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 2021:
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. Mackie CR-X Series
For studio-quality audio, the Mackie CR-X Series is a prime choice. The absolute best way to connect these computer speakers is with an additional interface, but for convenience’s sake, built-in Bluetooth helps you quickly connect to your computer without the need for wires. The large woofers along with an all-wood cabinet combine for sound quality that thumps but keeps audio clean and tight. It even comes with audio isolation pads to reduce bass vibration rattle. If you take listening to music seriously, this is a sound choice (pun intended).
4. Edifier e235
The Edifier e235 set is one of the more unique designs you’ll see for computer speakers, but this isn’t some fancy trick to deceive you — these speakers are awesome. Delivering deep bass as well as balanced mids and clear highs, these speakers are worth their lofty price tag. They have Bluetooth connectivity — albeit Bluetooth 4.0 — as well as an optical aux-in for multiple connectivity options and are THX Certified if you choose to use them for your home entertainment system. These speakers sound as cool as they look.
5. Logitech Z560
LIGHTING FOR GAMERS
Each speaker has built-in RGB lighting that is customizable through Logitech Family Software that syncs to the audio of the games you are playing. These speakers not only deliver prime DTS:X surround sound quality for gamers, but a light show to match. But these aren’t strictly for gamers. You can stream music straight to the Logitech computer speakers via Bluetooth. It’s powerful, crisp and looks awesome, too.
6. Creative T100
This set of computer speakers is packed with features. You can connect them to your computer or mobile device in a handful of different ways including Bluetooth, optical-in (for your TV) and aux connectivity. The remote is welcome and helps you control things like volume, treble and bass without having to reach for your speakers. There are also built-in EQs that are available at a single touch of a button. This set of computer speakers is one of the most convenient around.
7. Amazon Basics USB-Powered Computer Speakers
Need an affordable computer speaker solution? Amazon Basics computer speakers cost less than an Andrew Jackson. These speakers won’t take up much room on your desktop as they are only a few inches long and tall. Even though they are inexpensive, passive bass radiators give them some audio depth and the brushed metal finish makes them look anything but budget. Not a bad computer speaker solution, especially when you consider the price.
8. Klipsch ProMedia
LOUD AND CLEAR
This is basically a home theater audio setup for your computer. It’s loud, punchy, and produces surround sound quality thanks to two powerful 260-watt THX-certified speakers. Controls for the volume and subwoofer are conveniently located on the front of the speaker, so no awkward reaching behind your speakers to make adjustments. It lacks Bluetooth and really any other connectivity, but is compatible with about anything that has a 3.5mm port. And the best part, you get all this room rattling sound for just over $100.
9. Lenrue USB Computer Speakers
PLUG AND PLAY
The soundbar design can be really useful, especially if your computer sits on a laptop stand. You can easily slide the soundbar under the stand and maintain as much desktop real estate as possible. This computer speaker soundbar is plug and play — plug it in via USB and it’s ready to rock and roll. It is compatible with both PC and Mac OS and produces much better audio than sub-par built-in laptop speakers. Plus, it’s only $20 for this convenient audio solution.
10. Edifier R1280DB Wireless Studio Monitors
These computer speakers make a statement with their design. The wood enclosure combined with the silver grille looks elegant and professional. As for the sound, well, that follows suit. Bluetooth makes connectivity easy as the 4-inch woofers create natural, crisp studio-worthy sound quality. There are even coaxial and optical inputs on the back of the woofers to use these as bookshelf speakers for your home entertainment system. The controls are located on the side keeping the front of the speakers clutter-free and clean. Goodness, these speakers look great.
Our Assistant Managing Editor also swears by these and even uses them with his vinyl record player. So if you want a wallet-friendly pair of computer speakers that can pull double duty, these are them!
11. Razer Leviathan
5.1 SURROUND SOUND
Whether you are using this for gaming, or to listen to music and watch movies, the Razer Laviathan sports awesome sound, and a great design to match. The down-firing subwoofer provides major depth to gameplay and music, while the sound bar — equipped with two full ranged drivers and tweeters — delivers clear and crisp audio and recreates convincing surround sound. You can save plenty of desktop space by sliding the sound bar under your monitor stand or placing it right in front of your monitor. NFC technology quickly connects nearby devices and a 3.5mm connection is also available for a wired connection.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.