Creative has been in the world of sound for decades, with numerous products designed to get good sound quality. Although desktop speakers are in apparent disuse because we have gone from the PC as something communal and from the living room to each member of the household having one in her room and with it moving to headphones. But there are still people who need speakers, and that small number of people want them to have high sound quality, without reaching the high ranges of professionals; to listen for hours without interference. That is what the Creative Pebble Pro aspire to: to be speakers that whoever is going to use them, knowing that they will have a good sound, will take advantage of it.
We thank Creative for giving us the product for the review.
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Unboxing the Creative Pebble Pro speakers
Since Creative is a commercial brand, not so much focused on professionals, the packaging is more attractive. You see the product and many of the features of this Pebble Pro.
All the information is perfectly visible on the front, with the features that any home user would want, looking for compatibility with their sound system or PC or television.
Opening the package, inside we find the Creative Pebble Pro speakers:, protected in bubble wrap.
Next to them, we have a series of cables. They are a USB-A to USB-C cable, to be able to connect it to a device that supports USB, such as a computer and thus try to have a better sound since motherboards have in most cases a worse sound card than that of dedicated systems; a 3,5mm Jack cable, which is the usual sound cable, and a USB-C to USB-C cable to take advantage of systems that have this type of connector, such as mobile phones or PCs that have a connector of this type.
That's how simple the Creative Pebble Pro are visually:, in green. All the volume control, connection and even turning RGB on and off are in the right speaker. It's a design system that has been around since the XNUMXs, but it works to have everything located on a single speaker in a dual system.
We already know about "If it works, do not touch it".
The left speaker does not present any type of addition, except that it is the one with the brand logo.
It should be added that this model is the model without subwoofer, so inevitably, what we hear will be something with very low bass, all that a main speaker allows. This means that if we are fans of heavy metal, or we like a music producer who abuses bass a lot, there may be some feedback or they may not be heard.
At the bottom of the Creative Pebble Pro speakers you can see both the full rubber flooring to avoid displacements and have a good grip on the table, and the small rings of RGB lights.
The light given off by the RGB rings of the Creative Pebble Pro is not particularly noticeable, especially if our table has a certain color dominance or absorbs a lot of light. It is a curious addition, but combined with the fact that there is no way to customize it and that they are cycles, it suggests that RGB is there to justify the price.
We love RGB if it's music-responsive or customizable, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. We don't think we're missing much if we never turn it on and completely forget about it.
This is what RGB light looks like in normal office light. They do not stand out much, so normally we will not even realize that they exist.
Creative Pebble Pro Specifications
- 2.0 speaker system
- RGB lighting
- USB audio and power
- Bluetooth 5.3
- 3.5mm AUX input
- 4-pole headphone port
- 3-pole microphone port
- Total system power up to 10W RMS
- Peak power: up to 20 W
- High gain mode Integrated and fully automated.
- Enhanced 2.25" full-range drivers
- Clear Dialog
- 123 x 123 x 118 mm
- Speaker cable from right to left (not detachable): 1.8m
- USB-C to USB-C cable (detachable): 1.5m
- USB-C to USB-A cable (detachable): 1.5m
- 3.5mm AUX input cable (detachable): 1.2m
- USB-C to USB-C cable
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- 3.5mm auxiliary input cable
Why would we want PC speakers in 2023?
You may think so. At a time when we listen to hours and hours of Youtube content as if they were our personal newscasts, podcast of almost three hours, and Spotify during our remote work for at least half the day, we wear the headphones during those hours. Although they promise us a lot of comfort and sound control to be able to wear them for hours, they become uncomfortable and You want to be able to continue listening to music or series without having your headphones on you.
Having headphones on for hours and direct sound to the ears can become uncomfortable, and for many it is a reason not to watch a very long movie. Having quality speakers to be able to get rid of the headphones for a while, is appreciated for physical comfort. In addition, it allows us to share what we hear with people. In addition, you have to think about their versatility, and they can also be used for Give better sound quality to what we hear on TV in our living room, without actually putting large speakers. It's all a matter of finding more than one utility.
It is true that in times of shared flats, loudspeakers easily annoy the people we live with. But if we are lucky enough to be the only ones at home, either because we live alone, or because during working hours, we are the only ones at home, it is a factor to consider to improve the quality of life a bit.
Experience and conclusion with the Creative Pebble Pro
We start from the basis that, with the price they ask for, which is somewhat high at the outset, knowing that there are countless speakers that are much cheaper, these are made by a company with years of experience in the world of sound. Creative even went so far as to make MP3 players that could rival the iPod and that experience has been maintained over the years. With this, we are dealing with speakers for someone who wants to have good sound quality, without interference or loss of quality.
So, we test the sound with a movie, a podcast and some music that tests the sound quality. There are no points in the audio spectrum where sound is coupled, and they have good volume power. But if there is something that has stood out, it is that they do not have very powerful bass, so if we have certain preferences for movies, games or a musician that make use of bass, we will notice considerable differences of sound quality and depth.
Being Bluetooth 5.1, there is considerably less quality loss, within the limits offered by wireless connections. They do not manage to eliminate all the lag until it is barely noticeable, and with this we cannot recommend it for gaming. Yes, we still recommend it to be used with the usual podcasts, although a little less with movies, YouTube videos and series with how uncomfortable it can be that it has challenged between image and sound. But with all this, they serve very well if the option of using it with cables is not viable.
With this price that they are presented to us, we have tried to find their drawbacks, but apart from the fact that they have very weak bass, we can not say anything else other than that they can ask for a lot of power for many USB-C cables and transformers, and that they have no option Of battery. And the latter is being very exquisite.
We also mentioned that they have some RGB rings on the bases, which is not that they contribute much, except when you have a dark room or office, and even then, at most they serve to physically find them to manage the volume. This is a very strange use case, as speakers lend themselves poorly to RGB, since It is not a peripheral that you are constantly looking at.
- They take up very little space, so there is no problem putting them in a somewhat complicated setup.
- Bluetooth 5.1, so there is less lag and loss of sound, as long as your device reaches that version of Bluetooth.
- They allow connection via USB-C.
- Little size.
- Good sound with little loss of quality despite its small size.
- Somewhat sparse bass, but this is fixed on a different Pebble model with a woofer.
- Not all USB chargers are capable of powering them up.
- The price of entry may be high, but as you listen to the sound quality, you understand.
- The RGB contributes very little.