Creative's desktop speakers have always been my go-to for my desktop PC, even if I'm mostly using headphones for gaming. With its loud, balanced sound and wide soundstage, the Creative T60 offers plenty of performance for its price, and is a definite Can Buy if you're hunting for cheap, but good desktop speakers.
- Up to 60W Peak Power
- 1.2m 3.5 mm stereo to stereo cable, 30cm headset extension cable, 1.2m USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-A converter
- Bluetooth 5.0
Designed to be standalone speakers without the need for subwoofers, the T60 pack about 60W of peak power. You'll never want to get that loud though — it's really overbearing. I already found mid-volume to be pretty darn loud. You will like that it has a volume dial. I was using the Creative Stage 2.1 and hated having to press buttons to adjust the volume. Below the dial are the power (and mode) selector, the Surround button and the Clear Dialog button. The mode button switches between Aux-in, USB-C, and Bluetooth. Surround is self-explanatory, while Clear Dialog enhances the dialogue in games or movies.
The sound of the T60 is pretty good. Its 2.75-inch drivers pump out the sound clearly, with no distortion even at high volumes. There's quite a clear separation between the mids and highs. The bass is strong, even without a subwoofer. I honestly liked how it sounded. You can plug in a pair of headphones, such as the Creative SFXI Gamer, and hold down on the surround button for two seconds to switch the audio input to your headset. You can also plug in a stand mic, if you don't want to use headphones.
Creative also has software called SmartComms Kit that has several cool features such as reducing background static, and automatically detecting your voice and muting and unmuting the mic when you're chatting. It can also cancel both your background noise and others. I've tested the first feature, and it works. I was concerned it would not be able to unmute me in time, but it works fine. I couldn't quite test the background noise cancelling on others, given that most of the meetings I attended were quiet and clear enough. One thing I noticed though, was that the background muting function does make you sound a bit compressed.
At S$119, the Creative T60 is a pretty good buy. You're getting the vaunted Creative audio, and there's no need to find space below your desk for a subwoofer, too. The two speakers also don't take up much space on your table, making them really easy to place. The provided cables also have enough length for you to space them out. Get it from Creative's online store.
Note: Review unit provided by Creative.
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