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As I am not a massive music fan, I just needed some speakers that let me watch my movies and programs on my laptop slightly louder than what the laptop could handle. So I wasn't really after any high performance £50 speakers, just something basic, that does the job, and was cheap.
I got these logitech speakers, and honestly have not regretted it.
They are nice and small, and they come as a pair. The jack itself is well made, and it doesn't feel like it wants to drop out of the laptop port the entire time.
These also go pretty loud. Not "cinema style in a large room" loud, but loud for "one or two people watching something on a laptop" loud. However I should note this does partly depend on what it is you are watching.
As for reliability, sometimes these take a bit of tinkering to get them working properly. I am not entirely sure why, but I think that it might be something to do with the way I plug them in, if you have the jack going in at the wrong angle then you have to give it a little twiddle. Its not a big thing, but I am just stating it to be complete.
The sound quality if fair-good. Its not the best by any means, but its fine for my purposes, and I would not be looking to upgrade just to increase the sound quality.
Overall, they are just a simple speaker thats not expensive, feels well made, compact, and functions well, and as it has a built in amplifier and a dial that can be spun to increase and decrease the sound, so it works very well.
I give this 4/5, they are very good, but people who are more "in touch" with their musical side may benefit from something more expensive.
Logitech S-120 speakers is a pair of budget speakers know as 2.0, where there are two satellite speakers and zero subwoofers and are rated as 2.3 watts, this doesn't mean much to me but I will go on to explain my sound and volume experience. These can be bought for around £12 or cheaper if you shop wiser.
The speaker set is all black plastic with a metal grill over the speaker part itself, through which you can just make out the single speaker in each. On the right facing speaker, there is a simple round knob which acts as a volume control by rotating it and a power switch by turning it down completely. Just below that is a 3.5mm jack if you want to plug in a set of headphones, and on the front below the grill is a ludicrously bright amber power light. The speakers are light but remain stable standing on the desk, partly thanks to three rubber feet on the bottom of each of the speakers.
These speakers connect to your TV, music player, computer, whatever using a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, colour coded green, they also need a power source because they are powered with a mains plug rather than USB.
I think by using the mains power, Logitech have been able to make these speakers more powerful than a USB powered equivalent. These are used in a small office environment and can be heard clearly at around a quarter volume. Continue cranking up the sound and these are easily loud enough to be annoying to others, unless of course you are player great music. From a cheap set of speakers, at the loudest volumes to start causing a reverberating sound from the casing but this is all to be expected.
Also to be expected from something so simple, is a lack of warm sound, these speakers won't give you the deep bass and immersive sound to accompany hollywood blockbusters, but then at this price, they should be used as a budget set for your desktop, the necessity for a nearby plug socket makes it less suitable for laptops though.
So this is a cheap set of speakers with volume loud enough to annoy others around you but otherwise shows unbeatable value. I definitely would buy these again.
These speakers were bought for my laptop. To be frank, I am biased against speakers, as I much prefer earphones. I believe earphones are the best choice for listening to music in two ways: for the listener, they get the best sound quality possible, and for everyone else, they don't have to be exposed to your music choices. So, were the Logitech S-120 series speakers enough to change my mind?
Logitech is a company that makes many computer accessories around the world. I'd had a bad experience with one of their products in the past, a webcam, which was extremely flimsy physically and fuzzy optically. Logitech's website demands us to "get immersed in the digital world!" Calm down, Logitech, this isn't The Matrix.
The S120s only come in black plastic (as far as I am aware) and are 200g in weight, with dimensions of 7.3 x 18.5 x 16.9 cm. They are cuboid shaped with rounded tops and edges and a thin metal grille over the actual audio component. The base is circular. I try to use a slip-resistant matting under the speakers but they are stable enough without.
For the sake of clarity, in this review, I will be splitting the speakers into A and B. Speaker A has a sound control knob that you can twist between + and -. There are no more specific values for the volume, but this works well enough. What I like is there is a definite audible 'click' when turned fully off. This may seem like a small thing, but several times in the past, when believing I had turned things off I would then discover them whispering at me when I'm trying to sleep. So, useful feature there.
Speaker B has no volume control. There is also a port for headphones on Speaker A, though why you would need them, I can't fathom. When the speakers are connected a green light shows just under the Logitech logo on speaker A.
The speakers have a jack for the computer, in green textured plastic, which is easy to insert or take out of the headphone port, unlike some jacks that can be stiff. When plugged into the computer it only takes a few seconds for the speaker to be able to pick up sound. The S120's are not USB speakers, so they need to be plugged in to work. The plug is fitted with a 13A fuse, standard for UK plug sockets, but personally I would prefer it have a 3A fuse in-line with the lower-end wattage of these speakers.
