When you’re on the go and you have to listen to audio on your laptop, your options are usually confined to using headphones or putting up with the tinny output of the machine’s default speakers that couldn’t outpunch your grandfather’s favorite pocket transistor radio. Thanks to the portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers, you’ve now got an excellent, compact, and inexpensive third option.
This isn’t my first experience with portable speakers, but so far it’s the best. In the past, I’ve had issues with lackluster sound quality and troublesome grappling with power supply issues — plugging into a wall can certainly diminish the portability of such speakers, and having to feed them a never-ending supply of batteries cancels out whatever money may have been saved by purchasing cheap gadgetry. Thankfully, these portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers spared me from enduring these hardships again. All in all, I’ve been pleasantly surprised on several fronts.
After unboxing the portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers, I could tell just by the feel that they’re pretty solid all around and likely to withstand the beating of being stowed away and carried around in a backpack all day. The only part that might need a little extra padding during transport is the actual sound-emitting cone; wrapping the speakers up in a t-shirt or a towel should probably do the trick.
I was happy to see that these speakers don’t take batteries, nor do they plug in to a wall; a USB port will suffice for providing the necessary juice to keep them going. It would have been nice if the same USB port could have been used for audio output, but you will still need a standard audio port to do the job. This is a pretty minor complaint, though; I would still rather deal with two cords that go directly into my laptop over fumbling with quickly depleted batteries and hunting down wall sockets any day!
The unique, spherical design of the portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers resting in tough, molded plastic cradles is aesthetically pleasing and space-saving. Connecting the second speaker to the first is easy with the included (and quite lengthy) cable, and a small scroll wheel lets you control the volume at your leisure.
When I was testing these speakers with my MacBook Pro, I found that they could handle a wide range of audio — from soft to loud — which is ideal for the hit-and-miss quality of Web videos or just general music listening. I won’t say that they’ll magically transform less-than-ideal input into sternum-shaking, movie theater quality output, but if you’re using your laptop to watch the latest blockbuster hits and expecting it to give you the full cineplex experience, then you’re probably going to be disappointed by anything short of a miracle in any device or gadget that you use! For instance, riding a bicycle on the interstate will be a horrible ordeal if you’re trying to practically get from one end of the country to another with the misplaced belief that your chosen mode of transportation is just as fast and powerful as a Ferrari. On the other hand, a Sunday ride in the park on that same bicycle can be the weekend’s best reward. Think the portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers as a bicycle: keep your demands and expectations reasonable, and you won’t be disappointed.
With just the short time that I’ve had with these speakers, I’ve found them to be very suited to the uses for which they were created. With their sleek and stylish design, they look great on my desk (where I’m writing this review right now), or out in the wild. I can imagine that these durable and easily transportable speakers would be ideal for watching a movie on my laptop when I’m traveling and there’s nothing to watch on the crummy hotel TV, or for barbecuing in the back yard and listening to my favorite tunes. Hello, summer!
In conclusion, I highly recommend the portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers for casual use when you don’t want to be tethered to your laptop by a headphone cord, and you can’t bear putting up with the awful sound that your laptop’s included speakers spit out. As long as you’re not expecting thundering bass and glass-shattering high notes, you’ll find that the quality far outpaces what you’d expect from their ridiculously low price point of around $20. Intrigued? Check out the official website if you’d like to learn more about these portable USB Lenovo M0520 speakers.
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