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Geek Gifts 2010: Logitech Z205 portable speakers

For those times when high-quality audio is important, but headphones or ear buds are not an option, there is the Logitech Z205 portable speaker system.

Although headphones are an acceptable way to get high-quality audio out of our portable devices, there are times when a decent pair of stereo speakers would be a better choice. For those occasions there is the Logitech Z205 portable speaker system.

Taking advantage of advances in USB-based audio technology, these speakers have a remarkably rich sound, especially when you consider how little power they draw.

Specifications

  • Product: Logitech Z205 portable speakers
  • Company: Logitech
  • Part Number: PN 984-000108
  • Requires a USB port
  • Works with Windows and Mac OS
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.52 in x 7.09 in x 1.35 in
  • Cost: $30 to $40 ($35.67 on Amazon)

What I like

  • Plug and play: The Z205 speakers are USB-based and were recognized by Windows 7 when plugged in. The drivers were loaded they just worked - no disks to load, no downloads to get - just sound.
  • No batteries: The speakers are powered by the USB connection so no batteries are required.
  • Quality sound: The Logitech Z205 speakers have surprisingly good dynamic range. While they won't rival a set of $500-plus Bose speakers, they are more than serviceable as an alternative to headphones.

What I don't like

Base: The Z205s have decent sound and do a good job of avoiding a strong tinny sound, but the base range is still limited and will be noticeable if you are used to playing your rock and roll music at eleven.

Bottom line

The Logitech Z205 speakers are a solid addition to the weary road-warriors' travel package. The speakers make an excellent supplement to the typical headphone and can be used in situations where headphones are uncomfortable or unnecessary. If you have a geeky traveler on your list for the holidays, the Logitech Z205 portable speakers would make a nice stocking stuffer.

Geek rating

  • Fun factor: ***
  • Geek factor: ***
  • Value: *****
  • Overall: ****

Want more reviews of tech gadgets and gizmos? Download the PDF of TechRepublic's Geek Gift Guide 2010.

About Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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