The best computer speakers 2020

Logitech G560

Weight: 1.79kg (satellites) 5.5kg (sub) | Size: 5.8 x 6.5 x 4.6 in (satellites) 15.9 x 10 x 8.1 in (sub) | Drivers: 6.5-in subwoofer, 2-in tweeters | Supported Connectivity: USB, 3.5mm, Bluetooth

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Immersive Lightsync RGB lighting
Built in DTS:X Virtual Surround
No independent volume/bass control
Lightsync works best against a wall

When it comes to RGB lighting you either hate it or love it. The PC Gamer office may be divided on this topic but there’s one thing we can agree on: Logitech’s G560 Lightsync feature is anything but gimmicky. If there’s one RGB product we’d recommend that might actually impact your PC gaming experience, it’s this one.

Logitech’s software allows you to choose between two control modes for the speakers. Hardware control ditches the software and uses Bluetooth or AUX input devices for lighting. You get a nice rainbow color cycle that also acts as an audio visualizer that flashes and brightens to the beat of music being played. Switching over to software control allows you to choose between fixed color, color cycle, breathing, audio visualizer and screen sampler lighting modes.

Audioengine A2+

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Power: 60 Watts
Connection: 3.5mm, RCA, USB
Sensitivity: 95dB
What We Like: Amazing audio and build quality, perfect size for desks.
What We Don’t: High price tag.

No question about our number one here. Hedging the line between computer and bookshelf speakers, the A2+ from Audioengine deliver on all fronts receiving our A+ grade! These speakers, while innocuous in design, will provide a full and crisp sound to your favorite Spotify playlist, newest Netflix craze, or current game of choice. We felt that the A2+ hit that sweet spot for computer speakers, striking the perfect balance between size, price, and audio quality. They are small enough to sit comfortably on even the most modest desks, but still able to fill medium sized rooms with surprisingly large sound. To top it off, they’re quite stylish.

Creative A250

Weight: 258g (9.1oz) (left satellite) 361g (12.7oz) (right satellite) 1.56kg (3.44lbs) (sub) | Size: 2.83 x 5.79 x 3.11 in (satellites) 7.20 x 8.86 x 7.48 in (sub) | Supported Connectivity: 3.5mm

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Affordable
Small footprint
Excellent clarity
No bass adjustments

When you’re out shopping for cheap PC speakers below $50, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices out there. It also doesn’t help much when reliable brands have multiple options in the same price range. The differences between the multiple low-end speakers we tested were minimal, but the Creative A250 2.1 Speakers stood apart from the competition with big sound despite their compact size.

Razer Leviathan

Power: 60 Watts
Connection: 3.5mm, Bluetooth
Sensitivity: Unknown
What We Like: Bluetooth, surround sound.
What We Don’t: Sub-par subwoofer connection.

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Using multiple drivers and Dolby’s Pro Logic II wizardry, Razer have delivered a hell of a solution for those looking for a compact speaker system that goes beyond the standard 2.0 or 2.1 options out there. We were surprised by how much this bad boy even outshone the Logitech G560 and Bose Companion 2 speakers. And, while we know there can be no perfect imitation of a premium 5.1 setup, the Razer Leviathan comes close. With 5.1 virtual surround sound packed into an elegant – not a word we often use for Razer products – soundbar that sounds as sleek as it looks, Razer has really impressed us. The sound positioning was on-point during our testing with multiple shooter games. The highs and mids carried a ton of in-game details, and the bass added a nice touch to the immersiveness of our experience without muddying the sound. The simple and intuitive buttons made it easy to switch EQs when we wanted to test movies, and music, and we felt the soundbar preformed solidly with both. Bluetooth, Optical, and a 3.5mm connection made this speaker incredibly flexible and we fell in love with the NFC that let us instantly pair our Android phone.

Klipsch R-15PM

Weight: 10.3 lbs (4.67kg) | Size: 12.5 x 7 x 8.11 in | Drivers: 5.25-in subwoofer, 1-in tweeters | Supported Connectivity: USB, Optical, 3.5mm, Bluetooth

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Extensive connectivity options
Built-in amplifier
Expensive
Large for most desks

Most users couldn’t imagine spending upwards of $500 on a PC speaker system, but audiophiles crave the high-end like any PC gamer lusts for the best graphics cards. High-end desktop speaker systems are typically composed of powered monitors and a separate subwoofer. And while many of them offer exceptional sound clarity, we found them lacking in consumer-friendly features PC gamers would benefit from. That is until we tested the Klipsch R-15PM powered monitors.

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