Beats Audio in the HP TouchPad - Does it matter?
Beats Audio Technology by Dr. Dre is an advancement that's built right into the new HP TouchPad, but how does it stack up in real-world use?
If you want another feature to list as one that sets the new HP TouchPad apart from the competition, it's got to be Beats Audio integration, which comes pretty standard on HP laptops these days, but is the first major audio enhancement technology that has been brought to the tablet market through this latest webOS device. From the way that the headphone jack is built, all the way down to the arrangement of major components inside the device itself, Beats Audio really does provide an amazing audio experience for TouchPad owners, something neither the iPad nor any of the Android competitors can even get close to.
By reducing the electronic noise that comes in all computing devices, changing the materials that make up the various audio components and enhancing the quality of the sound itself as it is produced within, HP can send a message to music enthusiasts who might be interested in buying a tablet sometime in the near future: when it comes to being engaged with the media you're listening to on a device, we do it better than anyone else (that's even more true with Flash 10.1 integrated). Beats Audio Technology was created by world-renowned musician and producer Dr. Dre (who brought up such celebrities as Eminem), and that birth-right shows very clearly each time the music app is launched on our TouchPad and the jam-session begins.
Obviously, enhanced features like improved audio quality are not things that you can rightly assume are true based on our optimistic words alone. That's why Riz Parvez wrote up an in-depth piece back in February about the audio technology, including a retro video from HP that explains the thought behind the technology and a number of other thoughts about it from around the web. But let it be clarified now once and for all, as music streams beautifully through headphones connected to this TouchPad, we'll not likely go back to listening to music on any other device if we can help it - Beats Audio is simply that good on the TouchPad (with headphones or external speakers, mind you, not necessarily the small, OK speakers built into the side of the device).
Riz put it very clearly at the end of his last piece, and we'll echo those sentiments here as well, with some edits to update for the times:
So ‘Beats Audio Technology’ actually does have some substance. Is it just one gigantic gimmick on the TouchPad? No way: we'll never go back to another setup. Will Beats be the end-all-be-all in home audio for tablet consumers? Probably not. Still, it is reassuring to know that Beats Audio has been more than just clever branding, because it means that audio performance on the TouchPad is more than just an afterthought. If nothing else, the hype engine surrounding Beats Audio Technology alone is something our friends at Palm will certainly use when trying to get a foothold in the increasingly competitive tablet market.
Luckily for us, that foothold is getting a little stronger every day, and it will only continue to do so (at least that's what we hope). The only thing left that we really need to make our music experience on the TouchPad near-perfect, would be a way to create new music ourselves right on the screen. But for that, we'll need some app developers to step up and dive in. Any takers?