The Best Computer Speakers For College Students (2015)

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Music is literally the fabric of the campus experience, whether you are confined to the library studying for that final or you are belting out lyrics at 4 in the morning. Whatever the case, you must never settle for mediocre audio. This article will provide some recommendations for the best computer speakers at under $100 since everyone knows that students are always budge conscious.

Disclaimer: If you follow the recommendations for the best speakers provided in this article, you will most likely have a visit from your Residential Advisor.

Without further ado, here are the five best computer speakers for college students under $100.

1. Creative Inspire T12

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The creative Inspire T12 is a 2-speaker system from Creative and is great if you are looking for minimalist set up and quality sound. It features stylish and slim black speakers and looks great as an addition to any workstation setup. It features BassFlex technology to add to the experience by expanding the low frequency response without requiring a separate subwoofer. If you wish, you can enjoy sound privately on your headphones through the auxiliary jack.

2. Genius SW-G 2.1 1250

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This 4-piece gaming speaker set from Genius is a great inclusion not only to gaming rigs but also to any workstations that are in need of great audio accompaniment. The unit comprises of 2 satellite speakers, a controller, and a subwoofer. The controller allows for simplistic controls over bass and volume. The unit comes with 2 RCA inputs for you to hook up a DVD player or game console if you so wish. The subwoofer delivers exceptional bass that enhances any sound source.

3. JBL Pebbles

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This plug and play speaker set from JBL will catch you eye with its standout look. Each of the 2 speakers look as if the speaker covers the whole frame of the unit in contrast to the boxy design of most speaker sets. It features a hidden cable-wrap feature to give the speaker setup the cleanest look ever. The minimalist setup and sleek look make the JBL Pebbles the best addition to any laptop setup that needs a sound boost.

4. Bose Companion 2 Series III

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Just as expected of any Bose product, you should expect better than expected sound quality from this minimal to standard looking design. This unit boasts of Bose’s signature engineering and thus uses unique signal processing to ensure full and clear sound constantly and consistently. It also uses Bose’s TrueSpace stereo digital processing to enhance the sound produced to fill a room. The system is able to produce better than expected bass tones due to the ported cabinet design. The unit also comes with a separate auxiliary jack to plug in your MP3 player or any other compatible design.

5. AmazonBasics USB Computer Speakers (A100)

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This speaker set from AmazonBasics oozes of simplicity and portability. The USB speakers are powerful enough to fill the room with quality, clear sound, yet portable enough for laptop use on the go. All you need to do is simply plug in the USB cable and the audio jack into your selected device and you are good to go. The unit features a one-finger control to allow for easy access to volume control. With this unit, you are not constrained to use it with just your workstation. The speakers work with just about any device from smartphones to tablets. Convenience is perhaps the best reason why these speakers are some of the best speakers for college students.

In conclusion, this has been a discussion about the best speakers for college students. Even though there are numerous other speakers in the market, the 5 discussed in this article are the best for use by students because of price and performance.

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Tips for Getting Discount Printer Ink Cartridges

Most stores sell printers quite cheaply, treating them as loss leaders because they know that they can recoup the costs on the sale of consumable ink cartridges. If you do a lot of printing, it can be easy to spend $150 or more on ink but there is no need to pay a fortune for printer cartridges unless you demand the highest fidelity on every one of your printouts.

Even people who do not do a lot of printing may find that their ink cartridges deplete themselves quicker than they expect, because some printers use ink even when they are not printing because they need to keep the print heads clean. These tips will help you to find discount ink cartridges so that printing doesn’t have to break the bank.

brother_lc61_inkThe first thing you should do is look at the average price per retailer. While it may seem convenient to pick up a few cartridges while you’re at the mall, those in-store prices could be as much as 73% above the average price. Shop around online or go to meritline.com, however, and you could pick up the same cartridge for 20% lower than average that’s a substantial price difference, so even if you stick with brand named cartridges your wallet will feel the difference.

The biggest savings, however, come when you switch to third party ink. While many people may tell you that you must use the ink that is made by the manufacturer of your printer, this is not necessarily the case. It’s true that some third party inks can be disappointing in quality, but if you spend some time reading reviews and are willing to take a few chances to find the best third party inks, then you could find that you save a lot of money in the long run.

If your printer is one that does not have its own print head rather the head is a part of the cartridge, then there is little risk in trying third party inks to see if they are good enough for your needs. However, if the print head is a part of the printer you must choose your inks carefully because bad ink could clog the print head. Since using third party inks voids most warranties, you will have to pay to replace the print head yourself, which could be expensive depending on the make and model of the printer. That you are using.

One thing to look at when you are considering third party inks is the cost per page. In some cases, third party cartridges are cheaper than manufacturer cartridges, but they actually contain less ink, so you end up paying more per page. In other cases the ink dries out quickly, meaning that the cartridge is fine for someone that does a lot of printing and will use up all the ink quickly, but that it would be a false economy for someone who has more modest printing needs. So remember, the up-front cost is not the only thing you need to consider.

Tips for Buying Cheap Printer Ink Cartridges

Buying a printer is a relatively inexpensive proposition, but supplying that printer with ink can become expensive incredibly quickly. If you do a lot of printing then you may find that it is difficult to keep up with the costs. One option for saving money on ink is to use Compatible “compatible” cartridges instead of the manufacturer’s own cartridges.

brother_tn450_tonerCompatible ink cartridges are often less than half the price of standard cartridges, or even cheaper if you compare the bricks and mortar store price of a standard cartridge to the online price of a compatible cartridge. However, that does not mean that the Compatible cartridge is actually better value for money. Some disreputable cheap cartridge makers do not completely fill their cartridges or use sub-standard ink so you get fewer print outs per cartridge. The value for money comes not in the price per item but in the price per print.

Compatible cartridges have something of a bad reputation in the world of printing, and a few years ago that bad reputation was deserved, but the good news is that printer cartridges have come a long way since then. Today, the average failure rate on compatible cartridges is just two percent. However, some cartridges do still have issues.

One thing that you should research before you buy cheap printer ink cartridges is whether your printer has its own print head or whether the print head is built in to the cartridge. If the print head is built in to the cartridge then you can get away with buying the cheapest cartridges you can find and working your way up the price range until you find the cheapest cartridge that offers a good number of print outs at a quality that you find acceptable.

If, however, the print head is a part of the printer itself then you will need to be a little more careful. With this kind of printer, you have to worry about a poor quality cartridge causing the print head to become clogged with ink. Most printer manufacturers say that you must use the brand of ink cartridge that they recommend; using compatible cartridges from a Compatible will void the warranty. If your print head gets clogged and you cannot somehow clean it yourself you will need to pay to have it replaced, which would be a false economy.

It is a good idea to read reviews of Compatible cartridges and ask your friends and family what cartridges they use if they have the same printer. Look at a few printouts that they have done and see if you are happy with the quality. It is usually hard to go wrong with black ink cartridges, but you may find it harder to find colour cartridges that produce the kind of quality you are looking for. Shop around and try a few different cartridges, as well as a few different websites, until you find the best cartridges for your needs.