Computer speakers are like 21st century must-haves in today’s world of entertainment and leisure. They jack your listening experience to crazy levels. Hence the reason they are getting more expensive. However, we have good news. You can get decent quality computer speakers for under $100.
Yes, it is possible.
Today, we present to you the top ten best computer speakers under $100. In all honesty, these speakers might not turn your gaming experience 180 degrees like those high end speakers. But then you’re not expecting that, are you?
And now that we’ve sorted that, it’s time to get to the meat of our review. Check out our top ten best computer speakers under $100.
|Creative GigaWorks||Bose Companion 2||Logitech Z523||Creative Inspire T12||Edifier Exclaim||Cerwin Vega XD3||Logitech Z333||Trust GXT 38||Micca MB42X||Avantree Desktop|
|System Configuration||2.0||2.0||2.1||2.0||2.0||Not specified||2.1||2.1||Not specified||2.0|
|Dimensions||5.63 x 3.46 x 9.06 inches||5.9 x 3.1 x 7.5 inches||13.12 x 9.25 x 11.37 inches||3.9 x 7.1 x 2.8 inches||7.09 x 4.13 x 12.2 inches||16 x 8 x 11 inches||13.78 x 9.25 x 8.54 inches||10.04 x 17.13 x 9.45 inches||6.5 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches||3.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches|
|Weight||5.75 pounds||5.1 pounds||12 pounds||1.3 pounds||5.29 pounds||11.25 pounds||9.8 pounds||11.13 pounds||9.3 pounds||2.82 pounds|
First, we begin with this sweet speaker from Creative Labs and that’s the GigaWorks T20 Series II. Initially, there was the T20 but then Creative Labs decided to do some upgrading. And voila! The T20 Series II was born.
Here’s what we like about this speaker.
First off, we begin with the design. If you had seen its predecessor, the T20, you must have been impressed by its look. But the T20 Series II looks even nicer. You’d love the glossy black finish on the Series II which replaces the grey plastic on the T20.
Further, the front panel houses all the controls here. And it seems that Creative Labs did a pretty solid job building them too. They don’t feel flimsy and look like they will last. Plus, they also look sleek too which is always a plus.
In the box, there’s more you’ll find more besides the two speakers. The package comes with a power adapter, stereo-to-stereo cable, with a dual RCA-to-stereo adapter (i.e. a TV adapter).
However, it would seem that the upgrade made to the T20 to give the T20 Series II was merely cosmetic. When you crack open the heart of the T20 Series II, you get the same thing as you saw in the T20. So, you’ll find a woofer driver complete with woven glass-fiber cones, and then a small tweeter.
So, expectedly, audio experience from the two speakers is pretty much the same in both versions of the speaker. The mids tend to overpower the highs. But it’s not like there are no highs at all, they are just a little too smooth.
As for bass, this delivers decently considering there is no subwoofer here. But when you compare this to other 2.0 systems, you’d have to admit that this does well.
The Bose Companion 2 Series come in a clean design with their fully black finish and fabric covering on the drivers. We also love how Bose makes these speakers slanted upwards in their design as it makes the speakers closer to the listener’s ears.
The right speaker seems to be the control unit here as all the controls, inputs and outputs are here. The I/O, left speaker output, 3.5 millimeter audio jack, and AC adapter, all are found on the right speaker. Also, in the front panel, you find the headphone jack, as well as a volume knob.
But besides that, both speakers look pretty identical with an enclosure in full black as well as fabric grills. Aesthetically, at least, the Companion 2 is a huge improvement over its predecessor. But even beyond aesthetics, the Companion 2 also comes with better sound quality as well.
For as long as we have known Bose, the company has consistently given us excellent audio quality. So, we came with this expectation when checking out the Bose Companion 2. Thankfully, we were not disappointed.
The design of these speakers makes them ideally poised to give great sound. There’s the driver in front which delivers on bass, mids and highs to the listener. Also, there’s a small cabinet out back which gives you some quality bass reverb.
The speakers are also pretty loud too. But then again, we’ve also come to expect that from Bose. Despite the small size and lightweight, you’d be delighted to find that these are quite loud.
However, these do not come with subwoofers so the low frequencies might not come out really tight. But altogether, though, the sound here is impressive. Plus, it’s also great for gaming too. Sound is usually pretty sick.
Logitech is one of the biggest brands in the industry when it comes to 2.1 computer speakers. Its speakers are mostly high end, actually. But this time, Logitech has chosen to create something a bit more low-end so budget buyers can get them some Logitech too.
Logitech sticks to its usual design here despite the lower price. This comes with a subwoofer unlike the other speakers we have seen so far. Coming in a cube shape, the sub also features four stubs which are leg-like appendages on which the unit stands.
These speakers look pretty good with a plain black glossy finish on the left. The right speaker also looks the same but since it houses the controls, it also comes with a silver panel where you find the volume and bass knobs.
Now, you’ve got to be pretty careful because as with glossy faces, these things tend to attract fingerprints like magnets. So, be careful when moving these.
