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Logitech AudioHub   (Source: Image via Logitech)

Logitech AudioHub with Notebook  (Source: Image via Logitech)
Logitech announces new AudioHub for notebooks that adds sound and connectivity

One of the pitfalls to using a notebook exclusively is that it tends to have speakers that are not that great for those wanting to listen to music and watch movies. One of the other problems is that notebooks tend to lack the USB ports important to users with lots of gadgets and peripherals.

Logitech has a new item called the AudioHub that aims to remedy both of these common notebook shortcomings. The AudioHub is a 2.1 speaker system designed to sit behind your notebook. The two satellite speakers are width adjustable allowing you to position them to the sides of your notebook rather than having them behind the computer where some of the sound is blocked.

In addition to having movable satellite speakers, a built-in subwoofer offers improved levels of bass and the speakers use a three-chamber design. A three port Hi-speed USB hub is built into the AudioHub as well to provide more connectivity options for USB devices. One single USB connection from the AudioHub to your PC powers the speakers as well as the USB hub.

The AudioHub is slightly more than 3.5-inches tall and has a pair of 2-inch tweeters and one 3-inch woofer. Another nice feature is a built-in web cam stand that extends from the top of the AudioHub. The USB hub is powered via an included AC adapter, allowing the use of high-power USB devices. A pair of USB cables is included with one 2-foot cable and one 4-foot extension. The AudioHub is compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, and Vista as well as Mac OS X and higher. Logitech covers the device with a 2-year warranty and the device carries an MSRP of $99.99 with availability in October, 2007.

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Looks good.
By KeithTalent on 9/13/2007 3:54:32 PM , Rating: 2
I am in definitely the market for something like this. I exclusively use my laptop as my TV (with a Slingbox) and as my DVD player and find the sound severely lacking, particularly in periods with quiet dialogue, so this would be perfect!

Hopefully I will be able to find a review somewhere before I lay down my cash.


RE: Looks good.
By TomZ on 9/13/2007 4:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I agree, this looks kind of cool. I think a lot of people are using laptops on their desks, and this seems like a nice, compact solution for audio and connectivity to other USB devices. It would be cool if it had an Ethernet interface included.

RE: Looks good.
By kkwst2 on 9/13/2007 8:38:46 PM , Rating: 3
Why not just use a dock? That has everything you're talking about. Just hook speakers up too the dock. I bought a dock with my T61p. The dock is sitting on my desk. Now if only they would ship the actual laptop!

RE: Looks good.
By kkwst2 on 9/13/2007 8:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, to answer my own question, this is about $100 cheaper than my dock and is not device-specific.

I still think I prefer the dock, especially if I had a laptop to go with it.

RE: Looks good.
By regnez on 9/13/2007 9:09:23 PM , Rating: 3
Another answer to your question is that not all notebooks can be docked; that is something reserved mostly for business notebooks (ie Thinkpads).

As an example, I have three family members who own varying Inspirion notebooks, and none of them have docking capabilities.

RE: Looks good.
By TomZ on 9/13/2007 11:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
There are "generic docks" on the market that just use USB to interface. They're not as integrated as the Thinkpad docks, of course.

RE: Looks good.
By Netscorer on 9/14/2007 1:55:10 AM , Rating: 2
I hate those generic docks. They miss half of the functionality of a normal dock and still require to connect bunch of wires directly to laptop, like power, video, ethernet, eSata.
I truly miss normal docks on multimedia laptops - who in their right mind think that only business people will buy docking solutions?

RE: Looks good.
By TomZ on 9/14/2007 8:35:37 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you about that. My old laptop was a ThinkPad, and I always thought about buying a dock, but I didn't. Now I recently purchased a Dell which doesn't have docking capability, and I didn't even think to look for that feature. Maybe I should have...

RE: Looks good.
By mxzrider2 on 9/15/2007 2:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
almost every hp laptop has docks, my year old compaq v6000 and my bros new hp ( basically same thing but better) has a dock made for it that u slide the lappy right on in. look em up

RE: Looks good.
By Samus on 9/14/2007 4:13:10 AM , Rating: 2
Chances are these are higher quality than most comparable sized speakers too. I've had some great set's of Logitech speakers.

3" subwoofer
By Hare on 9/14/2007 1:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
What a "subwoofer". Perfect example of BS marketing jargon.

Rather than get this "dock" I would just buy two decent active speakers and a usb-hub. All those plastic soap boxes sound awful.

RE: 3" subwoofer
By redbone75 on 9/14/2007 1:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
Rather than get this "dock" I would just buy two decent active speakers and a usb-hub. All those plastic soap boxes sound awful.

Yeah, but how portable are those two active speakers and hub? The whole unit looks like it will fit right in your laptop carrying case alongside your laptop.

RE: 3" subwoofer
By kelmon on 9/14/2007 4:18:49 AM , Rating: 2
Correct. Logitech, while normally good for releasing useful products, appear to have identified a gap in the market that wasn't there. There is absolutely no way that I would try to carry this product with a laptop when traveling and when I am "back at base" then it is attached to a proper set of speakers.

Unless you particularly need more stuff to carry around with you then this is a particularly useless product.

By MonkeyPaw on 9/14/2007 9:59:24 AM , Rating: 2
Don't these 2 comments contradict each other?

One single USB connection from the AudioHub to your PC powers the speakers as well as the USB hub.

The USB hub is powered via an included AC adapter, allowing the use of high-power USB devices.

RE: Power
By Pandamonium on 9/14/2007 2:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
They are pretty misleading. I was going to stop reading after the first statement because I know my flash drive alone is sometimes capable of overdrawing current over USB. (at least on iMacs...)

When I figured out that the USB hub was powered from the second sentence, I was a bit interested in the product. After I thought about it though, this is a pretty silly product. I'd rather get powered speakers and a USB hub separately.

By rbuszka on 9/13/2007 11:42:37 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, they're showing it with my laptop! (Gateway)

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