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Speakers come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes. They are also built for different purposes - for the hi-fi system, to give your TV a much needed boost, also for the Home PC or laptop. Generally laptop/Home PC speakers are connected via the 'headphones' port and powered by their own plug. Sound quality is never usually high on the agenda, with limited space and scope for improvement in a market driven by price competition.
The Logitech S150 Digital USB Speaker System is priced in the under £10 bracket (just) and my expectations were therefore limited. Unfortunately even these lowly expectations were not met. The worst thing for me is the sound quality. Although they carry 1.2 watts of power I still expected a bit more punch. There are buttons on the front of the speakers to control volume, with a mute function also visible. The speakers themselves are quite well designed in terms of styling. They are quite slender and finished in gloss black. Although the speakers are lightweight and feel inexpensive they do look good on the desktop. That said they are robust and have stood up well to daily use. I would say they look a lot better than some of the more expensive rivals - this opinion changes as soon as the power is turned on.
Sound quality is very important for what I had intended these speakers to be used for. Due to my experience with them I can now only use them for light gaming and general internet useage. When I wish to play music I switch to my headphones. At the higher end of the volume control the sound doesn't offer clarity. Certain types of music magnify the shortcomings. The bass isn't a strong point as far as the S150's are concerned. Overall the sound is quite tinny and lacks depth throughout the range, with particular focus on the bass.
For the tiny pricetag I didn't expect Earth shattering performance, but I hoped for a bit more. The one surprising detail about these speakers was that they connect to devices via USB. This kills two birds with one stone, as power isn't needed in addition to connectivity. If you are looking for a very inexpensive set of speakers to lift the performance of your PC or Laptop then I wouldn't put you off choosing the S150's, unfortunately they won't give you more than a slight improvement on the factory standard speakers built in to your system.
Before moving to a brand spanking new office with all the mod cons, I had to rely on speakers such as this to deliver audio content to my learners whilst the video or slide played on the projector. When in need of buying such devices I turned to a brand I trusted and have used on various other occasions, Logitech. Never in the past have I ever had any issues with the vast amount of Logitech goods I have bought, used and handled so there really was little other option.
These are some of the cheaper speakers in the Logitech range retailing for around £10-£20, I paid £13.99. They have 1.2 watt of power which is big enough to fill small rooms and more than enough for personal use and come in a stylish black design. Indeed perhaps the first factor that will appeal to you regarding these speakers is the way they look. They look much more expensive than they are and far better than more expensive rivals. They are slim, light weight but feel well made and compact and durable. They are a well crafted piece of kit.
The other benefit is that they connect via usb which means there is no need to install simply plug in and play. Being small and light makes them easy to store and very portable to meaning you haven't clunky speakers cluttering up your desk.
As mentioned one benefit here is the sound power and clarity. The sound comes out as said at 1,2 watt which is good enough to cater for most needs. I broadcast video content on a projector to groups of ten in a medium classroom and found they fill the room easily even on half a dial of volume. In terms of personal use the sound is good enough and clear enough to listen to a few tunes after work whilst doing reports etc and there is no plastic/tinny sound you get with other speakers.
All in all this is an excellent piece of kit!
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Logitech S150 Digital USB Speakers
Speakers. Fascinating aren't they? These days they come in all manner of shapes, sizes and colours, from lowly cheap desktop speakers to full blown surround sound perfection. I would probably be right in guessing that nearly every single home, workplace, school has at least one set of speakers for some purpose or another, whether for their hi-fi system, ipod, tv, computer or whatever else you can think of. The truth remains however that with the thousands of different sets of speakers available on the market, there are a thousand different sound qualities, niggles, a thousand different levels of tinniness or bass bashing. For me, whats important when I consider a set of speakers is the clarity of the sound. An ideal set of speakers for me would have sufficient volume without distortion, excellent clarity of sound and have a sleek, professional design. These Logitech speakers are good enough to tick all of those boxes and more. I have them on my desk at work, and gone are the days of boredom in the afternoons, now I have these I can listen to music to my hearts content at a decent quality..... why did I buy them? I was fascinated by the USB connection which I have never seen on speakers before.
How did I come about buying them?
Well to be honest, I was nagged into buying them. We recently replaced most of our computers at work and the new computers came without built in speakers. Unfortunately many of the (somewhat lazier) members of staff had become used to getting sound from their computers (when they were supposed to be working) so it didn't take long before a string of complaints started coming into my office from disgruntled workers desperate for sound. After about four or five people had complained, I set about trying to find a cheap set of speakers that I could buy several sets of and dish out to these people as necessary. I didn't want to spend too much as aside from not having a large enough budget, it would not be good practice to be seen wasting money on speakers for staff that they shouldn't be using anyway! A quick trawl of our catalogues led me to these little beauties at a very very reasonable price. Like I said, I was more drawn to them because of the novelty of having a USB connection but the price was obviously very important. To be honest, for those lazy people who wanted sound at their desks I wasn't too bothered about the quality that these speakers could produce, but having kept a set on my desk for my own use I am more than impressed.
