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My daughter's laptop speakers finally gave up the ghost last year after she snagged one of the wires, which then pulled out of the back of one of the speakers. So when she was browsing the web looking for a new set, with her love of all things pink and little kittens, she instantly fell in love with these Hello Kitty versions. Whilst they appear to come in a variety of colours, she just wanted the girlie pink versions. So for £12 delivered, she was ecstatic with the purchase (and this was before she had even tried them out!!).
Of note, when my daughter originally told me about these, I thought that the 'Hello Kitty' was just a saying, as in 'Hello Fred, how are you?'. But it is in fact the name of the company that manufactures these speakers, amongst other things - which apparently everyone knows because they are so trendy!!! But then I'm just a dad, and dad's were never young, hip and trendy themselves, don't you know ........................
From the front, this pair of speakers just look like two cute little plastic kittens sat upright on their bums on your shelf, with nice colour coordinated bows and dresses. So they definitely have that lovable cute factor about them. Each is 12cm high by 7.9cm by 7cm, and weighs in at 295 grammes. The back of each head has a large speaker grill cleverly disguised into the head to protect the speaker, and in the middle of the back of each body just above the tail, you have a small fold down panel which houses the connection points for each speaker. On the one kitty you have the three connection points - one for the USB connection, one to connect to the other kitty speaker, and one allowing you to connect to the 3.5mm socket on your mobile phone, iPod or portable games console. The speakers are powered via a lead from the USB connection on your computer, and hence are fully compatible with both Windows and MAC based computers, and should be instantly recognized by your system because they are simple 'Plug n'Play', meaning that there is no need to load any software. There is also a battery option should you want to use them with your mp3 player. To complete the detailed description, they also have a power switch (simple on/off) and a separate volume switch.
Sound quality wise they are fairly reasonable, pumping out 12W of music power across the two of them. Now in the grand scheme of things that may not mean much to many people, but often you find with these smaller 'cheaper' speakers that they have a lower output, often somewhere in the region of 2 or 3W of music power. Such a low output often then results in a very tinny sound with very little of the 'boom boom' bass. So this Hello Kitty version pumping out 12W means that for their size, they are punching above their weight, and give a very reasonable sound output with an acceptable level of bass. What is also interesting to note is that as you turn the volume up, they seem to be able to hold the sound output true without any distortion. It was only at the very maximum volume with a fast paced pop music track playing that they started to distort slightly, by which time my son was asking if we could turn it down a little because he could hear it out in the garden. So a reasonable power output to amplify the sound that far.
In summary, these are very cute, and on that aspect alone I think any young girl would love to have them on her shelf or table just to look at. But they do also have a very reasonable speaker system hidden inside them that produces an impressive sound output which should be more than enough to satisfy most children's musical needs. Hence, for the low price and the quality output, I think these justify a 5 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
When buying the hello kitty USB speakers I got 2 of these adorable kitties, they both sit in the upright position as you can see from the photo and these come in a wide variety of colours such as the traditional pink, red, yellow, blue, green or orange. Personally I hate the spin off colours I don't think they look good at all so I purchased the traditional pink hello kitty speakers. You cannot find these in an average technology store or not so I'm aware anyway, but these are all over ebay and have a varied price because a lot of people are selling these I got mine for around £10 with free delivery from Hong Kong and the delivery took around 3 weeks to arrive.
These have little features that you would find on portable speakers now a days but this doesn't matter to me as I probably wouldn't use them anyway, this comes with a USB cable, you plug it into your laptop or computer and of course you can play music, films or games through this, and these do look better than the average computer speakers also has another wire from it, this you can plug into your MP3 player or your Ipod, it does have a battery compartment but if you don't have any batteries in it it will just use up the charge from you Ipod to play the music from this, She also has an on/off switch and a volume switch. surprisingly she goes quite well and the sound doesn't get distorted and up full and the sound isn't tinny like in a shower which you would expect from a cheaper item like this.
She is of course made of plastic and some of you might think it looks quite cheap, but to a hello kitty fan this is one of the best things they've come our with yet, because we can actually use it, my room is really cluttered because i never have time to clean up, I also have batteries in her and my Ipod is already plugged into her all the time so all I have to do is press play and I have music, instead of fumbling around trying to get to my stereo or trying to find my notebook under all my mess, this beauty sits on my shelf in full view so I can see it clearly, it doesn't take up a lot of room it is around 6 - 7 inch's tall which isn't a lot really but it is enough.
the durability of this is pretty good, I've had mine about 2 years now and they both still work fine despite them being knocked off their shelves of had things piled on top of them, I've spilt a drink on one of them and they're both still good to go.
