LG are really good at delivering goods which perform very well, even if their prices are affordable. For this month they prepared the BH7520TW. We wouldn’t exaggerate if we said that this is a very good effort from their part. So here you have a review detailing everything we experienced while testing this home-system for ourselves.
A new 5.1 surround system
The specs that LG included when they made the BH7520TW look as follows: 5.1 surround sound, 87.5 ~ 108.0 MHz FM tuner range, BD ROM Profile 5.0, 180W x 2 power output, 200W (Passive) power output and several more. This unit gets major points thanks to the fact that it offers support for MP3, MP4, MKV, JPG and many other compressed media files.
This baby uses one of the company’s standard remote controls. It was a piece of cake to employ it in tests. But before using it, we had to set this system up. Which proved to be a very easy task, as well.
All the options for connecting the BH7520TW to various other gadgets are on its back. You get the following options: 1 HMID port, 1 Ethernet LAN, speaker cable terminals for center/subwoofer,/front left/right speakers, 1 composite video ouput and 1 analog stereo and optical digital audio input. What lacks from this list are Wi-Fi options. However, we found we could connect the speakers on the back in a wireless fashion.
3D technology included
Speaking of speakers and such, we noticed that they, along with the unit’s subwoofer, delivered a decent performance. From what our ears could make out, sound was good. However, don’t turn the volume at very high levels. You will quickly hear distortions. When we were listening to music that was lush with different sound effects, we noticed that it sounded really good. If there were lines with dialogue in them, quality remained good. Treble put on a good show. As for stereo quality, it lacked power. But we really loved how good of a performance the surround sound delivered. Whatever audio codec you throw at LG’s new BH7520TW, the latter is going to work with it right away.
We have played around with many platforms using applications and videos on demand. So far out of them we would choose this device to put on a desk and show it to the world so as to be bought. Movies in different genres are going to sound really well. Mucking never happened as far as we could hear in this reveiew. This product has the great pro of quickly and smoothly pick up on surround sound audio without an input from the listener. There is also support for 3D listening and the quality is also good in that case.
As with all home systems that respect themselves and the consumers, this one sports a Blu-ray player. On its rear we found 1 USB port and 1 3.5 mm input. They are very good additions if you plan on using them for adding a flash drive and a portable hard drive. Moreover, this Blu-ray player comes in a very nice-looking body. An amplifier is also boasted on this model.
LG succeeded, once again, to provide a good tool for our home needs. Their BH7520TW is capable of doing three different things with the same quality of performance. You ill not have to go to the cinema to watch the latest movies when you can buy such a product. Don’t expect perfection, though, but don’t worry: this device will not disappoint you.
If you thought there were not as many affordable tablets as expensive ones, you will change your opinion. Because Archos recently brought a new model to the public’s attention: the £219 Carbon 97. It is not quite a revelation, but it delivers a good performance. Below is what we thought of it during the time we tested it.
A new Android ICS tablet
If you want to know beforehand the kind of specs the Archos Carbon 97 has, we compiled a list for you. This tablet comes with a 9.7″ touchscreen which sports a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, the same old processor (meaning a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 single-core one), an Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a memory of 1 GB, 16 GB of storage space, an aspect ratio of 4:3, a maximum brightness of 360 cd/m2, a 545:1 contrast and, of course, a battery.
This is a heavy gadget, even if the weight does not indicate that. This realization hit us when we held it. But on the whole, its design manages to be nice. Maybe because it looks almost similar to recently reviewed Apple’s iPad. We would have preferred Archos to be more attentive at the device’s finish. Because every time we used this tablet we heard it creaking. So we had to be extra careful not to drop it.
Disappointing sound quality
The features on this gadget include Wi-Fi b/g/n, a 2MP photo/video sensor on the back and a VGA web camera on its front. The number of connectivity options the consumer gets is diverse: there are a power supply, 1 3.5 mm audio, 1 USB 2.0 Host, 1 mini-HDMI and 1 micro-USB.
The biggest and most annoying con of the Carbon 97 is how bad sound sounds. It will help to use headphones, but not by much.
The touchscreen looks quite good. It can deliver a maximum brightness of 360 cd/m2, like we already mentioned in the beginning of this review. However, this tablet cannot adjust its backlighting, because it lacks a brightness sensor. Which is rather disappointing. But we could very easily read content on the Carbon 97 when we used it outside on a summer day. Another con is the absence of Bluetooth. Fortunately, viewing angles were very wide. We measured a great ghosting time of 25 ms. There was no motion interpolation.
