iLuv Sound Cube
I haven’t posted much recently, and especially on a physical product, but I was impressed enough by the iLuv Sound Cube USB speakers that I thought it was worth a mention. These tiny 5cm=2inch cube speakers could never take up too much space on your desk or in your bag, but have an impressive amount of sound for the size and price tag they come with. For £14.99 on Amazon, they match their price well against most other USB speakers. They don’t need any extra power from the mains or batteries, just plug and play. Sound is crisp and clear, although don’t expect much bass from these things, but vocal clarity in videos and music is crisp, and they are great for general purpose audio. There is no volume control on the device itself just controlled using your systems on-screen volume, which I’d say is the only snag. Unless I’ve set things up wrong, these speakers are loud at about level 8 on-screen, giving you a usable range of 0-10 out of the systems 100 range, there is a big difference in volume between each level for this reason.