Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 Speakers review: Nice look, nice sound

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Speakers are a necessity for most everybody that uses a computer.

Laptops are great for a lot of things, but speakers aren’t usually high on that list. Desktop computers rarely ever have integrated speakers, so there will almost always be a time when a pair of speakers could be used on your computer. The Satechi Dual Sonic Conical V2.0 speakers offer a sleek, compact design and you can read about how they sound in this full review.

Specifications

  • Compatible with PC, Mac, and mobile devices
  • USB-powered speakers with in-line volume control
  • No drivers required – just plug-and-play
  • Sleek rubberized matte finish
  • Crystal-clear stereo sound

What’s in the Box

  • 1 x Satechi Dual Sonic Conical V2.0 computer speakers

Design

“Conical” is part of the name, and that will give you a pretty good idea of the design of these speakers. The front grille is circular in shape with just over a 4” diameter. The Satechi name mark is located on the front near the bottom of each speaker, and a chrome rim circles the outside of the speaker grille. The body of the speaker is, conveniently enough, cone shaped with a rounded point at the back. The cones feature a soft-touch matte finish and an LED near the top of the front of the speaker grille to indicate when the speakers are receiving power. The speakers are available in either black or white.

At the bottom of each speaker is a small rubber foot to keep the speaker from scooting around too much on your desk. There is a larger metal pronged foot attached near the back of each cone to keep the speakers standing upright. It would have been nice to see some sort of padding or even more small rubber feet on the bottom of the metal prongs though, as it is possible that they could scratch something if the speakers are moved around too much.

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Some additional padding on the metal feet would be nice.

The right speaker has a wire that connects it to the left speaker, as well as 3.5mm/USB cables to connect to your computer. These cables are attached to one another by default, though if you’re using these speakers on a laptop where there is not a 3.5mm jack directly next to a USB port, you can split the two cables allowing for greater separation and flexibility. You can’t, however, put them back together afterwards, so that’s just something to keep in mind. The cable also features an in-line remote control, allowing for volume adjustments on the speakers themselves.

Ease of Use

All you really need to do is plug in the speakers to an open 3.5mm jack and a USB port for power. As I mentioned above, you may need to separate the audio/power cables from one another if you don’t have a 3.5mm jack and USB port right next to each other.

Otherwise, you can simply adjust the volume for the speakers via the in-line remote — after first setting the volume output on your computer or laptop at a reasonable volume — and there’s very little else you’ll need to worry about.

Sound

For a small set of USB-powered desktop speakers, these do have some pretty decent sound. It’s more than adequate for most light use, and the mids and highs are pretty clear. You aren’t going to get a ton of bass here, but that shouldn’t be a surprise based on the size of the speakers and the lack of a dedicated subwoofer or passive radiator. For most videos or music you’ll get acceptable performance, it’ll only be on bass-heavy tracks where you’ll have much to really complain about. You will want to be sure and set your PC volume somewhere in the middle if you plan on adjusting the sound using the line-in remote. If both PC volume and speaker volume are maxed out you will get distortion and muddy sound. At more appropriate volumes though these speakers sound good.

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Price/Value

Priced at $29 you’re getting a stylish pair of speakers that not only look good, but sound pretty good too. The Satechi Dual Sonic Conical V2.0 computer speakers offer solid performance at a good price.

Wrap Up

Speakers are a necessity for most everybody that uses a computer. Some people may need more than what these speakers can offer, but they will be more than enough for most. If you don’t need anything more than a basic set of speakers these are a nice affordable option to consider.

Review 0
4.3 Out of 5
Nailed it
Nice design, solid construction, good sound.
Needs Work
The connected USB/3.5mm cord can be problematic if your ports aren't next to each other. Metal feet could scratch your desk if you aren't careful.
Bottom Line
If you're looking for a basic set of speakers that sound good without breaking the bank, these are an affordable option to consider.
Design4.00
Ease of Use4.50
Sound4.00
Price/Value4.50
*We were sent a review sample of the Satechi Dual Sonic Conical V2.0 computer speakers for the purposes of this review.
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