Excerpt: Let's get this out of the way right up front so your expectations are in line: these are introductory-level 2.1 speakers, two satellites and a sub-woofer, that have an MSRP price of $99 USD but retail for around $60-$70 USD . They come in somewhere in the middle of Logitech's 2.1 speaker line - more expensive and capable than the $30 R-20's , but less expensive than the $150 Z-2300 speakers that I reviewed earlier .
Excerpt: Logitech is best known for being at the top of the peripherals market with their stellar mice and keyboards. Their forays into the world of sound, however, have been noted as somewhat hit and miss. With the general opinion of the Z3 speaker combo being that of “lackluster”, we were interested in seeing how it’s predecessor, the Z4 2.1 combo, would perform in comparison.
Pros: Sleek, compact design is a real space-saver., Excellent sounding system for a very affordable price., Practical design makes it a pleasure to use., It’s Logitech – you really can’t go wrong.
Cons: You’re not going to get the same amount of immersion you would from a 5.1 or greater system – but you shouldn’t expect to.
Conclusion: The Logitech Z-4 should be at the top of your list of <$100 speaker systems if you’re in the market for a good 2.1 setup. All the major design flaws of the previous generation have been addressed, resulting in a truly consumer-friendly design. The Z-4s can be driven hard and loud and still belt out accurate sound, and with a sleek modern appearance, you can be assured that they look as good as they sound.
Pros: Great sound clarity; appealing aesthetics; decent volume