You can help by adding to it. It had nearly all of the capabilities of the PCI edition, but in a far smaller form factor. It was the first gaming-oriented sound hardware add-on board for notebooks that offered full hardware acceleration of 3D audio along with high-fidelity audio output quality. The video capture of the device is hardware-accelerated; encoding it to a complex format in real-time rather than using the CPU.
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As fast as notebooks have gotten in terms of processing speed, it seems that mobile graphics chips have been increasing in speed at an even faster rate. But with all of the raw speed increases, sound has been left in the dust. Sure, there are a few reasonable breakout box options, but those are bulky to carry around and make your notebook less mobile than it should be. In general, the sound options available to notebook gamers have been mediocre at best. Until now. The card is essentially a very small version of its SB Audigy 2 ZS desktop soundcard, featuring all of the same features and software solutions in a tight, neat little package.
The output will push a set of headphones as well as provide an optical out solution. The input has optical in, mic in and line in. Using an appropriate adapter, you should be able to hook up pretty much anything you want to it. But what about surround sound speakers? A neat effect of this already smart design is that you can purchase additional docking cables for hooking up multiple sound systems.
Setting up the card itself is a piece of cake. Auto-detection of your headphones, speakers and the card itself work beautifully. Removing the card will set your system back to using its built-in sound system, and plugging it back in again will auto-load the device and begin using it within seconds.
Plugging in the docking cable will set it to your last speaker setup, including stereo, 5. Sound So what about the sound quality, you ask? Signal-to-Noise Ratio is rated at dB and the card is capable of resolving a signal up to kHz. Non-technically speaking, this card sounds badass. While I knew exactly what I should expect, I was still surprised to hear it coming from my laptop. In fact, it was almost eerie. I was sitting in front of my PC in the same place I use my desktop so my speakers were set up identically.
Movies sound excellent as well. The bass that this card can put out is something else. If you have it paired with a nice subwoofer or a nice set of headphones and have the bass cranked up, your brain is likely to implode, but in a good way. Highs are crystal clear as well, the same as with the desktop Audigy 2 ZS. Overall Basically, this card sounds sweet as hell and its compact design makes it an invaluable purchase for notebook gamers. IGN Logo.
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