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Compact, but not competent

india Updated: May 03, 2011 13:59 IST

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The Logitech Z305 is a laptop speaker. It has a cylindrical design and at a length of 12 inches, will easily fit a laptop or a netbook. There is a driver at both ends and a clip in the middle. A volume rocker and the power button is housed in the middle and there’s a groove below the speaker which is meant to house the USB cable. The speaker also has a 3.5 mm audio jack which lets you connect to other portable media players or speakers. The Z305 is not the most stylish product we’ve seen and in terms of build quality, the plastic doesn’t feel solid.



Volume discrepancy


We connected the Z305 to the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 and played music of various genres. We noticed that the volume of the speaker was really strange. At first, it sounded quite soft, but after restarting, the volume went lower. We switched it off and turned it on again, and behold, the speaker’s volume reverted to normal.



From a general perspective, we felt that the speaker sounds faint, even in a quiet environment. Which means that the Z305 might not even be audible in noisy surroundings. The bass is noticeable, but there isn’t any thump to it whatsoever. The trebles and mid-range are all right, but they start to distort at higher volumes.



Verdict


The Z305 definitely offers a lot of portability with its small size and light weight. However, at a price of Rs 3,695, it doesn’t have much to offer. There are capsule speakers that are a lot more portable and small, plus they sound a lot better as well. You can check out the Razer Ferox that is priced at Rs 3,900 or even the F&D V620 portable speakers, which are available for a very reasonable sum of Rs 885.