I have been meaning to purchase some auxiliary computer speakers for quite some time – at the moment my TV is in another state and I’m frequently watching Netflix or HBOGo on my laptop or iPad. I have terrible hearing, so even with the volume cranked I have to have the computer about an inch from my head to hear any dialogue - I’m pretty sure that is not the way Game of Thrones was intended to be watched! So I went to the store anticipating that there would be many cheap alternatives, and I was correct – there were a bunch of little speakers to choose from. I initially just grabbed a pair of “normal-looking” computer speakers, not realizing that they required batteries. Batteries are a non-starter as the last thing I need is additional daily admin.
Actually as I was walking to the checkout I saw one of the Music Bullet speakers in the As Seen on TV display, but since I already had the mini computer speakers in the basket I opted not to delve into it. After I got home and realized the battery situation, I started doing a little research and realized the bullet-type speakers are all the rage at the moment for their portability, surprising performance and modest price. $20 and below was totally in my wheelhouse for this purchase, and all of the previously mentioned attributes sounded good, so I went with the iHome iHM60 model (widely available for under $20).
The thing pretty much works like you would expect it to – plug it in to the headphone jack of your device and you are off. There is also a USB cable to recharge the internal battery (handy). This little thing is much louder than my standard laptop speakers and I was happy to be able to actually hear what Daenerys was saying to Jorah for once. The speaker collapses to a very modest size – easy to drop in a jacket pocket when on-the go. I’m pretty happy with product given the reasonable price. The only downsides are that it’s a mono speaker (can add another for stereo effects) and that there is a slight buzzing when plugged into my laptop with no media playing. I recommend the iHome iHM60 portable speakers if you are looking for a convenient solution to boosting the volume on your laptop or iPad.
I bought mine down at Wal-Mart but you might save a buck or so at Amazon (check the link for current pricing):