Razer is one of the most well-known game accessories manufacturers in the world, with products ranging from headphones to smartphones. We often do not have the opportunity to review game speakers here, so when we had the chance to see the Razer Nommo Pro speakers, we could not say no. But are they worthy of the high price tag, or is it better with something cheaper?
Who are the Razer Nommo Pro for?
- Players. With connectivity options for both consoles and PC players, the Nommo Pro offers a great experience regardless of what you are doing. Sound is sound.
- Not just the players. Obviously, if you like games, they will significantly improve your audio settings. But because they are THX certified and have Dolby Audio, they do solid work with movies.
- Anyone with his own place. Unless you do not mind disturbing your roommates, you probably will not have them unless you have your own place because they go crazy noisily. It's great to watch movies and play games, but not so good for your neighbors.
How is the construction quality of the Razer Nommo Pro?
These speakers are great. If you have a standard size desk, you may run out of space quickly. If you have a game system with two monitors with a water-cooled PC, then you could have a desk large enough to handle it. But even then, you will have no choice but to try to hide the subwoofer under the desk. All together it weighs approximately 13.6kg (30lbs), and most of it is due to the giant subwoofer that shoots down. To be fair, both satellite speakers are pretty solid in their own right, but it's the submarine that makes the most of that volume.
When it comes to the quality of construction, there's really nothing that leads me to think that this will affect you. Of course, I still have a couple of cheap Logitech speakers from the # 09 somewhere in my basement, so a computer desk is not exactly what I would consider a place of extreme anguish. I'm digressing. That still does not take away from the construction of the Nommo Pro.
Each speaker is made of a smooth black plastic that, surprisingly, is not a large fingerprint magnet. Despite the size, there is really nothing special about the design of the submarine. It's just a giant cylinder with a hole and some connecting inlets along the back. Satellite speakers, on the other hand, are attention grabbers. Not only because the 20mm tweeters are stacked on top of the 77mm full range controllers, but because they have RGB lighting on the bottom.
I know, RGB lighting in a Razer game configuration? No way! (heavy sarcasm). But what surprised me about the design was how minimal the whole effect was. Apart from a small strip of light that surrounds the lower part of the circular support, there are no visible lights. I'm not a big fan of colorful lights. I am a firm believer in "less is more", and just like the Creative SoundBlaster Katana speaker that I reviewed, simple lighting looks great. I think it will appeal to a wider range of people than just hardcore players.
But my favorite part of the speaker should be the small disk-shaped wheel to switch between the inputs and control the volume. Not only is it small enough to fit in the palm of my hand (which saves valuable space on the desk), turning the wheel to adjust the volume is just a great experience. It almost feels like turning the bezel on a quality watch, providing just the right amount of resistance and tactile feedback.
Connecting to the Nommo Pro
When it comes to connecting, the Razer Nommo Pro covers it in all aspects. The subwoofer has inputs to connect the left and right speakers along with the control pod, and underneath there are optical and USB inputs to connect to a console or PC. The control dial also has a 3.5mm analog input so you can connect an old device if you wish and a 3.5mm headphone output. You can also choose between the different entries by clicking on the button below the volume wheel. You can switch between Bluetooth (v4.2), USB, analog or optical input.
In my experience, the change between the entries was perfect; although, to be fair, I do not have a PC to connect and instead I relied on the optical input connected to my PS4. To get even more controls, you can download the Razer application, which lets you choose the lighting effect and, most importantly, allows you to adjust the sound. On the one hand, you can activate or deactivate Dolby Audio and THX. You can adjust the bass through a slider in the application, so you can add more boom or delete them if it is too much.
How do they sound?
With such a large subwoofer it's hard to imagine missing the low end in any way. He did a great job handling everything from soft bass lines to thunderous explosions in movies and video games. Having said that, I think the Razer Nommo Pro speakers really shine when they need to show how they handle the subtleties in the big booms. A good example of this are the lower notes of the song Wait by the River by Lord Huron. The bass line remains controlled throughout the song without distortion as it transits perfectly to the drastic synth drop at 0:53.
This happens without interfering with any of the soft voices in the media, which is not surprising, since the low range is handled exclusively by the subwoofer. The highs were also handled very well, with everything from the strumming of the guitar to the cymbals in the song New Slang by The Shins, which sounded as if they were being played right in front of me. This is really remarkable around 1:16 minutes in the song when you can clearly hear that the guitar pick is creeping along the strings.
I admit that I'm not an expert when it comes to games, which makes it even more remarkable that I loved the Razer Nommo Pro speakers. Whether I was listening to music, watching a movie, or trying to win [Horizon Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds for the umpteenth time, the Nommo Pro always impressed me. It may not be the most comfortable setting for the desktop thanks to the large speakers and the subwoofer, but it makes up for it with a really impressive sound.
Whether you consider yourself a hardcore player or simply someone who primarily uses your console to stream Netflix, the Razer Nommo Pro will be a welcome addition to your configuration. Unfortunately, this has a hefty price tag of $ 499. But after I've used this for the last week or two, I have to say that I'm definitely going to add this to my Christmas list. With luck, Santa can appreciate a good 2.1 configuration.
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