The S 220 is a set of 2.1 speakers, meaning that it comprises of two satellites, plus a sub woofer to deliver in the bass department. And you wan't find many 2.1 offerings cheaper than this, given that you can grab these online for less than 20.
The satellite speakers are pretty compact units and as you might expect at this price level, they're a little on the plastic side and light. Not so much that they'd blow away in the wind, as they are reasonably sturdy. The sub woofer is expected to handle all bass duties, and is such more solid little black box. It's compact enough, to be easily stowed away under your computer desk.
The speakers plug into the back of the sub woofer where the sub woofer has a line-out to your sound card. Mid-way along that line, Logitech has provided a handy circular volume dial that can be placed on the desk or somewhere equally convenient. This round hub also plays host to a mute button, plus ports for headphones and a mic. Bass levels can be adjusted too, using a knob on the back of the sub woofer unit.
Firing up a few games provided similar results, with gunfire rendering nicely, along with the suitably meaty roar of car engines echoing through tunnels, in a driving game. For this sort of performance, you really can not argue against the S 200 in the value for money stakes. And it is at the highest volume settings.
When I bought my new laptop the high resolution screen was great and I loved to watch movies on it. However the sound was not great, it was really quiet at times and loud at others. I found myself constantly missing what was said, having to rewind the movie slightly and listen really closely to what had been said. This was really frustrating and spoilt the viewing experience. As a massive film fan a good speaker system to fit my computer was essential. I looked around and found this one. Logitec has a well recognised name, especially when i comes to computer equipment and was really reasonably priced so I went for the Logitec S220 2.1 speaker set.
I was not dissapointed. If you like base then the subwoofer id great and it can easily be turned off if you want to watch it without disturbing other people in the evenings. The sound quality is good and the sound quality is crisp and clear at high volumes with very little distortion of sound. It comes with a well set out manual which is easy to read and follow. The manual comes in most languages and has clear diagrams for set up.
The system looks great on my desk, has a good length power lead which easily finds it way to a convenient plug and it is really easy to set up an get going. It took no more than 10 minutes to unpack, unrap and get connected to my computer and start blasting out beats. I fully recommend this product.
As a big PC gamer I always think that having a good quality sound system was extremely important as it adds quality to any game. I had these speakers years ago when I was looking for something rather cheap, now my girlfriend has them!
The sub woofer is rather large and unattractive, however it isn't as big as some that I have seen and it fits quite nicely under my desk. the two speakers are roughy 15cm tall and not that big which means they sit on my desk without taking too much room. They are a nice black colour with fine mesh covering the speaker. Overall it looks good without taking up room.
The main job of these speakers is to give out quality sound. It does the one job very well, it gives out sound, quality or not is another answer entirely. The small device you get that turns it off is useful as it can be used as a volume control button. When on low or medium the sound is average. It gives the sound out that doesnt give much to complain about. However if you're a bit deaf like me and like it to be quite loud, this is where the quality shows. It gets very tinny and you can hear a bunch of static that is very annoying when playing games.
I bought mine for £30 at currys which I think was an alright price back in the day. However now I have much better quality speakers that were £40. My girlfriend still thinks they are ok as she only uses them to listen to music on her pc.
Overall I would say if you are looking for an average speaker set for someone who doesn't use the PC that much, then these are a good set to buy.
Logitech is deemed to be the best computer accessories brand. And as ar as I am concerned, with this set of PC multimedia they have proved it completely. I love using my laptop in my room as a multimedia device, working for music as well as for films and the programs I watch online. For this reason, I like to listen to them with a great quality, for instance if I am watching a film, it is great to have the stereo effects surrounding my ears so that it feels as if I was inside of it. And I was surprised with the sound quality of these speakers and the sub woofer which made every single sound detail very real and mind blowing.
The set comes with two speakers, since it is a 2.1 system, a very potent sub woofer and a really handy volume control including a 3.5 jack in case you prefer using headphones. The black colour, being very versatile, matches almost every component of my desk so it looks as if it was custom made. For all this is why I love it and I do not know what I would do if I did not have it, as the laptop sound is very lousy and it would not feel the same anymore.
I got these for my father last Christmas as he had managed to blow the pair that came bundled with his desktop when it overheated and he has been delighted with them.
He'd asked for speakers as a present and suggested a couple of other models so was really surprised when he opened up these and saw that it included a sub woofer as well as the two side speakers. After spending a bit of time with him getting them installed on brackets under his desk to save space on top he tested them out with some of the music files he had and we were both very impressed with the quality for such a reasonably priced unit.
The sound quality isn't going to knock your socks off but with the subwoofer attached the S220 really can hold it's own against speakers costing twice it's price. It's only when you push the volume up considerably that you notice it struggling to maintain its form and there is some distortion that creeps in. Keep it at normal listening levels and I think all but the most serious audiophile would be pleased with the result for less than £20.00.
One other nice touch is the wired controls for the volume which you can have sitting on top of the desk and is a lot easier than using the slider bar on the windows desktop.
All in all I can't fault this product for the cost.
I picked these up a few months ago from amazon for just £18 after my previous speakers I used for my laptop decided to pack up on me. £18 for speakers isn't bad and especially for what you get included here.
