We have a Printer, Scanner and Label Maker to get your business organised. Enter today.
Stereo speakers with "omni-directional" audio.
- Project sound both forward and backward, remote control
- Bass and mid-range get bloated and distorted at times, some harshness in the highs, no AC power
A basic set of PC speakers with a few quirks, the Logitech Z-5s operate entirely via USB, which means you need a PC to use them. The audio quality is adequate but nothing special.
Price$ 200.00 (AUD)
Logitech makes the enticing claim that its Z-5 speakers provide omnidirectional audio, and the speakers' small form factor makes them attractive for users with under-sized desks. However, they have no AC adapter, meaning you need a PC to use them. Moreover, their audio quality leaves a little to be desired. They are a decent but not outstanding option for non-discerning listeners.
At first glance you could be mistaken for thinking the Z-5s project sound in all four directions. The speaker pillars are covered in mesh on all four sides, but a quick test reveals that only the front and back have drivers; the sides are totally empty. So while they do manage to project sound both forwards and backwards, it isn't a totally room-filling experience. When listened to them from the side, most of the detail in the mid-range and highs disappeared and the bass became totally dominant.
In front of the speakers the audio becomes a little more balanced. The bass is still quite powerful and booming, but it is also quite slow, lending a fairly firm texture to the sound. We'd have liked it to have a little more clarity, as in any bass-heavy passages or blocks of loud noise a fair amount of detail was lost.
The mid-range was the best part of the sound. In simple, quiet passages and even during some basic guitar riffs, everything sounded smooth and clear with fairly good detail. However, as soon as things became more complex we lost quite a bit of definition and there was some noticeable distortion. Some quieter sounds were also lost in the background during these passages.
Treble notes were decent for the most part, although a little bland. We would have liked them to be richer and sweeter, but they had good detail and definition. At times we found that some acoustic guitar strings came across as a little harsh, but piano-based tunes sounded good.
The soundstage was good considering the size and cost of the speakers. The multi-directional nature of the audio does give it a little more depth; we found the volume levels adequate to fill a medium room.
The speakers run entirely off USB power. This is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand it helps reduce cable clutter, but on the flipside it means you can't use them at all without a PC. The only other port is an auxiliary input for your iPod or MP3 player, but most users will probably just connect to their PC via USB and play audio that way.
A remote control is also provided that has some basic functionality like play/pause, track skip and a button that opens music software on your PC (such as iTunes). However it won't work with your MP3 player.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized
- 5 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
Latest News Articles
- HP revamp Omen range with game streaming and hybrid keyboard
- QNAP Unveils the TS-1635AX 16-bay NAS
- Razer debut the first Opto-Mechanical keyboards in the form of the new Huntman and Huntsman Elite
- Samsung brings the Samsung Fl!p to Australia
- Intel CEO resigns after probe of relationship with employee
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Amazon Prime Day 2018
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?