Confessions of an Audiophile - Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Speakers

Notebook audio is one of those things today that you either take for granted or hate entirely. It's a rare find to get your hands on a modern notebook with an audio experience worthy of mention - a far cry from the concerted efforts manufacturers were making just a short few years ago, my old-school 5-speaker Toshiba Qosmio X305 being the prime example.

Of course, plugging in a high-end set of cans has been the classic workaround for sub-par notebook speakers. Except that there will be instances when doing so is either not an option, or simply not suitable. The solution? Get external speakers, and the Gigaworks T40 Series II 2.0 units from Creative may just be the best piece of equipment you have yet to plug in to your notebook! Do these speakers satisfy the audiophile in me? Read on for my thoughts.

Accessory Corner - Logitech K800 Wireless Keyboard

Wireless keyboards are great devices to use with desktops, but even more so with notebooks. Many users will already know what I'm talking about, especially for notebooks that have small keyboards, a cramped layout, or you simply need something for extended use.

For those of us that yearn for a backlit keyboard or a proper number pad, yet are stuck with a notebook with an inferior keyboard, this can also be a serious reason to look to an external solution. The Logitech K800 is a full-size wireless backlit keyboard that's a great accessory for notebooks, netbooks and even for certain tablets.