Summary: the onbaord audio of my htpc motherboard died so rather than buy internal sound card or replace the MB altogether i decided to get this. For $30 this is a pretty good sound card. works well with windows 7. This will do the trick until i get a new HTPC altogether.
Pros: small, USB sound
Cons: software required a couple installation attempts
Summary: I got this sound card for my Dell Laptop which is used for College. If you are running Windows 8, I recommend that you skip the CD installation and instead download the Windows 8 Compatibility driver software from the Creative website. This software contains everything on the Install CD as well as being compatible with Windows 8.
Summary: This unit makes my little speakers sound a lot better, but if you don.t register you will be bugged to death. And if you try to register at a later time it won.t let you but it will haunt you continually even if you uninstall the program.
Summary: If I had a choice with a laptop I would go with 24 bit sound, nothing less. I have tried this on the d3 beta paired with Xi-Fi Go! and Turtle Beach x12 and Creative Fatal1ty headset. Directional sound is processed very clearly and I can hear positions If that is important to you.
Pros: Pretty good sound its 24 bit and it really is way better than onboard sound. I got this to pair with my Asus g-74x for diablo 3 when im away from the desktop. Paired with the Creative Fatal1ty headset this is a solid pair and costed my around 65 bucks free shipping.
Cons: Nothing yet this is superb for portablity, I know some have said use the extension I personally think it depends on the laptop layout you personally have. Mine is set for some peripherals to stick out so no extension needed.
Not as amazing as some say, but still worth the price.
Dan L., Newegg
2 January 2012
Summary: The cons make it sound like I hate this product, but I actually enjoy it for what I use it for. At higher volumes the line noise is nonexistent, so it works perfectly when used with speakers where the output from the device is near max volume. When I do need to use headphones, I plug them into the headphone jack on the speakers, which also works flawlessly.
Pros: -Much much better than onboard sound.
Cons: -Nowhere near the quality of a more expensive PCI/PCI-E sound card.
Summary: Creative did a pretty bang up job with this device. Pros: -Sound quality is pretty good in games and decent in music. (Creative makes a couple other devices for USB that do the same thing better but they are both much larger and not really portable.) -Size (about the same size as a flash drive) -The virtual surround is solid. -Decent customization in the drivers.