Accurate colors provided
Colors looked very good on the tablet’s touchscreen in our tests. And we were very pleasantly surprised by this. We got a value of Delta E 6.8. Which means that you get a very accurate colors. And it showed especially when we looked at the following hues: cyans, grays, blacks, flesh and reds. Contrast, though, is another con for the Carbon 97. We have seen many very affordable tablets whose contrast was higher than the one on this model. On the whole, however, if we overlook the cons and keep in mind only the pros, we can conclude that this gadget’s screen delivers a good rendering.
The battery that you get with this device is said to last for an amount of 8 hours. But in real life we registered a total of 7 hours when we enjoyed some video playback. If, however, we used the Bluetooth possibility along with other features, the life of the battery was over after 6 hours.
The processor is fairly good. But we still saw a lot of lags when we did some of our favorite activities.
The Archos Carbon 97 is not its manufacturer’s best effort yet. A lot of improvement could be done on it, even if its price is very attractive.
There is a lot of competition going on nowadays in every domain. Especially in the one that has to do with gadgets. Samsung, Apple, HTC and others are the main big names to consider. Huawei is trying to make its own way in the top 5 of manufacturers to buy from. Their newest product is the Huawei MediaPad S7. Which is not a smartphone, but a tablet. And we like it. The review on this page will show you why.
Powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Usually, Huawei enjoys making phones. But this company based in China wanted to bring its consumers something new. Which the MediaPad 7 is. This gadget comes with specs and features such as these: a 7″ display with touch capabilities, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, Android’s 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, a 1.3-megapixel second camera, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. The tablet has also included 3G connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi data transfer standard and Bluetooth technology.
The tablet has these dimensions: 124 mm x 10.5mm x 190mm. And, because it weighs only 390g, you will be able to have no issues while holding it for different purposes.
These being said, the MediaPad S7 manufactured by Huawei is a good-looking gadget. It will no doubt make some heads turn in its direction. We could, during our battery of tests, that the company paid extra attention on how to make this tablet solid while also beautiful at the same time. And they succeeded. The rear features an area that will not get covered in scratches or fingerprints. This model is adorned with silver aluminum that simultaneously makes it look stylish, but simple.
7 inch display
The speed of the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU was chosen by Huawei as to deliver users great speed for their day-to-day tasks. We did not experience the sort of lagging that we had with other tested tablets that are currently competing with the Huawei MediaPad S7. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab fared worse at this chapter.
The display, an LCD one with 7″, has a total pixel count of 1,280 x 800. They are responsible for this tablet’s both cons and pros when it comes to how content looks. And we will start with the cons. The touchscreen here was not capable of offering fast response when we performed various finger gestures to activate certain settings, options and so on. Fortunately, it did not happen quite so many times as to make it unbearable or irritating. As for pros, we have to mention that the display delivered good details and nice colors. Sharpness was also rendered well. All in all, the MediaPad S7 sports a good touchscreen. But if you want something very close to perfection, look somewhere else.
Limited battery life
Both this gadget’s cameras did not rise up to expectations. But that was to be expected. Not many tablets are able to offer great photos and videos.
The operating system, a 3.2 Honeycomb as mentioned, is not as superb as the Ice Cream Sandwich version. Still, it behaves well with no major flaws to report.
The battery can last for about 6 hours and a half. Which is not the best number out there. But it’s enough to perform several tasks at once.
Connectivity means Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi. You are offered 3G, too. And a USB port which, sadly, does not allow for charging the tablet if the battery starts to run low.
The Huawei MediaPad S7 is a fine new tablet. We don’t have much to complain about at the end of this review. The only serious problem of this gadget is that it has a lot of rivals to think about.
A smartphone that is able to withstand stand, extreme temperatures, water and other damaging elements is always the perfect tool for someone who loves the outdoors. And Sony has just the thing for you if you are such a consumer. Their Xperia Go is a rugged phone, but unlike the others in its category, it’s not ugly to look at. Or heavy and extra thick. We put it, as usual, through some tests. Here is our review about how it performed.
Low pixel density
And we will start by describing the Sony Xperia Go. This is a device that has been endowed with nice looks. Its dimensions are 111mm x 60.3 mm x 9.8 mm, which makes it slimmer than other rugged phones. And this is one of its biggest pros. Because if we look at it from another point of view, we have to say that the plastic in its composition is not a nice addition. At all. But well, this is a phone that is supposed to be used in other environments than, say, in the garden of a castle.
