Logitech on Wednesday adds two new additions to its line of portable speakers: the Laptop Speaker Z305 and the Wireless Speaker Z515. These portable audio solutions are the ideal way to add a soundtrack to your outdoor activities.
Laptop Speaker Z305
The $60 Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 is a reimagining of the Z205 that earned a "very good" rating earlier this year for its simple setup procedure, USB-powered convenience, and adequate sound quality for its size and price. This time, the Z305 update still retains the compact, clip-on design but now features "surround sound" thanks to its dual forward- and backward-firing 2-inch drivers.
The Z305's USB cord delivers both sound and power to the speaker, but there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack to draw audio from external devices like an iPod or a Zune. At 12.75 inches long, the speaker is definitely longer (and $20 more) than the Z205, but the "360-degree" sound feature is likely a worthwhile trade-off. We'll know for sure once we finish testing, so keep check back with CNET for our full review!
Wireless Speaker Z515
The $100 Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 offers full stereo sound up to 50 feet away from its audio source thanks to the 2.4GHz wireless connection. Unlike Bluetooth, the signal can connect to any computer with a USB port available for the adapter, which is included in the box.
Like the Z305, the Z515 also includes a 3.5mm stereo jack for external devices. Dual 2-inch stereo drivers pump audio out of the speaker and an impressive rechargeable battery keeps the party going for up to 10 hours. One more picture of the Z305 after the break.