13 Mesmerizing laptop speakers

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One of the things usually missing when you buy a computer — whether it’s a laptop or desktop — is good sound. Yeah, laptops are equipped with a small speaker or two that output some sound, but it’s not exactly full rich stereo sound.

These built-in speakers aren’t ideal for listening to music or watching videos — they only play so loud and tend to be seriously lacking in the bass department.

If you’re looking to bypass your laptop speaker and take that sound to the next level, it’s time to look for a small or portable speaker to pick up the slack. 

The good news — the market is completely saturated with computer speakers that offer quality sound, taking your computer’s audio experience to the next level. Even a budget computer speaker can boost sound quality to such an extent that you’ll be shocked by the poor quality of your laptop speaker.

There are many PC speakers to choose from, and you can certainly pair your PC with a Bluetooth speaker to augment the sound. That said, this list comprises the best in the powered speaker arena — they have their built-in amplifiers, which means they need to be plugged in.

Some of the speakers on this list have simple analog connectivity options. Still, the majority offer some form of digital connection — that means you can plug them right into a computer’s USB port. 

Others have wireless Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to easily pair the speakers with all your Bluetooth devices, including smartphones and tablets. As you might expect, better connectivity options tend to add some cost to the speakers. 

Still, a few moderately priced speakers have excellent connectivity options, in addition to more-than-decent sound. Note that we haven’t fully reviewed many of these picks, but we’ve listened to all the selected models.

If you’re on the hunt for great sound, keep reading — the right speaker for your computer is sure to be here. Also, we’ll update this list periodically as more laptop and desktop computer speaker options hit the market.

1. Creative Pebble 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers

Creative has been making some of the best affordable after-market digital entertainment products since 1981. Still, it is most fondly remembered for some of the best laptop speakers and soundcards during the PC boom of the late 1990s. 

Still creating excellent and affordable products today for music and gaming, they have introduced the Creative Pebble 2.0 to help consumers get the best experience on their laptops at home or away.

One of the most attractive features of the Creative Pebble is that it runs both its audio and its power from a single USB connection. We think this is a great, forward-thinking feature as many of the devices we use today are paring down their ports in favor of wireless syncing Bluetooth connections.

That means if you don’t have a 35mm (1/8″) audio jack on your computer or tablet, no problem! Just plug into one of your available USB ports and listen to your favorite songs with a gorgeous stereo image. 

Their speakers benefit from their small profile by being tuned for a far-field listening experience at quite a close range. This allows you to have an integrated stereo experience while only a few feet away, perfect for late-night gaming sessions.

The back half is covered in a passive radiator that pumps out extra volume by vibrating sympathetically with the front speaker. 

This is a great technology that ups the mechanical efficiency and provides these small speakers with a ton more bass. Its tilted 45 degree elevated drivers are also handy for ensuring that the sound hits your ears before anything else.

Pros

+SingleUSBinput
 +Far-fieldDriversandpassiveradiators
 +45 degree elevated driver

2. Rokono BASS+ Mini Speaker

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The Rokono Bass+ Mini Speaker is quite a contrast to our last two reviews, making it our first entry on our list of best laptop speakers to concentrate almost solely on portability. 

It’s our only battery-powered recommendation It is truly for the nomad at heart who wants plenty of hours of play in a small package. This speaker is best for listening to music on the go.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, it delivers 10+ hours for your laptop or tablet with a 35mm (1/8″) output jack. Sleek, well designed, and easily transported, the Rokono Bass+ is the perfect pick for someone who wants to take this little guy to the park and listen to their favorite songs with their friends. 

Opening up the middle with a capsule design that collapses for transport allows for great mid and bass response. One of the coolest features of the Rokono is that they can be daisy-chained.

If you own two or more of these or have friends who do, you can chain these speakers together to get an even bigger sound from your Rokono on the go. 

When you are all done with your Rokono, just pack it up in its included travel bag, and you are ready to go. While not ideal for immersive experiences like gaming, the Rokono Bass+ is the go-to portable speaker.

Pros

+Compact and sleek
 +Deep bass for its size
 +Rechargablebattery for 10+ hours of play in a single charge
 +Comeswith a travel bag
 +Can be chained together

3. Moloroll Computer Speakers for Desktop

Moloroll Computer Speakers are a great middle-ground for someone looking for something portable but big enough and sturdy for home use. With a quirky black rubber style with white trimming, these will look great framing your prized laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

USB powered, with a 1/8″ 3mm input, the Moloroll can be powered from either a USB on your computer or a wall plug. This is quite convenient for someone who wants to use their laptop speaker system for more than just laptop use. 

