A while ago I reviewed a pair of Sennheiser Bluetooth Headphones. The review conclusion was that they were, shall we say, average. I found them uncomfortable and, at £119 (best price), expensive.
Today, I have Creative’s equivalent – the Creative WP-300. Again, these are “on ear” headphones boasting apt-X enhanced Bluetooth technology. This time, however, they have an RRP of £79.99 but can be found from as little as £66.34 (inc P&P) from Amazon – not far off half the price of the Sennheisers.
Once more Creative have boxed these nicely – the front cover opens up to reveal the headphones shown through a transparent panel. Under the headphones are a velvety draw-string storage bag, USB charging cable and a few leaflets, including a small manual.
The headphones are nicely padded – both on the headband and the actual earcups too. The remainder is rubber coated. Unless their Sennheiser equivalents, these don’t fold down to a small size, but you can rotate the earcups arounds to make them flatter for when packing away. On the left cup is a charging light and a micro USB charging port. On the right cup is a status light along with 4 flush control buttons – track next and prev, play/pause and power. On the underside of the cup is two protruding rubber volume buttons.
There are rings of chrome on both the headband and on the earcups themselves – overall the headphones are nice to the touch and look very stylish.
In use, on my giant head, they just about fitted. The fact that the earcups rotate helps because I was able to put the band further forward on my head to give extra length to the band, and rotate the cups to still sit flat on my ears. It would be nicer is manufacturers made headphones more suitable for large headed people such as me!
As I mentioned before, the WP-300 boast the apt-X codec for improved Bluetooth audio. To benefit from this you will need to use a matching apt-X transmitter. If you don’t have anything already then Creative sell a number of plugin options for USB and iPods
Unlike the Sennheisers there is not a wired option if you’re unable to use Bluetooth – these can only be used wirelessly – and the battery cannot be removed.
Pairing is easy and quick and they have a 10 metre range. The battery should last up to 8 hours in use and then take an hour to recharge via USB.
In use they sound excellent (even more so with the apt-X option in use) and the controls are easy to use. Whether spoken audio, film soundtracks or some pounding music, they offer a good range with no interference and hiss.
Summary of Creative WP-300Nearly half the price of the Sennheiser equivalents with little lacking in comparison. Comfortable, good looking and with an excellent sound, these are THE Bluetooth headphones to have. Pair them with the Creative ZiiO for apt-X pairing and you get an unbeatable combination.
Reviewed by David Artiss on 20th February 2011.