Logitech Z305 review: Logitech Z305

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Easy setup with USB plug-and-play access; textured sound quality relative to price and size; travel-friendly design; includes carrying case.

The Bad Short USB cord; small clip won't fit over thicker displays; lacks volume indicator.

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.

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Earlier this year we reviewed the Logitech Z205, a small speaker designed to sit on top of the display on your laptop and improve the sound quality from your computer or external audio device. We gave the Z205 a positive rating for its easy installation and impressive sound quality from such a small device, but we're also happy that Logitech also offers the $60 Z305 for a larger range of sound in the same compact size. This new model still fits easily on a laptop display with room for a Webcam to sit in the middle, and the side-firing speakers easily fill a small room with big sound. Whether you're a frequent traveler with limited luggage space or just want to rock out at home, the Logitech Z305 is one of the best space-saving speakers out there and deserves your consideration.

Although the Z305 is only $10 more than the previous model, the improvements to the sound quality and physical design are worth more. The speaker itself is longer and shaped like a tube with speakers on either end that Logitech claims will broaden the "sweet spot" and project sound farther than traditional forward-facing speakers. Like the Z205, the Z305 uses a bifurcated clip that bends on a hinge and braces against the back of the laptop screen for unobstructed access.

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