If you've ever tried to listen to music (and we mean, really listen to music) on a notebook, you'll know just how frustrating it is. Built-in notebook speakers are subpar at best, even those with "built-in subwoofers." The technology has evolved a lot over the years, but it's still not a fulfilling experience to listen to your favorite tunes over those tiny tweeters that companies call speakers. Logitech
knows the pain well. They have just released information on two new towable speakers
, which are meant to dock and reside on your laptop lid in order to greatly enhance the music quality from your notebook.
The Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 and the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 are both designed to work with Macs and PCs, not to mention iPad and iPhone. The wireless version works from up to 50 feet away, and it uses a standard 2.4GHz transceiver in order to stream music from a notebook/device to the speaker itself; just plug the adapter into a USB port and stream away. There's dual two-inch drivers, which aren't huge, but will certainly sound better than your internal notebook speakers. This one also has a rechargeable battery that can power your speaker for up to 10 hours.
The Z305 uses a USB cable for power, and it's designed to rest on your laptop lid as you use it. It's said to be plug-and-play, but you'll still be dealing with a cable. The Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 is expected to be available in September in the U.S. and Europe for a suggested retail price of $99.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 is expected to be available in September in the U.S. and Europe for a suggested retail price of $59.99 (U.S.).
Two New Logitech Speakers Transform Laptop Audio
Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 Offers Up to 50-Foot Wireless Range, Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 Delivers 360-Degree Sound
FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Laptop computers have dramatically changed the way you enjoy entertainment today, but laptop audio hasn’t really kept pace. Because you’re watching movies, shows and Facebook™ video clips on your laptop, today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the Logitech® Wireless Speaker Z515 and the Logitech® Laptop Speaker Z305. Whether you use a Mac® or a Windows®-based laptop or a netbook, the Wireless Speaker Z515 delivers great sound from your laptop, iPad™ or iPhone®, with no strings attached, while the Laptop Speaker Z305 brings you all-around sound in a compact design.
“The speakers built into most laptops are tiny and can’t always reproduce powerful audio”
“The speakers built into most laptops are tiny and can’t always reproduce powerful audio,” said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. “Whether you’re an MP3 junkie or a movie lover, our two new laptop speakers make it easy to connect, turn the sound up and lose yourself in the things you love. There’s no reason that you can’t have quality audio while you’re watching the latest YouTube® sensation or the newest Hollywood release on your laptop.”
Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 — Great Sound, No Strings Attached
To free you from the hassle of cords and let you place your speakers up to 50 feet (15 m) away, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology to deliver wireless audio. And setup couldn’t be easier. Just plug the included wireless adapter into a USB port on your laptop, and you’re connected in a matter of seconds. Or if you want to connect to an iPad or iPhone, you won’t even need the USB dongle – just put your device into Discovery mode and the Logitech Z515 speaker will find it and connect wirelessly.
But these speakers aren’t just wireless — they also provide rich sound. The speaker’s dual two-inch drivers give full stereo sound and plenty of bass. Plus, so you can take your music with you wherever you go, the Z515 includes a rechargeable battery that can power your speaker for up to 10 hours.
Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 — All-Around Sound from Your Laptop, To Go
If you are looking for a lightweight, compact speaker that is truly as portable as your laptop, look no farther than the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305. Thanks to 360-degree audio, the Z305 emits sound evenly in all directions so you get a great listening experience throughout the room. The plug-and-play USB connection delivers power and pure, digital audio instantly — without the need for software or an external power supply.
So you can easily use the speaker anywhere you use your computer — your office, your bed, the airport — the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 securely mounts behind the screen so it’s out of the way. And the Laptop Speaker Z305 is also extremely lightweight — approximately one-half pound — which means you'll always be able to take it with you. As an added convenience, the USB cable tucks neatly into the back of your speaker, giving you a look that’s sleek and clutter-free.
When you’re ready to hit the road, both new Logitech laptop speakers fit easily into the included travel case or your laptop bag.