Powered by USB, the Neso 4 from Krator are budget desktop speakers, compatible with a range of computers, smartphones and music players. Lightweight and fairly compact, although not enough to be truly portable, they are ideally suited to anyone short of space or spare cash. A penny under £20, and possibly less if you shop around online, they thankfully don't look or feel too cheap and nasty. See also: Group test: what's the best speaker set?

The stylish droplet-styled speakers come in a choice of black or white, with gold coloured speaker cone and a rather large Krator logo. Build is generally good, although the rather flimsily speaker cone could be easily damaged if you do decide to take them on your travels. The speakers are connected via USB and a 3.5mm Stereo phone jack, while a second jack is available for headphones. Round the back are two controls for volume and bass, with no option to adjust the treble. Visit: Google Nexus Q review: first look

The Neso 4 speakers offer 5 watts R.M.S. output, which we suspect is enough for everyday use, especially if you’re listening alone in a bedroom or study. Sound is fairly consistent across a range of musical styles and only appears wanting when you turn the volume up or listen to bass heavy dance music and dub reggae.

You can sit them almost anywhere on your desktop or even bookshelf if you have one close to hand and they don't seem to mind. The speakers also do a fair job playing streaming audio from a number of online catch-up TV and radio services, offering a cleaner, clearer alternative to our built in speakers. The Krator Neso 4 are available from Bitmore.

Krator Neso 4 speakers: Specs

  • 5 watts R.M.S. output, USB powered
  • 95 x 132 x 75mm
  • 5 watts R.M.S. output, USB powered
  • 95 x 132 x 75mm

OUR VERDICT

The Krator Neso 4 speakers are a decent compromise for anyone on a tight budget or who lack space and wants something that sounds and looks okay. Unless you intend to throw a few house parties we feel these budget speakers offer value for money and are a noticeable improvement on most built-in computer speakers.neso,krator,krator neso,usb,bitmore,round,review

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