The GoodRear-facing tweeters provide pseudo surround sound; generous two-year warranty.
The BadPricey; hardwired cord; lacks RCA audio input, no bass or treble controls.
The Bottom LineWe'd have a much easier time recommending the Logitech Z520's average sound quality and lack of features if it didn't cost $130. We'd rather point you toward the Logitech Z523 system that offers best-in-class sound quality (and a subwoofer to boot) at an affordable price.
Editors' note, April 30, 2010:The rating on this product has been lowered because of changes in the competitive marketplace.
The Logitech Z520 speaker system is the flagship product of the company's four most recent PC speakers and the first of which to include "360-degree sound." In noncorporate jargon, that means each speaker has two tweeters mounted on the front and back panels that project sound in all directions. The resulting sound is effective for blasting tunes or watching a movie in a small room, but $130 feels steep for a dual-speaker setup without a subwoofer.
We're inclined to recommend the Logitech Z520s if you can get them at a discounted price, but we prefer the $99 Logitech Z523 that includes a 4-inch subwoofer in addition to two satellite speakers for a richer aural experience.
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.