ASUS have the most anemic speakers you will find on a laptop at this price. That is why they added the soda-can sized external subwoofer. If you are buying a laptop for integrated speakers this is not for you. The ACER R15 has much fuller and louder speakers. But it is a USB 3.1 only, not a "Thunderbolt" port. That is why i went for the ASUS, but the downgrade in sound quality is obvious. Every PC review Magazine said the sound was disappointing on every compact laptop from ASUS, so i knew what to expect. This laptop is no different. But the computer had other qualities that were more important to me, so i use headphones and get good sound, so the soundcard itself is fine. Note: i design and build speakers, so i may be more critical than others(i.e. i have a lower tolerance for sub-par sound). So these may be fine for most average joes.