Summary: What I Like: EZ set-up, better sound coming out than from the internal notebook speakers What I Don't Like: Bulky speaker panel; Sounds cheaper than it costs; Mutes sounds from the notebook necessitating some maneuvering with the volume control when you want to apply your plug-in headset speakers; Costs way too much for the quality you get. Would I recommend these? NO!
Summary: First of all, I have to subtract one star right off the top for this item not being completely functional out of the box, and I know that mine is not the only unit in a small volume of those shipped that was bad. Not a good sign. While it did work, the volume/power knob did not switch the unit on or off and did not alter the volume. It does light up with its nice yellow glow, however. It would be a solid three stars if not for that.
Summary: Very easy setup and a unique way for the unit to acquire sound without a separate audio connection. But the selling point of high quality was not nearly met as sufficient bass is lacking. The unit also had a serious lack of available volume. In my opinion, a set of relatively inexpensive powered external speakers would do better in both quality and volume. The nice style and integrated USB hub fail to compensate for these inadequacies.