Sound BlasterX P5 review: in-ears for pro gamers

  • Universal utility: PCs, phones & beyond
  • Strong, clear sound in-game and out
  • Useful added accessories
  • Somewhat tangle-prone cable
  • High price for in-ear headphones

Features & Specs

  • Ultra lightweight — 12 grams
  • 7mm neodymium magnets (114dB audio)
  • Titanium-coated drivers for faster response
  • Port tube array for optimised bass
  • Spiral-ribbed ear tips for advanced noise isolation
  • High-performance inline microphone
  • Convenient controls (multi-function button, mute switch)
  • Seamless connectivity (phones, consoles, PC)
  • BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite software

Design

Software

The headphones can be used out of the box with any 3.5mm audio device, but you can also install the Acoustic Engine software on Windows PCs to customise the soundscape and utilise some additional features.

Audio quality

The P5 sounds quite good for a set of in-ear headphones, even if they’re not quite ‘audiophile’ grade. The balanced soundscape makes sense for competitive gaming, although gamers that prefer a more cinematic experience will likely prefer on-ear headphones or surround systems that provide more bass. Highs and mids are well represented here, and I generally found it easier to listen for enemy footsteps in Counter-Strike than with other in-ear headphones.

Ease of use

The headphones are quite convenient to use; just plug and play. The use of an adapter for PC setups is a little annoying, but it does allow for a more compact package when travelling with a smartphone or tablet, and that makes sense.

Wrap-up

The Sound BlasterX P5 is a good choice for gamers that are looking for a quality set of in-ear headphones without spending too much. While it’s quite possible to play with in-ear headphones that cost far less, you should be able to notice the difference in aural clarity, and that could well translate into better in-game performance.

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Senior staff writer, Digital Foundry. Former Team Acer esports editor-in-chief. Contact me — wsjudd at gmail dot com or Twitter @wsjudd.

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William S. Judd

William S. Judd

Senior staff writer, Digital Foundry. Former Team Acer esports editor-in-chief. Contact me — wsjudd at gmail dot com or Twitter @wsjudd.

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