Lacie USB Speakers review: Lacie USB Speakers

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 2.0
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The Good Unique design; USB-powered.

The Bad Poor sound quality; no headphone jack; no volume knob.

The Bottom Line The LaCie USB speakers are too expensive for a niche product that places style over substance. The speakers look fancy and will undoubtedly attract attention...until you actually hear them.

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In January of 2007, designer Neil Poulton teamed up with LaCie to design a set of FireWire PC speakers. The drawback is the speakers use up a precious FireWire port. In an attempt to fix the problem, LaCie created the $60 LaCie USB Speakers. The new version keeps the same exterior design as the FireWire model, and even receives a substantial price cut. Unfortunately, the audio quality is poor and competing speakers from Yamaha and Logitech offer much higher fidelity in the same price range with an equally stylish design.

Design and features
The LaCie USB speakers received the royal treatment from Parisian designer Neil Poulton, famous in artistic circles for his mass-produced minimalistic objects. The speakers are curved like the tip of an exhaust pipe and decorated in a sleek white housing with a matte black border surrounding the perforated speaker cover. LaCie obviously put a lot of creative effort into the design of these speakers.

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Where to Buy

Lacie USB Speakers

Part Number: 130811

MSRP: $29.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speakers
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 1 Watt
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired