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There was once a time when external computer speakers didn’t even exist – mostly because computers weren’t used for what they are used for today – but now they’re considered a necessity for a lot of people. This is because nowadays, many people use their computers largely for gaming, watching movies and listening to music. And, let’s face it, integrated computer speakers aren’t very strong, don’t have great sound quality and just don’t get the job done.

What exactly you need to look for when you’re in the market for computer speakers depends a lot on the computer system you have, the style you like and your budget. For instance, you may not like cord clutter on your desk, or it could be a nonissue. Additionally, you may want the speakers to connect to your desktop computer, or you may need them for your laptop. These are things to consider before you start your search for the best computer speakers under $50.

Wired systems are on the lower end of the price scale, while wireless computer speaker systems are more expensive, sometimes much more so. This is because they include Bluetooth technology to connect to your desktop or laptop. They can also connect to your Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones. Some wired systems have auxiliary ports you can use to connect your tablet or smartphone, but this isn’t always the case, and it is one more cord on your desk.

If you don’t like cords hanging off your desk or shelf or even strung behind your computer system and consider this an absolute deal breaker, you should look for a wireless computer speaker system, although you may have to increase your budget a little to do so – not may wireless systems come in the sub-$50 price range. Additionally, if you’re a laptop user, you may want to consider a wireless system so you don’t use up one of your limited number of USB ports just to plug in your speakers.

When you’re in the market for speakers and you’re on a budget, you don’t have to buy a fancy system from a big brand. However, budget systems usually only have 2.0 channels, which means they only include two satellite speakers and not subwoofers. Having 2.1-channel system with a subwoofer definitely increases the price, but not always dramatically, and it also improves the bass output. Because of this, 2.1-channel systems are recommended for gamers and people with multimedia computers.

A couple of brands that make speakers that cost less than $50 are Amazon Basics and Logitech. They both make simple, standard PC speakers that won’t break a budget and still give you the sound boost you’re looking for.

Searching for the best speakers under $50 doesn’t have to be difficult, but deciding on a few things before you start your search can help you find the right ones and keep you under budget. Speakers in this price range are likely to be 2.0-channel wired systems that connect to your computer via a USB port.

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