Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook
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Good sound, but wireless is effectively useless
5 September 2011
Summary: I bought this product 9 months ago, because I got a great deal on the Gigaworks T20W wireless speakers. I was so excited to be able to run music/audio wirelessly from my laptop to my speakers on the other end of my table. Turns out that when wireless is enabled that the volume can not be controlled from the Windows 7 master volume control. Volume can be adjusted within individual programs, but the volume knob of the speakers would need to always been in reach.
Summary: I would not recommend ever purchasing this product, especially if you make music (for example, in programs such as Guitar Rig, Frooty Loops, etc..). The delay is so bad that it's not even worth trying to record with. In terms of play back, the sound quality sounded slightly deeper and more full than the normal audio jack on my laptop. However, the same thing can be accomplished by upping the bass with the default windows drivers. (Therefore, not worth $70 in my opinion).
Warning: Create X-Fi NOT compatible with Creative X-Fi
A. Admiraal, Amazon
16 February 2010
Summary: So, I spend 90 USD on a soundcard for my notebook because I like the idea of wireless streaming. Unfortunately, in order to enjoy the wireless streaming, I needed to buy a separate Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver. So I spend another 50 USD on the receiver. Unfortunately, the X-Fi Notebook only connects with a specific X-Fi Wireless receiver, while other X-Fi Wireless Receivers are not compatible. Response from Creative: please spend another 75 USD on another receiver.
Summary: A few days ago I got my first laptop, a high-end job from AVADirect. The laptop is great, but one of the things I ordered with it was a mistake. That was this product. I've had great luck with Creative sound cards during years of desktop usage. I simply did not know what I was getting into with the express card thing. I was under the impression that it would be something inside the laptop, installed by the laptop manufacturers and inaccessible to me.
Summary: The card itself is good B U T !! These idiots DO NOT include with the card the attachment(s) for connecting the card to a surround speaker set! Not only do they not include it, BUT! it costs something like $50!!! A N D it is not even available for purchase yet!!! ,,,oh yeah! AND if you happen to have the Audigy notebook card that had a similar connection, as I have, then,,, you guessed it! The connection is of a different size and won't w o r k.
Summary: Sound not great. Software opens menus on wrong monitor on dual monitor configuration, very annoying. Weird background buzz on headphones, don't know where it's coming from, maybe the mic (which has no mute). Sometimes music files played from disk skip. And finally, it gave me the blue screen of death on Windows XP.