world of headsets and microphones, you may not think of a company
that mainly makes cooling systems for computers. Surprise Arctic
Cooling actually makes some impressive headsets and even keyboards.
Not pricey at all Arctic’s P531 headset is an affordable 5.1 headset
solution that performs surprisingly well.
While a majority of the product looks to be made
of plastic, it feels durable in hand and the soft fabrics along the
head arch and around the earphones make it a very comfortable piece
of equipment to wear for those long gaming sessions.
The USB cable is long enough not to make you feel like you have to
lean over as some other headsets have made me feel. There is a
controller on the cord itself, enabling the user to have full
control of Front, Rear, Sub and Center sound, as well as the
microphone and the over all volume. The LED bar gives you a visual
queue that the headset is plugged in and ready to go.
The P531 Headset comes with an install disk,
heavy sorrow though for those with XP, it will not work for you. The
march of technology ever goes forward and so XP users are left out
of the emerging products and technology. However, folks with Vista
or Windows 7 should have no problems at all.
The real surprise in the superb performance, the sound and controls
work well. Actual 5.1 surround sound wrapped around your head. We
tested the system with games and watching movies and general surfing
on the internet, watching streaming videos and the like and the
sound performance of the P531 is superb all around.
The games we tried the headset out on where Operation Flash Point
Dragon Rising, Call of Duty Black Ops, Crysis 2, and Post
Apocalyptic Mayhem. We also took several musical tunes for a listen
from our iTunes account…from Daryl Hall and John Oates, to harder
stuff from Keel, and a few pop and soul tunes. The films we tried
things out with were Toy Story 3, Predators, and a couple of the
Alien movies from the new Aliens collectors pack that came out
several months ago.
Every thing but music came out spectacular. Music was great. Users
may have to tweak some of the settings to get it to take off and
sound its best. Lucky for us the design gives us that control to
modify each channel individually. Do not get me wrong, it sounded
great with music. It is just that in movies and gaming is the place
the product shines the best. Gunfire in the distance or just behind
you and to the right stands out more. The virtual bullets whizzing
up range almost cause you to duck they sound so close. After firing
shots with your virtual gun, brass from your spent shells clinking
to the ground sound as if they are right there at your feet. Then
the gunfire and explosions, with the bass vibrating around you…the
whole experience is spectacular.
The microphone performance was admirable as well. It did not seem to
pick up background noise or anything from the headphones at all. In
addition, the mic lead is bendable so an adjustment to where you
want it close to your face is easy. Persons I spoke with over the
computer using the Mic stated that it came through very clear; I had
no echo feed back and was rather pleased over all with the
Over all the Arctic Cooling P531 Headset with microphone, a
customizable wonder with a price point that wont break the user.
With this headset, you can really get INTO your games.
Have fun, play games
United States Editor Impulse Gamer