Its portable nature means you can set it up in any room in the house and plug any 35mm (1/8″inch) device you own. If it has one major drawback, its volume control is not mounted on one of the speakers and instead is attached to the cord. 

Other than that, this is perfect for entertaining guests or taking the speakers with you to an Airbnb for the night. Lastly, its metal grill, rubberized enclosure are both stylish and incredibly durable, making them at home next to your high-end computers and compatible tablets and phones.

Pros

 +Affordable
 +USB powered, 1/8″ 35mm input
 +Compact and solid

4. Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers

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Sayun’s SW102 Computer Speaker system is made with portability in mind. Their USB-powered mini-speakers have some unique style features we think you’ll love. 

These are some of the more striking speakers on our list, featuring two stereo speakers with a wrap-around grill metal grill and ambient blue under-lighting. 

While some might prefer having the power and audio transferred through a single USB, dividing the power source and audio input has some benefits and adds versatility to an already portable and easy-to-use sound system. 

This fantastic set of highly esthetic 5-watt speakers comes with a 1-year warranty and thirty-day money-back guarantee that ensures the consumer of their quality.

Pros

 +Compact size with unique wrap-around style
 +Stylish blue underlighting
 +Can be charged by computer or 5v wall plug
 +1-year warranty 

5. TaoTronics Wired Computer Sound Bar

Our fifth soundbar on the list has some cool features that make it a perfect choice if you need a soundbar for diverse applications. With its sleek design, powerful speakers, and small footprint, the TaoTronics Wired Computer Sound Bar certainly deserves a spot on this list.

USB power is a fantastic contemporary feature on a laptop speaker. Still, sometimes it’s not our best option for those of us short on ports when other necessary peripherals take precedent. TaoTronics have included a DC Port on this unit for precisely this reason.

This allows the user to get great performance from their external laptop speaker while getting their power directly from the wall, saving one of their USB ports for their favorite wired electronics.

Another awesome feature of this mini soundbar is its microphone capability, which makes it perfect for entertainment and business applications. Perfect for conference calling over Skype and FaceTime, using this TaoTronics Sound Bar, you can ensure that all parties involved can hear and be understood.

Our favorite feature is its large volume knob located on the side, which, despite having no extra functional purpose, we think it’s pretty stylish. That kind of thing can get you on our list of best laptop speakers.

Pros

+USB powered
 +Microphone capability
 +DC port
 +Big analog-style volume knob

6. Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers

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Bose has become a household name, providing small, efficient speakers with big sounds to rival professionally set up HiFi sound systems. We are excited by the results, having put their hand to creating affordable but quality compact speakers suited for home use.

This is not a new format for Bose, having gotten into the computer speaker market as early as 1987. Since then, Bose has made many exciting improvements to its design, and these series III models of the Bose Companion are some of our favorites yet. It’s no wonder that this titan has a product on our list of best laptop speakers.

The Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers are a candidate for our least portable on our list, but what it lacks in portability is made up for in high quality, clear sound at a good volume. 

A bright, punchy signal is made possible by the TrueSpace stereo digital processing that seems to surround the listener with greater stereo width and bass response. This would be our top recommendation for someone looking for something for gaming. 

With all that power in a small package, its secondary 35mm (1/8″ inch) jack allows you to lend your Bose Companion 2’s power to more than just your laptop.

Pros

+High quality and trusted in name in multimedia speakers
 +Secondary 1/8″ jack for sources other than your computer
 +1/8″ headphone jack makes it highly compatible with a variety of inputs
 +TrueSpace stereo digital processing

7. Logitech Compact Laptop Speakers

Logitech, like Creative, has long produced trusted computer peripherals. Less of a sound-focused company, Logitech makes aftermarket computer mice, keyboards, headphones, and other accessories. It’s no surprise that they have made some of the best speakers for the budget-minded.

Like the Bose speakers, the Logitech Compact Laptop Speakers are much less portable than some other offerings. These speakers are perfect for someone on a tight budget looking for a better sound experience.

