Altec goes tubular with Orbit Stereo speakers

Altec Lansing new Orbit Stereo IML247 laptop speakers are USB-powered, lightweight, and cost $49.99.

Altec's Orbit Stereo latpop speakers go on sale this month for $49.99. Altec Lansing

Altec Lansing has previously gone with a single, mono speaker for its Orbit line of portable PC speakers. But now it's doubling up with the latest Orbit--the Orbit Stereo--a set of USB powered speakers that snap together into one long tube when not in use, so you can tuck them into a suitcase or laptop bag. While the Orbit Stereo aren't tiny, they are lightweight, weighing in at 12.8 ounces.

We've been playing around with a pair and they sound decent enough at close range, and while they don't exactly fill up a room with sound, they sure play a lot bigger than most internal laptop speakers.

Here's the word on them, according to Altec:

  • Snap together for maximum portability and are "ideal for multimedia and presentations"
  • Single USB cord for power and audio
  • $49.99
  • Available this month (May)

The Altec Orbit Stereo speakers snap together for traveling. Altec Lansing

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