Computer speakers are one of the must-haves in today’s exciting world of entertainment and leisure. They jack up your listening and gaming experience to crazy levels. Hence the reason they are getting more expensive. However, we have some good news; you can get good quality computer speakers for under $100.
Today, we present you with the top 10 best computer speakers under $100 that are currently available. These speakers might not turn your gaming experience 180 degrees, like some of the high-end speakers might. But then, you’re not expecting that for the price, are you?
And now that’s sorted, it’s time to get to our review. So, check out our top ten best computer speakers under $100…
- Top 10 Best Computer Speakers Under $100 Reviews In 2020
- 1 Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System
- 2 Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers
- 3 Logitech Speaker System Z523 Speaker System With Subwoofer
- 4 Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System
- 5 Edifier Exclaim Bi-Amped 2.0 Speaker System
- 6 Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers
- 7 Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers
- 8 GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1 Computer Speakers
- 9 RECCAZR Surround Computer Speakers
- 10 Creative Pebble 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers
Top 10 Best Computer Speakers Under $100 Reviews In 2020
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
Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers
13.78 x 9.25 x 8.54 inches
First, we begin with this sweet speaker from Creative Labs – the GigaWorks T20 Series II. The company decided to do some upgrading to the T20. And voila! The T20 Series II was born.
Here’s what we like about this speaker…
We’ll begin with the design. If you’ve seen the T20, you must have been impressed by its look. But the T20 Series II looks even better. You’ll love the glossy black finish on the Series II, which replaces the T20’s grey plastic.
These are very well-built speakers and don’t feel in the least bit flimsy – they are built to last.
The package comes with a power adapter, a stereo cable, and a dual RCA-to-stereo adapter (i.e., a TV adapter).
However, it would seem that the upgrade that made the T20 Series II was merely cosmetic. When you crack open the heart of the speaker, you’ll find exactly what was in the T20, i.e., a woofer driver with woven glass-fiber cone, and a small tweeter.
So, as you’d expected, the audio experience from the speakers is pretty much the same in both versions.
Sound-wise, they’re OK, but the mid-range tends to overpower the highs. The highs are there, of course, it’s just that they are a little too smooth. As for bass, this delivers well considering there is no sub-woofer.
The Bose Companion 2 Series comes in a clean design with an all-black finish and fabric covered drivers. We also love how the design slants the speakers upwards directing the sound to the listener’s ears.
The right speaker is the control unit and features all the controls, inputs and outputs – the I/O, left speaker output, 3.5-millimeter audio jack, and AC adapter. On the front panel, you find the headphone jack, as well as the volume knob.
Both speakers look identical with a full black enclosure and fabric grills. Not only is it aesthetically more pleasing than its predecessor, but it also comes with better sound quality.
Bose has become famous for consistently given the world excellent audio quality. So, we were expecting the same 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, delivering solid bass, strong mids, and crisp highs to the listener.
Despite the small size and being light in weight, you’d be delighted to find that these are more than loud enough for most applications. But again, you would expect that from Bose.
However, these do not come with subwoofers, so the low frequencies might not go as low or be as tight as bassheads would like. But altogether, the sound is very impressive.
Logitech is one of the biggest brands in the industry when it comes to 2.1 computer speakers. Its speakers being mostly expensive, high-end models. But, Logitech has chosen to create something a bit more low-end, so that budget buyers can get themselves some Logitech goodness.
The company sticks to its usual design here, despite the lower price. And, this comes with a subwoofer, unlike the other speakers we’ve covered so far. Cubed in shape, the sub features four stubs, which are leg-like appendages on which the unit stands.
The speakers look good with a black glossy finish. The right unit houses the controls, featuring a silver panel where you’ll find the volume and bass knobs.
Now, there’s a downside with super glossy finishes, in that they tend to attract fingerprints like magnets. So, be careful when moving these around.
The speakers connect to your PC using a 3.5-millimeter cable. Plus, there’s also a headphone port, a 3.5-millimeter aux port, and RCA jacks – which is a nice touch.
The speakers themselves are roughly 8 inches high with 2-inch drivers at the front and back. This ensures an omnidirectional sound, that will immerse you in the music.
Considering the low price, but keeping in mind that this is Logitech, we must say that the sound is impressive. The audio is clear with great bass, thanks to the subwoofer.
We now have yet another set of speakers from Creative Labs. And even at a much lower price, the Inspire T12 does not disappoint, delivering a quality warm stereo sound.
The speakers look good with their matte-black finish. They are about 7 inches high and come with a woofer and a tweeter in each.
Now, there’s no subwoofer here. However, instead of that, Creative Labs uses its patented BassFlex technology to enhance the bass you get from these speakers.
The right unit features all the ports and controls, the power port, plus an audio input jack that allows you to connect it to your PC using the included 3-millimeter cord. The left speaker connects to the right one using the included cable.
Moving to the front panel of the right speaker, you find the volume knob which also functions as the control for power, as well as the headphone jack which allows for private listening.
And now, to sound quality. For the price, the speaker does well. The highs are not too thin, and the bass is good even without a sub. That’s because of the BassFlex technology packing a punch.
And now to the volume, these will work well in any moderately sized room. But you’ve got to be careful because at higher volumes, audio might muddy up.
We think the volume sweet spot for these speakers is between the mid-point and 75%.
PS: This is also available as a wireless version.
The Edifier Exclaim Bi-Amped 2.0 Speaker System, aka the E10, is one of the most unique sets of speakers in this review. They feature an eye-catching design which will certainly add a touch of wow to your space.
However, looks aren’t the only thing the E10 brings to the table; they are packed with great features.
Alright, let’s see what’s inside these things. At the base, there’s a 3-inch woofer with a bass radiator; this gives the deep low bass that most people are looking for. In the silver columns, you’ll find a 38-millimeter tweeter as well as another radiator.
