A Review of the Halo Bluetooth speaker from Creative Labs

We’ve reviewed many a bluetooth speaker on the GeekChurch, and here is another from Creative Labs- a company we’ve been able to do some otherĀ reviews for lately. This speaker is called the Halo, and if you are an augophile or chromatophile, you might enjoy it greatly.

The Halo is a portable Bluetooth speaker- with dimensions of 6.9 x 2.8 x 4.3 inches and weighing a little over a pound. It also has a nice little carrying handle on the side.

The top has a rubberized panel with raised symbols to power it on, turn the volume up and down, take calls, and control the lights. The rest of the speaker is covered in a cloth material- with the exception of the mirror ring around the front, and the black plastic type ring on the back.

All-in-all, it has a pretty great look to it. Speaking of look- did I mention the mirror on the front? So if you are vain and want to get a look at yourself, you could. There is the downfall of fingerprints on the mirror surface, but what is really great is when you get the lights going on it, and it looks like you can see forever into the back.

If you have a favorite color, you can leave it on that particular color. You have the option of 16.8 million colors when you download the iOS or Android app.

The app,Creative Xpectra, allows you to change the effects and colors shown on the speaker.

The light effects do tend to drain the battery- which is said to last 8 hours, but doesn’t last nearly that long with the light show. Also, the volume will effect the battery life as well. If you want a long lasting light show (more than two hours), you might want to bring along the charging cable. A small USB cable for charging is included. It’s only about a meter long, though.

The sound is about what you might expect for a small bluetooth speaker of this price. It’s definitely not for the audiophiles, but it is a fun speaker, nonetheless, and a good sounding one for this price range, which is $69.99 on the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Creative sent us this product for free to review. No other sponsorship has been given in exchange for our unbiased and fair review.

Creative Labs SoundBlasterX Siege M04 Precision Gaming Mouse

I might as well say that the Seige M04 Precision Gaming Mouse feels like some kind of sidekick to the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 keyboard that I reviewed earlier. It has the P.R.E. (Perceive, React, and Execute) features of that keyboard, and it is a product of some serious hard work.

So let’s start with its features. We are talking a gaming grade PMW3360 IR LED sensor with 32-bit high speed MCU with low lift-off distance. It also has 7 fully programmable buttons full of internal memory, as well as 3 level DPI cycle button for on-the-fly DPI switching. The Siege M04 also can’t help but feel good in the palm of your hand thanks to its comfortable right-handed design for palm and grip.

Oh yes, and let us not forget about the Aurora Reactive Lighting System, good for 16.8 million colors. I’ve sort of gone into detail on that when discussing the Vanguard K08 keyboard, so I’ll touch on the 32-bit high speed microcontroller good for a polling rate of 1000 Hz, 12,000 native DPI, and low 2mm lift-off distance.

All of that adds up to a gaming mouse you want to keep around the house. Yeah, that is a pretty lame slogan, but hey, it is good enough for a recommendation with the other gaming mice.

It is available for $64.99 on the Creative Labs website, and this is as good of a time to say that the SoundBlasterX Siege M04 was given to us for an unbiased review.

Creative Labs SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 Gaming Keyboard

All right, it looks like we are reviewing another fine product from Creative Labs, and this time, it is the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08, a gaming keyboard. Well, if you are familiar with any keyboard reviews that I have done in the past, then you know that I am going to type my report using the product.

So how does it fare? It feels like I can type a lot faster on this guy. Part of it is that its design with OMRON, PRES (Perceive-React-Execute Switches) which allows for rapid-fire keystrokes. Yeah, there is a diagram showing how fast a typical key gets pressed versus one from the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08. The shaving of a few seconds really makes it faster, by about 25 percent.

Let’s talk about the keys, and not just the speed. There are 109 fully programmable keys on this guy, with five of them on the left side as M1-M5. This is really designed to up your game, and the game it seems designed for is Final Fantasy XV (the Windows version).

Since this is a gaming keyboard, then you know what that means, a lot of pretty lights on the keys. It has this Aurora reactive technology which gives it the power of a lot of colors similar to the northern lights themselves with 16.8 million colors.

It is because of this wonderful glow that comes with two USB plug-ins to make it work. I’m grateful that my computer recognized it right away, but I had to wonder why the cables were so darn thick.

It’s quite something, and I’m not even finished writing about the benefits. It has some buttons made for media playing, and this really cool rotary volume control. I forgot to mention the detachable wrist rest.

Before I forget, Creative Labs sent us the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 for an unbiased review. I am going to say that it is a good gaming keyboard and give it a good recommendation. It is available on the Creative Labs website for $139.99.