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10 Affordable Speakers for Your Laptop or Desktop Computer

IndieWire logo IndieWire 10/19/2021 Latifah Muhammad

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Upgrading your sound system can get pretty expensive. Not to worry though, if you’re looking to boost the sound coming from your laptop or desktop, we curated a list of some of the best affordable laptop speakers — most of which are priced at less than $100.

While there are a lot of digital voice assistants on the market that can double as external speakers (all you need is Bluetooth), connecting multiple devices to one gadget can be a gift and a curse. If you’re looking for something more specialized, see below for our roundup of affordable computer speakers. Most of the items listed are portable enough for your laptop or PC but they can also be used for your TV and other gadgets such as iPhones, Androids, iPads, and Kindles. And with the holiday season coming soon, any of the items below will make a great gift. For more sound recommendations be sure to read our picks for best Bluetooth speakers for every budget and best soundbars under $100.

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Insignia Stereo Speakers

These Insignia computer speakers have racked up more than 1,300 positive reviews, many of which note functionality, reliability, and stylish design. Weighing just over a pound and measuring 6.9” x 2.6″ x 3.1,” these compact speakers offer a wired alternative to Bluetooth options. Listen to your favorite music or enjoy streaming video with the speakers, which are equipped with an integrated 3.5 mm headphone jack so that you can enjoy stereo sound without disturbing others. With ultra-simple power and volume controls, the Insignia stereo speakers are easy to operate, and the universal design works great with laptops, PCs, and TVs.

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Creative Pebble 2.0 USB Speakers 

When you don’t have a lot to spend, it’s good to have more than one affordable option such as these Creative Pebble Speakers. It’ll cost you just $20 to indulge in a sleek and elegant 2.0 speaker system for your office or any other room in the house. The orb-shaped wired speakers feature a 45-degree elevated sound stage for enhanced audio projection.

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Edifier G2000 Stereo Speakers

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to speaker power. These Edifier Stereo Speakers are just 2.75” tall but you get powerful 32-watt Hifi sound, with thumping bass, clear trebles and enough volume to fill a small room. The speakers have Bluetooth, USB, and AUX cord connections making it perfect for a lMac, PC, Desktop, tablet, phones and other gizmos. You can also customize your desktop to change the color settings on the speakers which is a perfect way to elevate your gaming experience.

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Razer Nommo Chroma Speakers

The Razer Nommo Chroma speakers are designed for gaming, but you can use them for a variety of sound boosting needs. The speakers include custom woven glass fiber 3” drivers with a 50-20kHz frequency range; dedicated rear-facing bass ports, bass control with automatic gain control technology to fine tune your listening experience, and Razer Chroma lighting.

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Harman Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 Speaker System

For those who enjoy aesthetics as much as sound clarity, the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 Speakers System is a decent choice for its unique industrial design and technical capabilities. The speaker system is suitable for your computer or laptop, but also your TV, and pretty much any media device. These speakers are equipped with a 6,” 20-watt downward-firing powered subwoofer with volume control and angle adjustable satellites, along with eight 1,” full-range transducers. You can get the Kardon Soundstick III 2.1 Speaker System at Amazon, or directly through the Harmon Kardon website.

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JBL Pebbles Plug and Play Stereo Computer Speakers 

If you’re a fan of JBL products, these Pebble speakers are another space-saving speaker option for a minimalist tech setup (at a slightly higher price point than the Pebbles featured earlier in the list). Apart from the compact design, the easy-to-use JBL Pebble speakers offer plug-and-play USB access with a built-in rotating volume control that syncs with your computer. JBL Pebbles are engineered with proprietary technology to deliver top notch natural sound with exceptional clarity and deep bass.

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Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia PC Speakers

If most of your time on the computer is spent listening to music or gaming, the Bose Companion 2 Series Multimedia PC Speakers are some of the best options around for a great price. Bose works with sound engineers to provide you with pristine sound quality, so you already know the company put a lot of work into these speakers. The volume control and headphone jack are easy to find on the right speaker, and the auxiliary cord lets you connect multiple devices to easily enhance your sound experience.

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Elegiant LED USB Computer Speakers

Elegiant is another affordable speaker brand but this particular model comes with LED lighting. The 10W speakers deliver excellent sound quality for gaming, music, movies and more of your favorite content. The full range 2.0 channel enhanced stereo core produces rich and crystal audio; and the speakers are USB powered and Bluetooth compatible. Another cool feature: the LED lighting has three different modes to adjust the ambiance in the room.

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Cyber Acoustics CA-3810 Computer Speakers with Subwoofer

Cyber Acoustic’s CA-3810 72W computer speakers are ideal for gamers and movie lovers on a budget. The built-in subwoofer adds even more power to the speakers for a fine-tuned and enhanced listening experience. This speaker system has a 5.2 power series driver that delivers deep, powerful sound. You’ll also find convenient desktop controls for volume and power in addition to a headphone output jack, bass volume control, and auxiliary input.

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AudioEngine A2+ Mini Bluetooth Speakers

Audioengine’s A2+ speakers are only about 6,” which makes them perfect for a home office or dorm room setup. Designed for desktops and small spaces, these mini Bluetooth speakers offer high-fidelity sound with wireless and wired setup options ( the speakers include 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, stereo RCA, USB, and Bluetooth 5.0). Technical features include: 2.75” drivers, aramid fiber woofers, 3/4” silk tweeters, Premium Bluetooth aptX-HD, and built-in power amps wrapped in precision-tuned, hand-crafted wood cabinets. These 60W speakers, which are available in red, black, and white, are designed to seamlessly connect to your computer, smart phone, and other compatible devices.

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