How does Creative Labs do it? The company manages to put out first-rate gear at bargain-basement prices. Take the new compact 2.1  Pebble Plus speakers priced at $39.99 and designed to work on your desk with your computer.

Connect with a USB connection and the mini-speakers are good to go. The 45° angle aims the sound directly at you for clean clarity and strong, thumping bass. Conveniently, the controls are placed on the front of the main speaker.

Remember these aren’t wireless so forget about Bluetooth, but at $39.99 what were you expecting? A great deal for the price.