Let’s face it, computer and laptop speakers aren’t good. And with an emphasis on slimmer and more lightweight laptops, there simply isn’t enough room inside of your laptop for good speakers. Whether you’re taking classes online, attending Zoom meetings all day, or just wanting a decent sound system for your computer, you are going to want a good pair of computer speakers to level up the sound quality.
The way computer speakers work is straightforward: plug them into your computer via USB or through the headphone jack, or in some cases connect them via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to go. The bigger and better speakers will help you hear every word the professor says, understand your quiet-talking boss, or make your favorite music sound more enjoyable.
It’s time to stop listening through those tin cans your laptop calls speakers, and upgrade your home office with a quality pair of computer speakers.
Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best computer speakers for sale in 2020:
1. Audioengine A2+
If you’re looking for crystal clear sound quality, look no further than the Audioengine A2+ computer speakers. With a wide soundscape, clear highs and good bass (who needs a subwoofer), audio sounds great whether you’re listening to music or a class lecture. You can connect them straight to your computer via USB, or listen wirelessly via Bluetooth. If you want to add a subwoofer later down the road, you can connect it using the RCA connections on the back. These are proof that you don’t need big speakers to get big sound.
2. Bose Companion 2 Series III
Simple, affordable and great sound is what you get with the Bose Companion 2 Series III. It’s sort of a no-frills design, with a single volume knob and headphone jack on the right speaker that make up the total of the controls. It makes it easy to plug in headphones and adjust the volume without having to dig around the back of the speakers. Even without a subwoofer, these speakers sound good and full. And the price is right, too.
3. Razer Nommo Pro
BEST FOR GAMERS
These computer speakers sound as awesome as they look. Gamers that like to feel the Earth rattle under their feet will appreciate the powerful subwoofer. And the desktop computer speakers have tweeters fixed to the main speaker for additional high-end clarity that makes the overall soundscape sound full and clear. Beyond great sound quality, the speakers have programmable color patterns that light up as you listen. Add these speakers to a premium gaming keyboard and gaming monitor for an all-out super-powered rig.
4. Harman Kardon SoundStick III
If modern design is up your alley, you’ll appreciate the see-through engineering of the Harman Kardon SoundStick III. But know the design is backed up by stellar performance. The translucent hub is actually a big, ported woofer that generates bottom-end that listeners crave. And the four-speaker design on the slim desktop speakers can get plenty loud. This awesomely designed set of desktop computer speakers is reasonably priced, too, so you aren’t paying a premium just because the speakers look cool.
5. Audioengine HD3
The Audioengine HD3 speakers provide a classic and stylish look to your home office setup, with the rich cherry wood or walnut speaker cabinets. And they look as good as they sound with crystal clear highs and warm midrange. If you’re craving extra bass, you can always add a subwoofer later. The pair of HD3s sound great wired to your computer, but you can also connect to them via Bluetooth if you feel like streaming music from your phone or other mobile devices.
6. Klipsch The Fives
These computer speakers are nice enough and powerful enough to be bookshelf speakers for your home entertainment setup. They also look the part — they are absolutely gorgeous. You can remove the tweed grille on the front to expose the speakers, which has its own decor flavor. Shifting focus to the sound quality, these sound as clean and clear as computer speakers come. The Fives also sport a handful of connectivity options including Bluetooth, HDMI and RCAs. If you have the money to spend, The Fives are a complete and fantastic pair of computer speakers.
7. Logitech Z625
The Logitech Z625 is a full computer system setup with two desktop speakers and a subwoofer to enhance low-end. Gamers will appreciate the additional subwoofer rattling the ground during intense gameplay. But the desktop speakers can start to distort when you push them to their maximum volume. You can control and shape the sound with the handy dials on the front of the speaker, which is a convenient design. For under $200, overall, this Logitech setup is a pretty good find.
8. Creative Pebble 2.0
There’s a lot to like about the Creative Pebble 2.0 pair of computer speakers. They are tiny, which makes them portable, but instantly enhance the performance of your crumby computer speakers, and they are really inexpensive — under $20 is a steal. You can also go with the Creative Pebble Plus, which includes a subwoofer and is only $20 more expensive if you are looking for a little more bottom end. But if you’re on an extreme budget (we remember those college days) the Creative Pebble computer speakers will do the trick.
9. TaoTronics Wired Computer Soundbar
BEST COMPUTER SOUNDBAR
If you thought soundbars were only for TVs, you’d be wrong. The TaoTronics soundbar brings the convenient, single speaker design from your entertainment center to your computer. It connects to your desktop or laptop via USB and has a handy and big volume control on the side of the speaker. It’s best suited if you have a desktop stand for your laptop, so you can slide the speaker under the stand, or else it has to sit behind your laptop screen, which isn’t optimal.
10. Logitech S120 2.0
When money is tight, consider the Logitech S120 2.0 speakers. They plug right into the headphone jack of your laptop, or the input on your desktop, and immediately level up the sound quality. And without a subwoofer, you won’t be driving your neighbors or roommates below you nuts with rumbling bass. You can pick these up for under $15 dollars, so you can even upgrade to nicer computer speakers down the road when you have the funds.