Over the last few years the market for soundcards has all but flatlined. This once-vibrant segment was dominated by Creative for so long that other solutions gradually disappeared. However, Creative itself was ultimately undone. Motherboards started sporting onboard solutions that offered virtually all the functionality normal PC users needed, making external sound cards redundant.
Despite this, Creative continued to thrive with its X-Fi series brand, offering great functionality and a good set of features that could be scarcely found on onboard solutions. With the recent advent of netbooks and mobility computing becoming common, Creative released its X-Fi Go USB solution that offers a lot of the features found in its PCI-based solutions. How does it fare? Let’s find out.
In terms of design, the X-Fi does not look like anything more than a normal flash drive. The unit comes in a basic black design and offers 1GB of flash memory. This makes the unit useful as the drivers for the sound functionality come stored on the unit itself. In terms of its bundle, the X-FI does not offer much beyond a USB extender and a well designed pair of headphone/mic.
Software-wise the X-Fi is pretty strong. The unit supports Creative’s X-Fi headphone surround, EAX 4.0, the much maligned Creative Alchemy software package that promises to restore surround sound for older games under Windows Vista, and Creative’s Wave Studio software that allows casual users to tinker with audio features such as cleaning up hissy tracks, add special FX to music, etc.
Creative X-Fi Go
20 Oct, 2008, 10:24 am IST | by Jayesh Mansukhani |
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