Summary: Excellent portable speaker! I've used a lot of portable speakers over the years, I always want the same thing: easy and good sound. This speaker only needs a USB port which makes it easy. It's one piece, so no crossed wires or extra mess. The sound is surprisingly good for a plug and play speaker. The sound is significantly better than my laptop speakers, and that was the goal. It definitely enhanced the experience of watching a movie on my laptop.
Summary: speakers are not as loud as i expected, but are pretty clear....no buzzing or screeching sound when computer sleeps, turn or/off... i run ubuntu on my computer, so i don't know if that has something to do with the no screeching sound
Summary: Yes, this unit makes disagreeable noises involving startup and sleep mode. So I use it on the desktop PC that is either on or off (no sleep mode) and plug it into my travel laptop only when I need the speaker for an intensive music-writing session (again, no sleep mode). I also have the metal-case version. That one doesn't "snore" so it stays plugged into the PC that goes in and out of sleep mode. But it's more expensive.
Summary: I like this speaker but it is aggravating to have to unplug the USB cord every time I sleep my computer or else the speaker makes horrible noises. What is also aggravating is that every time I want to use the speaker, I have to plug it back in again, open System Preferences on my computer, and select USB speaker. It would be nice to just be able to leave it plugged in when my computer is in sleep mode.
Summary: Because of the noise it makes if its on but computer is asleep or when its powering up, I had to unplug it when I wasn't using it which eventually resulted in (my laptop is old maybe that had something to do with it) now the USB port no longer functions unless I hold on to the plug "just so" or else I get no sound. Would not order again.
Arthur Niederfringer "Arthur Niederfringer", Amazon
30 May 2014
Summary: My wife and I are traveling for surgery and rehab this summer and we took our llaptop and are using our host's laptop. Laptop speakers sound tinny. I plugged this speaker into the big Dell laptop and it does boost volume by 2.5X as advertised. My hearing needs aids so the added volume is a big help too. Not only that, it adds the crucial midrange and low notes too. It's like night and day !