Hardware & Design: basic but good
You can't really expect a flash design or excellent handling with cheaper speaker sets, but Edifier still does a pretty good job of things with an overall look that's basic but subtle and discreet. These speakers don't necessarily have the most sleek, stylish design, but they won't be an eyesore on your desk. The M1380 speakers are also very well made and finished.
The same can't be said of the remote control, however. Although it's compact, when it's resting next to your keyboard its dubious-looking quality is particularly noticeable. We don't think its paint job will hold fast for very long either!
Audio Quality: can you really expect better?
Bearing in mind that this is a budget speaker set, the M1380 is quite clearly not the best product on the market. The subwoofer is rather feeble, there's a slight shortage of mediums, and higher sounds can be aggressive.
On the whole though, it's decent enough, especially for a product in this price range. Voices are clear and instruments are defined and positioned correctly. It's no match for a hi-fi system, but you can't really ask for anything more.
We were, however, disappointed to see a problem typical to this kind of 2.1 speaker kit: the satellites and subwoofer aren't in proportion. As is often the case, the subwoofer helps out the satellites with the lower mediums, but they still struggle to keep up. It'd be better to have larger, more powerful satellites and a less imposing subwoofer to help bring more balance to the overall output.
Edifier hasn't really made a name for itself in the high-end market but it's certainly a manufacturer worth considering when you don't want to spend and arm and a leg on an audio system. Mainstream manufacturers had better watch out!
- Not too expensive, good value for money
- Subtle, discreet design
- Decent sound quality
- Imbalance between the subwoofer and satellites
- Design is a little harsh
- Remote control could be better
The Edifier M1380 speakers are good choice for anyone on a tight budget. You can certainly find better, but you'll also have to be prepared to pay more.