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Best portable laptop speakers (photos)

Portability and price and are just two of the many incentives for mobile professionals to ditch a clunky laptop in favor of a sexy, slim Netbook, but one issue still remains: no matter what their size, laptop speakers generally don't produce the volume levels nor the sound quality to appease even the most the casual music lover. We've compiled a list of our favorite laptop speakers for your aural pleasure; whether you use them for private listening at home or on the road is up to you, but these are sure to add an extra audio boost to your set up.

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Logitech Z 205 - portable speakers

The Logitech Z205 USB-powered speakers are an easy, inexpensive tool for mobile music lovers to increase volume levels and enjoy better sound quality on the run.
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Altec Lansing BXR1220 portable speakers

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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JBL On Tour XTB

JBL's On Tour XTB portable speaker features excellent sound quality and Bluetooth connectivity for wireless control, but a lofty price tag limits its appeal for bargain hunters and shoppers on a budget.
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iHome iHM79 Rechargeable Mini Speakers (black)

While you can't expect too much from these iHome iHM79 mini speakers, they do offer relatively decent sound for their small size and travel well.
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Altec Lansing Orbit USB iML237

While its $50 list price is high, the Orbit USB iML237 portable speaker is an attractive option for laptop users who want a compact travel speaker that outperforms their internal laptop speakers.
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Twelve South BassJump portable subwoofer for MacBook Pro

Though it won't turn your MacBook into an all-out rocking sound system, the Telve South BassJump portable subwoofer for the MacBook Pro will drastically improve overall sound quality and add that extra oomph to your music.

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