Model: Xonar U5
Price: Around £65 (at time of review)
Since opening its doors in 1989 the Taiwanese technology manufacturer ASUS has gone from strength to strength. From humble beginnings as a simple motherboard manufacturer they, like other Taiwan giants, have evolved to meet the demands of the ever growing IT industry.
Today ASUS are a dominating force in the technology sector, producing a wealth of products such as smart phones, tablets, notebooks, PC components and peripherals. In recent years ASUS have made a tremendous push in the enthusiast sector with the Republic of Gamers brand. Aiming to deliver unrivaled performance and quality the ROG brand has grown rapidly. They have also recently started producing more budget friendly gamer orientated non-ROG products to suit buyers of all walks of life.
Today we have in for review a Xonar U5, a USB sound card/DAC that is poised to offer an answer to the limited audio outputs notebook users face or to provide a higher quality experience to PC gamers currently enduring on board motherboard audio solutions. We always expect a lot from ASUS and they tend not to let us down, read on to see how the Xonar U5 fares in our testing.
More about ASUS:
ASUS takes its name from Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. ASUS embodies the strength, purity, and adventurous spirit of this fantastic creature, and soars to new heights with each new product it creates.
Taiwan’s Information Technology industry has grown enormously over the last few decades and the country is now a dominant force in the global market. ASUS has long been at the forefront of this growth and while the company started life as a humble motherboard manufacturer with just a handful of employees, it is now the leading technology company in Taiwan with over 12,500 employees worldwide. ASUS makes products in almost every area of Information Technology too, including PC components, peripherals, notebooks, tablets, servers and smartphones.