Overall and FV
With my gaming laptop I have no problem packing a full sized mouse, a laptop cooler, and anything else I might need for a mobile office. When I picked up my new laptop size became a much biggest issue for me. I spent a lot of time looking at laptop bags to be able to fix exactly what I needed and nothing else, keeping its size and weight to a minimum. After driving almost 3000 miles on vacation this year carrying both our gaming laptop and the small one I remembered why I wanted to go so portable. It was really a shame that the E1 didn’t come in until after vacation, because it fits perfectly in my small laptop bag and frankly with its dual functionality with my phone/tablet and laptop it earns its spot.
Audio performance when testing both the USB sound card and the headphone amp were great. I did have that white noise via USB but I have to wonder if there wasn’t a problem with our USB cable because I had no issues when testing through the headphone port. The E1 managed to make my onboard sound on my laptop sound bad in comparison and it was able to improve the sound of the Nexus 4 considerably. Testing in game, in movies, and with music all sounded great. It isn’t a replacement for a high quality sound card in your main PC but if you are used to great audio quality at home the E1 can help bring that experience with you on the go.