By Lisa Johnston
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Logitech will use International CES, held here Jan. 7-10, to introduce its first all-in-one laptop accessory with integrated stereo speakers, a built-in fan and a padded base.
The plug-and-play Speaker Lapdesk N700 features two built-in high-definition speakers with 2-inch neodymium drivers. Logitech said the stereo speakers are precisely positioned on either side of the laptop to give rich sound and powerful bass. The speakers connect through a single USB cable.
“More and more people around the world are enjoying fantastic entertainment on their laptops — but with mediocre sound and comfort,” said Denis Pavillard, product marketing for laptop accessories VP, in a statement. “In fact, according to our research, nearly 50 percent of laptop users report being dissatisfied with the sound quality of the built-in speakers. The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 helps transform your laptop into a private theater in the cozy confines of your lap.”
In addition to the padded base, the N700 features a fan that circulates air under the laptop, a grille that protects the fan from dust, rear and bottom air intakes, and a “heat-shielding design” to keep computer heat off a user's legs and lap. It is meant to be used with laptops measuring 16 inches and smaller.
Volume controls for the speakers and an on/off switch for the fan is located on the $79.99 N700, which will be available in February.
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