Sure, I'm not very good at these but....
Easy, just pop in the card, Windows finds it, pop in the Creative CD and install either everything or just the drivers, your choice. Once thats done I recommend getting the latest drivers from their site.
Also very easy. Using the standard Windows Volume Control you can control all the basic aspects of the Sound Card. If you want to get into more detail though (THX, 3D Effects and most of the other special features you are buying this card for you will need to install the full Creative Suite of software and I recommend updating all of it).
After I fixed my initial problem by installing the latest drivers for our PCMCIA Cardbus and turning 'Hardware Acceleration' on in Winamp the sound that came out was awsome. With my Klipsch speakers I get massive bass and I can crank it all the way up and still have perfect audio. This is mainly because of the speakers but the sound is a lot less flat coming from the audigy then the onboard because I did try the speakers with the onboard.
You can't use them with this card but that had better be know well before you think about buying one of these cards anyway. Switching between onboard and the Audigy is easy. You can either hit 'Stop Hardware' in the plug-and-play icon that comes up when you have the Audigy in or go into your control panel and switch what your primary audio device is.
Got me, I doubt there is much of a FPS difference in UT2004 between the onboard and the Audigy but you can turn on that sweet sweet Hardware Accelerated sound and EAX3.
I don't have the setup for anything else. I've tried the microphone on my Audigy but I use it mainly on the onboard because then I can't hear myself when I play games
I don't have any surround sound either but I am heading to a buddys place this weekend so maybe he will let me hookup the laptop and I can give it a shot, we will see.
Dunno if thats a good review or not.
Want a premium hardware accelerated sound card for your laptop? Get the Audigy 2 ZS Notebook over the dumb Audigy USB device they offer. The sound difference is noticable and you get a bass/treble control for those of you who miss it because of the onboard sound.
Definatly a good buy in my books. Questions? Let me know. or if you have something specific you'd like me to try/bench and give you info for just post it here or e-mail me at eric (at) fizi.ca and I will happily try it and post the results here.