"Outstanding!"4.5 starson by Quonset
Pros: Dramatically better sound quality than internal notebook sound card
Cons: none for normal usage
Summary: We recently purchased the Soundblaster 2 ZS Notebook for my new Dell laptop. I use my laptop for home and business use, and enjoy listening to music while working. The Dell internal sound was muted and disappointing compared to what I was used to from my Soundblaster card in my previous desktop. While I expected impressive sound from the ZS Notebook, I am thoroughly delighted by how spectacular it really is. Music is now crisp and clear, and my little external speakers now sound expensive and large. As a normal user simply desiring a premium listening experience, I am really impressed! Unless you are *extremely* picky or have atypical, unusual requirements, you will not be disappointed with this sound card.
Recording 24 bit audio files through this card has also produced dramatically improved results for us as well!