With 5 watts of power and a front-mounted reflex port, there is a lot to love about this low-priced speaker system. We suggest Logitech for someone looking for an economical solution to their sound needs, as their simple and familiar style provides great music and gaming experiences.

Pros

 +Very Affordable
 +3.5mm input makes them versatile
 +Reflex Port for improved bass response

8. Avantree AptX Low Latency Bluetooth Speaker

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We are all familiar with how easy it is to get a great sound out of your home theatre setup by adding a discrete stereo soundbar. Avantree has taken that convenient idea and put it into a smaller footprint speaker with Bluetooth. While not a traditional entry, the Avantree AptX makes one of the best laptop speakers.

Now, usually, this would be where we’d warn you about the possibilities of latency when watching your favorite movie or playing a video game that requires you to react to sound queues while using Bluetooth speakers, but not with the new 4.2 Bluetooth technology. 

When using the Torpedo Plus with an Avantree transmitter, expect negligible latency levels so you can enjoy your media the way it was intended to be enjoyed. The Torpedo Plus has three  modes you can activate depending on your needs: surround sound mode, bass mode, and balanced (stereo) mode.

Topping off all of these exciting features is two 5 watt speakers and a pretty substantial bass radiator for shaking your room during tense moments in your favorite movies. If you are not into Bluetooth pairing, Avantree includes a 3.5mm auxiliary cord for plug-and-play connectivity.

Pros

 +Bluetooth 4.2 low latency
 +Has surround sound mode, bass mode, and balanced (stereo) audio mode
 +2 5 watt speakers and bass radiator

9. ARVICKA Computer Speakers

Arvicka’s USB-powered portable computer speakers are good quality, easy to use, and have a wonderful sound at a competitively low price. While not as portable as a capsule-designed speaker, the Arvicka Computer Speakers will not disappoint with its compact design and big sound.

With a smaller size than the Moloroll cube design, these speakers are more portable and would fit easily inside a laptop bag or backpack. For someone unhappy with capsule designs but still looking for portability, the Arvicka Computer Speakers are our best laptop speakers alternative.

One of the most interesting design choices on these computer speakers is the underlit stands that they sit on. While one might assume that they are solely aesthetic, raising the speaker cabinet off the ground creates considerably better bass resonance.

Pros

 +USB 3.5mm jack style
 +The USB Cable is 43 inches, and the Aux-in cable is 59 inches.
 +Blue underlighting
 +Cool cube design

10. Amazon Basics Computer Speakers

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AmazonBasics has been a gamechanger in the market for no-frills home essentials delivered straight to your door. With a focus on affordability, we enjoy the AmazongBasics product line for its perfect simplicity. 

If you aren’t looking for a ton of features and want something that will sound good with a quick and easy setup, the AmazonBasis Computer Speaker might be for you. There’s no messing around here, and that’s why these belong on our best laptop speakers list. 

USB or AC powered, one volume knob, no drivers or setup required. The speaker cabinets are well ported in the back for better bass response and power.

The 35mm cords are wired into the back. It literally couldn’t get any easier to plug in your laptop or favorite media device and get a good sound at a good price, delivered straight to your door. This isn’t our pick for somebody desiring a portable speaker system.

Pros

+Simple design
 +USB powered
 +Simple controls
 +No drivers or setup required

11. Logitech Z407

The Logitech Z407 is a compact system with a small subwoofer that doesn’t exactly have a premium feel (it’s an all-plastic affair and the satellite speakers are quite light), but it’s attractive and has some nice features. 

For starters, it’s simple to set up. You can use it wired mode with an auxiliary 3.5mm cable or connect it to your computer via USB. But the majority of people will connect their devices to it via Bluetooth.

It comes with a hockey-puck-sized controller (two AAA batteries power it) that doubles as a Bluetooth transceiver between any Bluetooth-enabled audio device and the speaker system. 

You can skip tracks forward and back by tapping on the top of the puck and turn the dial to control volume. It’s also worth noting that the speakers can be stood up vertically or horizontally. It’s a nifty design. 

The sound is good at close range, but the bass isn’t exactly tight (you can only expect so much from an $80 system). This would work fine as an audio system in a small room but just doesn’t have the juice to sound good in a larger room (it’s touted as having 80W of power, but power ratings don’t mean all that much). 

