Affordable desktop speakers that amp up your sound without taking over your desk

Small, easy to install, and powerful.

office with a surfboard
Small, but will do the trick.Robert Bye via

When you have the ability to watch movie trailers in 4K on your desktop, you really shouldn’t be settling for tinny, basic stereo sound out of the built-in speakers. Adding some desktop speakers will amp up your video viewing and your gaming experience, and they are so easy to set up and install that you really have no excuse.

Finding the right desktop speaker for your needs and overall work desk aesthetic is easy. Here are a few options to get you started.

AmazonBasics USB-Powered PC Computer Speakers
Wingmen for your monitor.Amazon

These speakers offer a suitable dynamic range—around 80 Hz—in a simple plug-and-lay set-up. They’re compact enough to accompany a laptop as easily as a larger desktop, and they don’t require any additional drivers and offer in-line volume control. Plus they’ve got a silver finish and blue LED accent lights so they simply look cool, too. Sleek, but simple.

Creative Peddle 2.0
Eager to please your ears.Amazon

Connected via a single USB cord, these extremely stylish speakers are as amped up as they are unique-looking. Their up-turned design is meant to direct audio right at your ears, and at only 4.4 inches wide they don’t command a lot of premium desk space. They also do not need an additional wall outlet; they are powered entirely via the USB.

Reccazr Desktop Speakers
Come on feel the noize.Amazon

We get it. Sometimes you aren’t looking for small, inconspicuous speakers that quietly blend into your desktop without calling too much attention to themselves. There are times when you want speakers that announce their presence like they’re fronting an ’80s metal band. These Reccazr speakers look a lot bigger than their 5.4 inch height, and that’s the point. They resemble old-school home stereo speakers in the best way, while still being easy to install and use right out of the box.