The packaging designed for the Essence STX is really something to behold. The original Xonar was nicely packaged, but this really takes the cake and features a lovely black box with emboss tiger image adorning the center front and minimalistic styling throughout.
As seen above, the inside of the front cover features a blueprint of the unit which gives an explanation of the features I mentioned before. Opening the box reveals a stack of three plastic trays containing the Essence card, a driver disk, two pretty posters of the card, manual, test report, gold plated headphone adapter, 1x dual RCA to female stereo mini-jack and 1x coax digital to optical adapter.
Now, I feel the most impressive inclusion here is the gold bound test report for the card, which is something I've never seen before. Call me a sucker for detail, but I love it; it makes me feel like this is really something ASUS are proud of and not just another sound card, maybe even a concept product of sorts.
Inside the precision test report we have a blurb discussing the symbolic use of the tiger image throughout the product and how it represents the ancient pursuit of perfection combined with the very latest in cutting edge technology. The result? "unprecedented performance", as ASUS puts it.
Throughout we have several line graphs detailing specific performance results of key areas of the unit. Overall, I feel the way the package has been designed and put together is of a high caliber and I'm sure this reflects the performance of the Essence itself.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [Technical Overview]
- Page 4 [Technical Overview - Continued]
- Page 5 [Installation]
- Page 6 [Testing]
- Page 7 [Testing - Continued]
- Page 8 [Testing - Performance in Movies and Games]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Pokemon NO! Parents start naming babies after Pokemon GO characters
- Disney developing 'Rocketeer' sequel
- Free multiplayer modes coming to Doom tomorrrow, Deathmatch later on
- EA's Origin client is getting a new look, currently in beta
- Unlock new career paths with an in-demand tech certification
- Antec GX505 Window SC Mid-Tower Chassis Review
- PW-IE20AH51T0 compatible with PC-G70 ?
- D-Link DIR-879 EXO AC1900 Wireless Router Review
- Asrock z77 Extreme 6 Ram Overclocking Stuck at 2000mhz
- MDD BP5e 480GB M.2 SATA III SSD Review
- Polaris Nitro-charged - introducing the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 480
- AccelStor debuting NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 at Flash Memory Summit 2016
- Elitegroup ceremoniously launches ECS H110S-2P mini-STX motherboard and the all-new LIVA Pro Mini PC
- MSI announces custom GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards
- Seagate unveils the industry's broadest 10TB portfolio