Logitech Z305

The Logitech Z305 is an unobtrusive solution if you're sick of the tinny, enclosed sound from your laptop speakers but don't have room for a five-piece PC speaker set. We recommend this plug-and-play external audio device for its simplicity of operation, low cost and convenience for use on the run.

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The Logitech Z305 is a small speaker designed to sit on top of the display on your laptop and improve the sound quality from your computer or external audio device. Its easy to install and has an impressive sound quality from such a small device. It fits easily on a laptop display with room for a webcam to sit in the middle, and the side-firing speakers easily fill a small room with big sound. Whether you're a frequent traveler with limited luggage space or just want to rock out at home, the Logitech Z305 is one of the best space-saving speakers out there and deserves your consideration.

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The speaker itself is long and shaped like a tube with speakers on either end that Logitech claims will broaden the "sweet spot" and project sound farther than traditional forward-facing speakers. It uses a bifurcated clip that bends on a hinge and braces against the back of the laptop screen for unobstructed access.

The two clips are spaced far enough apart to leave room for Logitech's HD Webcam, but the clip can only accommodate thin laptop screens. It wouldn't fit over our flat-panel monitor and the cord is too short to reach down to a laptop anyway. Still, you should be able to brace it snugly on most modern laptop displays.

The top of the unit has three buttons for power and volume adjustment with raised grooves for tactile recognition while the device is clipped on. The bottom features a 3.5-inch auxiliary port for plugging in external music players (cord not included, again), and the wired USB cord tucks neatly into the grooves for an uncluttered desktop.

Once you have the speakers firmly attached to your laptop, installation is a matter of plugging the short USB cord into a corresponding port on your laptop and that's it — the cord transports both power and audio data, so you may need to change the audio source to USB in the Windows Control Panel for it to work properly.

We admit our initial skepticism at Logitech's claims that the Z305 outputs "360-degree sound," but it's definitely far better than any laptop speaker we've heard. If you don't plug it in expecting Bose-quality surround sound, the Z305 lives up to its marketing claims with impressive range across several different genres. It still can't compete with large desktop systems with external subwoofers, but the Z305 certainly gets the job done for private listening at reasonable volume levels.

Via CNET.com

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Flo posted a comment   

Sounds interesting. And since the laptop on the photo looks very much like a Macbook Pro (without the Apple logo) let me say that the MBP would for sure profit from better speakers. I find the built in ones quite disappointing .

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