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.
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.