AMAZONBASICS AC POWERED COMPUTER SPEAKERS
$29 from go.pcworld.com/abac
Amazonbasics AC Powered Computer Speakers (currently $20 on Amazon) are a rare example of truth in advertising. This is a rudimentary set of electrically powered stereo speakers that will amplify your PC’S audio, though not necessarily bring the best out of it.
It’s surprising how sturdily constructed these are for only two sawbucks. Each 2.6-by-3.4-by-5-inch speaker enclosure is made with durable black plastic and weighs about 2 pounds. The respective drivers are covered with a metal grille on the front panel— not mesh, as you’d expect at this price.
You control power and volume with a knob on one channel. An LED power indicator sits above it, and a headphone jack for private listening is beneath.
The speakers are hardwired together by a single cable. Setup is as simple as plugging the power cord into an outlet and the 3.5 input into the headphone jack of your PC or mobile device. Both of these wires are attached to one of the speakers.
The speakers have a combined output of 5 watts (2.5 per speaker). Sitting on a desktop, they’re angled slightly upward toward your head when you’re seated at your computer to target your ears. They have plenty of volume—i found just past the