Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Channel Gaming USB Headset Review
18 January 2011
After using the headset for a while I found it to be comfortable to use for short periods of time. The sound was great and I enjoyed the surround experience. The headset not only dampens all the noise around you, but also dampens the sound coming out of the headphones for those around you. You can still have the music loud, while still being quiet for those around you.
The P531 is a great gaming headset and has MSRP of $66.34.
Excerpt: I’m pretty particular when picking out my PC gaming gear. I have been through a pretty good amount of hardware over the years and keep up my life cycle of gaming gear. Arctic sent us out some gear to check out and review a few weeks ago. I had a chance to check it all out and see how it fared on a few solid hours of Call of Duty Black Ops for the PC.
Summary: It’s not often that I regret purchases I’ve made, since I enjoy doing research before plunking down what little cash I have. After using the P531’s, I am regretting all the money I sunk into the Creative Fatality sound card and gaming headphones. I’ve got to tell you, these P531’s rock, and they rock hard. It is just an amazing sound experience for both gaming and listening to music. With the vibration units in each of the earcups providing that extra physical...
Excerpt: In my younger days, cough cough.. !NURSE!!, cough cough, I would game like there was no tomorrow. There was no Microsoft Office, there was no Quickbooks, Open Office, or LANDesk. There was Unreal Tournament, NFS, Quake, Battlefield, C.O.D. (not this website). My desk was a war zone, my office was a LAN party, and my friends were my comrades fighting battles on my self hosted gaming server.
Summary: I tested the P531 heeadset for a solid week before writing up this review. I wanted to give the headset as much time as possible to test it out in a variety of circumstances and swap back and forth with my couple of other headsets.
The software was quick and easy to install. Once installed, every time I plugged the USB cable into the machine, it popped up in the system tray.
Conclusion: The Arctic Sound P531 USB Gaming Headset comes with a built-in control unit with a blue LED. It's located halfway along the USB cable/extention cord. The unit allows you to control the surround sounds which includes the front, rear, center and subwoofer. There's also a master volume control and a mic on/off switch.
Summary: After spending a week using the Arctic Sound P531 USB headset, I have gone back and forth on my feelings about them. After a few hours at a time of almost non-stop wearing them, my head noticed. They weren't uncomfortable, but I can say that I felt "tired", kind of like if you had a long day outside doing something fun. I guess with time, that would go away, and I would be more than willing to give it that time.
Pros: » Good sound reproduction., » Very adjustable, should be able to fit any head., » Reasonably comfortable, considering the number of speakers in each earcup., » Brings gaming to life!!, » Cord length is a good size if your system is under your desk., » Comfortable for long gaming sessions., » MSRP is very competitive with other 5.1 headsets.
Cons: » Microphone is hard to adjust in the right position., » Microphone isn't the highest quality unit I've used., » Draws lots of power from the USB connector., » Heavier than a standard stereo headset., » Cord may be too long if used with a laptop or desktop that is on top of your desk., » Unable to find any place to buy this headset online
Excerpt: Whether you're a hard-core gamer or casual, involvement is an important factor and the sound quality is crucial in this regard. Being surrounded by the sounds, give him a depth, not only makes the gaming experience more enjoyable but also more realistic, and immersive . Many people have audio systems 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1, but those who have placed the boxes in the right way? Those who have a spacious environment so as to surround the PC at your desk?