Asus uBoomQ Notebook Speakers


Having read the previous page you're probably thinking 'actually, it's not a bad product'.  I was pleasantly surprised when testing the uBoomQ at the level of sound quality for such a small device. Granted it's never going to beat a half decent bookshelf or surround sound setup, but it holds it's own. Unfortunately for Asus though, I just can't see where this fits into the market. If you're looking for sound quality on the move then I personally would take a decent set of cans/earphones - not only do they produce much higher sound quality but they will also reduce the power draw on your laptop. 
Therefore the only place where I can really see this fitting in is if you are presenting from your laptop/notebook and need the extra volume, or have a desk that is used for a number of purposes, necessitating the regular removal of your laptop and speaker system. Although I'm sure there is a market for such a product, I just can't see it appealing to the mass market.
Priced at £44.77 from pricing is reasonable, and certainly wouldn't break the bank. Even though the Asus performs well for it's size, it would need to be something truly amazing for me to recommend it over a decent set of headphones or a dedicated setup. If you're looking for a way of projecting audio to a small audience, without breaking your arm carrying it round all day, then the uBoomQ could be for you, but it still falls short of mass appeal in my opinion.
The Good:
+ Good sound quality for a product of it's size - much better than laptop speakers
+ Very nicely packaged
+ Power through USB - No AC adaptor required
The Mediocre:
* Quality still not a patch on a dedicated setup or a decent pair of headphones
The Poor:
- Is it something the market really requires?
Overclock3d would like to thank Asus for todays review sample. Discuss in our forums. 
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