The Design and Build
For a set of speakers with such a small price tag I am impressed by the build quality. They are made from solid plastic and are very sturdy. They have even stood up to the rigors of being dropped on numerous occasions (once from a great height) and they still work perfectly and have no visible signs of damage. The plastic is black and shiny on the front with a more matte finish on the back and sides. Considering they are quite thin, they stand up well on the desk with no wobbling at all. The speaker part itself is covered in a fine quality material which has also managed to sustain no damage at all. What is handy with these speakers is that they have buttons on the front that control the volume, so you can quickly turn volume up and down, or mute it entirely at the push of a button on the speakers rather than having to hurriedly try and do it from the computer. They also have a little light on the front in orange that reads "DIGITAL". Not quite sure why that is there but I like anything sparkly so thats all good with me.
Installation couldn't be any easier. There is no complicated software to install, simply plug the USB lead into a spare port on your computer and you are good to go. Cleverly, adjusting the volume on the speakers also adjusts the volume on the computer so they work with two-way communication. Thats all there is to it. Once they are all plugged in and settled on your desk just pop in your favourite CD, grab a mug of chicken soup and sit back and relax (you might get a few funny looks from colleagues if you do this at work though).
Quite simply I cannot fault the quality of the sound these little babies produce at all. I have had the volume up on full with no audible distortion at all. Every sound that has come through these speakers has reached my ears as a joyous sound.
And the price?
........ Wait for it..... just £9.00. I bought my speakers from Misco in bulk and we did get a corporate discount on the list price, but to the general public (who can also buy from Misco) they are just £9.00.
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I purchased the Logitech S150 USB Speakers about 2 months ago because I needed some cheap speakers. To be honest I much prefer to use the audio jacks to USB slots when it comes to speakers. I bought these out of a shop called Bare Bones for £15. The speakers were presented in a cardboard box with Logitech and the model number printed on the front. On the back of the box there was the list of specifications.
The first time I used these I was expecting to have to put a disk in the drive and load up some drivers or something but that wasn't the case at all. Instead, all I had to do was plug the speakers into the USB slot and away you go. The sound quality is actually rather clean and crisp. They don't go very loud however they are quite bassy.
I think that the build quality of these speakers is quite good, I've owned quite a few items from Logitech and never had anything as sturdy and as well made as these. I like the shape of the speakers themselves, however even though they have base stands I always find myself knocking them over which can get very irritating very quickly. Another point to make would be that they are quite small and you could travel with these if you wanted to. You could take these to an office, school or college environment and they would be perfect because of their size and their maximum volume.
Overall, you get what you pay for. Cheap, small speakers that do not need a power supply (would be ok for a laptop). I wouldn't really reccomend these but then again they are really cheap so if you buy them and they aren't good enough then you aren't losing much.
Having so many different speakers has made me appreciate the different qualities in the various different speakers that their are.
I saw these speakers on Amazon when I was looking for some more travel speakers. I do already own a couple of travel speakers but depending what job I'm doing depends how small I need then, for example when I was in America I had the Logitech mm50 Portable Speakers, but if I'm travelling around the UK I require a more compact set of speakers that makes the light travelling, light.
Hearing from friends that you can get speakers that run off a usb that is powered by your laptop or computer and no need for a external power supply made me a bit wary about how effective they would be.
When I received these from Amazon it came in a cardboard box, nothing special, but once you get into the box then you can see the speakers are in there own Logitech box, making them look so professional and at the same time handy.
I'm not going to lie I was a bit excited to see if these were actually worth all the hype that I was receiving from my friends. So when I took them out and placed one either side of my laptop. They are all black in colour with a soft meshy foam in the middle and Logitech symbol just under the foam on a smooth black surface connected to a usb.
Now the all-important sound test.
When I placed the usb cable into my laptop I was waiting for it to install something or update something, but nothing happened, so I put on some music and hey presto they were playing through my speakers, I realized they never had a volume control on the speakers so I turned the volume to as loud as my laptop would go and if you are sitting there quietly listening to music (when I say quietly I mean not talking) you can hear the music, but the minute you start talking it's game over and you might as well turn them of.
The sound quality was actually good and you could hear a good bass with a good treble but because it was so quiet I can't be absolutely sure of that, but to be honest I was so annoyed that they had turned out like this and the time I had waited for them (5 days), lets just say it left a bad taste in my mouth.
If you are in a tiny room with good acoustics then you might get more volume due to the room but as a hole for me, it was a big big let down and a waste of money.
I can't tell you how long they would last or if they are durable at all because once I listened to the volume of the sound they went straight back. If you are a big sound guy like me then this isn't for you, I would much rather put my headphones on than listen through these speakers. To me speakers are supposed to share music, if you can barely hear them how is that sharing.
Logitech S150 Digital USB Speaker for me were a waste of time, waste of money, waste of energy, basically they were just a waste.
If you want some travel speakers avoid this one. I like Logitech but this model (most probably due to its power source is not worth it, get one with an AC adapter.
If you are interested in getting the Logitech S150 Digital USB Speaker you can get them from Amazon for £12.50
Which is an ok price for a set of speakers that are only effective in a small confined space
I am a Logitech fan having owned some of there stuff, but this one is not living up to it's name.