CES 2006 Profile: Creative

Creative was out in force at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, debuting a number of new innovative products. This new line up includes a gaming mouse, a wireless web camera, some speakers and a Skype compatible VoIP phone.

Creative’s new gaming mouse is the Fatal1ty 2020 Mouse. Expected to be available in the early part of this year for $69.99, the Fatal1ty 2020 Mouse was co-developed with professional gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. Features of this mouse include a 2400cpi laser engine which reportedly offers 6x the resolution of standard optical mice, a modular weight system which allows users to replace weight modules for a better center of balance for the mouse, a one click cpi resolution change button and rubberized grip points.

In the realm of web cameras, Creative’s latest offering is the $199.99 Live! Wireless. This camera package, which consists of a Creative WebCam and a wireless server, should be available this month. Users can create their own secure web address for viewing content which is seen through the camera. Live feeds from up to four different cameras can be viewed on a single screen. The kit uses 802.11g wireless connectivity, allowing the Live! Wireless to be placed away in more remote locations of a home or business.

Creative’s speaker offerings for 2006 begin with the XM Travel Audio. Slated to be available this month for $79.99, the XM Travel Audio is built to support XM’s new portable satellite radio MP3 players. Features of this device include a 180 degree swivel design to position the speakers in a more desirable listening angle, NeoTitanium sound drivers, advanced audio controls, a digital amplifier which gets up to 35 hours of playtime on four AAA batteries and an included AC adapter which can recharge the speaker system which also charging the XM player.

Creative’s next speaker offering is the GigaWorks T20. This modern design system, which is a graphite-gray color with a black grill and yellow woven glass fiber cones, is priced at $99.99 and should be available in February. This compact system is designed to put out 28 watts of total RMS power, has input jacks on the front of right satellite speaker and has audio dials to control volume, bass and treble.

Joining the GigaWorks T20 in this product line up is GigaWorks ProGamer G550W, a $399.99, 5.1 wireless speaker system which uses 2.4GHz technology to transmit audio to two rear speakers up to 30 feet away. Features of this system, which will be available in March, include THX certification, a small wireless receiver which connects to the two rear speakers, 310 watts of total RMS power, a 130-RMS watt wooden subwoofer and three-inch drivers in each of the satellite speakers.

Rounding out Creative’s early 2006 offerings is the Skype InternetPhonePlus, a VoIP phone which enables users to connect directly to a router for making Skype calls. When this phone comes available in the spring of this year, it will offer features such as a 2.5” color screen which displays the Skype interface and five way navigation buttons for menu browsing.