I'm not going to pretend to know a great deal about speakers, but what i do know is what i feel counts... how they sound.
The speakers are relatively cheap for what you get, you could be expecting to pay around the £100 mark for a product like this, but it cost me a tiny £20, and its now available for around £15, so there is no questioning whether or not the product is value for money...
Now, as for sound quality, it isn't half bad. The subwoofer is possibly the weakest part of the line up, as its not that powerful, and sound can be a tiny bit distorted, but not to fear, the speakers are excellent and kick out really good sound, even if its highest volume is just not that high.
I use this product in my bedroom, with my laptop plugged in, and it really does work perfectly for that, listening to music when i'm working and in the mood to have a sing a long. I've also used it for providing music at small party, it was pretty good here as well, and you could hear it outside when the device was installed inside.
I am more than pleased with this purchase, its made in a high quality plastic which looks good and doesn't take up all that much space in comparison to similar products, my only qualm is with the weakness of the subwoofer and i realise this may mean it does not appeal to everybody, but i seriously recommend it to those of you just looking for something to kick a tune out.
P.s, ive searched google products and found this product at an amazing £11 brand new, i think this really is value for money folks!
I used to work in a warehouse that stocked these and all the other brands/models. I got bored one day and tried most of them out with my iPod to see which speakers were the best! I ended up with this Labtec Pulse 285 and here is why!
Labtec Pulse 285
Philips SPA1300 2.1 Speakers.
Philips SPA2600 5.1 PC Speakers.
+ more... (sorry i can't remember the others!)
Don't be fooled by the 'seemingly' low 6 Watt figure. On paper 6 Watts may seem a bit weak next to the competitors but when tested among 5 other setups these speakers are very loud and even still very clear with volume at 100%. Don't get me wrong you can't start up your own nightclub with these but you get a lot more than you need for PC speakers!
In reality the only difference you notice between the price ranges was the amount of bass being produced from the subwoofers.
I do like my music and bass has to be there to give the full effect which is why I have a 1400 Watt subwoofer in my car. The most powerful PC/Laptop subwoofer i tested was only 20 Watts or so - not really worth arguing over!
The speakers look the part too in a very smart black with silver accents and the front of the smaller speakers being covered in cloth for better sound quality i assume.
The construction seems very robust and it would take a very hard impact before these would show any sign of giving up on you. I'm sure these will last for many years.
Also included is a volume control/power unit that is attached and sits in front of your monitor (or wherever you place it) so that it can be very easily accessed - everybody likes to be lazy sometimes...
Very easy to set up; a 3.5mm headphone style wire goes into the audio out (or headphone jack), while it is powered by a mains socket.
If you're on a budget and looking at cheaper speakers, take the step up to £17.99 for a very good buy. I have now had these for over half a year, used everyday and have no problems or concerns with them.
I bought this for £17.99 from Argos and, as with all electrical items, you get a 1 year warranty.
Don't give up great sound just because you're on a budget or your desk is full - Labtec's Pulse 285 speaker system delivers great value and full sound in a compact design. Mount the satellite speakers to your wall and tuck the powerful Max-X subwoofer out of the way, and you'll get quality sound performance. Set-up is simple, and you can adjust the volume easily with the included control pod.