Altec Lansing Orbit USB iML237 Review

You want to take your tunes on the road, but headphones don’t always cut it, and even the smallest home speakers and receivers/amplifiers aren’t portable. Good thing, technology has come to the rescue by introducing portable speakers that sound a lot better than the tinny models you might remember from the Walkman days.

orbit USBThese portable speakers are the hot ticket for travellers, dorm rooms, the beach, or the office. They plug into iPods, MP3 players, and laptops’ headphone jacks, with sound that can easily fill a small to medium-size room. And one of these portable speakers is the Orbit USB [iML237]. Weighing in at less than six ounces, this powerful little speaker is perfect for the frequent traveller.

Product Summary:

The good:

Compact and attractively designed, this ultra-portable USB speaker provides surprisingly big sound and the convenience of plug-and-play USB connectivity for netbooks and laptops. The circular shape provides a 360-degree sound field and the retractable stand aims the audio wherever wanted. Built to survive tough travel conditions, the Orbit USB includes a stylish neoprene case with hook-on carabineer as well as tangle-free cord storage.

The bad:

It is more expensive than the previous Orbit. It lacks volume control on the speaker and it distorts at higher volumes. But the very depressing thing about this speaker is that it can only be used with your laptop or PC. So if you’re looking for a portable speaker for your iPod or MP3 player, remove the Orbit USB iML237 on your list.

Bottom line:

While its $50 list price is high, the Orbit USB iML237 portable speaker is an attractive option for laptop users who want a compact travel speaker that outperforms their internal laptop speakers.

Price: $35.92 – now available at Amazon.

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