Altec Lansing BXR1220 review: Altec Lansing BXR1220

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Decent sound quality for the price; light, compact design fits in small spaces; USB power eliminates travel clutter.

The Bad Speakers don't grab audio from USB port; fixed angle; hardwired cords; no option for battery power.

The Bottom Line The Altec Lansing BXR1220 computer speakers deliver solid audio quality for the price and are sure to satisfy shoppers who don't have the luxury of desk space or open power outlets.

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The Altec Lansing BXR1220 speakers aren't meant for house parties unless your "house" is a closet-size studio apartment in New York City, and they certainly won't compare with a three-piece PC speaker system like the Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra MX6021. These $20 pint-size tubes are better for folks who can't stand their laptop speakers and need a simple, cheap, and easy way to listen to music or watch movies on the run without worrying about tangled cables and cluttered power outlets.

At just 3.7 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep, and a combined weight of less than 2 pounds, the Altec Lansing BXR1220's compact design makes them an easy choice to pack for a trip. Each speaker features a 2-inch driver mounted behind a thin mesh screen and is wrapped in an attractive matte black tube that shouldn't attract too much negative attention.

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Altec Lansing BXR1220

Part Number: BXR1220
MSRP: $19.95 Low Price: $15.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Speaker System Type portable speakers
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers
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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.