Our Verdict Achieves what it sets out to do by delivering decent sound cheaply For Cheap and cheerful powered by USB doddle to connect sounds decent for the money. Against Predictably, treble lacks refinement Reviewed on 27th November 2009 Here's a funny looking thing. This is the second portable little sound cylinder Altec Lansing has offered to the world of MP3. The Orbit M sports a standard 3.5mm audio connection; this one connects directly to a USB audio output. The most obvious benefit for us here is that it draws all its necessary power from USB, so there's no need for batteries or mains power, which is handy for a portable device or laptop. There's not much else to it, aside from pointing out it's reasonably well made and comes with a small kickstand for propping it up. It costs £40. Let's just flag that up once more for those of you who breezed over the top of the review. More after the break Decent sound qualityAnd yes it's a little bright and it's a little less organised in the treble than we'd like; but the more we listen to the Orbit USB, the more we think it sounds surprisingly decent. Lob it in your bag to take on holiday or take it in to the spare room with your laptop and you won't have to worry about running out of batteries. Nor will you have to put up with your laptop speakers, of course. Noticeably clearer, fuller and, hey, even musical, the Altec Lansing is a bit of a bargain for basic laptop listening. Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Related News iXOOST speakers are made from supercar exhaust pipes Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 03:14pm Best iPod, iPad and iPhone docks to buy in 2014 Thu, 01 May 2014, 05:27pm Arcam rDock-uni with built-in DAC handles all iPhones and iPads Thu, 20 Feb 2014, 11:19am Pure Contour i1 Air comes with AirPlay, 30-pin and lightning connectors Tue, 01 Oct 2013, 11:52am Pure expands Jongo family with T2, T4 and T6 wireless speakers Wed, 14 Aug 2013, 06:00pm Altec Lansing Dock systems Hi-Fi Orbit USB Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.