The speaker connects to your speaker using a 3.5 millimeter audio cable. Plus, there’s also a headphone port as well as a 3.5 millimeter aux port too. The addition of RCA jacks is also a nice touch.
Moreover, the speakers themselves are roughly 8 inches high with 2-inch drivers at the front and back. This ensures an omnidirectional sound that you’d enjoy.
Somewhat lowering our expectations considering price, but keeping in mind that this is Logitech, we must say that sound here impressed us. The audio is moderately clear with great bass, thanks to the subwoofer.
And if you want these speakers to really shine, then consider placing them at the center so the drivers provide sound in front and behind. It’s not a 360 degree coverage, mind you, but it’s great sound coverage all the same.
We checked out the T20 earlier from Creative Labs and now, we have yet another set of speakers from the same brand. Even at a much reduced price, the Inspire T12 speaker does not disappoint. It still delivers on great, warm stereo sound.
The speakers look okay with the matte-black finish unlike the other glossy speakers we’ve seen so far. They are about 7 inches high and come with a woofer and a tweeter each.
Now, there’s no subwoofer here. However, in lieu of that, Creative Labs uses its patented technology – the BassFlex technology to enhance the bass you get from these speakers.
Alright now, the left speaker connects to the speaker using the included cable. The right speaker, on the other hand, features all the ports and controls you’d need to work these speakers. There’s the power port, plus an audio input jack that allows you connect to your PC using the 3 millimeter cord (included).
Moving to the front panel of the right speaker, you find all the controls such as the volume knob which also functions as the control for power. You also get the headphone jack here which allows for private listening as well.
And now, sound quality. At this price, this speaker does fairly well. The highs are not so teeny and the bass is quite pleasant even without a sub. And that’s because the BassFlex technology packs a punch.
And now to the volume, this will easily fill a moderately sized room with sound. But you’ve got to be careful, at a really high volume, audio might muddy up. For us, we think the sweet spot on these speakers are when the volume is on the mid-point.
PS: This also comes in the wireless version.
The Edifier Exclaim Bi-Amped 2.0 Speaker System aka E10 is one of the most unique set of speakers we have the privilege of reviewing today. It comes with a really eye-catching design which means the speakers will add a touch of wow to your space.
However, looks aren’t the only things the E10 bring to the table, there are loads of technical features which you’re going to enjoy for sure. The E10 is high performance and comes with a 2.0 speaker system integrated.
Alright, let’s see what’s inside these things. At the base, there’s a 3-inch woofer at the base of the speaker. Plus, there’s also a bass radiator to match as well. this gives your bass the maximum deep effect that you want.
In the silver columns is the 38 millimeter tweeter as well as another radiator.
Still on design, this speaker comes angled backwards so that it can direct sound directly to your ears. In this position, your speakers give the max sound power. Moreover, these come with built-in amps, so, you can see why sound is always so powerful.
Alright, there’s still a little more to know about these speakers. Like most other speakers we have seen on our review, the right speaker is the controlling unit here. You connect the left speaker to the right by means of an audio cable which Edifier includes in the package.
Also, the right speaker comes with all the controls for the speaker. There are the knobs for adjusting the volume and for power/standby options as well. Plus, you also find a 3.5 millimeter aux input which helps for audio connectivity.
Lastly, this speaker system comes with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and DRC (Dynamic Range Compensation) technology. These two technologies work together to give a truly immersive sound.
The Cerwin Vega XD3 speakers are decent models for the price. They measure about 8 inches in height and come in all black cabinets. The speakers also come with a vinyl-laminated finish, as well as a medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
In each speaker, you find a 3inch cone woofer, plus, there’s also a 3/4inch silk-dome tweeter as well. Besides these, in the left speaker, you’ll also find an amp (15Watts per channel). And this amp is responsible for powering both speakers.
Also, on the left unit of the speaker system, you find two inputs which include a pair of left/right RCA connectors on the back panel. There’s also a 3.5 millimeter input on the front panel as well. In addition to this, the left speaker also features a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack for private listening.
What else do we find here? Oh yeah, you’ll find a power switch with a Vega Bass switch. This switch allows you engage the feature that allows you pump up the low end frequencies.
Understandably, these speakers have their own shortcomings but they are quite forgivable considering the price. For instance, the speakers do a decent job when it comes to stereo separation. However, the low ends are not exactly well defined and they come out a bit boxy.
But then again, we have to give it to the Cerwin Vega, these give you all the thump and drama you need for your computer games. They also make great speakers for your hip-hop music if that’s what you’re into.
We still are not entirely sure we love how the bass comes out. You know, we could have gone for a more balanced sound. But hey, if large and loud is how you like to play it, then this might be your guy.
It’s yet another Logitech on our review today and we’ve already told you about the brand’s reputation prior to now. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review.
This is a simple yet highly versatile model from Logitech. In fact, it comes with a plug and play function and can work with a variety of devices besides your computer. This can also work with your smartphone, MP3 or DVD player, tablets, or even your TV. It also works with game consoles as well.
