Best Computer Speakers for Under $100 Windows Central 2021

If you're not a headphones person, you're either dealing with terrible laptop speakers or maybe the awful ones built into your monitor or all-in-one PC. If that's you, then you're most likely in need of some great external speakers. You also don't want to spend a fortune on a Harmon Kardon 5.1 surround system, so we rounded up some of the best computer speakers for less than a hundred dollars. And if you're working from home, these speakers can play a vital role in creating some background noise.

Bose Companion 2 Series III

Premium Audio: Bose Companion 2 Series III

Staff favorite

If you want excellent sound quality and value, then you want Bose. The brand is well-known in the audio space for great sound, and that remains true with these speakers.

$99 at Newegg
Logitech Speaker System Z313

Great Value: Logitech Speaker System Z313

Editor's pick

The Z313 comes with a powered subwoofer and two satellite speakers to deliver 25W of total power. That's enough to fill your room and then some.

$45 at Newegg
Edifier Exclaim e10

Small & Punchy: Edifier Exclaim e10

Not taking up much space on your desk, the Exclaim e10 delivers plenty of sound with each speaker sporting two 1.5-inch tweeters and a 3-inch woofer.

$100 at eBay
Mackie CR3

Studio Design: Mackie CR3

The Mackie CR3 sounds excellent and has some handy features like aux in and headphone out ports on the front, plus TRS and RCA in on the rear.

$90 at Newegg
Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP

Cheap & Cheerful: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP

This sleek-looking 30W system sports a handy control pod, controlling power, volume, and bass, and has a headphone jack and auxiliary port.

$68 at Newegg
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

Crisp Audio: Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

Creative makes relatively inexpensive products that sound superb. Each speaker produces clean, crisp audio that'll impress, considering the price tag.

$60 at Best Buy
GOgroove BassPULSE

Futuristic Look: GOgroove BassPULSE

These are the coolest-looking speakers in our roundup, but they're not all flash and guile. These speakers can produce unbelievable highs and lows.

$50 at Newegg
Creative T12

Connect Everything: Creative T12

The T12 by Creative is an affordable speaker solution, consisting of just two units. Not the best sounds, but great for such a budget purchase.

$57 at Newegg
Creative Pebble 2.0

Pebble Power: Creative Pebble 2.0

Creative's Pebble 2.0 speakers are small USB-powered units that are best suited for desktop and laptop PCs. While compact, they produce some pretty good audio considering the price.

$20 at Newegg

Turn up the bass

When it comes to PC speakers, you pay for what you get. There are a lot of options available if you don't need to stick to a budget. If you're keeping to a budget, don't expect anything ground-breakingly spectacular, but don't expect total crap either. Our collection of speakers here covers affordable companion units, 2.1 sound systems, and even more premium options from the likes of Bose.

Spending a just a bit extra unlocks another tier of great-sounding speakers that will likely surpass this list. That being said, if your budget is tight, these are the tops, and Bose takes my number one spot with the excellent Bose Companion 2 system.

If you don't want to spend too much on any computer accessory, Logitech is a trustworthy brand, and the Z313 speakers are a great value. They're not as powerful as some of the other speakers on this list, but that's what you get for such a low price.

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