As is expected with a sound-card in the price bracket, Auzentech have provided some sturdy packaging to go with the card. The professional looking logo of the X-Fi Forte 7.1 is counterbalanced by a fantasy based lady playing a harp. An interesting combination and frankly looks a little odd when you first get your sweaty palms on the box.
That said, the box provides all the information needed and an impressive array of logo's on the bottom of the box give an indication of what's to come.
The inside of the box shows that Auzentech have wrapped up the X-Fi Forte pretty well and it would certainly take an incredibly terrible courier to get to the card inside. Cardboard surrounds the equipment and all of the peripherals are safe inside a plastic bag buried at the bottom of the box.
Oh and did I mention, the inside box has the words:
‘Careful, the sound you are about to hear is extremely real’, Fairly amusing - a nice sense of humour from Auzentech!
The package with the X-Fi Forte is really good and goes that little bit further than some manufacturers, providing an optical digital cable, including an adaptor so that you are able to use it directly with the card. Also included is:
* 1 x Installation CD
* 1 x Quick Install Guide
* 1 x Analogue Multi I/O Cable
* Low profile I/O back plate
A nicely balanced set of extras perhaps missing the finesse of the Asus Xonar Essence, reviewed earlier this year, but a pretty complete set of kit aimed at those who want to be hooked their shiny new sound-card to a decoder.