Genius SW-G2.1 1250 review

2 Nov 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

Genius's budget 2.1 speaker set has plenty of volume and bass but lacks subtlety


This compact 2.1 speaker system from Genius looks like something we'd have wanted in our room when we about thirteen, with shiny metallic red cones and gloss black cases. As well as two satellites, there's a chunky square subwoofer and a powered amplifier that feeds all three speakers. There's no way to switch between the standard and auxiliary inputs - when you plug something in to the 3.5mm aux input at the back, it immediate takes over from the main stereo phono inputs.

Genius SW-G2.1 1250

The system chucks out plenty of sound at full whack but doesn't perform well at less than half volume - mid-tones are lost if you reduce it much below half way. Sound quality is rather harsh, with a tearing edge to some high sounds. Increasing bass volume helps to soften the overall sound, but it lacks subtlety, so you get a flat thud rather than the reverberating slap of drum skins. The speakers are usable for music; just don't expect them to reproduce every subtle detail of your favourite Pink Floyd album.

Genius SW-G2.1 1250 rear control box

In fairness, the set is designed for gaming. If your main priority is booming explosions, they do a perfectly decent job, and their positional audio is pretty good, making it fairly easy to hear someone coming up on your left or right. The 1250s' price is appealing, but the Logitech X-230 2.1 set costs less and sounds much richer.


Rating **
Speaker configuration 2.1
RMS power output 38W
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 12W
Analogue inputs 3.5mm stereo, stereo phono, mic pass-through
Digital inputs none
Dock connector none
Headphone output 3.5mm
Satellite cable lengths 2m left, 2m right
Cable type captive
Controls located amplifier
Digital processing none
Tone controls bass
Price £41