An improvement on your laptop's sound, but this desktop speaker system is slightly too excitable for us
Spirited, engaging sound
promising price tag
low frequencies can get lost
The Edifier MP300 Plus is a desktop 2.1 speaker system, with low frequencies taken care of by a tube-shaped subwoofer that also powers two teensy speakers.
These are attached to the sub via a single bespoke connection – the cable lengths are pretty short, so there's no danger of getting any meaningful distance between the components.
One of the speakers includes volume controls, and there's a 3.5mm input on the sub for your laptop or MP3 player.
Highs are very much a low pointPlaying a range of music files at a variety of compression ratios, the Edifier serves up a brisk and peppy sound, with well-controlled bass from the sub and a reasonable sense of spaciousness considering the proximity of the sub to the speakers.
Unfortunately, the subwoofer is quite directional, meaning the low-end presence falls away if you're listening 'off-axis'.
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Of greater concern are the high frequencies: they're spoiling for a fight. There's a top-end zizziness that scuppers the 300's chances of a five-star rating, though for occasional desktop listening you could do much worse.