If you like games, you know the name of Razer. The company manufactures all kinds of peripherals for players, including keyboards, mice and headphones. We recently looked at one of their speaker configurations, the Nommo Pro, and as much as we liked, $ 300 is a high price to pay anyone. If you were interested in them but wanted something a little less expensive, then you should probably check the Razer Nommo Chroma speakers.
Who should get these
- Someone who does not want to spend too much on a pair of computer speakers. These provide you with most of what Nommo Pro offers, simply without a subwoofer. But that is a fair change for something that costs half the price.
- University students. The Nommo Pro was difficult to recommend to anyone with a shared living space due to the power of the subwoofer. The Nommo Chroma speakers are not as loud, and the lack of a booming bass will annoy your roommates / neighbors much less.
- Razer fans. If you are a fan of Chroma lighting that you can find in the entire Razer range of products, these may be for you.
How is the Razer Nommo Chroma manufactured?
If you caught our revision of the Nommo Pro a while ago, the appearance of the Nommo Chroma should not take you by surprise. It is made of the same type of materials and even offers the same LED lighting under the two satellite speakers. But the similarities stop there. The Nommo Chroma is a diluted version of the Nommo Pro, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The obvious difference is that the Nommo Chroma is missing the giant Pro subwoofer, so the entire configuration is easier to manage: it lacks a strong extreme bass. It also lacks the dedicated 20mm tweeters, instead of going with just 3-inch full-range drivers to handle everything.
The design is equally elegant, as it is made of a smooth, completely black plastic that fortunately is not a fingerprint magnet. awkwardly huge, although they are only about 9 inches tall, they are 6 inches long, which is a nuisance if you do not have space on your desk, but the stand is where all the fun happens, since both speakers have a colored ring You can control these colors through a downloadable desktop application, but I do not worry about them getting out of the box, it's subtle and adds the right amount of style. for aesthetics, they also serve a functional purpose.
At the base of the main speaker there are two knobs to adjust volume and bass, and as you raise or lower the color at the bottom of the speaker acts as a visual aid. So when you turn up the volume, the light below the main speaker turns green and moves around the bass to show you the volume goes up and down. The same thing happens when you turn the bass knob, except that it is the other speaker that does it, and the color is blue. The big disappointment I have with the construction of these speakers are those controls. They are not as smooth or have the best feeling as the control wheel that comes with the Nommo Pro, but they work well, so I can not complain too much.
How can you connect to the speakers?
Fortunately, Razer Nommo Chroma speakers are easy to set up, they just need to be plugged into a power source, the computer and each other. The cables are solidly constructed and seem to get where I need them with ease.
Unfortunately, when it comes to connecting to a source, there are not many options here. You can connect a 3.5mm cable on the back, and there is another input specifically labeled as "headphones", but the main way it is going to connect is via USB. Which means that unlike the Razer Nommo Pro, basically it can only be used with a computer.
There is also no way to connect via Bluetooth, which seems like a missed opportunity with a pair of computer speakers. Even the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 managed to include Bluetooth at a much lower price.
The Razer Nommo Chroma does not have THX certification and Dolby Audio as its brother, so if you were to use them for movies: look elsewhere. That said, listening to music during the day while working on my computer was much better than I expected. The Nommo Chroma does not get to be as strong as the Nommo Pro, but if you're sitting at your desk or in a bedroom, it should be enough. Just do not expect the party to start with these.
When it comes to lower notes, it's hard to say anything bad about the Razer Nommo Chroma. Not because it sounds incredible, but because it is good enough to add control to control it, it practically solves any problem I have while listening. Sure, it's annoying to adjust the bass on the speakers of every other song, but it's better than having to sit through terrible bass. An example of this is the song Go 2.0 by Alex Da Kid, that I had to pump the bass to feel that I could enjoy the bass line.
 The problem was that the song immediately after that on my playlist was Blu by Mura Masa, which mostly has low synth notes that mask some of the choir voices unless you lower the bass knob again. However, that was not a problem with most of the songs. The two speakers seemed to do a good job keeping the instruments and the voices sounding clear, something that can be heard 0:46 seconds inside the song Tadow by Masego when the metal enters.
The highs never sounded harsh even with the maximum volume (which is not too high to begin with), but they lack a bit of detail. The cymbals and hi-hats did not have a credible reverb, which is strange but fairly standard for the initial-level computer speakers.
If you spend a lot of time at home sitting in front of your computer, the Razer Nommo Chroma is a good choice for you. They sound good, have minimal chroma lighting for a personal touch, and give you a decent amount of control over the low end with a hardware knob. The problem is that that is all they do. It is difficult to use these for almost anything other than sitting at your desk. That's not a big problem since they are designed to be computer speakers, but it would have been nice to have at least Bluetooth for when you want to listen to music on a phone for the price. The Razer Nommo Chroma might not be one of our selections for the best computer speakers, but they do the job well. If only they were a little more complete.