Most people buy speakers for the power and features; others buy them for the looks. The Saitek iFreedom 2.1 is one wireless speaker that belongs to the latter category. These speakers were not only built for people with mobility in mind, they also make them look good.
Ok, first off, the thing looks like an alien’s head — two huge black eyes sandwiching a small head and a blunt nose. Or an alien aircraft perhaps? How about a praying mantis? Anyway, the smooth and shiny body gives it a really nice finish.The only metallic parts are the two beehive-wires covering the side speakers. The subwoofer, on the other hand, is hidden at the bottom facing down so it can deliver the bass effectively (though not that strong).
There are two ways to get music booming off this — one is via the wireless dongle which you can plug into your PC or laptop’s USB port or using the 3.5mm audio cable at the back end. The wireless transmitter hooks up plug-and-play and connects to the speakers without problem.
The 3 watts (rms) per tweeter and subwoofer churns out good quality music but the bass isn’t that powerful that you’d rarely feel the umph. Basic controls flank the right top side of the speaker for next, previous, volume, power and switching between wireless and wired audio stream. Was able to control iTunes and WMP using the forward and previous buttons but not WinAmp.
The speakers can last up to 24 hours of playback using four (4) AA batteries and the wireless connection can reach up to 10 meters although it will degrade once you have barriers in between.
Why not experience high quality outdoor sound from a subwoofer speaker system.