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I don't usually use speakers with my computer because I have a pretty nice head set but since my other half decided that watching films on my computer is a good idea but didn't like headsets I had to go out and purchase a speaker set for her. This frustrated me because I've never really liked the look of speakers I find them overall too bulky and irritating to have on my desk.
My mini rant aside I went out and purchased the XpertTouch 2.1 speaker set, brought to you by trust. When I brought this home and unpackaged it this is when things looked bad for this speaker set, the packaging wasn't great for speakers which can be pretty sensitive. Each section of the set was wrapped in bubble wrap but other than that there wasn't much else to protecting the speakers.
The reason I chose this particular speaker set in the shop was because it was quite cheap at only £30, and the sub-woofer had a nice blue glass piece around the outside which looked really nice. The front section of the sub-woofer has touch control designs which as you may or may not already know worry me because I have used touch control before where it didn't work. This touch control though was fantastic; it was sensitive enough to pick up the controls at just the brush of the finger. The touch buttons themselves have 3 different colours to indicate volume, treble and bass; this is a really nice touch because it allows you to make the adjustments in the dark without having to read which button is which.
On the back of the sub-woofer is a 3.5mm headphone jack where you can plug in headphones obviously this means you won't have to un plug the speakers to plug headphones in and vice versa. The design of this is really cool, the speakers and sub-woofer are coated in a black glossy style and around the edges are a clear plastic. This doesn't show up finger prints as much as you thought it would but it does seem to be a magnet for dust which I don't like.
Now to the more serious stuff, the testing! Both I and my special lady have watched many films on these speakers and we are both extremely happy with the sound and bass quality. What I really liked was that the sound does not distort when switched up high, you can of course distort the sound but for that you really have to push the sound incredibly high which is just unnecessary. The bass and treble both go to nice levels, the bass especially vibrates my desk when I put it up just a few levels so this is some power coming from the sub-woofer. The wire from the speakers to the sub-woofer will reach from either side of your desk although they won't spread across a room but seeing as this is only a 2.1 system you are supposed to have them directly in front of you on the left and on the right.
As I said at the start of the review I really don't like speakers on my computer desk for several reasons but after owning these for a while now, I'm really happy to have this add on to my computer. They don't replace my headset but it is great to watch a film or play a game with these speakers when I just can't be bothered putting the headset on. Not a perfect set but given the low price and the nice design I'm not going to complain and you shouldn't either. The blue light around the sub-woofer adds a nice glow to the bottom of my desk at night.