The length of the wire between the speakers and any potential computer is good, I would say a meter, likewise, the length of the wires between speaker A and speaker B is the same length. Therefore the speakers are pretty dynamic for people like me who use their laptop on all surfaces and heights but still need to put their speakers somewhere stable.
Ok, finally, onto the actual audio quality. Despite how relatively petite these speakers are, the sound quality is decent to good. However, for music aficionados, they will not be enough. When turned up loud or for those high notes, the speakers just cannot perform. It's not that they sound tinny, it's that there is a lack of warmth, a kind of emptiness behind the sound. Considering the size and price, this this isn't particularly surprising. However, compared to my laptop speakers, they are a big step-up. I can imagine that for anyone who games, watches a lot of TV or movies on their computer, or engages in video calls, these will fulfill their needs perfectly well.
At £8 - £10 these are more than adequate speakers for those everyday things. For music, better quality speakers are needed. And for those who don't want to the world to know they listen to Taylor Swift, stick to earphones.
First of all, I should start off by saying that I am no audiophile or sound expert. There are many out there who quiver and shake over the tiniest crackle in every millisecond of every song they ever listen to on full volume non-stop but I'm not one of them.
Which, is surprising as I am a very obsessive person. But I pretty much only listen to hip hop which is a lyrically focused genre and I care more about the ideas I'm hearing, the flow and rhymes and... whether the bass of a track on FULL VOLUME is EXACTLY how I like it or not really doesn't bother me at all. And I can rarely tell the difference.
That said, I do still of course appreciate clear, loud sound. As overall, it obviously still adds to the enjoyment of ANY music that you're listening to, regardless of genre or focus.
I'll start by commenting on the price. These speakers are very cheap. Not the cheapest of the cheap but certainly in the lower regions of cost when it comes to PC speakers.
They're made out of hard plastic and I'd say feel 'fair' in terms of build and quality. They're certainly not flimsy and weak, but they're hardly indestructible either. They feel reasonably heavy but you could easily crack the outer plastic as well. But, they'll just be sitting on your desk most likely, so what does it matter.
They come with a sub-woofer, which is essentially an extra speaker designed just to exert and emphasize bass. This certainly does amplify certain kinds of music nicely. As for sound quality, again, I'm no expert but I blast these speakers quite often and they sound very clear and loud to me and I never notice any crackling, audio breakup or any indication of bad quality sound. The sub-woofer has a nice little volume knob and then the speakers come with a separate power switch and volume turner of their own.
Overall these speakers are fantastic value, I paid around £17 for them and for that price... I'm extremely pleased with the quality of audio that they provide me with. Personally, I think you'll be hard pressed to find better speakers in this price range. And believe me, I looked around.
I was needing a really cheap pair of speakers to add to my kids PC that I built myself. I didn't really need to think about quality speakers, the driving factor here was really price, and these speakers are about as cheap as it gets, but they are also top sellers so I thought I'd give them a go.
Although speakers as cheap as this might normally be best avoided, these are made by Logitech so there is some reassurance to be taken from that.
Set up is easy, they are not USB so you just plug them into the wall socket and connect up the green cable and you are good to go.
The specification says the are up to 3w, but if you are using them in a room and not a concert hall, then 3w is plenty.
Obviously the sound quality is not exactly stunning. They are a little tinny and lacking in bass. I would still say they are better than some other budget speakers I've used in the past though.
So while serious gamers or music lovers will pass up on these, for basic Internet music or flash games these are the business. As I said, these were for my kid and it's highly unlikely a kid is going to complain about a lacking mid range!
There's not much in the way of settings obviously, just a volume dial.
In closing I would say that the sound really is not as bad as you might think, music is really okay for occasional use and for general PC and Internet stuff you can't really complain at this price.
I am rating this product based on the price point.
Logitech's S-120 stereo speaker system with its refresh design features enhanced acoustics delivering a smooth audio performance with low distortion. The S-120 speaker with its redesigned base offers sturdy design, strong audio performance and exceptional value for money. The integrated power and volume control is conveniently located on the satellite at your fingertips with an essential 3.5mm jack close by.
|Product Description:||Logitech S-120 - speakers - for PC - wired|
|Product Type:||Speakers - PC multimedia - wired|
|System Components:||2 speakers|
|Nominal Output Power (Total):||2.3 Watt|
|Response Bandwidth:||50 - 20000 Hz|
|Speaker System Details:||2 - 1.15 Watt - 50 - 20000 Hz|
|Power:||AC 240 V|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|