Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Gaming Headset

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Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Gaming Headset
Features, Specs and More
Closer Look and Testing Info
Testing the P531 Headset

Product: Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Gaming Headset
Provided By: Arctic
Price: $66.55 MSRP

 

Introduction:

Arctic has been doing a lot of branching out as of late.  They used to be just PC cooling, and then they created a few decent and very quiet cases.  Eventually, they moved into the PSU market and now they have an entire line of peripherals and headphones.  We've looked at some of their earbud-style earphones in the past and overall, they were great.  Today we are looking at their first 5.1 gaming headset and hope to find that it has the same quality and enjoyable experience as their other products.  These 5.1 headphones have a USB interface which makes them work on pretty much any PC with a USB port.  This is a beautiful thing as they can work with your laptop as easily as your desktop PC.  Let's find out if they are worth using at all.

 

First Impressions:

Arctic has really stepped up the retail packaging since they went with the new logo, new innovations and new corporate identity.  This works very well for them in the retail format as the package is attractive and the box has a lot of information that should help you make your decision at the store.  Also, the fact that these headphones are under $70 for a 5.1 headset helps a whole bunch as well.

Box Front
Box Front
Box Back
Box Back

 

This headset is the on-the-ear style that can bother some people if they have sensitive ears.  We'll find out if they squeeze too hard as we carry on.  I don't mind this style of headset, but over-the-ear ones are sometimes better for long periods of gaming.  As far as a bundle, you don't get a whole lot in the box - other that the headset and a CD that contains drivers, a 5.1 audio codec and some sample media.  It's not worth writing home about, but after the drives are codec are installed, the sample media (both straight audio and video) is worth checking out to hear the 5.1 capabilities of these when not in a game.

The Headset
P531 Headset
Control & Bundle
Control & Bundle

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of this headset before we take a closer look and then jump into testing.