The S220 is a set of 2.1 speakers, meaning that it comprises of two satellites, plus a subwoofer to deliver in the bass department. And you won’t find many 2.1 offerings cheaper than this, given that you can grab these online for less than £20.
The satellite speakers are pretty compact units and as you might expect at this price level, they’re a little on the plastic side and light. Not so much that they’d blow away in the wind, as they are reasonably sturdy. The subwoofer is expected to handle all bass duties, and is a much more solid little black box. It’s compact enough, to be easily stowed away under your computer desk.
Handy volume control
The speakers plug into the back of the subwoofer, where the subwoofer has a line-out to your sound card. Mid-way along that line, Logitech has provided a handy circular volume dial that can be placed on the desk or somewhere equally convenient. This round hub also plays host to a mute button, plus ports for headphones and a mic. Bass levels can be adjusted too, using a knob on the back of the subwoofer unit.
We took the S220 out for a spin with our MP3 collection, where the resulting sound was definitely better than we anticipated. There are decent levels of bass and a pretty clean all round sound, with a fair amount of volume being kicked out, at the upper end of the dial. Distortion, which is often the big worry with a budget speaker set, isn’t much of an issue. This is even when turning up the volume, past the half way mark – only here, does it creep in a bit, at the highest volume settings.
Firing up a few games provided similar results, with gunfire rendering nicely, along with the suitably meaty roar of car engines echoing through tunnels, in a driving game. For this sort of performance, you really can’t argue against the S220, in the value for money stakes.
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- Surprisingly well-rounded sound for the money; little distortion, even at high volume.
- Satellite speakers are plastic, but that’s to be expected at this end of the value spectrum.
Logitech has produced a great value for money package here. The S220 provides some good quality sound, which is quite remarkable when weighed up against its price tag. There are thoughtful extras too, such as the handy desktop volume control.