At first I wasn't sure whether or not to spend a little more and perhaps get a more expensive set however I only really listen to music and the odd film and don't need anything too loud or exceptional quality which is why I went with these ones.
They are 2.1 which essentially means two speakers and one sub woofer, my previous speakers were just the two speakers so already these were quite a step up, they also come with a pretty cool remote which is the volume control as well as headphone socket which is useful for volume however I think perhaps this could have just been included in the design elsewhere and it actually gets in the way a bit sometimes especially as the wires seems to be heavier than the device itself so it ends up being pulled about and usually falls of my desk.
Like i say I'm not really used to much quality wise however I did think these were great and were a lot better than I had expected from them. The sound is pretty crisp and they do go quite loud, however obviously the sound quality does deteriorate a little the louder you go. The sub woofer definitely helps the sound quality but the only criticism is that its a quite large long box and as I don't have much room on my desk as it is, it can get in the way sometimes.
In terms of aesthetics they look okay, all black nice rounded shapes, could perhaps look a bit better however I guess you get what you pay from in terms of design and if you want a cheap set of speakers you cant really for far wrong with these for under £20.
Logitech S220 2.1 Speakers - 17 Watts
* What's in the box? *
- Logitech S220 Speakers System - 1 subwoofer (9w) and two satellite speakers (4w each)
- Wired remote control
- All necessary cables
- Setup guide
* Installation *
The cables from the speakers need plugging into the back of the subwoofer and then there's two headphone type plugs that I plugged into the back of my PC.
These are mains powered.
* Review *
I got these for £15 about 2 years ago so the price may have decreased now. Before I bought these to use with my PC, I used to use the speakers built into my LCD monitor to listen to music and other audio. When I received this speaker set, I could immediately tell the difference. The sound is much crisper and you can feel the base from the subwoofer. With these the sound is more detailed whereas with other speakers I use, they can sound a bit tinny and slightly dull.
The speakers themselves are very small. They are quite light so I do end up knocking them down quite a bit as they are on my desk. It would have been nice if they had been weighted down at the base to make them more stable. The subwoofer isn't all that big but I can still feel the base when I'm listening to music and while watching movies, it gives you an immersive feeling. On the back of the subwoofer, there is a dial to increase / decrease the amount of base.
I have not noticed any tinny vibrations or buzzing that you sometimes get from low quality speakers when playing loud music. The speakers do make a constant low humming type sound when they are powered on and not in use which some people may find annoying.
The primary reason I bought these speakers apart from the subwoofer was the wired remote control that comes with these. It enables me to change the volume by turning a circular dial. If you picture the dial as a clock face, then the lowest volume setting is at 7 o clock and the highest at 5 o clock. For day to day use, I have it set to the 10 or 11 o clock positions. From that you should be able to tell that these can produce a lot of loud noise if you want them too.
The wired remote control unit also has headphone and microphone sockets which I make use of occasionally as it means my headphones don't have to stretch far giving me more room to manoeuvre and relax. This is also where the power switch is located which I leave to on all the time.
These are black in colour so should fit into most peoples setups.
* Summary *
A great inexpensive PC multimedia speaker set that I can recommend to anyone.
This set of speakers are a budget dream for anyone that is looking to upgrade their current pc setup.
The speakers are superb at delivering music and sound effects in games so are perfectly suited for use as a pc sound system. However I would not recommend using these for providing television sound of any sort as they seem to stumble on voices, reducing the clarity quite substantially.
The previous review went into great detail on the appearance of the device so I feel that is well documented. As far as usabilty goes the cables are quite short (they cannot extend to either side of my 22 inch monitor and had to be cut slightly to make room), but the remote is brilliant. It can be mounted in a convienient place to allow quick access to volume changes.
There is one thing to watch out for, I originally thought that the left speaker was dead on arrival. It turned out that you have to apply a lot of force until the speaker jack 'clicks' in it's socket. Until then you will only recieve sound though one speaker and the sub.
I'm looking at my new speaker set as I type this, & for the technically-minded its a Logitech OEM S220 2.1 PC multimedia system comprising two 4-watt speakers & a 9-watt subwoofer, which has a bass adjuster on the back end, & a small desktop control unit that has the on/off switch, volume control & mic/headphone sockets in it. It comes in black, or black. The nominal output is 17 watts, but with max o/p power its 34 watts. The power source is a normal 240-volt plug, & the system is wired, as opposed to wi-fi. The small speakers measure 16cm high x 6cm x 6cm, & the subwoofer box is approx 18cm high x 10cm wide x 25cm long, so it all sits neatly by my PC.
My computer-savvy nephew got this set for me a few weeks ago, & although I'm not scared of technology it was easy to install, with just a bit of middle-aged grunting under the desk. Given that PC sound systems usually exist in a fairly small space, concert-standard audio isn't what's wanted, - just a good sound production, & this is what you get for a very reasonable outlay. Amazon has this system on sale for £17.90, & the BT shop price is £16.14, although the recent VAT rise will have increased prices a little. Some research online will show several suppliers. Other reviews I've read are mostly positive about this item, & I'd certainly recommend it for anyone whose aural acuity doesn't demand speakers that transmit the sound of a pin dropping, & allow you to identify the pin-maker! This system is particularly good if you want to have improved sound from a laptop.