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Ion Desk Rocker USB speakers review: Ion Desk Rocker USB speakers

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The Good The Ion Desk Rocker speaker system offers a direct USB audio connection to your PC or Mac. The system has line-input recording, a headphone output, volume control, bass boost, and RCA and minijack auxiliary inputs, as well as bundled recording software, a gutsy sound, and an affordable price.

The Bad The Ion Desk Rocker's design isn't very portable or pretty, and its sound quality is blunt.

The Bottom Line Ion's Desk Rocker speaker system is an inexpensive way to add recording inputs and powerful sound to your computer system.

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6.3 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6

The Ion Desk Rocker USB speaker system makes short work of getting impressive sound both in and out of your computer. It's not the most attractive or best-sounding system we've tested, but at an affordable $99, the Desk Rocker delivers big sound with an extensive set of features.

The Ion Desk Rocker system comes with two speakers, a power adapter, a standard USB cable, a detachable speaker link, and a CD of bundled recording software. Since each speaker measures 7.5 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 6 inches deep, the system isn't low profile, and neither is its sound. Each speaker includes a 3-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter, and both are covered with a sturdy metal grille and are powered by 10 watts per channel.

The Desk Rocker's rear panel includes USB, RCA, 3.5mm minijack, and power adapter connections, as well as a bass boost switch and a mono minijack socket for bridging the left and right speakers.

The Desk Rocker's recording inputs and bundled audio software distinguish it from conventional PC speaker systems such as the Creative GigaWorks T40. Built-in universal hardware drivers allowed our Mac and PC computers to treat the Desk Rocker as a USB sound card, and within minutes we were playing back music from iTunes and making digital recordings from our old, beat-up cassette deck.

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