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Written by Mark Yarbough   
Friday, 10 September 2010
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Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers

Stylish Portable Dice Shaped Speakers

Today we will be looking at the Arctic Sound portable USB speakers. These portable dice shaped speakers are stylish and pack more punch then I anticipated from such tiny speakers. Dimensions are 70 x 70 x 70 mm and weighing in at 494g you can take these speakers anywhere, without it being much of a hassle.


PACKAGING AND EXTERIOR

The box the Arctic Sound USB speakers come in is no bigger than you typical cell phone box. The box is a couple shades of gray with pictures of the speakers on all sides. On the box is also a picture of the Arctic C1 Mobile which is the solar adapter for the Arctic Sound USB speakers. There might be a review for that sometime in the future. The picture include pictures of the front and rear of the speakers, so you can get a clear sense of what your buying before you open the box. Also included on the packaging is the dimensions, Frequency Response, Impedance, and cable type of the speakers, if you are the type of person who needs the technical specs before you purchase a product. The speakers were covered with a cardboard covering and each speaker was individually covered in plastic. The cords were also neatly bundled and bound together, also inside the box was the instructions on how to set the speakers up which is fairly self explanatory. The instructions also explain that if you want to connect the Arctic Sounds to a MP3 player or to your phone you will need to purchase the Arctic C1 Mobile, which is a solar charged adapter which will give you 10 house of run life. The cost of the adapter is $24.60 US and can be purchased at USBcharger.arctic-cooling.com (also stated in the directions).

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Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers
Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers
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INTERIOR

The speakers are a nice, stylish looking charcoal gray, with what looks like a one inch woofer in the center of each one. On the control speaker there is an input jack to connect the second speaker, and a volume control switch. The 3.5mm jack and the USB connector both run from the control speaker, so out of the secondary speaker only has a input connection which connects to the control speaker, and from the control speaker there is a 3.5mm jack that you connect to the headphone port on your computer and connect the USB connection for power. The setup was painless. Once I open the box it on took a minute to set up and start utilizing the speakers.

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Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers
Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers
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TESTING

To test the Arctic Sound S111 USB speakers I used my Dell latitude D620 laptop. I played MP3’s and streamed music from You Tube. I’m a big Hip Hop fan, so I used the songs that I knew packed a lot of bass. I was thoroughly impressed with the sound of the speakers , they were clear and not distorted. Once I cranked the volume all the way up you could hear some distortion but not as much as I expected. I used the speakers as I cleaned up around the house and could hear the music throughout the house without any problems. The volume control on the back is not too stiff and not too loose, you can adjust the volume with on finger you do not have to pick up the speaker to adjust the volume on the speakers. I was also able to put the speakers in my laptop bag and carry them around with me without noticing any difference in weight or size difference of my bag.

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Arctic Sound S111 Portable USB Speakers
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FINAL THOUGHTS

I will get some good use out of the Arctic Sound S111 USB speakers. They are stylish looking and quick and easy to setup and use. They are light compact and I can put them in my laptop bag without even noticing that they are there. The sound is clear even at higher volumes for extended periods of time. The only drawback with the Arctic Sound S111 is that the Arctic C1 didn’t come with the speakers I would have been an even better experience if I could use my iPod to place music without carrying my laptop around with me for power.


Pros
The Speakers are surprisingly powerful. Clear sound even at high volumes. Portable and easy to carry around.
Cons
Needs a USB power connection. Cords are not easily managed.
Bottom Line
I would recommend using the Arctic Sound Speakers because I get clear quality sound even when the volume is turned up to capacity. They are easy to connect to my laptop and I can clearly hear them even when I’m in another room.


 

DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS :

Manufacturer :   Arctic
Website :   www.arctic-cooling.com
Model # :   S111
Frequency Response :   50Hz - 25KHz
Impedance :   4
Output Power :   4W (2 x 2W) RMS
Cable :   1m with 3.5mm stereo jack
Dimensions :   70 (L) x 70 (W) x 70 (H) mm
Weight :   494 grams
Warranty :   2 years
Description :  
The ARCTIC SOUND S111 is a set of compact, dice-shaped portable speakers. It has a one meter cable length with 3.5 millimeter stereo jack to connect to any laptop, MP3 player or many mobile phones. The ARCTIC SOUND S111 also features a large volume control knob for users to adjust volume easily. As the ARCTIC SOUND S111 is a USB-powered speaker, it can easily be powered by a laptop without additional cables or adapters. It is an accompaniment for laptops and can be used as a replacement of the mostly mediocre built-in speakers in laptops. The ARCTIC SOUND S111 can amplify the volume at a greater extent, while vocals and bass are still well balanced.


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Last Updated on Friday, 10 September 2010