As previously mentioned, lately ASUS have been on something of a roll with the quality of their packaging and the HP-100U is, whilst not quite on a par with their graphics cards, nonetheless very good indeed. Especially when you consider that headphones, more than many other hardware items, will be mainly sold at retail outlets and therefore informative packaging is a must.
The front of the box is everything one would expect. A bit picture of the three items contained within, all the relevant logos including four Dolby logos, for Dolby Digital, Dolby Headphones, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Virtual Speaker. A logo for the Xonar that powers the U1, and a some brief text explaining the key features of the HP-100U.
The rear of the box is contains much less information and is a basic retread of front in multiple languages. The sides also give the specifications mentioned on the previous page and a run down of the minimum specs you need to meet to be able to run it. A mere 1.4GHz processor and 256MHz of RAM ensures that it will be compatible with almost any computer or laptop still running.
So why the plaudits for the packaging? Well it contains a few hidden gems, which are a boon to those of us who still peruse the local computer emporium.
Behind the front of the box are two Velcro fasteners that hold the key to the superlatives. By opening the stiff cardboard main front, very sturdy to withstand multiple curious shoppers, the contents are revealed. How often have you brought something and it doesn't resemble the picture, or you just love to see things in the flesh? Well ASUS has answered that with a handy plastic cover that allows you to see what is inside and also gives them a huge amount of real-estate to further explain the features without getting into the "tons of information in a tiny space" problem that can plague some boxes.