Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things you can use with your computer — including the best computer monitors, wireless mouses, and Wi-Fi routers — here, we’ve rounded up the best computer speakers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) computer speakers
Reviewers say that these Logitech computer speakers are compact yet sturdy, and simple to use. “These speakers are a little over six inches tall, and hefty enough to resist tipping over or sliding off the edge of the desk; just right for if you have a small workspace,” writes one reviewer. “The best thing is you can turn them on and off and control the volume with a simple knob.” That shopper also says that he likes that these plug into the headphone jack of a computer, not the USB, a sentiment repeated by many customers. Another reviewer, who liked these so much they bought three pairs, says, “I have bought several products with the Logitech brand over the years and have always been very pleased with their products. This is no different, they are made to last with heavy plastic that will not break easily, the cords are thick and can take some abuse … You are not going to beat this price, I was very surprised to find these so inexpensive that I could buy more for backup.” Plenty of other shoppers praised the high quality of the speakers at such a low price. “I am really impressed with the sound quality and the volume these little speakers put out. A great value for the price,” writes one. Another says, “I’m amazed that the sound quality is so much better than I expected at this price.”
Best laptop speakers
Shoppers looking for a smaller speaker for their laptops loved this option from Logitech. “Wow, what a great little speaker,” writes one reviewer. “I needed something to use with my laptop for presentations to small groups in a conference room and this fit the bill. I am impressed with the sound quality and loudness for the small size (easy to transport).” Another says, “I bought this speaker for my laptop. It is the perfect size because it’s not too big … The sound is clear and just the right volume.” The small size makes it a favorite option for travelers. “We are using this speaker for a TV in our travel trailer,” one customer attests. “Sound is much better than the tin cans they use for sound in a 24-inch LED TV.” And reviewers also noted that the price on this little speaker was just right. “There’s not much to say other than these are great for the price and being that it’s a single speaker, doesn’t take up much space on my desk,” writes one reviewer, adding, “It’s the size of a coffee cup. I expected decent sound but considering their price and size, they’re astounding.”
Best compact computer speakers
Despite their small size, these speakers checked all of the boxes of sound quality, easy-to-store size, and simple installation for reviewers. “I have used these for over six months now and I must say I am really really impressed,” writes one. “The sound quality is great I have had zero issues whatsoever with this product. These are great desktop speakers. Full range, beautiful sound easy to install and use.” Another writes, “Well made, great sound, very compact … The sound of these is the best I’ve ever heard from any compact speakers. Plenty of volume available. Highly recommend.” And one shopper found that the small size made them especially easy to take on-the-go: “I loved that they are compact and have a rich sound. You can easily throw them in your tote bag along with your phone,” they write.
Best (less expensive) compact computer speakers
“I simply do not have enough room in my Man Cave for a full-blown computer speaker system (satellite speakers, subwoofer, etc.) but the ones built into my laptop just weren’t sufficient,” writes one reviewer, explaining his rationale for purchasing these computer speakers. He continues, “Such great sound (including bass) from such compact speakers. The improvement in sound quality from my laptop speakers is incredible and the speakers themselves are beautifully designed. These aren’t just great speakers for the price — they are great PC speakers, period.” And the price appealed to lots of other shoppers, too. “I have been really surprised by the quality and sound of these speakers. It is really more than worth the price,” writes one. Another says, “I was looking for speakers for my desktop that would have a quality of sound without breaking the bank and for the price, these really do a wonderful job.”
Best computer speakers for multiple devices
Shoppers looking for a pair of speakers that work well with their computers that can also be used with other home entertainment devices loved this pair from trusted brand Logitech. As one reviewer explains, “ I have used these speakers with my computers, my tablet, and the other day I was jamming on the sound of good jazz by the late great Dexter Gordon, I tried these speakers out on my Smart TV with some help from YouTube–I tell you, this was quite impressive.” Another writes, “Really like these speakers. The range and response is good for movies, music, and video games in my small home office.” Shoppers also thought these were a good purchase for the price. “Exceptional sound quality for $20 speakers,” writes one. Another says, “Having gone through a few budget computer speakers in the $20-$30 range now, I would definitely recommend these.”
Best computer speakers for sound quality
“The sound quality is crystal clear,” says one shopper of these Bose computer speakers, adding, “These are easily the best speakers in my house now, much to the chagrin of my wife, who does not always share my taste in music. I am also super impressed that they are completely silent when they are turned on — even at max volume there is no telltale speaker hiss to be heard.” Another found the sound quality to be so high that he had to tell his friends. “When I started watching YouTube videos on these speakers I was absolutely impressed with the quality of them,” he says in his review. “It was absolutely high quality acoustics and then the base kicked in and sounded fantastic.” He adds, “Seriously, I had to text a friend who owned the Companion 2 Series II (last iteration) and tell him how awesome these sounded … at 2:30 AM. Sorry not sorry.” And other shoppers said that they were worth the higher price: “These speakers are a bit on the expensive side, especially when you compare with other computer speakers that you can buy for $100, but they deliver on my expectations,” says one. “I work in IT and apart from regular stuff like listening music, I do lot of vlogs and video conferencing on my desktop and this is where these speakers really shine.”
Best USB-powered computer speakers
Over 70 percent of reviewers gave these speakers five-star reviews. “These Pebble speakers are tremendous,” writes one. “I’m no audiophile, but I