Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook
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Worth the money on a laptop with a good pair of headphones
21 May 2011
Summary: Usually no matter how much you spend on a laptop the integrated sound card that comes manufactured only has an average audio performance. I've had a Dell Studio 1747 with an available 34mm express card slot. I saw the creative card and did some research and figured I would just go ahead and buy it since express card platform peripherals are on their way out. I was very impressed with the creative after installing the latest drivers with my old headphones.
Summary: I purchased the X-Fi external sound card adapter as a substitute for my internal card on my HP Pavilion Zd8000. I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 and was having driver issues so I was unable to get any sound from my computer. The X-Fi adapter now allows me to plug in speakers/headphones so I can use my computer to watch videos, skype, etc...
Summary: Sound quality is great, software is medeocre and buggy, volume leveling distorts the sound, however the card puts out a very strong signal and when installed with just the drivers you get clear crisp audio, I actual have this hooked to over 10,000 watts worth of amps and there is no static or distortion just remember not to use smart volume management and you will love this card.
Summary: My Story: I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and I was interested in using the laptop to mix the microphone/line-in input with music being played on the headphone/line-out output (ie: karaoke). I was surprised to discover that this was not possible with Vista and the integrated sound that my laptop came supplied with.
Summary: I bought the X-Fi express card with the T20W(wireless) stereo speakers. I wanted a way to quickly and easily set up speakers anywhere in or around the house. This combo has done that, with limitations. The 100ft range is if there's no obstructions (like all wireless systems). The other limitation is that unlike the wireless receiver (SB1112) there's no audio control functions on the speakers except volume.
Summary: I enjoy using all of Creative products, and I certainly like what the X-Fi series have in store for audiophiles such as myself. The only problem everyone has been mentioning about was the unsecure fit of the card. However, I think that is a minor problem that can be fixed by attaching the adapter. Furthermore, the construction of the card appeared to be little cheap compared to the Audigy 2 ZS notebook soundcard from 2005. I still enjoyed the sound, no doubt about that.
Summary: I bought this soundcard to improve audio quality on my laptop, because Dell's built-in soundcard was horrible. True to the product's promises, it improved my sound significantly -- in fact, I hear no noise at very high volume levels where I would normally hear slight static and buzzing sounds. However, I was expecting this to have the same kind of audio processor in it that the other X-Fi soundcards do.
Summary: First of all, if better audio performance is important to you, go for it. But this card isn't fast, i won't recommend using it for gaming. You can hear noise in the background. Output power is decent, I'm sure it can drive bigger headphones. The softwares from creative can be annoying for some people, but i think you can get used to it. Remember this card also runs hot.