Wednesday, 07 July 2021 23:46

Creative's work-from-home audio and visual kits hits the right notes


If you're working from home - and with lockdown after lockdown, so many of us are - Creative Labs wants to ensure you have the best audio and video experience. The company has bundled three of its products together to make a work-from-hit kit consisting of headphones, a 1080p webcam, and a noise-canceling headset adapter. This is combined with smart software to reduce background noise on both your end and the other side.

Creative Labs has a strong and well-known history in audio excellence, setting the early standard for PC-based sound cards. Its three products in the work-from-home kit build on its audio engineering excellence.

The three products in Creative's work-from-home kit include

  1. the Sound Blaster PLAY! 4 headset adapter, a USB-C device (with an included USB-C to USB-A adapter) which sits between your computer and your headset, and instantly gives you auto-mute plus two-way noise cancelling. This works with any 3.5mm cabled headset and works equally well with Windows and macOS devices, as well as PlayStation and Nintendo Switch consoles, Android devices, iPad Pros and iPads running iPadOS 13 or later.
  2. the Sound Blaster JAM V2 headset - a comfortable USB and Bluetooth headset that supports multipoint-pairing so you can use it with two Bluetooth devices at the same time, or one USB-connected device. The box includes a USB-C to USB-A cable. The headset is easily controlled with a multifunction button that lets you play/pause music, answer/end calls, invoke Siri or the Google Assistant, reject calls, redial, and more, all based on the way you interact with it. It has a 22-hour battery life and weighs under 100 grams.
  3. the Live! Cam Sync 1080p V2 webcam - a full HD camera and microphone with built-in auto-mute and noise cancellation. It includes a universal tripod mounting clip and a privacy lens cap. It offers a 77-degree viewing angle, with 30 degrees tilt and 360 degrees of orientation. It records 1080p at 30 frames per second.

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This is a great bundle, providing you the flexibility to work how you want, and with confidence that your picture and sound are equally crisp, and distracting noises are reduced.

The two-way noise-cancellation features are novel. While active noise canceling is standard with nearly all modern headsets, this only helps keep out the noise in your environment. You can still hear all the horrible noises where your other party is calling in from. With two-way noise-cancellation, your Creative devices will actively reduce the interference coming your way.

All three of these devices are compatible with Creative’s SmartComms Kit which provides Windows-based computers a set of software tools to automatically mute and unmute your microphone as well as provide noise cleansing features for both your voice and that of the people you are speaking with. Download the Creative app to your PC, and you will receive the benefits of VoiceDetect, NoiseClean-in, and NoiseClean-out.

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These similarly offer you auto-mute and unmute via VoiceDetect, and noise-canceling, both inbound and outbound via the other two features. However, you also gain a high degree of control through built-in advanced configuration items. You can adjust the delay timing on VoiceDetect as well as loudly you need to speak for it to kick in - thus avoiding it unmuting you while you are softly singing along to a song - and you can adjust the background noise levels to be filtered out. Whether you are working in a quiet office, or in a server room that sounds like jet engines, or even if somebody is blow-drying their hair behind you, you can tune the noise cancellation to suit.

However you choose to work, Creative has you covered so your work from home experience is the best and the frustration of “can you hear me” is a thing of the past.



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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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