This new MUVO 2c speaker from Creative is not the jack of all trades that some speakers aspire to be. Instead it concentrates on providing good sound quality whilst being suitable for true outdoor use. The price at £39.99 for one speaker is not cheap and there are plenty of cheaper rivals out there with more features but this well made speaker does have some qualities many rivals lack..
Inside of the box which was the speaker itself, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable and a well written and easy to read User Guide. I received a two pack of speakers which arrived without any fancy product pack.
The speaker is unlike any other I have tested in appearance with a strikingly designed green silicone body with a shape easy to grasp in any situation. On the top is the simple control panel, which features the usual volume controls and track controls and the button layout is easy to see and to operate with wet hands, in the dark or even when cycling. On the side is a grommet protected port bay featuring and Aux audio input, USB in and micro-USB charging port. The user guide is picture based and easy enough to understand.
Pairing to my phone was easy enough although I had problems connecting to other devices later. There is no NFC option nor can the device connect to two Bluetooth devices at once. Getting the two speakers to link together to produce a true stereo output was also a challenge but I did it in the end with excellent results.
The sound quality is first rate for the small size with plenty of volume and good powerful bass. For the size the sound is loud, clear and resonant enough to be heard when on the beach or outside in noisy situations.
The device is charged via a micro-USB port in the access panel. Due perhaps to the rather feeble 650 mAh Li-ion battery there is no power out port to allow the device to charge or power external devices, This is a pity as many similar devices offer this as they do a built in FM radio which again is missing here. However the claims for six hour usage per charge from my experience seem pretty realistic.
I was tempted to knock a star off due to the high price, lack of FM radio and NFC, which can be found in many less expensive similar sized devices but in the end decided the sound quality and build more than compensated for these failings and made the device well worth a four star rating.
Robust build quality
Audio in port
USB audio in port
Micro SD slot
Easy to use controls
Non slip finish
Excellent User Guide
No FM Radio
No powerbank feature