The 10 Best Laptop Speakers
This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in November of 2017. The sound quality of most portable computers leaves a lot to be desired. That's why it's a smart idea to invest in a high-quality set of external speakers, especially as laptops have begun to feature better sound cards. The units on our list come in a variety of styles, some of which are as easy to take with you as the machines they serve, while others are intended to live at home on your desk. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 23, 2020:
The recent additions to our ranking include two soundbars, namely the Avantree Torpedo Plus and the Taotronics Mini Soundbar. These are indicative of the current trend for using these slim and compact speaker solutions on a desktop, due to their small footprints, Bluetooth connectivity that keeps surfaces free of cables, and excellent sound projection at close quarters. The Taotronics model made it higher up our list, due to its six drivers, which deliver good volume and clarity for its compact size.
Our other two choices are more typical speaker pairs, starting with the KEiiD Bluetooth, which are small-scale bookshelf style speakers, with excellent build quality, aluminum housing, and an impressive wireless range of 65 feet. They are also reassuringly heavy at almost four pounds each. Lastly, we chose the Edifier G2000, which replace the slightly dated Edifier USA e25, and are better suited to laptop use, due to their diminutive size. Despite this they offer an impressive bass response, making them especially good for gaming, with an atmospheric light show feature, to add visual appeal to the overall experience.
September 06, 2019:
The Bose Computer MusicMonitors, which were the former list leaders, have been bumped off our ranking because they are no longer available. However, they have been replaced with a pair from the same manufacturer. The Bose Companion 20 snagged a top three spot because of their ability to produce natural-sounding audio, but the crown went to another model.
The Edifier USA e25 Luna Eclipse moved into the one spot due to their combination of portability, wireless capability and powerful output -- not to mention their sleek design.
Also worth highlighting are the Audioengine A5+ Premium Active Powered Pair, with will produce top-notch, audiophile sound. They get docked a bit in a category geared toward laptops for not being very portable but still easily claim second place. This selection is available in both wireless and wired versions.