What kind of computer speakers are right for you? To find the right computer speakers, experts say you need to consider your listening environment, your listening preferences and your budget. For example, audiophiles who plan on listening to lossless, high-fidelity recordings and streams will be disappointed by speakers that can't deliver the clarity and fidelity of their source material.
Movie buffs will still want good clarity for dialog and more, but they also will want speakers with a robust low end that can deliver all the visceral impact of the latest Hollywood blockbusters. For casual listening and gaming with better sound quality than is possible from the built-in speakers in most laptops or desktop monitors, even cheap -- but well made -- speakers will be a notable upgrade.
Where will the speakers be placed? The small satellites in many computer speaker systems won't take up all that much room on your desktop. However, some systems use larger enclosures for better sound, so keep their footprint in mind (or, where possible, consider wall mounting). Most computer system subwoofers are small enough to fit under a desk without too much hassle, but check to make sure that you have room.
Do you need additional inputs? Many speaker systems have additional inputs so you can easily plug in gaming consoles, iPods and other external devices. Make sure you take this into consideration before picking up computer speakers that might not have the connections you seek.
Are aesthetics important to you? Appearance and stylish design aren't important to everyone, but if looks are a consideration, then getting computer speakers with the right size, color and design to blend in with your existing computer hardware is something to consider.