This would make a perfect present for a noisy kid, if your sick of listening to them having their music to loud, switch it for one of these that way you won't hear it pumping all around the household but it'll be enough to fill their room with music, this is a perfect Christmas present for kids, anyone who likes computer accessories and of course hello kitty fans
My granddaughter has a laptop that she brings with her each weekend when she visits, unfortunately the speakers on her laptop are not very good so she tends to wear earphones whilst listening to music or films. Now, I cannot abide being in the same room as someone wearing earphones as even if I can't hear 'their' music I dislike the feeling of being completely alienated from them - and more to the point hate having to shout to make myself heard in my own living room. I purchased these very sweet Hello Kitty speakers after discussing this with a friend, she had recently bought some for her own granddaughter and advised me that they were extremely good value. When I found a set priced at just £12 I decided to treat her, knowing that as a Hello Kitty fan these would be well received.
Up close I find the speakers to be rather plastic looking. They are, of course, made of plastic but the finish is slightly garish with shine in all the wrong places, this becomes less obvious when the speakers are stored on a shelf or computer desk but I must admit my initial impression was that they did not look as nice in the flesh as they had on photographs on the internet.
These speakers work via the USB slot in either a laptop or desktop computer; installing them is incredibly easy as there is no software to run, you simply plug in the speakers and give your computer a few moments to recognise them. This took literally seconds on my granddaughters laptop, although when I recently plugged them into mine it struggled somewhat to discover the speakers and it took a few attempts before I was able to connect them in order to listen to any music. I would suggest these are designed for static computers rather than laptops as the size of them, and the fact they are connected via a fairly short wire, reduce the portability of the laptop somewhat. My granddaughter is a rather restless child and moves from room to room a lot, watching her transfer herself from the kitchen to the bedroom looked to be a much more arduous process than when she is not using the speakers - although I suspect this would be the case with any wired speaker.
The Hello Kitty figure stands roughly six inches high, she has been designed to closely resemble the character we all know and love - I feel the body is slightly too rounded for it to be a completely true depiction but overall they are very attractive speakers. My granddaughter uses them each weekend and in between visits I store them next to my rarely used desktop PC, they do not look out of place despite the fact that my decor errs on the traditional side - its strange that such very pink objects should blend into the rest of the room so quickly!
The actual speaker is located on the back of Hello Kitty's head, sound is fairly clear if a little tinny at times. I have noticed the quality of sound vastly varies depending on what my granddaughter is listening to at the time, with the ghastly hip hop she listens to being the worst quality and so tinny that she can (thankfully) not bring herself to listen to it through these speakers. Other, less rushed and angry, songs have a far superior sound although it remains of poorer quality than more expensive computer speakers. Last week I listened to part of an audio book through these speakers, read by Sir Ian McKellen the pronunciation was pitch perfect and I found the speakers were far better suited to the spoken word than music - the occasional booming sound effect was more muffled than it should have been but overall I was happy with the quality for this purpose.
In short I would certainly recommend these speakers for a child, or even an adult, for occasional use. The sound quality would not be good enough for me personally to use them as my permanent speakers, but my granddaughter is pleased with them and considering I bought these for her that's all that matters.
I bought these speakers for my grandaughter as she is Hello Kitty mad and as she is allowed to use her mums PC so I thought it would be nice for her to have her own set of speakers.
These cost me £21 from an online site which I thought wasn't too bad a price to pay for the cute little speakers, which I knew would be loved.
Before giving them to my grandaughter I had to test them to make sure they were good enough to give for a present and also to make sure they worked alright as it's a disappointment when you get a present that doesn't work, so I tested them to make sure I didn't have to send them back.
The speakers are plug and play and connect to your computer via a USB lead which comes with the speakers.
They are designed on the Hello Kitty products which have most little girls going mad over. They are really cute little kittens which are sat down with bows in their hair and come in pink and white, there are other colours to choose from but my grandaughter loves pink, she's a real girly little girl.
The speakers are in the back of the kittens heads and there are two speakers which come nicely packed in a box with the instructions and are about five inches high.
These are 12w x 2ch which is ample noise output for any computer. The computer found the new device quickly and we were able to set them up ready for my grandaughter to see them when she came home from school.
They have a volume control and a mute button so that they can be turned down or off and are easy to use and a novelty item.
They look sturdy enough for a child to use and I have read good reports on them which is why I bought them in the first place, that and the fact that I like to spoil my grandaughter.
They have a good clear sound but are not very good when turned up to max but not all speakers are.
