Logitech's $100 Bluetooth Computer Speakers Are A Simple, Affordable Way To Improve Your Home Office Setup

Computer speakers got shafted in the transition most of us made from using a desktop to a laptop, but for folks who have their own office or work from home, there's a new set I highly suggest checking out: the Bluetooth-enabled Logitech MX Sound.

I put the MX Sound speakers through their paces over the course of a few weeks, and overall, I was really impressed with them.

To start, they were very easy to set up. The right and left speaker are connected by a single cable, and a power cable from the right speaker gets plugged into your wall. Although they're Bluetooth speakers, you can plug them into a computer's headphone jack, so I did. The result was a clean-looking setup, especially since the speakers themselves are pretty small and have a modern design.

Logitech made two design choices with these computer speakers that set them apart from the ones you probably grew up using. First, they were designed to have a balanced sound without a subwoofer, which let them take up less space. Second, the company built Bluetooth into the set.

You can only keep one gadget connected to the speakers via Bluetooth at a time, but it's still a lot better than having no wireless option at all. It's possible to keep two devices connected to the speakers simultaneously by connecting one over Bluetooth and another using a cable, which is what I ended up doing. The benefit to that setup was the ability to switch back and forth between playing audio from both devices.

For instance, I would watch a YouTube video on my computer, and when it finished I'd play a podcast from my phone. When the podcast ended, I could play music from my computer, all without having to connect or disconnect anything. I've seen a similar feature on modern Bluetooth headphones, which let you connect multiple audio sources to them over Bluetooth, but it was nice to see it in a set of speakers.

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So how do the MX Sound speakers sound? Very good.

I listened to music in true stereo, which is something I don't get to do with most of the portable Bluetooth speakers I review. I placed the right and left speakers far enough apart from one another so that I could appreciate the mix of a song, like I do when listening through headphones. This isn't a feature exclusive to the MX Sound, but I appreciated it nonetheless, especially when listening to live performances like "The Last Waltz" by The Band.

Whether I was watching YouTube videos, catching up on TV shows, or listening to music, the audio was also generally clear and balanced. I noticed some muddiness at high volumes, and the bass was a little overpowering if I was listening to songs with a lot of low-end, but the extra bass actually made treble-heavy podcasts and online videos sound a little better.

It would have been nice if Logitech incorporated physical EQ controls though.

I don't believe the desktop computer speaker market is due for a comeback, but Logitech is onto something with the MX Sound. Because the speakers are Bluetooth-enabled and plugged in, I could always connect my phone to them and listen. That's a convenience feature that you don't realize you want until you're laying comfortably on your bed reading and realize you'd like some low noise on in the background.

They're also a relatively inexpensive upgrade that will improve the overall experience of listening to audio from your computer. Consider it like buying a sound bar for your TV.

The biggest downside to the MX Sound speakers is that they're not portable; the pair always has to stay connected to an outlet. But that makes sense. They were designed to be connected to a computer and stay on a desk, which makes them perfectly suited for people who have their own office, or work at home.

If portability isn't a must-have feature for you, there's no reason you shouldn't consider upgrading your work desk setup with these speakers. They sound better than the ones that are built into your computer and have many necessary modern conveniences to keep them competitive relative to their competition.

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/logitech-mx-sound-bluetooth-computer-speakers-review-2018-5

Logitech's $100 Bluetooth computer speakers are a simple, affordable way to improve your home office setup
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