Overall we have mixed feelings about the Arctic S111 BT Mobile Bluetooth Sound System. Although we are not convinced that the dual-speaker design is as convenient as other single-unit speakers for those on the move, it does lend itself well for use with a laptop. The cable connecting the two speakers isn’t particularly long, but it should just allow you to place a speaker either side of a laptop screen.
If you are looking for speakers to accompany a smartphone or tablet, we would be inclined to look at single unit models instead. They are more convenient for traveling and should prove more resistant to knocks and bumps. The build quality of the Arctic S111 BT isn’t anything particularly special. Although the speaker units themselves feel fairly robust, the glossy plastic used in construction feel cheap and the cable connecting the two speaker units is flimsy.
Setting up the S111 BT is very simple indeed and should be a straightforward task for even the least experienced users. The quick start guide outlines the process and is fairly simple to follow.
In terms of sound quality, the S111 BT doesn’t offer anything particularly special. In our movie playback tests, we were impressed by the improved sound panning over competing single unit speakers, however the slight delay between video and audio reproduction can be a little annoying. Music performance is generally good as long as you stick to modern genres of music. In our classical piano test, the performance was pretty poor.
When it comes to value for money, the S111 BT can be purchased from Arctic’s website for 50 euros. This translates into a price of around £40 in the UK, which seems quite expensive considering the quality of the overall package.
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- Simple set up process
- Stereo setup offers decent sound panning.
- Included Carrying Case
- Decent battery life.
- Some build quality concerns.
- So-so sound quality.
- Cheaper alternatives on the market.
KitGuru says: An interesting product from Arctic which would be ideal for use with a laptop.