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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for laptops that need a boost!
First of all, these aren't going to replace any regular PC speakers you have. I sought this out because I am sick of going through speakers with lose wires, and I was also interested to see if I could run sound without a power supply. This will be great on the road when I want to stop and watch tv in my truck (big rig). The G50vt-x5 laptop I bought here at Best Buy has really weak speakers and this is the perfect replacement. With my $20 reward card from buying the laptop, I got these for a great price.
They respond much better to eq settings than the laptop speakers. You can raise the 200, 3000, and 6000 for music or to make tv and movies sound more realistic. Those are the frequencies I use to focus on whether I am using a $500 pro audio setup or laptop speakers. Usually laptop speakers only respond to 600 and 1000. Sometimes good laptop speakers respond a lot like the Cubite speakers so I can't say they will be better than all the speakers out there. Compaq includes very good speakers in their laptops at least the F700 series that my wife has.
IMPORTANT: Some people have said this has very slow USB ports. In Xplorer2, I tranferred a file at 4mbps. That is about as fast as my card reader usually goes on USB2. I wish I could do a quick check with an external hard drive, but I think that USB 1.1 only goes 1mbps so that should clear things up, this is USB2.
This also comes with a power supply if you don't want USB power.
This does not create a virtual speaker out like some USB headphones, it has USB AND a 3.5mm out. On the G50vt-x5, the speaker out is right next to the USB outs on the right so this is perfect.
At this price, and if you have the G50vt-x5 or just unhappy with your laptop speakers, use your card or get this at the $22, it's worth it.
Oh, and this does have stereo speakers, but they are directed to the right and left. Probably with WMP, you could add some widening effects so that music sounds wider but as is there isn't a wide sound.
The volume knob and usb slots light up, making this easy to use in the dark.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great design, compact and functional
The perfect desk accessory without taking up space. Very easy to use and install. Hubs are a nice bonus. The sound is not Bose quality but for $13.99 you are getting more than what you pay for.