Pros hardware 'looks' nice
Cons the X-Fi sounds like sh*t
popping, cracking artifacts and intermittent dropouts in the audio stream. it's absolutely unacceptable... and creative labs just doesn't care
Summary Creative Labs must hire the WORST programmers on the planet, because the drivers for their products consistently SUCK! i'm so fed up with Creative, they NEVER LISTEN to their customers because they just don't give a sh*t.. all they care about is pushing 'products' out the door, despite the FACT that their horribly coded drivers absolutely RUIN the user's listening experience (cracks, pops, artifacts and dropouts in the audio stream). i'm DONE with creative labs, the hardware might be OK, but their REALLY CRAPPY, totally unreliable drivers ruin everything. i'd like to URGE people, please do NOT support Creative Labs' bad business practices any longer... do not buy their gear, period. that's the ONLY way to get the attention of these greedy SOBs and make them FIX the serious issues with their really, really bad drivers.
Pros Makes sound crisper and punchier!
Cons Needs earphone.
Summary While playing movies, I wear earphones plugged into this sound card and I think I am at the theatre! I would recommend leaving all settings to default and installing all softwares on the disk even though you do not even use it all. Without the installed softwares, the volume knob will not work! It is a very useful thing to see the volume knob work and be displayed on the screen as well! You can also add 5.1 speakers to this sound card. Just make sure you buy the sound card first so you know what inputs it will take. I use Creative brand speakers, but a different brand earphone! One thing that it doesn't tell you is that if you push the knob, it mutes or unmutes the volume! I would recommend this product for Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. Make sure you disable any other sound devices in your device manager section of Windows or else the sound card may not work. The device works with a 2.0 USB cable. It works fine with a duo core 1.87g laptop.
Pros Looks pretty good.
Cons Does not play with Vista. Drivers that came with package in CD didn't work nor did the drivers downloaded from the Creative website. Suck-O.
Summary Suck-O. Big Time/
Pros It is convenient easily portable.It is great for both lap and desktop
Cons It should have a bass and treble control.
Summary Very nice package in small unit.would recommend to everyone.
Pros It is great you want to connect 5.1 speakers to it because your laptop doesn't have a sound card in it.
Cons It doesn't come with a remote control.
Summary I bought this so I can watch my Home and Away on my laptop in cinematic surround sound with my Logitech X530 Speakers