The volume/microphone controllers mounted on the cord are very nice to operate and well placed on the cord. There are three buttons on the controller. The long one in the picture has two functions: Volume up/down. The small button can be pressed aside and turns the microphone on and off. On the left of the Creative logo is a red ring, which flashes when the headset is connected to the computer. If the microphone is connected to ARENA, or the controller is set to ON, the diode will cease flashing and be constantly luminous.
Before rushing to ARENA's software we'll show a picture of the USB-plug. As you can see, the plug is fairly long. This is due to the build in Sound Blaster sound card, that is placed in the plug itself.
With ARENE comes three programs. The first is Creative Console Launcher, which is "the main program". This program enables you to adjust ARENA in all kinds of ways. The menu is next to identical to one on recent Sound Blaster sound cards from Creative. Only difference is that it has fewer sub-menus.
The second program is a media player from Creative called Creative Media Source. This program plays all known audio and video formats you could want it to and is fairly easy of use.
With the last program it starts getting interesting. Creative ALchemy is a program made for gaming. That said, you browse for the games supporting EAX and DirectSound3D and add them to the program. Having done that, ARENA will recognize the game and enable surround and 3D sound while playing.