The display of this model measures 3.5″. It is made of a glass that offers protection against scratches. Its resolution totals an amount of 320 x 480 pixels. Visibility was fine in our tests. But if you are after a beautiful-looking touchscreen, the one on the Xperia Go is not at all what you’d like. Image quality was fine, even despite the low pixel density. But viewing angles weren’t that great.
Powered by Android 2.3
The processor is a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500. Long name, but this kind of CPU works well. This phone is not the fastest out there, but it’s not the slowest, either. The device responded as it should when we either opened the menu or navigating through its options. The operating system is Android’s 2.3 version. If you’re not experienced with it, don’t worry: it’s easy to use. Internal storage is 4GB. The memory that is onboard is 512MB of RAM. If you want to expand the storage, a microSD card will help you reach 32GB.
But, since this is a rugged device, let’s see what this means. If you plan on throwing sand on it, it won’t make it close down and refuse to work. Likewise, if you swim with it, water will not affect it. And that’s about it.
Not impressive camera
The Sony Xperia Go has good call quality. We experienced excellent clarity and volume levels. Which were due to the phone’s great mic. But a con here was the weak earpiece. Which means that you should use this device in closed spaces more than in very loud environments.
There is only one camera on the Xperia Go. And it is a 5-megapixel one. It did not perform that well, though. Quality of photos was just OK. Colors and brightness were fine, but we’ve seen better than that. Contrast wasn’t that fabulous, either. You can record a video at 720p and that’s how much it can go. As opposed to pics, clips looked much better.
We have played around with smartphones that had better batteries than the one on this device. We managed to squeeze 19.2 days of stand-by time out of it; and then 5.50 hours of talk-time. This phone will last a day if used wisely.
At the end of our today’s review, it appears to us that Sony’s Xperia Go is not an excellent rugged phone. But it sure doesn’t suck, either. It’s somewhere in between, with good protection against sand and water and good performance.
Many new gadgets were presented this year during the Google I/O developer conference. Among them there was a variety of Nexus ones. And they managed to impress many consumers. We had a look at them and in the end chose the Nexus Q to write about in today’s review. This new tablet is one which won’t set too many hearts on fire, unfortunately. And it also has an expensive price tag. Either way, here it is.
Controllable via smartphone
Good looks are something that every gadget needs in order to stand a chance in today’s gadget world. Which is obsessed with design. Google knew this very well, so it transferred plenty of handsome features on their Nexus Q tablet. And it made sure it was not heavy. What this device sorely lacks are buttons on the exterior. But instead of that it has some funky LED lights which are very entertaining.
The gadget could be controlled during our tests with the help of our phone that works with the Android operating system. But you can also use a tablet that uses the same OS. And everything ran very smoothly.
The connectivity options shipped with the Nexus Q are plenty. Here are some of them: 1 Ethernet port, 1 micro USB port and 1 micro HDMI output. And all of these are placed around the device’s rear.
Difficult to connect
The Nexus Q comes with an application that gets the tablet going. But this app will only work with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You can find the app if you go to Google’s Play store. Don’t use the application with the iPhone 4S. And the moment this new tablet hits the stores, tablets and smartphones boasting the Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Gingerbread will also be going to work with the Nexus Q. So eventually all we need is patience.
Firing up the touchscreen, we saw very few elements on it. We only noticed a music visualizer and YouTube clips streamed from a smartphone. Oh, it also showed the level of volume. But overall, when we saw the Welcome screen, we were disappointed. If you are a beginner, you will have to use the manual which comes with the tablet. Because you will need to learn how to set it up once you decide to connect it to a HDTV.
When we wanted, during the test for this review, to bind some speakers, using naked wire, it didn’t let us. This option only worked when we used either a HDMI port or an optical one. Some of you will consider this a con. In the end, it depends on what you want this device for.
Google weren’t very generous when they created the Nexus Q. Why? Because it does not offer many features. There is no Hulu Plus and no Netflix, either. But it is able to stream clips from YouTube and both films and tunes from the user’s Google Play account. But you have limitations when it comes to selection of media. iTunes definitely wins the war against this tablet’s Google Play.
Google presented its Nexus Q as a great gadget. Sadly, what we saw in tests proved otherwise. Sure, the device in itself looks good and does not really suck in performing tasks. But the lack of a large array of features and the price make it inferior compared to its competitors.
