Logitech Z623

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 Logitech Z623

Logitech products appear to fit into two separate categories, especially when it comes to speakers.

We’ve seen – and heard – £200 5.1 setups that have blown everything else clean out of the water, but on the other hand, you can also pick up a set of stereo speakers for £15 that sound like they should have cost no more than a fiver.

At £120 the Z623 certainly doesn’t come cheap, but does it sound like it’s worth all that extra money? The answer is a resounding yes.

The sound is deep and rich, and the most ‘three-dimensional’ we’ve ever heard from a 2.1 system. Even coming from a laptop’s dubious-quality in-built sound card, the sounds of gunfire in our favourite FPS seemed to come from all around us. How soothing.

The bass and treble are perfectly tuned out of the box, but if you want to add more bass there’s a dedicated rotary dial on the right-hand speaker. Despite the slightly ‘Day of the Tentacle’ design of the speakers, they’re well built too.

The subwoofer is one of the smaller ones we’ve seen, but it did just as good a job of bass reproduction as ones the size of a small fridge. The satellites compliment it perfectly, being adequately weighted in terms of both construction and sound.

If there’s a slight niggle, it’s that Logitech has elected to use the same connection system it uses on its lower-end speakers. The right satellite houses the power, volume and bass controls, and it connects to the sub-woofer via a proprietary VGA-style cable. The left speaker simply connects to the sub with a phono plug.

The system evidently works, and having power control on the desktop saves you having to lean over to a hidden sub to turn them on – and it’s exactly the same system you’ll find on Logitech’s £15 speakers.

They have to be heard to be believed though, and despite our reservations about the THX certification, it actually seems to mean something here. These come highly recommended.

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Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305

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 Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305

Many laptops are plagued with speakers that can only produce tinny and unsatisfactory sounds. Many of us use our laptops to watch and listen to media – either stuff we’ve downloaded, ripped or streamed from services such as BBC iPlayer – so having under-powered speakers can leave a lot to be desired.

The Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 is a simple solution that plugs into a USB port and can be hooked on to the back of your laptop. The resulting audio quality is very good, and a huge improvement on most laptop speakers. The sounds are rich and full, and increase the output volume over what you’d usually achieve from laptop speakers.

The speakers are powered by USB, so there’s no need for extra batteries.

Verdict

While the design won’t win any awards, the speaker doesn’t look bad, and the ability to hook them onto the back of a laptop is a nice touch. The speaker is thin and easy to carry around as well. On the packaging it claims the design helps to achieve “360 sound”, which means you can hear them wherever you stand in a room.

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Review: Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360

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The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 is a pretty standard wireless PC keyboard, but it has a few nice features and design choices that make it worth considering if you’re on the lookout for a new keyboard.

To begin with, the K360 is pretty small – around three quarters of the size of a usual keyboard. This reduction frees up a lot of space on the desk, and makes it easier to carry around.

We’ve often found that typing for long periods on a laptop – or even worse, a netbook – can be quite uncomfortable. So having a larger keyboard to use on them, that is still small and light enough to fit into a laptop bag is a real bonus.

Smaller keyboards can often lead to more discomfort and, unlike a lot of recent Logitech keyboards, the K360 is not ergonomically designed. However, we found that when using it, the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 felt very comfortable – a lot of this being down to the ample spacing between the keys.

The small size also allows for an excellent battery life of around three years.

As well as six media-centric keys (back, forward, play/pause, mute, volume down and volume up) there are 12 programmable F keys for linking to much-used applications such as internet browsers and email. These can be easily programmed via Logitech’s user-friendly software.

Another nice bonus is that if you have a number of other wireless Logitech devices, such as the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX, then you can connect them all up to a single USB dongle, freeing up your computer’s USB ports.

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Logitech’s Speaker Lapdesk N550 Laptop Stand Unveiled

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Logitech unveiled today the Speaker Lapdesk N550 stand for sub-14″ laptops and netbooks.

The Lapdesk N550 has two built-in stereo speakers with maximum 2W of power, a heat-shielding design, ten-degree angled riser, and dedicated volume control buttons.

The speakers are powered through a USB connector.

Logitech’s Lapdesk N550 is available now for $59.99.

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