Pros

+Aswesome look
+One of the most high rated Speaker

12. Audioengine A1

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The most recent addition to the Audioengine family, the A1 speakers sound good for their compact size, particularly their clarity. Like the more expensive A2 Plus (see below), they’re a little bass shy, but if you’re using these at close range (as one tends to do if you’re looking at a computer screen), the bass will seem ample. 

You can connect a subwoofer to them, but that would substantially raise the price for the package. They could work as your main speaker system in a small room, but they just don’t have enough power for a larger room.

The nice thing about them is that they’re nice looking. They’re also simple to set up and wireless so that you can connect your computer — or another device — via Bluetooth. You just have to hit the pair button on the back to engage in pairing mode.

A set of speaker wires connects the two speakers (the left speaker has the amplifier and all the connectivity options). You can also use the auxiliary-in port to connect your computer with an included cable. 

Pros

+ Budget Friendly
+ High bass

13. Audioengine A2 Plus

If you can’t afford Audioengine’s $500 A5 Plus Wireless (see below) — or don’t like its somewhat large footprint — the A2 Plus is a good alternative, albeit one that produces less bass and just isn’t as loud or full sounding. 

Still, it sounds really good for a mini bookshelf-size speaker and has a glossy piano finish that gives it a premium look.

I reviewed an earlier version of the A2 Plus way back in 2013. It now has Bluetooth connectivity with support for AptX streaming (for AptX-compatible devices). However, it still uses a standard 3.5mm-to-3.5mm audio cable that you plug into your device’s headphone jack or auxiliary output. 

At its $269 price point, it delivers excellent sound in a compact, attractively minimalist design, which is why it appears to be so popular at the moment. Some sites have it back-ordered or not available in certain color options (I like the white).

Pros

+ Many Colors are available
+ Budget friendly

Laptop Speakers Buyers Guide

To USB or not to USB, That is the question

Three options exist for getting the audio out of your computer and into a new set of speakers: 35mm (1/8″) output jack, a USB port, or a Bluetooth connection. Each of these has its benefits and drawbacks. Let me take you through them and how they pertain to our list of best laptop speakers:

35mm (1/8″) headphones jack

A standard for patching audio devices together for the last 100 years, these ports are everywhere on our legacy devices, musical instruments, headphone, and speakers.

If you have a device that you want to use with your speakers made between the mid 20th century and 2017, we suggest getting a speaker that accepts 35mm audio jack inputs.

Now, the reason we say 2017 is because Apple released the iPhone 7 without a 35mm output in October 2016 and signaled to many other phones, tablets, and laptop manufacturers to do the same.

 With a myriad of adaptors now necessary to make your 35mm speakers work with current devices, it may be more trouble than it’s worth if your device lacks the proper output.

Bluetooth Connection

Bluetooth connection is a great option for somebody who wants a portable and flexible connection free of wires that can clutter your desk or make travel a pain when it comes to speakers. 

Now that doesn’t mean Bluetooth doesn’t come with a myriad of problems. If you want to watch movies or any kind of video, lag can ruin your enjoyment completely. Sensitive and intimate scenes can have out-of-sync dialogue.

Special effects and sounds may arrive at different times. Video game players can be very disappointed that the sound queues they depend upon for accuracy are delayed. Depending upon the quality of the speaker, the version of Bluetooth that it uses, and the quality of the device you are streaming from.

If portability is paramount and the price is not an issue, a Bluetooth system might be perfect for you. If well synced, accurate audio, and a good price are what you are looking for, explore the wired options on our best laptop speakers list.

Speakers: Proof that size matters

Buying the best speakers for your laptop has become easier with contemporary designs employing ports and radiators to expand low-end response and increase efficiency. The sound quality that used only to be available to people possessing HiFi systems is now available in speakers (drivers) 8″ in diameter or larger and small tweeters to give you glassy high-end.

With these modern designs, we can experience deep and rich sonics with well-engineered, high-efficiency designs. In this article, we’ve covered three different designs about which we’d like to go a bit more in-depth: the capsule, the desk (bookshelf speaker), and the mini soundbar.

Capsule speakers: Capsule speakers are the best compact portable speakers on our list. Meant to be pocket-sized, they concentrate on being the best choice for a person who wants to listen to music while out on a picnic. 

That compact design means these will be our quietest, least clear speakers with the smallest amount of bass response on our list of best laptop speakers.

