Creative Labs may have the entire PC desktop market covered
with its extensive X-Fi
product family, but the company has yet to bring X-Fi to the notebook realm
-- until now.
Creative's current top notebook offering is based on its
previous generation Audigy family. The Sound
Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook is a PCMCIA-based card that provides THX
certified 24-bit Advanced HD audio and 7.1 surround sound.
The new Sound Blaster X-Fi
Extreme Audio Notebook card forgoes the PCMCIA interface and instead uses
the Express Card interface. The card itself features an optical out/in jacks
and a port for the breakout box to connect your speakers.
Creative hasn't released official specifications, pricing or
availability for the new notebook card, but expect to see full details within
the coming weeks.
quote: I think Dell offers a (much) lower end SoundBlaster option on it's XPS line as an upgrade over the default sound. I just can't stand RealTek and Analog Devices anymore.
quote: FINALLY! I have been waiting for an ExpressCard soundcard for over a year (since I bought my Dell e1705).
quote: At the back we can find ports named "Optical Out" and "Optical In". I am not sure what these ports are utlized for exactly, but we will find out soon.