If you're tired of your laptop's tinny speakers, reviews recommend the Logitech Z305 clip-on speaker as an easy-to-transport, easy-to-use alternative. This bar-shaped speaker fits neatly atop your laptop screen and plugs into its USB port; sound and power both flow along the cord (there's a 3.5 mm stereo jack, too). Unlike the cheaper Logitech Z205 , testers detect no bass distortion, although several testers and owners say the Z305 still isn't loud enough to really fill a room. Despite a few quibbles -- there's no volume indicator, for example, and the control buttons are on the back of the unit -- both experts and owners recommend the Z305 more often than any other laptop speaker.
CNET and About.com both test the Logitech Z305 and compare it with the cheaper Logitech Z205. Amazon.com and Newegg.com both post healthy numbers of owner reviews for the Z305.
The Logitech Z305 makes CNET's list of the best portable laptop speakers. Tester Justin Yu finds the clip-on, bar-shaped Z305 easy to carry and use, and it delivers great sound for its size.
Review: Logitech Z305, Justin Yu, Nov. 2010
Lisa Johnston gives the Logitech Z305 4 out of 5 stars. Unlike the cheaper Logitech Z205, the Z305 delivers "warm, even sound." Its awkwardly placed controls are Johnston's main quibble. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Logitech Z305 Review, Lisa Johnston
The Logitech Z305 is one of the highest-rated PC speakers at Amazon.com, maintaining a 4.5-star overall rating (out of 5) with more than 260 user reviews posted. Some give it mediocre ratings, however, because the speaker isn't very loud.
Review: Logitech USB Laptop Speaker Z305, Contributors to Amazon.com
With nearly 50 owner reviews posted here, more than 80 percent give the Logitech Z305 a perfect score of 5 "eggs." Some find it a little on the pricey side, though, and some say it's not loud enough.
Review: Logitech Z305 Clip-On USB Laptop Speaker, Contributors to Newegg.com