Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - 2017: Top 10 Best Laptop Speakers

Amazon Basics USB Powered Computer Speakers

There's nothing too special about these speakers from Amazon, but that doesn't make them any less capable of providing decent sounds. They may be simple, but they're inexpensive, they get the job done, and they don't look too bad at all. Because they power on by plugging them into your laptop's USB port, you can easily take them with you. In addition, there's a set of easy volume controls right on the front of the speaker.

Creative ZiiSound D3x Bluetooth Speaker

If you want something a little nicer and especially if you  prefer the wireless style of speakers, then this Bluetooth speaker from Creative just might do the trick. The style is modern yet simple and unassuming, and the controls are easy access with the buttons on the front. The best part though, is that you can connect multiple D3x speakers together as well as a DSx wireless subwoofer for an even better sound.

Cyber Acoustics 30 Watt Speakers + Sub Woofer

While not exactly the smallest speaker setup, you can be sure you're going to get some great audio with this three-piece system that contains both right and left audio speakers and a sub for boosting the bass. Instead of having volume controls on the speakers themselves like you would with some other brands, the Cyber Acoustics come with a little desktop pod which manages the volume and playback as well as provides you with ports for plugging in headphones if you need to.

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

These speakers from Creative will be a little bit more space saving and desktop-friendly than the last option, and they come fitted with woven glass fiber cone drivers, as well as the cloth dome tweeter, which Creative states pairs with their integrated BassXPort technology to alleviate the need for a sub. As with many speakers of this style, volume management is on the front, as are some ports for plugging in headphones.

Logitech Z313 Speaker System

If you need loads of sound on a budget, but you also want bass, consider the Z313 speaker system from Logitech, which comes with two desktop speakers as well as a slightly larger subwoofer that hooks up to them. As an added benefit, the speaker system comes with a volume control pod just like the speakers above from Cyber Acoustics.

Logitech Z506 Speaker System

If you're willing to spend a little bit more, (not much more, of course) then you can go for something like the Z506 speaker system from Logitech, which comes with a subwoofer as well, but instead of just two speakers it comes with five, boasting 3D stereo surround sound for a much more enhanced audio experience during movies, TV, music, or games.

Mackie CR Series CR3

If you're looking for something with truly awesome sound without a massive price tag, the CR3 from Mackie should do just fine. They boast a studio quality build and audio performance all for under $100, and they offer a frequency range of 80Hz to 20KHz. They also have a unique feature called the speaker placement switch that was designed to give you the power to choose which speaker goes on which side, which comes in useful if you want the volume knob on a specific side.

Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker

Speakers from Bose hardly need an introduction. Bose has been around making audio equipment for years and they're well-known for being some of the highest quality speakers you can buy. If you like performance in small packages, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is just as the name suggests, a smaller speaker, which puts out some great sound with just the right amount of base, and it uses Bluetooth so it can connect up to your laptop effortlessly. It's also got about 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Razer Leviathan Mini

Staying true to their philosophy of creating extremely stylish products, Razer has crafted the Leviathan Mini Bluetooth speaker to look just as good as it functions. It has NFC built-in for easy pairing, and it can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The Leviathan may be small but it packs a nice punch, and you can even link up two Leviathan Mini speakers for an even better sound that feels more immersive.

Bose Companion 2 Series III

Last but certainly not least are the Companion 2 Series speakers from Bose. As with the SoundLink Mini II you can expect great sound quality from these speakers, although with this set you'll have one speaker for either side of the desk, and if you need to hook up another device you can do so by plugging it in to the aux port that sits on the front of the speakers under the volume knob.

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