This is made even more apparent by your environment. These capsule speakers will lose considerable power when used outside as the sound has a long way to go before it makes its first reflection. 

Using lots of tricks to make its driver’s sound bigger than they are, collapsable resonance chambers are common on these speakers. All of these things help bolster the sound quality of this design. But bear in mind that these speakers are best for those on the go. They aren’t recommended for someone looking for a stationary speaker.

Desk Speakers: Your best bet for good quality audio is a good old-fashioned desk speaker. Closest to a traditional design, these are a tried-and-tested way to experience good quality audio at the right price on your laptop. 

They also happen to be the least portable option. Often powered with a USB or DC port, these speakers are versatile and multi-use but very simple stationary speaker systems. These will usually house the largest, most full-ranged speakers on this list, but if you are looking for many features, might I suggest you look elsewhere.

Mini Soundbar: Mini Soundbars are between our capsule speaker and a full set of stereo desk speakers. Self-contained and often wireless, these systems are usually a lot more expensive than your average capsule speaker but have a greater sound quality and more features.

If lag is a concern for someone looking for high performance, choose one with wired options. Typically these mini soundbars have 5″ drivers, a competitive size speaker compared to desk-style speakers.

Does Price Matter?

Yes and no. Choosing computer speakers that come with a lower price tag can be tempting, but being frugal can pay off. When looking at two sets of laptop speakers, they may have the same size speakers and cabinet, but they could sound drastically different depending on the price.

Our suggestion for someone looking for portability that isn’t interested in a very high-quality sound, you are more likely to get the best speaker that suits your needs for cheap.

People seeking high-quality speakers will be disappointed to know that the stationary nature of desk speakers and mini soundbars won’t cut down the price. Someone seeking this experience should consider spending considerably more to find the right speaker for them.

USB Port

Many of the speakers on our list power themselves using a USB connection, but some speakers can transmit their audio directly from the USB cord that powers them. This is a handy and clean way to handle your audio experience with fewer cords required, which keeps your desk looking tidy.

We think this is one of the best ways to transmit your audio to your laptop speakers but will create a myriad of issues for anyone wanting to use those speakers with a tablet or phone.

These problems can be solved with the many adaptors for USB-C and Lightning connectivity on the market. Just be warned that they can be expensive. This option is best for people looking to use the speakers with your laptop only.

Opt for Simple

When finding the right speaker in the styles we’ve listed, we suggest siding with a simple option over complex ones. Features like Bluetooth or subwoofers on economic speakers may seem to be getting extra value for your money. 

Still, usually, these additional features will be faulty, causing lag or boomy bass that sound unfocused. Finding something with bareboned features will likely mean they packed the most sound quality in for the value.

Conclusion

There are many diverse options for choosing the best laptop speakers, and we’re not sure there is a true “best option.” Instead, try and find the best laptop speaker system to suit your needs. 

Whether you require something super portable, something very high quality, or something versatile that sits in between these two options, we know that you will find something on this list that works for you. Bluetooth, USB, and 3.5mm (1/8″ input) are all great options, so hone in what qualities are most important to you, and happy shopping!

FAQ

How do I choose laptop speakers?

How to Choose Your Default Speakers Using the Control Panel. Using the speaker icon in your system tray, you can quickly set your default speakers with just a few clicks. First, right-click the speaker icon on your taskbar and select “Sounds” from the menu that appears. In the “Sound” window, click the “Playback” tab.

What is a good wattage for computer speakers?

50 watts will be more than enough for most people, and Denon’s least expensive receiver, the AVR-1513, is rated at 110 watts per channel. Watts come cheaply nowadays; the sound quality can get expensive. 

What should I look for when buying computer speakers?

Noise coming from different angles is fine, but it also requires optimal distance and speaker placement. Consider the room you will be placing the speakers in because a quality 2.1, left, and right plus subwoofer setup may produce better sound for a particular room, and it’s less complex to set up. 

Are 50 watts loud enough?

So 50 watts, per channel, for movies is probably enough for a lot of people. It’s better to have a bit less SPL, with a cleaner sound, IMO, than trying to see how loud your system can play.

How many watts is a good speaker?

The best wattage for the home speaker is between 15 and 30 watts. Most homeowners find 20 watts sufficient enough. A speaker for larger gatherings can be 50 watts or 100 watts.

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