Like the Bose we’ve just reviewed, these speakers also feature a backward-angled design, enabling you can direct the sound to your ears.
The right speaker features all the controls – there are the knobs for adjusting the volume and for power/standby options, as well as a 3.5-millimeter aux input, which can be used to connect external audio devices.
Lastly, this speaker system comes with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and DRC (Dynamic Range Compensation) technology. These technologies work together to give a truly immersive sound.
6 Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers
Are you a fan of UFOs and flying saucers? If so, you’ll love these intriguing speakers from Sanyun. They are made from metal and high-quality plastics which ensure minimal vibration to produce a great sound.
Black and silvery in color with the blue oval lamp ring allowing the beauty of the curved metal lines to shine through. No other speaker in this review looks anything like them. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but we love the look!
But even though they look fantastic, the sound is average, the low maximum power of 5-watts each doesn’t make them loud, but they are good enough for most low volume users.
They do however punch above their weight regarding the bass end, offering outstanding bass quality, compared to other very small speakers. They feature a built-in bass diaphragm with a closed cavity that aids the low frequencies to provide strong and penetrating bass performance.
But bear in mind, these are not loud, or expensive, so even though the bass response is very impressive for their small size, it can’t be compared to the bigger, higher volume systems with subwoofers in this review.
They feature a 3.5mm audio interface, which is suitable for most music players – iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy tablet or phone, MP3 player or other audio devices. The USB power supply plugs into your computer USB port for effortless use.
They come with a very impressive 3-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty and an Unconditional 30 days Money-back Guarantee. So, there really is no risk in buying these funky little speakers.
We now have another product from Logitech, the simple, yet highly versatile Z333.
It comes as a plug and play unit and works with a variety of devices besides your computer, such as your smartphone, MP3 or DVD player, game consoles, tablets, or even your TV.
All the ports are on the back panel of the subwoofer. The speakers also feature two sets of inputs, which include an RCA jack as well as a standard 3.5-millimeter jack.
You can even plug each of the speakers into different devices at the same time. They will then detect the separate audio signals, and then combine them to give an output of both. Very clever indeed!
As for sound, the sub comes with a 5-inch driver and the entire speaker system boasts a peak power rating of 80 Watts. This means only one thing, deep, low-end frequencies.
Regarding the sound, the mids are well balanced, but the high frequencies could be a little clearer, sounding a little muted.
Finally, we did notice that at high volumes you might experience some distortion.
8 GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1 Computer Speakers
We’ve had some great looking speakers in this review, but the next set could be the best looking of all – the GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1
The 2.1 obviously indicates that this set includes a powered sub-woofer. It’s a side-firing sub with front-loaded volume control and measures 11″ x 9.25″ x 4.5″ inches, so should easily fit into most set-ups.
Power wise, the whole system is peak power rated at 40 watts with RMS power of 20 watts. Each speaker features a 40mm Driver, with a 101mm Subwoofer. The dynamic range is 80Hz – 20KHz.
But what makes the system really stand out is the modern blue LED accent lights. These provide a subtle cool ambiance at lower volumes and a bold flare and pulse to the beat of the music when the bass equalizer is turned up past 80%.
They can be used with any audio device that has a 3.5mm audio input – computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or MP3 Players.
The GOgroove BassPULSE speakers make your music, movies, and gaming come to life, with dynamic high-end, warm mids and deep, powerful bass.
GOgroove Speakers also allow you to buy with confidence, and are backed by a 3-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.
9 RECCAZR Surround Computer Speakers
Here’s another budget offering that provides a rich and true stereo sound for the low price – the Reccazr Surround Computer Speakers.
Each of the speakers features two built-in loudspeaker diaphragms and a tweeter. So you get a side firing sub-woofer in each of the speakers, as well as the regular woofer and tweeter. This produces a clear, rich sound, which is good for the low price.
The Compact Design allows the speakers to easily fit on your desk. And being USB powered, you can take them with you and your laptop anywhere, for music on the go.
They are however very low in volume, being only 3 watts each, so don’t expect them to blast you away. But, considering the low cost, that’s understandable.
They are available in either blue trim or red trim, for a slightly different price, even the specifications are exactly the same? Which we find intriguing? Either way, we much prefer the look of the slightly more expensive blue version.
As with all the speakers in this review, they are compatible with multiple audio devices, including desktop PC’s, laptops, notebooks, Kindle Fire, smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and other devices.
10 Creative Pebble 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers
Creative took their inspiration from a Zen Japanese rock garden to produce the orb-shaped Creative Pebble 2.0 USB Desktop Speakers. They are a sleek and elegant 2.0 speaker system that would look perfect in any home, office or workspace.
Like a few of the speakers reviewed, it features a 45° elevated custom-tuned, far-field driver solution, which directs the audio to your ears, placing you in the center of the sweet spot for great audio enjoyment.
Featuring built-in rear-facing passive radiators, the compact Creative Pebble delivers balanced audio with deep and immersive bass along with crystal clear high-end. So, the sound is excellent but the volume isn’t. These certainly won’t blow you away, having a rather unimpressive combined RMS of 4.4W.
The Creative Pebble also looks as good as it sounds. You can choose from an exquisite black or a pristine white color to match your style and desk setup.
They are very compact, measuring in at only 4.4 inches wide each, so they won’t compromise any valuable desk space when placed next to your PC monitor. What’s more, the Pebble is powered by a single USB cable, so there is no need for a wall outlet.
The award for our favorite speakers from our Top 10 best computer speakers under $100 roundup goes 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 a subwoofer. And if you’re looking for powerful bass, everyone knows that you’re going to need a sub.
So, yeah, the number one choice is definitely the Logitech Z333.