ViewSonic are making a comeback with their new $350 VP2365wb. It is by no means a perfect monitor, but from the tests we did we can say that it’s not a miserable product, either. And should you opt for better quality, there are always other products to look at. This one packs both pros and cons, like any other device. In our review we will concentrate on both of them. Have a look at it and see if you like it.
ViewSonic’s latest VP2365wb monitor comes with a good-looking design. Its bezel has the following characteristics: it’s thin, painted black and matte. No fingerprints will settle on its surface, we checked that ourselves. The chassis does not look like it would withstand shocks, since its build is fragile-looking. The display’s rear makes the depth of the device reach 2.5″. Also, the back is the place where the ventilation system, options for connectivity and backlight sit.
The footstand is circular and has a diameter of 9″. Its build is not at all solid; if you knock it a bit, it starts to wobble. It will only fall if you hit it really hard.
Full HD resolution supported
On the screen we noticed a frosty matte finish that has a coating against annoying glare effects. The panel is capable of swiveling 360 degrees; tilting it back is also an option. The display button array on the device’s onscreen has a number of 4 keys. They are well-spaced. Options for the onscreen display are many; some of them: sRGB, color options, Dynamic Contrast and many others. Video connection options are fewer: USB downstream ports, DVI, one upstream port and VGA. The USB ports are harder to reach than the other options.
The screen of the VP2365wb has an aspect ratio of 16:9. The resolution it supports is a full HD native one: 1,920×1,080 pixels.
On the whole, the performance and specs of the latest ViewSonic monitor are good. Our uniformity and color tests showed that the image quality was very watchable. But the con we found distracting was the lack of vibrancy because of the faulty brightness of the monitor: 203 candelas per square meter. We played a couple of games on the product and they looked very good. We saw absolutely no input lag and no ghosting.
3 years of warranty
Viewing angles were also a pro. Since the VP2365wb uses an E-IPS panel, color shifts were minimal when the angle was changed. The screen of this monitor did not get dark when we looked at it from below.
Power consumption was not that significant. We registered an amount of 40.14W when the Default/On mode was used. We did some math and reached the conclusion that you will pay about $12.32 annually to use this monitor. It’s more than what the recently reviewed XL2370 would cost: $9.96. But still, it’s less than other monitors.
Support and service with the VP2365wb are both solid. There is a 24/7 free of charge technical support phone number, a warranty of 3 years that covers backlight, labor and parts and, finally, help via e-mail. One thing that’s missing is support via Web chat. But if you go looking for an online user manual and drivers, you will find them quickly.
The price of the ViewSonic VP2365wb means the consumer gets a 23-inch E-IPS screen, above acceptable performance and also 5 USB ports. On the other hand, the level of brightness is not something of greatness. If you want better quality, try some alternatives. Like Dell’s SP2309W.
Passive 3D are two words that have already become known in TV land. Some keep saying that it’s not as good as active 3D. Then others claim that it’s vastly superior. Anyway, competition is tight between different brands. Like LG, Samsung, Vizio, Panasonic and Sony. We tested many sets with this passive technology and preferred them over models using active 3D. But one thing that the latter does best: picture quality. LG’s Infinia 47LW5600 is the model we’ll review here. Take a look and see if it suits you or not.
On the outside, the LG 47LW5600 looks pretty simple. And it’s not the bad kind of simple, meaning it’s not boring. The frame is black, but glossy. Fingerprints will be your biggest enemies, but you’ll learn to ignore them in the end. Hopefully. The corners are square. The bezel is of a medium width and the logo is not illuminated. Only one element makes the design break into some sort of visual interest. A narrow edge that’s transparent.
Take a very quick look from the TV’s side and you will shortly notice how very thin it is. It measures only 1″ in thickness. Its weight won’t make it a bore to move from here to there.
Passive 3D technology
The menu system looks different. That way, users will enjoy streaming services and applications. And concentrate more on them. Apart from a standard remote, the Infinia 47LW5600 has another one. As always, it’s called Magic Motion Remote. The reason behind this name: the remote is a sort of a controller you’d normally find on the Nintendo Wii. So it’s basically helping users perform selections in the menu via motion control. In our tests, this approach proved very wise. It helped a lot. Remotes made by LG don’t sport a button for Menu. All you have to deal with instead is a key for Home. If you click that, you are welcomed by ever so many options, settings and whatnot. On the whole, we were satisfied with the remote controls. If they were just a bit faster, then we’d have loved them to bits.