I'm happy with my purchase and so is my grandaughter.
I think it is so unfair that we adults are expected to buy boring utilitarian items when kids get to have all the good things. My daughter went through a Hello Kitty phase at one point in time but like most phases it didn't last very long before she was onto the next thing rendering everything she had insisted was essential to her wellbeing obsolete. Normally most of the time when she decides she is through with something it ends up at the charity shop or more often in the bin.
This time when her Hello Kitty phase ended I tutted and complained that she was spoilt and lots of kids would be grateful for these things whilst secretly joyful that my slight Hello Kitty obsession could be fulfilled in the pretence of teaching my kids about the value of money and how things can't just be thrown away.
There was so many things and whilst I didn't keep the bedding as I think that would have been a step too far there were lots of cool little items that she had received for birthdays and Christmas that were perfect for me as they were actually things that I could use.
I only have a netbook for home and whilst I am completely happy with it for using the internet and for word et the sound is absolutely horrendous so the first thing to be stashed in my room were the Hello Kitty USB speakers.
These little speakers are only about 6 inches in height and connect to a pc or laptop by way of USB. They are incredibly cute and kitch and really are wasted on children in my opinion. They are pink in colour obviously but surprisingly I did see green ones as well in the shop.
They couldn't be any easier to use all you have to do is plug them to the USB port and turn them on and away you go. As they are primarily for children there isn't loads of complicated buttons and features to use with only an on and off switch and a volume control to worry about.
I use these all the time and I think the sound is excellent for little novelty speakers. The volume isn't especially loud but its fine for listening to music whilst I get ready for work and I because they are quite small they sit next to my netbook without taking up much room on my chest of drawers. I also love being able to take them into the bathroom with me and listening to music whilst I am in the bath.
As I mentioned the sound is loud enough and watching a movie with these plugged in has been a good experience also. The sound is clear and a thousand times better than the speakers on my netbook.
Obviously they are never going to beat proper speakers in the sound department and they do sound a little tinny when you turn the volume up but for the price we paid for them which was only £15.99 I personally think they are great and well worth the money and just looking at them is a pleasure because they are so adorable.
Being rather partial the Hello Kitty range of products (oh the shame) when I came across these little Hello Kitty USB speakers that can be used with a number of audio products, I had to get a set. They are so cute to look at and come in a range of colours to suit different room themes, that it was hard at first to pick a colour. My set ended up being in the red and white option as it was the combo I liked the most, seeing as I only needed to get one pair of speakers.
The speakers can be bought either singly or as a set of two, which is how I bought mine for a discounted £12.99. Prices for the little speakers can vary but having checked them out prior to purchasing my own set, I found that each speaker on its own can sell for £7.99 upwards, so I felt the price I paid was good at the time. The speakers came very attractively boxed with everything needed for easy set up, which was simple to do.
The Hello Kitty USB Speakers in my opinion would make a fantastic gift for xmas or as a birthday gift for any Hello Kitty fan. The speakers are modelled to look like cute little mini copies of Kitty herself and you can choose from a number of colour options for Kittys dress and bow. I liked the red option best but Kitty looks equally cute dressed in the bright pink, lime green, yellow or pale cornflower blue with her matching bow.
The speakers are small and compact and can easily sit on your desk for use with a desk top computer system. In fact they are so small and portable, you can easily move them and re-site them if needed almost anywhere. The dimensions of the speakers are 8.3cms by 7.3cms by 10.3cms approximately. There is a built in lithium battery which means Kitty can easily be recharged with the connector cable provided, which can be simply hooked up to your pc or laptop computer as and when needed. No more buying batteries with the kitty speakers.
I wouldn't say the Hello Kitty Speakers are very loud or punchy, with them only having a teeny 3 watt capability each. Neither are they particularly rich in tone or depth when playing music. They cope well enough with films, clips etc where there is not too much difference in sound levels. They are great fun and as I bought them knowing that they would not perform to any great standard, but would make me smile, I haven't felt too let down by what I ended up with.
When I got my Kitty speakers they came nicely presented and had a USB connector / cable and a 3.5mm audio cable with each one. The speakers were easy to set up and work on a simple plug and play aspect, which works on a number of items from pcs/ laptops to cd players and mp3 players (including ipods). At the back of each speaker there is a simple rotational volume control dial and an on and off slider switch, plus connectors and a built in cable.
The actual sounds come from the rear of Kittys head. With there being a series of punched holes in a circular pattern to allow the sound to come through. This is enough to allow you to hear music, video clips, films etc to a reasonable standard thats pleasing enough for light usage. I cannot say that these speakers are impressive in terms of sound quality, as what they offer is a very basic level of output capability and control functionality but they do work and look cute in the process.
