updated 04:25 pm EST, Fri December 11, 2009
ScreenBeat USB, Sonar Speaker
Logic3 and USBfever have each launched new speaker systems for notebooks and MP3 players: the ScreenBeat USB and the Sonar Speaker. The aluminum, cylinder-shaped ScreenBeat speaker produces 3W of RMS output. While specifically designed for notebooks, the speaker is capable of working with any media device with a USB port, and is powered by the device it is plugged into. A compact design is meant to sit close to the front or sides of a computer.
The Sonar Speaker is a round device that uses vibration to produce sound, but can be used on many surfaces including wood, glass and stone. Like the ScreenBeat it is USB-powered, but features a lower-tuned frequency response of 100Hz-18Khz. It comes in either red or black colors, and ships with a USB cable and a replacement plastic cushioning blade.
The ScreenBeat USB is available at Logic3's website for $30, while the Sonar Speaker can be found at USBfever.com for $36.