Do you really need computer speakers? Most desktop computers and laptop computers already have built-in speakers that are perfectly fine for hearing beeps and alerts as you go about your day-to-day computer-based activities. But if you want to get the most out of your music and your movies, you’ll want to consider getting external PC speakers to get an immersive, high-fidelity listening experience. This is especially true if you’re a gamer, because desktop speakers are an absolute essential for a deeply engaging PC gaming encounter. Truth be told, the best computer speakers even make those beeps, alerts and other audio cues sound better. A big part of your decision whether to get desktop speakers will depend on your computer setup. How much room do you have to work with? Will you be better off with wireless computer speakers, dodging the clutter of additional wires, or will you be better served by the dependability afforded by wired PC speakers, which are rarely affected by interference and never by an outage?
Choosing the best PC speaker for you.
A good place to start your search for the best PC speakers is with the question, “What am I going to use these computer speakers for?” Of course, that answer will depend on how you use your computer. If you’re a musician using a computer to mix-down tracks, you’ll likely want the best desktop speakers you can get so you'll experience full-bodied, balanced audio. In that case, you may lean toward a 2.1 speaker system, which includes a left speaker, a right speaker and a subwoofer, plus a larger speaker/amplifier that sits under your desk and reproduces lower bass. If you want PC speakers to help you enjoy your tunes and shows, you might tend toward a 2.0 speaker system with compact left and right speakers, one of which houses the amplifier. A 2.0 system generally has a smaller footprint so it is more suitable for situations where desktop real estate is at a premium. One feature you’ll want to consider as you make your selection is volume control for more flexibility with volume levels and auxiliary inputs, which you’ll want if you use your computer speakers with other devices like a game console, tablet, TV or smartphone.