Creative X-Fi ExpressCard soundcard
We sound out Creative's slip-in soundcard
Unwired Video Review Creative’s X-Fi has been a darling of the desktop world, particularly when it comes to gaming. This notebook soundcard promises uprated sound and more flexible outputs. Will it have the same appeal?
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Great. Another interface "standard" for expanding laptops that *isn't* compatible with the ubiquitous PCMCIA.
Can I have a hole in the head to go with that please?
@Quartzie: thanks for the feedback (as the worthless reviewer in question...) Have you checked out the other articles at unwiredshow.tv? Would be interested to see if those are more detailed / more up your street.
@Craig Foster: to be honest there's little to choose between this and the SigmaTel HD, partly because both are going to be running the majority of the work through noisy mainboard components. The desktop X-Fi is great for isolating circuit noise but the laptop has none of those advantages. As for Vista... I've heard good things about Turtle Beach but the general consensus seems to be that Vista is a trainwreck when it comes to audio.
@People who don't like video: sorry, video is what I do. I'd urge you to check out ChannelFlip.com where you can see some of the other stuff we do - you might find it interesting from a curio perspective.
@Moylan: I was under the impression that Creative had sorted out the driver disk situation, but you're right, it is ludicrous to charge for drivers and not just make them readily available for download. The lack of support online has really killed them, as you point out.
This laughable attempt at a review leaves its viewers with no more than one or two lines of text information, a fact the editor at unwired seems to have missed. I can't fathom any other reason why this would be allowed to see the light of our screens.
The "review" completely omits any reasonable facts and test results, which would actually shed some light on the product's performance. Not to mention that it is not searchable, indexable or useful to anyone without hours of time available to watch such nonsense.
While the product gets "a disappointing 2 stars", the review itself is a prime candidate for an abysmal score of 0 points.
1) How does this compare with the X-Fi software + SigmaTel HD Audio on a Dell?
2) This whole review could have been done in two (maybe three) paragraphs
3) Is anyone going to release a decent audio (co)processor that works with Vista?
4) How unfortunate that this guy was given the task of reviewing an "ExpressCard soundcard"
5) No surprises that Creative gets thumbs down, things haven't progressed since they bought out their 3D audio competitors (Aureal)
why no USB?
They did make a USB form factor for it - the Xmod. Same lousy noisy sound chip inside. I prefer the turtle beach SRM for usb 5.1, due only to driver differences.