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Creative Airwave Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC
Simplify your life with the Creative Airwave. Unlike other regular speakers, you can experience the convenience of one-touch pairing with its NFC feature. You can also enjoy your music wirelessly on the go, as it comes with Bluetooth® and a rechargeable built-in battery. This uniquely designed speaker, packed with these amazing features, is available in four vibrant colors.
The Creative Airwave features Near Field Communications (NFC) technology which allows for easy, one-touch pairing by simply tapping your NFC-enabled Bluetooth smart device on the speaker.
As for your smart devices that are not NFC-enabled, you can easily pair them with the Creative Airwave via Bluetooth using the conventional method.
You can also enjoy your music by connecting directly to the speaker via the integrated analog Aux-in connector.
Party all night long on a single charge! The Creative Airwave gives you up to 12 hours1 of playtime, so don't stop the music!
With a built-in Lithium polymer battery, your Creative Airwave is truly portable and you're free to place your speaker almost anywhere you please. You can check your battery levels with voice prompts and the speaker LED also alerts you when you're low on battery. In addition, the battery level icon is displayed when paired with selected smartphones2. The battery can be easily charged via a standard micro USB connection.
The Creative Airwave houses two efficient 3″ full-range drivers that produce stunning, room-filling sound despite its small size.
Turn your speaker into a speaker phone with the built-in concealed microphone for dialog clarity in your voice communications.
The Creative Airwave's unique design is a radical departure from the usual rectangular-shaped speakers. The chassis is constructed to minimize vibrations and the optimal 30-degree front baffle tilt projects audio directly to the listener. Available in four bold colors, its unique triangular-styled construction, geometric face panel design and smooth curves make it a refreshing addition to any setting.
1 Actual battery life will vary with use and volume settings.
2 Currently supported on iOS devices only.
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19 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Decent, but not best-in-classJul 29, 2013
By B. Rose
I've had the opportunity to handle a number of portable Bluetooth speakers, and will say this one is solidly mid-range. It has some features I like, and some I'm not so crazy about...
+ 12 hour battery life is basically best-in-class. There are a couple other units that can match this, but none I've seen that can surpass it. This will be really nice for a full day at the pool / beach / lake or some other place where you want constant tunes, but don't have the luxury of a wall outlet
+ Bluetooth connectivity to me is a MUST with portable speakers, and this has it
+ standard micro-USB charger port means you'll be able to charge this many places, even if you forget the cord, because anyone with an Android phone will have the same charger attachment
- volume, at max, is rather underwhelming. It's good for a bedroom but isn't going to work for a party, or for outdoors unless you're sitting around a campfire or in a boat together
- audio quality and clarity is okay, but doesn't really stand out among other similarly-priced units which have superior clarity and bass
- for the volume / audio quality, it's rather large
- power button is annoying. You have to hold it mashed down for an extended period of time to power it on, and then have to hold it down not once, but twice, for even longer, to turn it off. Sort of annoying having to mash a button for fifteen seconds to turn off your speaker. It's a minor annoyance (first world problems, I know) but something the designers should have noticed during product testing.
- not weather resistant like some other units
BOTTOM LINE: this unit is okay, but for the price, I can't really recommend it. Maybe for sixty - seventy bucks or so. Once you get around a hundred, the doors open for other units, like the Logitech Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for a similar price. If you wanted to spend a little more dough, the TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker has positively BOOMING audio and is rugged enough to withstand a sandy / misty environment, but costs more and has half the battery life. I'll leave it up to you, but my opinion is that there are better competing units out there for basically the same investment.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Innovative little speakerJun 26, 2013
By UofM Tiger
I have a much larger bluetooth speaker from Creative that is a few years old. I have been carrying it into the bathroom every mornng, so I wanted something smaller that could just stay in there. While this speaker isn't tiny, it is a lot smaller than my old speaker and works like a charm.
While I don't own an NFC device, this is the first product that has given me a reason to want one. Pairing is pretty easy using my iPhone, but I think touching the two together would be a lot easier. The cool thing about this unit is the vocal responses you get with certain process. The best part of this is when you use it unplugged, you can tap on the button a couple times and the voice will tell you the battery power that is left. Also, I have used it unplugged for a few days and it always shuts off. I haven't timed it, but I would expect it to be out of power if it wasn't working properly. (edit: I wanted to mention that I think it shuts off because I take my iPhone to work with me. I noticed that when I use it at night, I need to turn off bluetooth on my iPhone or the two will continue to communicate. I think this is what you would want from the speaker so you would have it available at all times after you have paired it to the iPhone. Unfortunately, if you are using the speaker unplugged (running it off of the battery), it will run down the battery if you have the iPhone paired with it, even when you aren't playing anything.)
