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Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook review

Boost your laptop's onboard audio

If your laptop is lacking, boost the sound with this card

Our Verdict

If onboard audio isn't enough, then Creative's solution is the one for you


  • Will enhance your laptops inbuilt audio with ease


  • More expensive upgrades could be better

Creative's high-end audio hardware gets resized to notebook level in this iteration of the company's X-Fi family, which is welcome news for those disappointed with their lappy's onboard audio (which, to be fair, is rarely up to snuff).

The sound quality is an improvement over standard onboard audio hardware, although it's wasted if you're using a pair of standard travel speakers; you're better off investing in a decent set of cans to go with it.

At around £45 it's not the most expensive upgrade you could invest in, but only those deeply concerned with sound quality or those who have a laptop hooked up for long periods to better audio equipment, need apply.

For most of us, onboard audio suits well enough.