Power your party with new Logitech portable speakers

Logitech is adding two new additions to its line of portable speakers: the Z305 Laptop Speaker and the Wireless Speaker Z515.

Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 Logitech

Logitech on Wednesday adds two new additions to its line of portable speakers: the Laptop Speaker Z305 and the Wireless Speaker Z515. These portable audio solutions are the ideal way to add a soundtrack to your outdoor activities.

Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 Logitech

Laptop Speaker Z305

The $60 Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 is a reimagining of the Z205 that earned a "very good" rating earlier this year for its simple setup procedure, USB-powered convenience, and adequate sound quality for its size and price. This time, the Z305 update still retains the compact, clip-on design but now features "surround sound" thanks to its dual forward- and backward-firing 2-inch drivers.

The Z305's USB cord delivers both sound and power to the speaker, but there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack to draw audio from external devices like an iPod or a Zune. At 12.75 inches long, the speaker is definitely longer (and $20 more) than the Z205, but the "360-degree" sound feature is likely a worthwhile trade-off. We'll know for sure once we finish testing, so keep check back with CNET for our full review!

Wireless Speaker Z515

Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 Logitech

The $100 Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 offers full stereo sound up to 50 feet away from its audio source thanks to the 2.4GHz wireless connection. Unlike Bluetooth, the signal can connect to any computer with a USB port available for the adapter, which is included in the box.

Like the Z305, the Z515 also includes a 3.5mm stereo jack for external devices. Dual 2-inch stereo drivers pump audio out of the speaker and an impressive rechargeable battery keeps the party going for up to 10 hours. One more picture of the Z305 after the break.

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Logitech Z515

The Bottom Line: With its durable outer shell, multiple connectivity options, and wide range of sound, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 makes a great sidekick for your next backyard barbecue or picnic party. However, if portability isn't your primary concern, you can trade size for sound quality with the Creative D100, another Bluetooth speaker that costs less than the Logitech. / Read full review

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Logitech Z305

The Bottom Line: The Logitech Z305 is an unobtrusive solution if you're sick of the tinny, enclosed sound from your laptop speakers but don't have room for a five-piece PC speaker set. We recommend this plug-and-play external audio device for its simplicity of operation, low cost, and convenience for use on the run. / Read full review

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.



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