Laptops sound better with Creative X-Fi Xtreme

We wondered what that little Express-card slot on our new laptop was for. Now we know what it's been waiting for: Creative's audio-pimping sound card.

We wondered what that little Express-card slot on our new laptop was for. Now we know what it's been waiting for: Creative's audio-pimping sound card.Like its external predecessors, the Notebook promises to add extra zing to compressed music formats like MP3 or WMA. With the bundled Power DVD it also reckons it can have a go at piping surround sound audio from DVDs and squished DivX movie files via bog standard stereo cans – very clever stuff.With optical and analogue inputs it's perfect for replacing your laptop's ropey mic-in, if mobile podcasting is your thing.Back at the ranch the optional docking module adds proper 5.1 and 7.1 channel support to turn your humble lappy into a veritable mini home cinema. The screen may bit a bit squiffy but – hey – at least it'll sound good.Essentials Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio NotebookPrice: £TBAOn Sale: TBAContact: Creative Related stories:  New Creative range enhances iPod audio too  Up, up and upscale away! Reviewed: Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music