The 7 Best Computer Speakers for Under $50 in 2019

High-quality audio for much, much less

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Our Top Picks

  • Best Overall: Acoustic Audio by Goldwood at Amazon, "This multimedia speaker set is an exceptional value, giving you a full home theater audio experience for your computer."
  • Best Budget: Logitech S120 2.0 at Amazon, "They offer two compact and sturdy satellite speakers that measure 6.22 x 2.67 x 2.51 inches and deliver a response bandwidth of 50Hz-20kHz frequency."
  • Best Soundbar: TaoTronics TT-SK018 at Amazon, "Offering universal compatibility, the TT-SK018 connects to any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack."
  • Best Compact: OfficeTec SP101 at Amazon, "With a power of 1.5 watts for each of its 45mm speakers, the OfficeTec USB Computer Speakers SP101 produce crisp, clear audio."
  • Best for Gaming: Cyber Acoustics CA-SP34BT at Amazon, "The Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers CA-SP34BT comes with dual two-inch satellite speakers with a three-inch ported subwoofer drive."
  • Best Compatibility: Sanyun SW102 at Amazon, "They include a built-in bass diaphragm and acoustic resonator structure that outputs a wide frequency response of 30Hz-20kHZ."
  • Best Design: Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 at Amazon, "These Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 Computer Speakers prove that high-end style doesn't have to come at a high-end price."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Acoustic Audio by Goldwood Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System

Acoustic Audio by Goldwood Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System (AA2170)

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Contemporary style and industry-leading performance give the Acoustic Audio system by Goldwood our top spot. This multimedia speaker set is an exceptional value, giving you a full home theater audio experience for your computer.

The Acoustic Audio by Goldwood Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System (AA2170) is a three-piece sound system with full-range, magnetically-shielded satellite speakers and a subwoofer with an easy plug-and-play connection right out of the box. Connect your devices using the included 3.5mm and RCA audio outputs. It boasts 350 watts of power with 40Hz-20kHz frequency response. Its stylish wooden build houses an integrated audio amplifier, bass boost, and front panel controls with an illuminated display. It comes with a built-in USB and SD card port too, so you can play your own music and operate it with the included remote.

Best Budget: Logitech S120 2.0 Stereo Speakers

The Logitech S120 2.0 Stereo Speakers are some of the most competitively-priced computer speakers on the market today. They offer two compact and sturdy satellite speakers that measure 6.22 x 2.67 x 2.51 inches and deliver a response bandwidth of 50Hz-20kHz frequency. The result is a functional, decent-quality sound output that's more than suitable for the office or your desk at home. They're designed with a convenient headphone jack (which is useful if you live or work in a shared space) and a volume knob on the side.

You can set up these speakers in seconds — just plug them into a wall outlet and connect them to your computer using an outgoing auxiliary cable. These speakers come with a two-year limited hardware warranty.

Best Soundbar: TaoTronics TT-SK018

If you like the idea of an affordable and low-profile soundbar to really take your computer audio up a notch, check out the TaoTronics TT-SK018. At 16 inches long and less than three inches tall, it can sit discreetly behind your computer or beneath your monitor to deliver a wave of sound without a finicky Bluetooth connection or the tangle of wires that accompany so many satellite speakers.

Offering universal compatibility, the TT-SK018 connects to any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. It's powered by a 5V/1A DC port and USB connection and has an LED-accented volume control knob on the side. It offers a frequency range of 50Hz-20kHz so your music and media sound great. The TaoTronics TT-SK018 also comes with outputs for a microphone and headphones so you can take calls and listen privately. It comes with an 18-month warranty.

Best Compact: OfficeTec USB Computer Speakers SP101

They may be small, but these OfficeTec USB Computer Speakers SP101 don’t skip out on performance. The speakers in this little two-driver set measure 3 x 3 x 3 inches each, weigh only 0.55 pounds, and make for the perfect travel companion.

With a power of 1.5 watts for each of its 45mm speakers, the OfficeTec USB Computer Speakers SP101 produce crisp, clear audio and even include a little volume dial on the rear that gives them a "larger-than-life" sound. The small speakers are USB powered and connect to your computer using a 3.5 mm audio input. Their wide compatibility features makes them usable with both Windows and Mac computers.

Best for Gaming: Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers CA-SP34BT

For an affordable speaker system that'll fit right in with your PC station — and make your games sound even better — look no further than the Cyber Acoustics CA-SP34BT. This set has eight custom LED lighting displays that you can customize to match your setup, plus built-in wireless Bluetooth connectivity so you can also seamlessly play audio from a phone or tablet. The dynamic 2.1 sound system with subwoofer will elevate music, movie soundtracks, and video game sound effects to new heights.

The Cyber Acoustics Bluetooth Speakers CA-SP34BT comes with dual two-inch satellite speakers with a three-inch ported subwoofer drive that connects via a 3.5-mm audio cable or through Bluetooth. All the controls are on the back side of the subwoofer with smooth dials that adjust for volume, treble, and bass along with the input connections. The speaker’s LED drivers and subwoofer let you choose illuminations from green, blue, purple, yellow and more with the option to cycle through each color or turn the lights off.

Best Compatibility: Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers

Whether you’re on PC, MAC, or even on an iPhone or Android device, the Sanyun SW102 Computer Speakers have you covered with the most compatibility options on this list. These cone-shaped speakers offer 360-degree stereo sound that can fill a room. They're constructed from plastic and include a built-in bass diaphragm and acoustic resonator structure that outputs a wide frequency response of 30Hz-20kHZ. It can connect to a wide range of music players using a 3.5mm aux audio connection and USB power supply that can be plugged into your computer or with a 5V charger power supply. It comes with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty and unconditional 30-day money back guarantee.

Best Design: Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 Computer Speakers

With a little space-age-inspired Midcentury flair, these Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 Computer Speakers prove that high-end style doesn't have to come at a high-end price. Their rubberized matte finish and sleek conical shape will look great on your desk (and sound great, too).

Weighing 17.3 ounces and measuring 4 x 2.5 x 4 inches, the Satechi Dual Sonic Conical 2.0 Computer Speakers connect to your computer with a 3.5 mm audio jack and USB, with wired volume control. On the inside, these speakers are equipped with two five-watt, 1.5-inch drivers that boast a clear and clean frequency range of 90Hz-20kHz. They are available in both black and white and are compatible with PC, Mac, and mobile devices.

Our Process

Our writers spent 9 hours researching the most popular computer speakers under $50 on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different speakers overall, screened options from 19 different brands and manufacturers and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.