Summary: Words cannot fully express the constant hassle I've faced with these "portable" speakers. If your laptop is always stationary you might not have the worst experience but if you'll be moving your laptop around (like most laptops are meant to) then you will be aggravated by the unintuitive design. The cord that connects the speakers is thin and susceptible to damage.
Summary: Reason for purchase was to add speakers for presentations in a small conference room (seats about 8 people). I saw many solutions for around $20, but decided to pay $50 in hopes of getting better quality (usually the case w/ Altec Lansing). However, I'm returning this item, as the speakers are really not much louder (even at their loudest setting) than the Laptop speakers. I suppose if you just want speakers for yourself, maybe in a hotel room, these would be ok.