Ixos Oyster speakers
New USB-powered compact travel speakers clip together when not in use

Enjoy playing music on your laptop but want to be less shellfish when it comes to sharing it with others? Want a sound to warm the cockles, while adding a bit more mussel to the performance?

New from Ixos is the £25 Oyster, a pair of USB-powered speakers designed for use with laptops and personal players.

Why Oyster? Well, the two speakers clam up when not in use, clipping together magnetically to protect each other. They use twin 5cm driver units with Neodymium magnets, can be powered via the USB cable or an external pack supplied with the unit, and taking four AAA-size batteries.

There's a 3.5mm stereo input for use with laptops, netbooks, iPods, iPhones and other portable devices, and the speakers – which are finished in gunmetal black – are supplied with connecting cables.