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Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround-Sound Gaming Headset

The P531 may be Arctic's first attempt at a gaming headset but you certainly wouldn't know it!  Sound quality is up there with the best and the surround-sound and vibration unit really transform the overall gaming experience.

I also appreciate the versatility of the P531; not only is it great for gaming, it provides a great movie experience and is also well-suited to music playback.  My first port of call when testing movie playback is the opening sequence of The Dark Knight and I was so taken aback by the experience I actually ended up watching the entire film.

In fact, the only area in which the P531 lacks at all is in design and build – it isn't the most attractive headset we've tested.  It  may not ooze refinement like one of SteelSeries' headsets but the build-quality is more than acceptable for the price.

By far the most impressive feature of this headset is the price.  We couldn't find it on sale anywhere yet as it has only just been released but Arctic quote a recommended retail price just shy of €50 which translates into around £40 at the time of press.  At this price it is truly a steal and I would recommend it to any gamer looking for a surround-sound gaming headset.

KitGuru Says: One of the best surround-sound gaming headsets out there with a price that is affordable for all.


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Rating: 9.0.

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18 comments

  1. What a great price! I dont see it for sale yet, any ideas when its out ?

  2. What an unusual looking set of headphones. quite ugly really, but they seem to perform well, especially for the price. thats great to see finally some competition for the big players like steelseries who charge a fortune.

  3. I quite like the looks of them actually, very unusual and most headphones are very boring. Shall look into a pair when they are available.

  4. They might look odd, but they also look very comfortable which is one of the most important things at the end of the day.

  5. Well this is a shock, i didnt know they were making headsets ! and what a great price. I am normally put off by steelseries asking for so much money but these are so good !

  6. Good review Henry, they seem to be very good performing phones, and the price is exceptionally cheap. wonder how they are making money on these.

  7. These are next on my list !

  8. Very very interesting review, was not expecting such a positive article. The price is hard to believe.

  9. Wicked product from Artic. wonder if they will fall apart over the year though….. ? What do you think Henry ?

  10. Build quality would be my concern for long term use. Thats why steelseries get such a good reputation. Hopefully a local store stock these so I can try them out in person.

  11. @ Juniper Falling, It’s hard to say whether they will fall apart after a year to be honest. Sure the materials feel a little cheap but the headset does feel well put together – I would say it feels less fragile than the SteelSeries Siberia V2 that I have if that helps!

  12. very impressive for the money. Should sell very well.

  13. Looks damn good. Very nice price for 5.1 Headphones! Make Sure They ship them to S.A. Will you Henry?

    Nice review:)

  14. Interesting headset… It looks like long forgotten Zalman headset some years ago….

    I personally use Roccat Kave (hooked on XtremeGamer card). I use it on daily base for quite some time already (more than a year) and I’m very very happy with the performance.
    It was bit more expensive (almost double) but I really do not regret paying that much because I was really satisfied.

  15. These are definiately a viable alternative to the more expensive makers, even if they lasted a few years, would end up stunning value for money. just handle them a little more carefully I would reckon.

  16. nice review. Great price for a pair of 5.1 surround sound headsets

  17. I have used quite a few different gaming headsets but, the best resource I found to get an impartial view on them can be found at http://www.gamingheadsetreport.com, they are constantly adding new headset reviews.