging phones and such like, it hasn't quite reached the realms of speakers yet so you still have to connect these speakers to the mains, as well as the left speaker to the right speaker, via old fashioned cable - there's no battery option either, in case you were wondering. The power brick itself is incorporated into the plug and is a fairly small, lightweight unit so you could just about conceive of taking these speakers in a suit case when travelling, though we wouldn't be overly inclined to.
The design of the speakers is just about as classic as it gets, at least when it comes to aesthetics. Sure they're no Bowers & Wilkins MM-1s but then they do cost an eighth as much. Built from sturdy plastic, they're finished in an attractive glossy black with a silver volume/power knob on the right speaker below which sit a headphone jack, a power/wireless connection indicator LED, and the Bluetooth sync button. The dial is solidly planted and provides a smooth level of rotation, though we do wish there were an illuminated or brightly coloured dot to signify the volume level, as it can be difficult to tell what setting you've got these at when hidden behind a computer screen.
Where the T12s break from the design norm is with the arrangement of the speaker cones. Rather than a tweeter and woofer, one atop the other, with a bass port on the back or top, there is a tweeter on the front and a woofer that fills the entire of the back. We're sure this can't be good for sound quality, as in theory the two drivers will interfere with each other causing distortion. Audiophile level, then, these certainly are not but then you wouldn't expect as much for £60.
Also to be found on the back is an auxiliary input for hooking up a conventional sound source.
The wireless portion of the equation comes courtesy an inbuilt Bluetooth receiver. Just set the speakers into pairing mode, by pressing the button on the front, then any Bluetooth device - laptop, mobile phone, mp3 player - will be able to stream music to them using the A2DP standard. If you don't have Bluetooth built into your PC, fear not, as you can simply buy a USB Bluetooth adapter, like Creative's own D1 that can be had for £29 or so. Just plug it in, install the driver, sync with the speakers (the password's the standard Bluetooth one of 0000), select them as your default audio output and away you go (turn the speakers off and the connection is lost, reverting your PC back to its alternative sound output until you turn the speakers back on).