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Great upgrade for laptop speakers, excellent value.
on June 16, 2012
I bought a laptop that had terrible speakers (as most laptops do). After getting tired of barely being able to hear music or videos from more than a couple feet away, I ordered the GE Portable USB-Powered Soundbar Speaker 98930. Overall, I am very pleased with it. I mainly wanted a soundbar that could significantly increase the volume of my laptop, and this does it! I teach college, and I can show videos to my class using this soundbar so that the students in the back of the class can hear everything.
The value of this product is excellent. There are other similar products that do the same thing for 4 or 5 times the price. I am very glad I ordered this one as it does what I really want it to. My brother has a $50 speakerbar and I actually prefer mine, as it is more portable and easier to use. It fits more easily in a laptop bag because it is smaller, lighter, and has a slimmer profile.
The audio quality is OK. For someone who simply wants to watch movies or listen to music, it is fine. Its audio depth is an improvement over the native laptop speakers, but it is not as good as the more expensive brands (for those who care about such things).
My only real complaint is that the speaker has a tendency to fall off the laptop easily. (I have a Toshiba Satellite.) If the laptop is on a table and no one touches the screen, it is fine. However, if you intend to adjust the screen, move the laptop, or attempt to use it on your lap with the speakers plugged in, you are likely to send a pound of hard plastic crashing down on your keyboard. You can just set the speakerbar to the side to prevent that, but it defeats the purpose when the speakers are not pointed at your head. A firmer grip on top of the laptop screen would make this product really amazing.
As it is though, I recommend this product for the price. It is very easy to use and does its job well.