updated 12:20 pm EST, Fri January 19, 2007
New Genius speaker sets
Taiwanese company Genius has launched three new speaker sets, most notably the Look 313 (pictured). An all-in-one USB speaker with merged satellites, its most noteworthy feature is audio and video recording, handled by a camera with a 330K resolution. The camera can also be used for still photos and surveillance, and the USB 2.0 setup allows the 313 to be used as a hub. The suggested price is $70, but Amazon is currently offering it for less than $47.
The remaining two sets are more conventional. The SW-Flat2.1 850s are a 20W desktop unit with a subwoofer, the separate satellites having a tall, thin bookend design. The SP-i202Us forego the subwoofer, but are portable enough that they come with a travel bag, and can run on batteries or USB power. The Flat2.1 850s should ship for $50 while the i202Us are $60.