For connections, all the ports come on the back panel of the subwoofer. Yeah, we did forget to mention that this comes with a subwoofer in the package. On the speakers too, there are two sets of input which include an RCA jack as well as a standard 3.5 millimeter jack.
If you plug each of these speakers into different devices simultaneously, they will detect the separate audio signals, and then combine to give an output of both.
As for sound, the sub comes with a 5inch driver and the entire speaker system itself boasts an intriguing peak power of 80 Watts. This can only mean one thing, deep, rich low end frequencies. Well, bass heads might understandably want more even though there’s also a control knob which helps to boost bass.
Pretty sure they’d want their walls (and probably craniums too) to rattle. But these aren’t the ones, sorry sweetie.
Furthermore, mids and vocals sound pretty balanced, but the high frequencies aren’t exactly clear to us. They actually feel somewhat muted. For instance, a string instrumental won’t sound so distinctive.
Finally, this does pack some power which can conveniently fill a small room. On high volumes though, do bear in mind that you might experience some distortion. So, we won’t recommend this for the outdoors.
When it comes to gaming equipment, Trust Gaming is a name you can trust. No pun intended, lol.
Now, as the name implies, these speakers are gaming speakers so they are specially made for gamers. But here’s what makes us super impressed in these speakers. Trust Gaming actually co-designed these speakers with gamers. And who better to know the desires of a gamer than gamers themselves?
Bearing in mind that these speakers cost less than $100, there are expected compromises here and there. But from what we have just seen about the design of these speakers, you can expect them to be the some of the best gaming speakers you can possibly get for under $100.
This speaker set is a 2.1 system, and it also comes with a wooden subwoofer. With a peak power of a staggering 120 Watts and an RMS of 60 Watts, this speaker packs more than enough power.
There’s no doubt about it. These speakers will give about the most powerful, the cleanest, deepest and richest bass in its category.
Moreover, they are not just compatible with your PC, they also work easily with all kinds of gaming devices. You’ll find that they also work with your Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.
But even though these are gaming speakers, there’s nothing restricting them from working with your audio devices. So, whether its your TV, tablet, smartphone, MP3 or MP4, these speakers will work.
You’ll find all the needed controls (like for the volume and bass) on the side panel of the sub. But other inputs like the 3.5 millimeter aux input and headphone jack are found on the control pod.
All in all, if you’re a gaming maniac on a budget, these are the speakers you want to get.
We’re coming closer to the end of our reviews, so this time, we decided to throw in some bookshelf speakers. And for our bookshelf speakers of choice are the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers.
The Micca MB42X are small sized yet elegant speakers with a frequency range of 60 to 20kHz. With such a wide frequency response, this speaker offers a highly balanced performance.
What’s at the heart of these speakers?
Well, there are the silk dome tweeters for one. There are also 4inch carbon fiber woofers too. If you want, you can hide these using a magnetic grill. And although this does not present any real functional value, it’s enough to know that you can change the appearance of these speakers all day every day.
In these speakers, you’ll find an advanced Octave crossover design. And this gives you a really dynamic, open, and clean sound.
These speakers are great for indoor use and you’ll be able to conveniently use this in listening to music or seeing movies from your PC. You can also use this with your home theater, although we can’t say you’d absolutely love it, though.
The vocals tend to occur more in the foreground but even at that, you can’t exactly call the sound flat. They actually come out quite crisp even at high frequencies. The bass is also quite deep too.
These won’t give you the performance of a lifetime but one thing is sure. For the price that these come in, they actually sound higher end.
Lastly, we look at the most affordable speakers we could lay our hands on, the Avantree Desktop Bluetooth PC Computer Speakers. Of course, we saw cheaper models but we also had to consider quality.
These speakers are some of the most balanced wireless computer speakers you can possibly find. But the best part of these speakers is their price. It comes super affordable yet delivers a high performance.
In size, these are portable speakers with a 4.0 Bluetooth technology. This makes these speakers the only wireless computer speakers under $100 on our reviews today. Using the Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the speakers enable you to consistently and stably stream your music.
Also, these speakers come with fantastic acoustic drivers which deliver about 10Watts of power. Therefore, considering the small size, we would say that the sound performance is quite impressive. The high frequencies are crisp, and so are the mids. The bass is also quite okay.
Another thing we really liked about these speakers is the fact that they come with a stereo sound. Plus, they come with left and right outputs which improve your listening experience.
Altogether, we will say these speakers more than perform for their size and price. So, if you’re really tight on a budget, these are speakers you could also try.
Our favorite speakers today on our best computer speakers under $100 roundup would go to the Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers. This is a speaker system that we think brings the perfect balance of performance, features, and price.
Another reason this stole our number one spot is that it comes with its own sub. And if you’re going to give out powerful bass, everyone knows that your speakers have got to come with a sub.
So, yeah, our number one choice is definitely the Logitech Z333.