updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon August 24, 2009
ASUS intros uBoom speakers
PC and related peripherals maker ASUS recently introduced two uBoom series speakers that connect to notebooks through USB 2.0. The uBoom and uBoom Q sound bar-style speaker sets deliver bass as well thanks to a tuned reflex port. Essentially portable 2.1-channel speaker systems, both pods have two 2-inch drivers and a single subwoofer, sized at 2.5 inches in the uBoom and 2.25 in the uBoom Q. Each has an amplifier with 24W RMS of power.
The uBoom Q also has slightly better specifications, including a 5 Ohm versus 4 Ohm impedance in the uBoom. While both have an auxiliary input for connecting to other sources, including portable music players, the uBoom adds a microphone jack. The uBoom Q is much more portable, however, as it doesn't require an AC/DC converter but instead gets power from the USB port.
ASUS has not released pricing nor given a date when the speakers will ship.
ASUS uBoom Q