This TV’s passive 3D feature is available if the user enables Film Pattern Retarder. Then, if you wear 3D glasses, each of your eyes will see every other line. After that your vision will create what it needs for that famed 3D illusion. And by the way, the product comes with 4 pairs of those glasses. They are of a very good quality, as shown by our reviews.
We were happy to see another pro: the device’s edge-lit LED backlight with local dimming. This is fabulous, since the 47LW5600 is a cheap TV. Black-level performance is better thanks to this offering. To use the Internet in the best way possible, the set includes one Wi-Fi dongle. Whose quality is good. And there is a web browser to satisfy your World Wide Web craves.
The selection of streaming services features a lot of options. Except that Mog and Pandora aren’t included.
Performance was of the great kind. Black levels were superb. But contrast wasn’t really a strong point. There were some artifacts, but really only a few of them. Colors were, of course, as excellent as only an LG TV can produce. The screen was uniform at all times.
With 3D movies, we didn’t see as many pros. The biggest con: artifacts. Then softness in finely detailed scenes.
The LG Infinia 47LW5600 makes a good companion. Not the best, but not the last in line, either.
Lenovo are, once again, giving their all to make a difference on the market of entry-level tower desktops for the PC. Which are meant to be used in the business sector. And it manages to reach its initial purpose of being a fit product for those working in a small shop. Following our set of tests, we think that the $508 ThinkCentre Edge 71 is a system to be appreciated thanks to a number of sensible reasons. About which we will talk in the following review.
As opposed to the Acer Veriton M4618G-Ui72601W we reviewed a very short while ago, Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 71 is not as simple-looking. This system has a design element that gives it attractiveness. This element is in the shape of a carrying handle. This is a helper with which you can carry the product from a cart to the desk of the end user.
Dimensions for the unit are what you’ve come to expect from the majority of tower desktops. They make the system have a wider proportion than the tray of an optical drive. Its height is much more visible than its width. Matte black was the option of Lenovo for the product’s chassis. Thank you, kind people, glossiness is so last season. As with the handle, the chassis features red accents on its surface.
Multiple monitors supported
Delving into the depths of the unit for our analysis, we found plenty of room for many things. Like for a PCIe x16 graphics card, one extra hard drive, PCIe x1 expansion cards and for one extra memory DIMM. For the next part we were reminded of the Veriton M4618G-Ui72601W. Essentially because Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 71 has an 180W power supply. It’s low and as such won’t let you install a graphics card of 200W. A pity, of course, but that’s the situation.
Connectivity options sitting on the outside are many. The system has audio/serial/parallel ports, a VGA port, 6 USB 2.0 ports and a DVI port. In the case of owning old peripherals, the parallel and serial ports are the bomb. Simultaneous multiple monitors are supported by the ThinkCentre Edge 71. But the unit features no DisplayPort, no USB 3.0 ports, no HDMI and no eSATA ports.
Intel i3-2120 processor
Useful pre-loaded programs make an appearance, too. You have programs which offer updates to the product’s software and hardware, as well as rescue and recovery programs. The system also sports Google Chrome. We reviewed it on our comp and it worked very well. Props to Lenovo for pre-installing it. For creating documents and such, you are offered Office 2010 Starter. And Business in a Box, a collection of business document templates. Bloatware is not abundant; there’s only Norton Internet Security and Skype.
HP’s Compaq 4000 Pro had an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. This model comes with a far superior processor: an Intel Core i3-2120 dual-core. Our benchmark tests showed that the CPU delivered great speeds. For business use, the speed of this processor is good. If you want it to be better, though, maybe another tower desktop might be a better option.
Lenovo is not at its first successful product. We definitely like its ThinkCentre Edge 71. It’s still a bit green around the ears in terms of performance, but, for that kind of price, we wouldn’t trade it for another model. The possibility to have a lot more interior space for upgrades, the processor, the GPU and its looks are reasons enough to enjoy this system.
The number of people ditching notebooks for tablets is increasing quickly. HP and Lenovo are leading the trend. But hopefully that won’t mean the end of those gadgets. Anyway, the name of the tablet we reviewed a couple of days ago after we tested it is Lenovo’s ThinkPad X130e. This $495 product is presented by its creators as a very suitable tool for k-12 students who are in dire need of such a gadget. But we’ll go ahead of ourselves and say that this device is also viable for consumers who aren’t in that category. Why? See below.