I have certainly enjoyed owning my cute Kitty speakers and if I want to listen to sounds with a bit more base, depth, tone, clarity or just put on something really ear spittingly loud I can. I do have another more boring and traditional set of speakers to fall back on if needed, which can pump out sounds with greater clarity and depth if the mood takes me. What they can't do is look as cool, cute and fluffy as my Hello Kitty speakers can.
As I bought the Hello Kitty Speakers because they were cute rather than what they could do, I knew there would be some issues with overall sound performance. I do feel that in spite of the limitations of the product, due to the teeny 3 watts or power they have, that they are still very adorable.
If you can cope with a lack of oomph sometimes and feel that can be slightly over looked then these may suit. Over all I would recommend the speakers as a fun item for cute Kitty fans, but wouldn't want to recommend these as anything other than what they are which is a lot of fun. If you want something thats more power than kitsch cuteness then these will certainly not be for you. Rating these has to be based on looks as well as how they function, so with that in mind they get a 4 star rating.
Oddly enough, unlike the other reviewers here, I did not buy this for my daughter (I don't have one), niece, little sister or any young girl, but rather for a Japanese friend of mine on her birthday, knowing how much she loved the character. I happened to come across them in a shop and, knowing it was in her style, got them.
And she was delighted with them, I have to say. I can't blame her either. The speakers, about five inches or six in height are modeled to the hugely popular Japanese cartoon cat and if I were a big fan of the character I'd probably love them too. The sounds comes out the back of her head, is pretty clear and crisp, although if you have the cat facing you, which you probably will, it means a lot of the sound gets projected to the wall behind you.
Nonetheless, they're pretty decent, and come with two jacks: a USB cable to power it, and a sound jack for the speakers to actually pick up the sound. Simple to use, easy to install and work very well.
Overall, they're a pretty cool set of speakers, if you like the character, or know someone who does. Whether or not you can find this easily is another question. I found these in a small private owned shop, selling for about 12 pounds, and I don't think they're in Amazon. You could probably find some on eBay if you're interested though.
When the speakers attached to our PC at home eventually died, I made the mistake of taking my daughter with me when I went to buy some new ones, which is how we ended up owning a pair of Hello Kitty USB speakers! The speakers cost me £14 from a highstreet electrical store, and I bought the pink version, although the store also had them where Kitty was wearing a green dress instead of pink.
The speakers are very cute, girly and are around 6 inches tall, and would be perfect for any young girl's computer or laptop, though we bought ours for general family use. To use them, we found you just had to plug them into the USB connection of the PC and they worked straight away - the benefits of plug and play! Also, because they work via USB, there's no need for batteries, the speakers power themselves from the computer or MP3 players they are attached to.
They are very easy to use, with a basic on/off switch and volume control that even my young daughter can adjust, and they are easy for people of all ages to master.
We have moved the speakers around a lot, and when my husband got sick of Hello Kitty looking at him, we moved them to our daughter's room where she has them attached to a small MP3 player and her favourite songs and rhymes. The speakers have a slot in the back for batteries to go in should you wish to run them off something that doesn't have the powersource that a laptop or PC does.
Although these speakers do have decent sound quality, they are not amazing - if you turn them up to their highest volume there is quite a bit of buzzing going on, but if you're just looking for something that literally lets you hear what's going on, then they are more than adequate. My daughter and her friends love them, and they are an attractive girly addition to any PC or speakers for an MP3 player.
This was a pressie I brought for my sister's birthday, she was 11 and loves Hello Kitty so I knew these speakers would be perfect..... I also knew my mum and dad had got her a laptop so even better! They come in a pack of 2 and cost £14.99, hers have got a green dress on but in the shop they also had them in pink and yellow. I chose the green because it's a dead pretty colour and was a bit more unusual than pink, I'm glad I did as well because up close they look great and are nice and bright on the shelf when the speakers aren't being used.
They are plug and play so you haven't got any software to install. We had a bit of a mess about getting my sister's new laptop to recognise them, I even thought I was going to have to take them back but then suddenly they decided to work and we haven't had any problems since. They connect by USB and we've been able to swap and change the speakers around all the laptops in the house.... with them only being about 6 inches tall they are small enough to be moved around and even my dad has used them to listen to the football on the PC when his MASSIVE speaker bust!
