Logitech isn’t the first name that pops up when you think of lifestyle laptop speaker systems. The company now has a new addition to their audio portfolio in the form of the Z600. This is a 2.0 speaker system with some handy features up its sleeve. Let’s see if it sounds as good as it looks.
Design and Build
The speakers are well packaged and ship with the power adapter, a 3.5mm audio cable and a Bluetooth dongle for devices that don’t have Bluetooth integrated. The speakers themselves resemble the cooling tower of a nuclear reactor and weigh in at roughly 2kg, together. Each speaker has three drivers that are hidden behind a layer of fabric that’s wrapped around the length of the speaker. The third driver is bottom-firing and handles the low frequency sounds. The four rubber feet keep the speakers planted firmly on a table surface.
The Z600 also features flat, tangle-free cabling, with ample amount of cable length for you to comfortably place the speakers in any orientation. The only trouble is that the speakers tend to pick up dirt and grime very easily since it’s mostly made up of white plastic.
All the buttons and ports are placed in the back, which includes Bluetooth pairing, power, microUSB and auxiliary input. The volume control is handled by the touch sensitive dial on the top of the right speaker. There’s also a blue LED light here which is helpful while pairing the speakers to your device. There’s no built-in battery as these are predominantly desktop speakers and aren’t really designed with portability in mind.
One of the unique features of the Z600 is its ability to pair it to three devices at a time. To take over; you simply pause one device and start the other. We tried this with multiple phones and it works quite well. You can even use the 3.5mm audio jack to play some music if you don’t want to bother with pairing. There’s no NFC for pairing, which would have been a nice addition. Logitech doesn’t really mention any speaker details of the drivers or even the RMS output anywhere though.
Pairing the Z600 with any Bluetooth device is as simple as hitting the button on the back and accepting the connection on your phone. There’s ample amount of volume level to fill a large living room and the audio fidelity over Bluetooth is above average. We started with some classics like Hotel California by The Eagles, which was reproduced quiet accurately. The lower frequencies obviously don’t have the slam as you’d get with a dedicated woofer but it’s not too bad. A slight boost in the EQ settings helps quite a bit here.
The Z600’s also manage to reproduce a wide soundstage, which is especially helpful when listening to scores from motion pictures like the Dark Knight or Inception. The speakers do well with almost any genres of music and there’s very little distortion even at the max volume.
Verdict and Price in India
The Logitech Z600 is priced officially at Rs 12,995, but you can find them for as low as Rs 8,000 on online stores. While this is still a bit steep for a pair of 2.0 speakers, it’s not too bad when you take into account the good audio quality, the ability to pair with multiple devices and the fact that they are lifestyle speakers. Our biggest gripe is the fact that it lacks punch at the lower frequency range. NFC would have also been a nice addition. Apart from these, the Z600 are a good sounding speaker set with equally good looks to match.
A work of art: With gentle curves, a fabric finish and contemporary colors, the Z600 perfectly complements the good looks of your Mac® or Ultrabook. On or off, they add a graceful note to any space. Use your computer, tablet or smartphone to control your music and stream audio wirelessly. Whether next to the Z600 or across the room, you’ll enjoy wireless freedom and simplicity. Up to 3 devices can be connected at the same time. Wherever your audio is stored—computer, tablet or smartphone—switching is as easy as pressing Pause on one and Play on another. Despite its small footprint, the Z600 delivers clear, room-filling sound. With 3 drivers in each speaker, this system is engineered to provide superior acoustics for any space. Adjust the volume with an intuitive touch instead of fussing with a tiny control knob. Just glide your finger around the edge of the top panel of the right speaker to dial the volume up or down. Connect the Z600 wirelessly to computers that don’t support Bluetooth using the included USB transceiver. Or, use the 3.5 mm auxiliary input to plug in any device with audio output like TVs, music players or game consoles. The Power button, Bluetooth pairing button and 3.5 mm auxiliary input are hidden discreetly in back of the right speaker. They’re easy to access when you need them and invisible when you don’t. Connect the Z600s wirelessly to computers and tablets that don’t support Bluetooth using the included USB transceiver. Or, use the 3.5 mm auxiliary input to plug in any device with audio output like TVs, music players or game consoles.
|Power Rating (RMS)||15W|
|Satellites||261 x 130 x 337 mm|
Published Date: Feb 12, 2014 12:58 pm | Updated Date: Feb 12, 2014 12:58 pm