Best Computer Speakers for Under 00

If you're not a headphones person, you're either dealing with terrible laptop speakers or maybe the terrible ones built into your monitor or all-in-one PC. If that's you, then you are in need of some great external speakers. You also don't want to spend a fortune on a Harmon Kardon 5.1 surround system. Fair enough.

We've rounded up some of the best computer speakers for under $100 to keep your room rockin' and your pockets full.

Edifier Exclaim e10

The Edifier Exclaim e10 speaker system (about $66) won't take up a lot of room on your desk, but they sure will deliver a lot of sound. Each speaker has two 1.5-inch tweeters in the upper part, plus a 3-inch woofer in the bottom part for balanced sound.

Highly rated on Amazon with a 4.2-star rating with more than 290 reviews, and awarded an Editors' Choice award at PCMag, they had this to say in their review:

The Edifier Exclaim e10 is a good-looking, simple PC speaker system that delivers high-quality audio performance for its under-$100 price.

There are volume and power buttons on the side of a speaker for quick access, and you can connect with a standard 3.5mm auxiliary cord. If you like a bit of style when it comes to your PC speakers, definitely check these out.

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Mackie CR3

If you already have a considerable amount of audio equipment laying around, you might be looking for speakers with a lot of connectivity options. The Mackie CR3 speakers (about $80) have auxiliary in and headphone out ports on the front, plus TRS and RCA in on the back. There's even a switch to select which side the powered speaker is on.

Selected as the best PC speakers overall by The Wirecutter, they stated in their review:

With more inputs, outputs, and control features than most speakers, plus solid audio performance, we think the Mackie CR3 pair are the best active computer speakers for most people.

A volume knob on the front allows for quick and easy access, and the 3-inch woofer and 50W of power deliver awesome sound. If you love loud, these are the speakers for you.

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Cyber Acoustics CA-3602FFP

This three-piece set from Cyber Acoustics comes with two satellites and a wood cabinet subwoofer for 30W (62W peak) of powerful sound, for the price (around $40). There's also a handy desktop control pod, which controls power, volume, and bass, and has a headphone jack and auxiliary port.

These speakers not only sound great but look great as well, with their modern design and aluminum-finished pedestals; a gorgeous addition to your desktop. These speakers have more than 10,000 reviews on Amazon and currently sit at a 4.2-star rating.

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Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

These two-way speakers look awesome and Creative makes relatively inexpensive products that sound great. You get volume, bass, and treble control right on the front of the right speaker, and each speaker produces clean, crisp audio that'll impress, considering their $70 price tag.

CNET, in their warm review, had this to say about the GigaWorks T20 speakers:

The Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II is expensive, but looks great and produces a pleasing sonic racket. We wholeheartedly recommend the T20s to those seeking a set of stereo speakers that do their digital music collection justice.

The price has dropped significantly since the review was written back in 2009, but the sound quality has stayed the same. If you're looking for versatile speakers that'll sound great for gaming, any genre of music, and other audio, these will more than do the trick. Make sure that you're getting Series II before you check out since the original T20s sucked.

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Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Speaker System

Genius jumps in with another excellent 2.1 channel system (about $59) that offers total clarity at any volume. You've got a 5.25-inch bass driver in a fairly compact subwoofer, two 3-inch drivers in each satellite speaker, and a total output power of 38 watts. What does that mean? It means you've got great low-end and enough juice in the system to likely fill your whole home with sound.

Each satellite speaker only has one driver, meaning the high and mid ranges are coming out of the same driver, which on other speakers often causes distortion at high volumes. Genius' speakers are surprisingly clear all the way around, though you may find some tin in the high-end when you're really blasting it. If you're looking for cheap PC-gaming speakers, check these out; they sit at a 4.2-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,230 reviews.

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GOgroove BassPULSE

These are the coolest-looking speakers in our round-up, but they're not all flash and guile – these babies can hum.

With a name like "BassPULSE," you shouldn't expect anything less than deep, warm, rich bass tones, and GOgroove (about $50) doesn't disappoint. Despite how thin the satellite speakers are, they still produce decent high end and mid-range tones and are better than you'd expect from most thin plastic speakers.

These speakers sound good, for their price. Let's just get that out of the way because you're really buying these because of how friggin' cool they are.

Blue, green, or red, you get to choose and then set these Transformers-looking suckers up and watch 'em dance (when the bass is turned up past 80 percent, that is). If you're in the market for a sleek and futuristic-looking set of speakers that look even better in the dark, go GOgroove.

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Bose Companion 2 Series III

If you want great sound quality and value, then you want Bose. Some audio snobs might look down on Bose, but there's no denying that they produce pleasing sounds that puts them at the top of the consumer speaker game.

I know what you're thinking: "Bose speakers are insanely expensive." Normally, you'd be right, but these ones are only $99. You can have (to borrow from every Bose ad ever) room-filling, immersive sound for under $100.

These speakers don't come with a subwoofer but still offer powerful bass, mixed perfectly with the mid-range and high end. They're not much to look at (at all), but they are Bose by name and Bose by reputation. Worried about quality? These speakers currently sit at a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with more than 2,630 reviews.

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Logitech Speaker System Z313

What's an accessory roundup without a Logitech product? Lacking, that's what. The Z313 system (about $37) comes with a powered subwoofer and two satellite speakers to deliver 25 watts of total power. That's enough to fill your room and then some.

While the full range sounds excellent at normal volumes, the highest of the high-end does fall a bit flat and can get pretty tinny at very high volumes. (Pro-tip: just turn up the treble in the equalizer on your computer. It'll do in a pinch.) The Wirecutter chose these as their top pick for budget PC speakers, stating:

The Z313 is short on features and sports only one connection, but if you're looking to add a bassy setup to your computer on the cheap it's the best option available.

The Z313 comes with a handy control pod that lets you control volume and your headphones, so there's no need to reach under your desk to mess with anything, as is the case with some other 2.1 systems.

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Creative T12

The T12 by Creative is an affordable speaker solution, consisting of just two units with built-in Bass Flex technology. Priced at around $47, these aren't the best speakers on the market and if you're an audiophile you will probably want something a little more expensive, but if you want to spend less than $100 (and less than $50 in this case) these are some excellent drivers.

PCWorld reviewed the T12 positively, noting:

They won't dazzle you with design like the GoGroove BassPULSE, and they don't integrate the wireless capability like most newer systems do. But if those aren't deal-breakers, they will provide balanced sound with plenty of bass that brings out the best from most styles of music.

And when you're not at the PC, the T12 is actually a good choice for hooking up your smartphones and other portable devices. Cheap and cheerful.

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Something to consider when buying speakers

In the case of most consumer goods, you're paying way too much for whatever you're getting and you often get much more for much less, depending on the product.

With speakers, you really do pay for what you get. If you're spending under $100, don't expect anything absolutely ground-breakingly spectacular, but don't expect total crap either. Spending an extra $50 to $100 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!

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Updated July 26, 2018: We refreshed this list and found these speakers to be the absolute best speakers you can buy for under $100.