You can use the speakers with an MP3 player, we haven't tried that because we've all got docks for ours and to be honest even though the sound is pretty good I deffo wouldn't want to replace my dock with these because they just don't crank up high enough! Well they do but get ridiculous with the buzzing that comes out of them with any bass your music has! It looks easy to connect to an MP3 though and you put a battery in the back of the speaker if you want to use it that way as you won't be running the speakers through the USB.
I've watched a couple of films on the laptop with these speakers plugged in and they're fine, the talking always comes through nice and clear and it's only if there's shedloads of loud banging music in the film thaat the speakers go a bit funny and echoey. You can put up with that though, I don't watch films through the laptop much so can live with a bit of dodgy sound but if you're the sort of person who likes their cinema quality then you're probably not going to be mega impressed with my old Toshiba laptop and Hello Kitty speakers!
I think they were a brill present.... even if I do say so myself, but luckily my sister agrees! She loved them as soon as she opened them and she uses them nearly every single day. One of the best things is that they look so good but are dead easy to use, she's not majorly technical bless her but even SHE can use the on/off switch and volume control! There's no thinking about it, you're either turning it up, down or off and I can't see anyone struggling with that.
I reckon these would be perfect for a lot of people, most kids will definately love Hello Kitty speakers and a lot of adults are Hello Kitty fans as well. And let's face it Hello Kitty is the sort of character you would buy for an adult even if they WASN'T a fan because it's so popular and classic..... a kind of cuter Betty Boo I think.
My son's birthday wish list consisted of nothing BUT Hello Kitty, and all were accessories for his PC (well, except for the bedding). Co-ordinating with the HK mouse he also desired, this was a definite must in his book. These are two speakers that look like Hello Kitty in a sitting position, and you get a choice of colours. Hello Kitty can be wearing a pink dress with a matching hair ribbon, or red, or yellow, lime green, blue, or even orange. Since his mouse had a Hello Kitty with a red ribbon, it was decided to go for the blue frock, and so the order was duly placed.
When they arrived, they were in a sturdy cardboard box without excess packaging of any description, so that was an automatic thumbs up to me from a frustration point of view (not to mention green points!) as I absolutely loathe having to get a saw to remove ties that could reinforce concrete. Other than that, they looked fairly unremarkable as speakers save for the fact that they were, well, Hello Kitties. There was the now seeingly standard USB cable to plug them into a PC or laptop, an on/off switch, and a volume selection bit. Unlike my PC speakers, however, these also have a battery compartment on the back, so that one may use these stand alone with an MP3 player...which of course they would like you to buy with a Hello Kitty motif (yes, we did, REALLY!).
These little puddy tats are plug and play; no software is required to use them, so once plugged into an available USB slot, you are ready to go. They work fairly well, what with actual sound coming out and all, though I have to say, I would NOT use these for a sound system if you are a big audio hi fi fan as these are not designed with this in mind at all. The sound is adequate, being on par with a bog standard set of PC speakers, so while adequate, it can also sound slightly tinny depending on what you are playing on it. This is for him to hear sounds on his games though and as he is playing classic games, the sound is just fine as it is. Being a kid, he doesn't care too much how high definition his music sounds is as long as he can hear and understand the lyrics, so he is quite happy to listen to his mp3 player and online J-radio (Japanese radio) stations via these speakers.
Where he gets the most enjoyment out of these however is the pure whimsy of having two Hello Kitties sitting by his side. They are super cute of course, which is how this has little feline has insiduously begun her conquest for world domination practically unopposed. So engaging in fact, that a second pair had to be ordered, this time in pink, to accompany his older sister on her PC. Just the ticket for sneakily inserting a bit of cute into the office under the guise of it being necessary computer equipment and adding a bit of personality to a faceless cubicle, never mind being a bit of lighthearted fun for the kids' rooms!
Durability wise I have been quite pleased. The real cat has knocked these onto the floor a few times, and they have not chipped, cracked, or ceased to function at full capacity in any way. So while I would not advocate using these to play football or tennis or anything in place of a ball, they are robust enough to not be a complete waste of cash if placed in a possibly hazardous envirionment such as the desk of a complete klutz, or in the room of a child.
Like the matching mouse, this is not something you can simply nip down to PC World and buy, but you may find it in gadget shops, shops that sell imported Japanese kitsch, and of course, eBay. We bought ours from eBay and had them shipped direct from Hong Kong. It took just under two weeks for delivery from the very second we paid for the item, and including postage the pair came to about a fiver. The price on eBay varies greatly of course from sellers' desired profit margins , yada yada yada, so shop around. The smiles on the kids' faces would have made twice the price a bargain, so don't forget to figure in your fun factor when deciding what you would be willing to pay.