Razer loves to make anything into a RGB masterpiece, and this time we have a set of speakers to have a look at. The Razer Nommo Chroma are a set of 2.0 speakers, meaning they only have two sound channels, that sit on your desk and spin little RGB circles around the bases while giving you crystal clear sound. Now are these the speakers that you just have to have for your computer or are they just another thing to add to your Razer collection? Let’s find out…
Ok, let’s start things out with all those lovely technical bits and pieces that those tech nerds love to drool over.
At a glance
- Full range 2.0 gaming speakers for PC
- Custom woven glass fiber 3-inch drivers for power and clarity
- Rear-facing bass ports for powerful lows
- Versatile controls for gaming, music and movies
- Easy access headphone jack and volume controls
- 2 x 3-inch full range drivers (1 x per speaker)
- Frequency response: 50-20,000hz
- USB audio (Nommo Chroma Only)
- 1 x 3.5mm aux input jack
- 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bass and Volume Control
- Chroma enabled (Nommo Chroma Only)
- PC/Mac with a free USB port
RAZER SYNAPSE REQUIREMENTS
- Windows®7/Mac OS X 10.9 (or higher)
- Internet connection
- 100 MB of free hard disk space
- Razer Nommo Chroma 2.0 gaming speakers
- 3.5mm audio cable
- Power adapter with interchangeable plugs
- Important Product Information Guide
All of the above translates into something along the lines of great speakers that deliver amazing sound for something that is only 2.0 sound. Yeah, Razer’s Nommo Chroma are only left and right standard speakers with a bass adjuster, and not much else’ but they do the job a lot better than the speakers I was using (In-built speakers from my BENQ monitor). When it comes to watching videos, I didn’t even need to turn Razer’s Nommo Chroma up higher than 25% to get enough sound to hear clearly, even though my noise cancelling headset. A small adjustment to the bass setting and you get enough to hear things as they were recorded, without rattling the desk you put them on. As these are meant to be gaming speakers, as are all Razer products, I don’t think that there is much here. The sound you get from Razer’s Nommo Chroma is always going to pale in comparison to a headset that allows surround sound. So unfortunately I don’t think these are going to be a must have when it comes to gaming, but as something to use when you are watching videos on Youtube, Razer’s Nommo Chroma are more than perfect.
If there are a few things that got on my nerves when using the Razer Nommo Chroma, it was that they are quite big. The bulky speakers on stands look great, but they do take up some serious desk space. Now it could be because I’m using a dual monitor set up, but having these on the desk’s edge was a bit annoying as I would always be worried that the wrong bump from me would send them tumbling off the desk and costing me $250 in replacement cost. But I will have to say that in contrast, they did look good on the desk with the RGB lighting twirling away while I was watching some Youtube clips or playing some games. Plus the lights being used as a visual indication of volume was a nice touch too. So I guess that was worth the fear I had about where I placed them.
Another thing that had me wondering… Why were these two speakers powered by an external power supply while the sound was coming through a USB connection? don’t get me wrong, a USB connection did give the Razer Nommo Chroma some amazingly clear sound, but with there being so many USB plugs in a motherboard these days, why not allow the speakers to be powered from the computer itself like keyboards are these days? Surely most power supplys being over 1000 watts minimum would be enough to power these speakers and still get a clear sound.
Overall, the Razer Nommo Chroma are a great set of 2.0 speakers and a great entry level set. However I’m left feeling that you are paying more for the branding and the flashy RGB gimmick than you do the sound quality. Hell, I’ve got some old Logitech speakers that are a decade old that deliver the same level of sound and they cost a fraction of what the Razer Nommo Chroma do. But given that technology does advance and we do try to get everything to match up to one another when it comes to style, I’m sure that the Razer Nommo Chroma speakers are going to make a great addition to some Razer addicts streaming set up so they can sit in the RGB shine and love every minute of it. Personally, I can take it or leave it… Unless I got the Nommo Chroma Pro, now those would be the speaker for me… *drool*
Flashy Speakers for a nominal price
Razer Nommo Chroma are the speakers that you want to get if you already have everything else with the Razer brand on it. Given that they are very bulky on the desk and require not only a USB connection but an external power supply, you might want to double check if you want to drop $250 on something that you can get for a much cheaper price and get the same level of sound quality. but on the other hand, they are a huge step up when you look at other entry level 2.0 speakers on the market. So at the end of the day, it's up to you to decide if you want these or not.
- Looks fancy and combines well with other Razer products
- RGB lighting effects are both fun and practial
- Very clear sound without having to adjust many settings
- Very large and bulky for speakers
- External power supply is required
- Gives just the entry level sound requirements