The main downside is that there is not a power adapter included. They do have a really nice USB cable, but you need a computer or usb wall charger to charge it. This may be the first gadget I have purchased that doesn't have a way to plug it in to a socket. As a result, I knocked a point off from my review. I also don't like the way the bluetooth light blinks when it is paired. It is a minor annoyance the way I use it, but it some cases, I could see it being a bigger problem. I would think black tape would cover it up, but that would work against its asthetics.
Overall, I am happy with the product and would love to try it with NFC.
7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Okay, Not Great, Sound in a Portable Package (3+ stars)Jun 26, 2013
By Debbie Lee Wesselmann
The first time I played music through the Creative Labs Airwave, I was disappointed in the sound quality. I also have the Creative ZiiSound D3x Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with the Wireless Subwoofer , and, because of the larger speakers, powered drivers, and added subwoofer, the sound is much better. Of course, that combination is more expensive. I also compared it to the tiny, battery-operated Grace Digital ECOROX Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, and I liked the Grace Digital speaker sound quality more, despite its small size. As I listened longer and more carefully to the Creative Labs Airwave, I began to realize that the radio-hiss quality I was hearing in the Airwave was really a lack of bass -- or more accurately, less boost to the lower ranges. The result is a thinner, colder sound.
I like that the speaker grill is tipped up, unlike most other Bluetooth and/or portable speakers which throw the sound straight out over the shelf or table they are sitting on. And it talks when turning on, pairing, or checking battery status, something that adds little functionality but which is a little fun. Pairing with both my iPhone and iPad was a cinch. If you have an NFC device (I don't), you supposedly can pair it with a touch. You can also answer a call with a touch. The unit can be charged using the included USB cable attached to either your computer or to your own USB outlet plug.
I am most concerned with the quality of the button construction. To power off, you have to hold down the power button -- and mine went in and stayed there. It is no longer flush with the top the way the volume button is. Sometimes, I cannot get the unit to power off and, because it is battery powered, I can't simply pull the plug. The quality issue is a small one for the manufacturer but a much larger one for the consumer.
The Airwave is easy to use and very portable; however, I find that there are other better, albeit slightly more expensive, Bluetooth speaker options out there.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Awesome sound in a small, wireless package!Sep 30, 2013
By Kyle Bautista
Pros: The Airwave gives me everything I need from my a wireless Bluetooth speaker, and more! I expected to get average sound levels and quality with a decent wireless connection - boy was I surprised.
The sound levels that the Airwave is able to reach are absolutely phenomenal. It easily fills a room with music, and is loud enough that I can clearly hear it while taking a shower or washing my car. Can't wait to try it at the beach! In addition, the wireless Bluetooth connection allows me to easily connect to either my phone, PC, Laptop, or tablet. Switching the connections are super easy as well.
Even when I am using the speaker at max, or close to max volume (it's really loud!), I have no worries for the battery life. I haven't exactly recorded, but I'd say that I've gotten at least 6 hours of use at high volume. It's also easy to charge because it uses a micro USB connection just like my phone, tablet, and other devices.
Cons: The lows from this aren't really that powerful, but it's kind of what you expect from a wireless device like this.
Other: I haven't had the opportunity to use the microphone capabilities to take a phone or VOIP call, but I'm sure that it will work just fine.
I'm going to have to find a friend with a NFC capable phone so I can just tap the two devices together to connect - I wish my phone did that!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
up to expectationsSep 16, 2013
By John W. Wendt
I have 3 Bluetooth speakers. I like this one the most. It was easy to pair with my Samsung Galaxy 4, Apple MacBook, and Ipod. I found the sound to be excellent--but the first time I linked it to my MacBook it gave me a scare, because I didn't have the MacBook set up for stereo sound. Once I did that, it was a blaster.
I use this when I travel. It's become a highly appreciated item--nothing like a little music to motivate me to work out or to get me in a great mood, which are two things that help a lot on the road. The strength of the Bluetooth connection seems stronger than my other speakers. The connection went right through a wall and into a bathroom, so I could have a little music while taking a shower.
So, this charges via the USB. That's nice, same cable as my Galaxy 4 and Kindle. My only caveat is the shape--it's not flat so it takes up a little more space in the bag. Hardly a deal-breaker. It has a firm plastic cover (not a foamy thing that can deteriorate). So I'm expecting some good life out of it. Controls are few and simple.
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