Asus uBoomQ Notebook Speakers
Packaging & Appearance
Packaging and Appearance
The uBoomQ arrived in a thick, rectangular box, which protected it's cargo well - everything arrived in pristine condition. The front is split into two distinct sections, with a large product image on the left and a small features list on the right. Just above the image is a phrase worth quoting; "Mobile Bass Powerhouse". It's too early to say whether this is true or not, but for a unit this size, I highly doubt it will reach 'powerhouse' credentials. On the reverse we have a multilingual features list and a contents list.
Packaging isn't usually a product highlight, but with the uBoomQ I was pleasantly surprised. Opening the lid of the box reveals the speaker wrapped in a foam bag, with a small quote below. The quote reads "The statement of acoustic aesthetics" - a nice touch indeed. The lid is also covered in around 1cm of foam, adding to the protection and quality feel of the packaging. The bundle was a bit sparse; there was just the speaker, user's guide and USB cable inside the box.
The speaker itself is an ovular shape, with the ends angled forward. The top edge holds the subwoofer, which is protected by a fine grill. The same grill is used to protect the left/right speakers which are recessed just inside the main body. The main shell is made of a glossy, thick plastic, which has a solid sound and feel to it. The overall look of the product is incredibly smooth, and something that I rather like.
Turning the device over gives you access to the connection side of things. On the left is the USB connection, which provides power and transmits the audio when plugged into a pc/laptop. The 3.5mm jack can be used for plugging in auxiliary devices, such as iPods and MP3 players. It's worth noting that when using the Aux Jack you will also need to supply the uBoomQ power through the USB port. The USB cable supplied with the uBoomQ is a standard USB A-B cable, although it has nicely rounded connectors and is more flexible than most. There is also a few 'breather' holes for the speakers located on the bottom.
Aesthetically I think Asus have done a sterling job. The smaller touches in the packaging make a great deal of difference to the overall impression given, and something that a lot of companies overlook. The device itself is simple yet elegant, with the ports hidden nicely out of the way and solid construction. It's about time we found out how well it performs it's primary purpose, audio...
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