Trends Audio UD10.1 Lite
Small, simple and strangely built.
- Tiny, USB powered, noise-free audio
- Confusing port locations, no power switch
As a sound card to transform your bog-standard PC into a music or media centre, the UD10.1 is fantastic. It has a confusing layout of ports, but if you can live with this you’ll be pleased.
Price$ 125.00 (AUD)
Trends Audio's bargain UD10.1 Lite USB Audio Converter is an external digital audio converter that combines a non-existent background noise profile with high-quality stereo sound output. It's priced as a great competitor to other external sound cards while offering far superior sound quality.
The UD10.1 Lite is a rather small and utilitarian device, with a simple grey aluminium face and black body. It has the same height and width as the TA10.1, but is roughly half the height. This might be slightly annoying if you intend on placing the two next to each other, but it's a very minor concern.
The UD10.1 is all business in terms of ports and connections. Compared to the Kingrex UD-01 that we've looked at before, it has a few extras which might make it a more attractive proposition. The front of the device has a USB port and a 3.5mm stereo headphone socket which can be converted to a dual RCA socket with the help of an included adapter.
While the rear of the unit already houses an external power jack and coaxial/optical digital ports, we would've liked to see the USB port on the rear as well. Having the port on the front means you'll have a USB connector stretching around and creating unsightly cable mess. In addition, there's no power switch to disable the unit. This might not seem much of a hassle, but the fact that it's powered via USB means that even when your PC is off the device will still be turned on — and this is very obvious thanks to a piercingly bright blue LED.
With the unit powered by USB, the external power jack might seem useless. Thankfully it still has a very novel purpose. Apart from powering the system when USB is not connected (i.e. if you're connecting via optical or coaxial digital) there is an optional add-on device consisting of a series of AA batteries in a simple black housing. This device's enigmatic purpose is to act as a simple capacitor to allow the system to produce a more even sound and deeper bass.
It really is a simple device to set up and use: it connects via USB to your PC and then outputs sound via the headphone jack to whatever you want it to. USB drivers install automatically and natively in both Windows XP and Vista, so there's no clicking through complicated set-up menus. This also means the device is free of all the bloat-ware sometimes found with sound card driver installs — Creative, in particular, is notorious for this.
During our testing, we were consistently impressed with the sound quality offered by our review unit. It had no shortcomings that we could find and was able to produce clear sound at its highest volume output with no trace of electronic noise or distortion. All in all, it is a fantastic and well-priced device for turning your PC into a high-end sound station.
Join the newsletter!
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Ballistix Sport AT
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Apple iMac Pro
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Toys for Boys
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
ESET Smart Security Premium
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
ESET Internet Security
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Tivoli PAL BT
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Although they have their pros and cons, cartridge-based printers can sometimes be more troublesome and frustrating to use than you’d like.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Tab S4 review: Freestyle
- 2 Sony WF-SP900 review: One step forward, two steps back
- 3 Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 review: Safety first
- 4 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 5 Lenovo Smart Display review: The bigger, better buy
Latest News Articles
- CES 2019: Sonos move forward with Google Assistant for the Sonos One, open to adding Bixby
- CES 2019: Hisense showcase 8K and a MicroLED showpiece of their own
- CES 2019: Australia is about to get a taste of Hisense's new soundbars
- CES 2019: TCL will bring their 8K Mini LED TV to Australia in 2019
- CES 2019: Hisense headline Australian range with revamped Series 9
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- CES 2019 Round-Up:
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?