Summary: These speakers sound like plastic, and there is distortion when you turn the volume up. I went to a local store, and First I tried the Sony SRSD4 model (2.1 system) and they sound good, then I tried these ones, and the sales agent and me laugh because they sound like an alarm clock speaker :D.
Summary: These worked well for a very short time then quit working at all. I checked connections carefully and determined it was the speakers' fault. I then purchased a stereo speaker bar that clips on top of the laptop when it's open (recommended), that works and is handier and at ear level.
Summary: These speakers sound great for the price. They're an unobtrusive size, yet are capable of getting sufficiently loud. Even at their loudest, they do not distort the sound at all. I use them in the bathroom to listen to music when I shower, and they are plenty loud.
Summary: I've read some reviews complaining about how these speakers weren't very loud. Those people must be trying to use them for a block party or they don't know how to adjust the volume on their computers!