Asus uBoomQ Notebook Speakers
In the computer industry, smaller is normally better. This is especially evident in Processors, where the smaller manufacturing processes allow more powerful and cooler running chips to be produced. Unfortunately, speakers don't follow this trend, which is why notebook speakers tend to offer woeful quality and are best left unused.
The obvious solution to the problem is to wire up your laptop/notebook to a set of external speakers, but this then defeats the point of a laptop: portability. Asus are obviously aware of the problem, and have come up with a solution to save your ears from torture; the uBoomQ. The uBoomQ is a portable sound bar which houses a pair of stereo speakers and subwoofer. Unfortunately Asus have no official specifications on their site, so this is the best I could find:
Speaker Impedance: 5 ohms
Speaker Frequency Response: R/L 150-15KHz, Woofer 20-500Hz
Total RMS: 2.4 Watts
Power Supply: 500mA ; powered by USB ( adapter- free)
Connectors: USB x1 and AUX in x 1
Dimensions: 290mm x 110mm x 72mm ; Weight: 400g
Being powered by USB is obviously an incredibly useful feature for a portable product, which allows you to listen and work away from the mains. The only problem I can see with this is the probable affect on battery life, which could lead to an early night for your laptop. It would therefore have been nice to see an optional battery solution for the uBoomQ, for those of us who like our audio but find battery life precious. Apart from that, the remainder of the specification is pretty much what is to be expected - nothing outstanding or particularly poor for a product of this size.
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