1,366 x 768 pixels resolution
If you’ve just decided that it’s time for a brand new laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e might be right up your alley. However, if the word “plastic” gives you allergies, stop looking at this laptop. Because it’s all covered in that material. Which was used because it’s cheaper than, say, metallic alloy. Black is the color which you’ll mostly see used on this device. But you can also opt for models with a hot-rod lid painted red. If you happen to drop the ThinkPad X130e, no problem: the lid has a rubber edge with a lip to protect it against accidents and their usual effects. This won’t make the laptop chubby: it weighs 3.52 pounds.
The screen is a wide one. It has 11.6″ and a good resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. But it won’t be good enough to watch content on 1080p high definition. For that you will need an external display.
Connections are the following: one VGA video output, one headphone/mic combo jack, one HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports and many other useful options. To protect these from wear, the laptop had them reinforced and recessed. Internet access is easy to access via either 802.11n Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. So you won’t be left out of possibilities.
When we were ready to write this review, we typed it on the device’s built-in keyboard. The buttons on it felt like they were made especially for us. So comfortable. But the touchpad didn’t rise up to the keyboard’s great quality.
1.3GHz AMD E-300 processor
A 1.3GHz AMD E-300 single chip features the processor and the graphics processor on the exact same die. 2GB of RAM are in the wake of the previous specs. The CPU fared very well in our tests. It was a pro that we could use well. The ThinkPad X130e left Dell’s Latitude 2120 to bite the comparison in terms of speed. Browsing the Internet didn’t bring us to the verge of annoyance: pages loaded quickly and didn’t lag in the middle of our work. But we cannot really recommend this laptop if you want something that moves as quickly as the Road Runner.
Seeing as this model is directed especially at young people still in high school or university, its battery will last for many hours. It will even go on for a whole day. In the analysis we did, battery life was 7 hours and 45 minutes.
The laptop’s specs go on. You also get a hard drive of 329GB. This version spins at a speed of 7,200 rpm. And it has an advantage over many other such types of hard drives. It features Active Protection software. And an accelerometer to be even more sure.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e does not have it in it to surpass its rivals. Bit it won’t come with a lot of performance hiccups. And it has a very inspired price tag.
Altec Lansing BXR1220 USB Powered Speakers – well, now that is a long name – are not the kind of helpers you can use if you have a really small apartment and want to throw a party. If you want to achieve that, best concentrate on the company’s Lansing Expressionist Ultra MX6021. The model we picked to test for a review costs $20 and are indicated for consumers who are looking for something cheap and simple. This product is heaven for those who want an option of watching clips or listening to favorite tracks while going somewhere. You’ll find our conclusions about these speakers below.
If you’re wondering what speakers to take with you on a trip, then one of the answer is this: the Altec Lansing BXR1220. It’s all sort of portable. What makes it so are its weight and measurements. Which are under 2 pounds and 3.7″ x 8″ x 7.5″. The design is compact and that adds to the speakers more degrees of portability. With each of the product’s speakers comes a driver that sits behind a mesh screen of thin dimensions. Both speakers are placed in a black tube that’s really an eye candy to behold. And it is a matte tube, so finally someone thought of getting rid of that awful glossy material. A con that bugged us during testing season: speakers’ functionality. They are attached to a stand sitting at a fixed angle. The latter is directed to the user’s chest, but the problem arrives when the user’s desk is at the same level as their chin. Moment in which it all becomes uncomfortable. So Altec: next time think of featuring a stand that can be easily tilted.
What immediately became clear to us was that these speakers and some of their rivals are really different. When it comes to comparing the manner in which they draw power, it is obvious that this model draws its power from a USB cord. This one happens to be hardwired to the silo on the right. The silo sports a power button on its rear and one for volume on top.
Again, a pro would have been if the BXR1220 included audio cables that could be easily detached when the case called for that. Still, these are speakers which have a price of no more than $20. So that’s life. Maybe with the next model we’ll get what this one still lacks at this point.
Major pro we’ve come to love in our tests: the Altec Lansing BXR1220 has no AC adapter to make it hard for us to set the speakers up. You’ll just have to plug this pair in an USB port that is available for that and then power the switch on the rear on. After you do that, plug the audio cable into an audio source. And with that you’re done, folks. Invariably, there is a con here. The USB port is the only option to power these speakers. To play music, you will need a comp featuring an open USB port. And, before you go out for a picnic, don’t forget to charge the device fully. Or you will run the risk of not listening to a song till its end.
All cons aside, the Altec Lansing BXR1220 is all about a simple set of speakers for your comp. They will be just the right thing for you to listen to clips and songs.