The 5 Best Computer Speakers – January 2018
If you own a laptop or desktop computer that’s been manufactured in the last few years, chances are your computer speakers are already pretty impressive. Major computer companies have come a long way in terms of implementing small speakers that can deliver a decent amount of bass and midrange without muddying the highs. Yet even the best internal computer speakers are no match for larger, external speakers. Indeed, only external speakers can deliver that full, round bass and crystal clear treble that listeners have become accustomed to hearing. And long gone are the days when, in order to get that big sound, you had to weed through a web of cables and adapters just to connect your computer to your stereo. In fact, there’s a surprisingly large number of external computer speakers that can boast both sonic quality, affordability, and portability. Here’s a list of the Top 5 computer speakers money can buy.
Anyone who’s even remotely familiar with quality audio products has undoubtedly heard of Bose—the sonic giant behind some of the most powerful and dynamic sound systems on earth. So we were more than pleasantly surprised to find out that Bose had rather quietly introduced these incredible computer speakers to their impressive lineup of top-notch audio products.
The first thing you’ll notice about these speakers is their compact, sleek design. A major flaw with most mid-level computer speakers is that they tend to look like, well, computer speakers—taking up far too much space and adding a bulky, unsightly presence to the room. These Bose Companion 2’s, on the other hand, look great in practically every environment, and feature a slightly back-angled body that provides for a better listening experience.
But enough about these speakers’ looks. Their most important feature is their sound, and they sound truly fantastic. At any volume, these speakers deliver crisp, defined bass that somehow manages to feel both large and compressed at the same time (which gives bass-heavy music that satisfying low-end “push”). The treble frequencies shine through without any interruption from the bass or midrange (which is indeed a rarity among smaller computer speakers such as these), and even at close-to-max volumes these speakers never distort.
There’s a volume control and headphone jack on the front of the right speaker for easy access, and an auxiliary-in alongside an 8th-inch auxiliary-out for your computer, iPhone, or any other compatible device. Given the quality and style of these speakers, we would have assumed they would occupy a price closer to $200, or maybe even $300, which is why we strongly believe these are the best computer speakers you’ll be able to find given the money.
We always try to take price into consideration when crafting a list of the best tech products in any category, and strive to offer great options at both ends of the cost spectrum. These AmazonBasics USB-powered speakers clearly occupy the lower end of that spectrum—coming in at just $13—yet for potential buyers on a budget, these may just be the perfect set of computer speakers.
As one would expect from a pair of speakers priced below $20, these little guys offer the bare minimum in terms of functionality. There’s simply a volume control with an on/standby button, and a USB cable that attaches to your computer for power alongside a 3.5mm cable for the audio.
Yet these limited functions are really all you need when it comes to these small-yet-mighty speakers, which produce an impressive sound while taking up a miraculously small amount of space on any desk. The treble frequencies are well-defined and crisp (without being too bright), while the midrange cuts through the mix just enough to deliver that pop music punch that we all know and love.
As to be expected from a smaller pair of budget speakers, the bass frequencies don’t come through as well as they would on a larger, more expensive set. However, if you’re less interested in listening to bass-heavy music and more interested in Rock or podcasts, for example, you’ll hardly miss the low-end response.
All in all, if you’re just looking for a low-cost, quality pair of portable computer speakers to get the job done (especially if you find yourself on the move a lot), then look no further.
Now back to a price range that most speaker shoppers will likely be more familiar with. These Logitech Z623’s clock in at our #3 spot due primarily to the presence of their low-end frequency response (thanks in no small part to an included subwoofer) and practical, sleek design. We should note just how rare it is to come across a pair of computer speakers that comes equipped with a designated subwoofer, which makes a world of difference when it comes to accurate sound recreation. This feature should especially make laptop movie-lovers rejoice, since the added bass response leads to an entirely more realistic movie-watching experience. There’s even a separate control that allows you to dial down the bass without lowering the overall volume, which can be incredibly handy if you’re listening to a piece of music or watching a movie in which the audio engineer has already taken liberties with the bass.
These Satechi Dual Sonic speakers sound as cool as they look. Although before you turn them on, you’ll likely be drawn to their futuristic design, which seems to compliment any room they’re in thanks to curved speakers that “float” above an illuminated blue base. Once you do get around to turning them on, however, you’ll be blown away by how great they sound. Acoustic Air Spring technology produces increased dynamic bass, mids, and highs, while the padded feet offer both surface protection and noise isolation—meaning you won’t experience any obnoxious bass rumble through any nearby furniture. These little space-age speakers are super easy to set up, and come equipped with an in-line volume control and a beautiful brushed silver base.
These ARVICKA Blue LED USB speakers give the AmazonBasics speakers in our #2 spot a run for their money in terms of overall performance and style. Delivering rich bass, these speakers stood out from the budget pack in terms of their low-end frequency response, which was noticeably louder and more defined than that of the AmazonBasics speakers. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free audio lunch, and where these speakers struggled during testing was precisely where the AmazonBasics triumphed: treble. While the bass came through loud and clear with the ARVICKA’s, the high-end frequencies were often a bit muffled and lacked definition. There’s a simple, single knob for volume adjustment, and much like the Satechi Dual Sonic’s, these speakers “float” on top of their bass, which is great for noise isolation and sonic clarity. The bottom line? This is a great pair of budget speakers, which we recommend to anyone who’s on a budget and values bass over treble.