First of all, one must understand the difference between USB Support and USB Powered Speakers (this review is all about the later one). Speakers with USB Support will let you play your music files straight out of the memory stick or thumb drive or memory cards. Whereas, the USB Powered speakers are the different breeds which need USB port to power them up while playing. Having said that, for those who find built-in laptop sounds too mediocre or metallic to hear and looking for a portable speaker with good mobility, Fenda (F&D) has a product line addressing the same. And if you are on a netbook, then this becomes an absolute necessity. They are the tiny yet fair sounding units which will escalate laptop music experience with significant margin. Since mobility is the key factor, these speakers will not need you to run for power port in room or elsewhere. All it needs is a laptop with free USB port from which they will draw power required to give out loud and bang !
Since my job requires me to keep many times on the wheel, and being a music aficionado I always missed my listening experience at home. And I don’t wanted to keep hooked everytime over the headphone to entertain or musically rejuvenate myself. Hence, I zeroed in over few laptop speaker models by F&D and bagged the one. Each one had its own sets of feature and usability which came with varied form factor. Here is my take over all three models depending upon my experience at showroom and the one I bought.
F&D V560 – Tiny But Not Tinny In Sound!
Mounted over the laptop will make it look like ears of the same! When I entered the shop, this was the only model in my mind which I knew and was willing to purchase. While opening the packet for me, the shop owner also produced the colorful rim attachments which came packed with it. This will allure many of the buyers as it will complement their laptop color with all possible shades (red, silver and blue) – now gadgets too have gotten into fashion statements! After having connected with the laptop, these tiny tots managed to produce decent soundstage with all genres (even movies). Highs were crystal clear and lows were all audible if not that loud (mind you, you are playing everything over that size which is meant for twitter in general speakers). It definitely gave a boost to default laptop sound and justified the statement “Good things come in small package”. With sturdy build quality and clamp design, F&D V560 comes out to be a mini steal for the price it comes for. And did I forget to add that it also comes packed with mini-pouch to make a comfortable carrying?!
F&D V620 – Lean But Not Mean!
Prima Facie, it looked like Speakers on diet! This came out of the shelf as per the vendor’s suggestion. He wanted me to audition this piece too prior to make a final decision. And the moment I took these in my hand, its significant weight (symbolic of build quality and materials enclosed) assured me of its performance in advance. Unlike F&D V560, this sits like a normal desktop speaker with minimal footprint. When connected with USB port, the bottom started glowing blue which looked flashy and cool (some may find it overdone). And when played, I was not wrong with my pre-assumption. It barely missed any of the notes that were fed in the form of Electronica, Pop, Classical, Instrumental etc. The trebles were crisp and bass was prominent (springy as they call). Yes, the sound distorted a bit when volume cranked at max, but that is acceptable as nobody would like to over-exploit it. Conclusively, it had good balance of size and performance.
F&D E200 – Acoustic Avtar In A Bar !
I almost reached my wallet to finalize F&D V620 but then this soundbar F&D E200 suddenly caught my sight. Inquiring further led me to know that this again is USB powered speaker with different form factor. This indeed is a 2.0 model enclosed in single housing. Slightly bigger than above two, this left me impressed with its sonic quality as it played all tracks with comparable quality. A glowing red ring around the volume knob adds to some visual gimmickry, the look of which may be subjective to all. I had to make a choice – so I banked upon this model considering its louder performance compared to F&D V560 & F&D V620 and bar type design for easy play.
First thing first, these mini-monsters are not meant for roomful of entertainment with loud performance but for full-stage personal listening. Though they fall into same category but are radically different from each other. If space is the major concern and laptop bag is already stuffed, then F&D V560 will be the best buy coupled with decent sound quality. But if you are looking for best in this category with good size to sonic ratio, then look no further than F&D V620 and it will easily accommodate along with laptop in the bag you carry. F&D E200 undoubtedly is the best of all three when it comes to loudness and quality but its size may bother you a bit. But if you don’t mind carrying it in a travel bag (it indeed can be slipped in bigger laptop bags), then this will leave you as a happy buyer. Pricewise, there is not much difference between all these sets, hence the buying decision will be solely based on purpose, portability and usability.
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To sum up, choose:
F&D V560 – for Highest portability with GOOD sound quality.
F&D V620 – for Decent portability with BETTER sound quality.
F&D E200 – for Lowest portability with BEST sound quality.