RAZER Nommo Chroma

Computer Shopper - - DESKTOP SPEAKERS -

£150 • From www.ama­zon.co.uk VER­DICT

These cylin­dri­cal desk­top speak­ers have cus­tomis­able RGB light­ing, but don’t sound great for the money

IF YOU DON’T fancy drop­ping £500 on the sub­woofer-equipped Nommo Pro, the Nommo Chroma rep­re­sents a much more af­ford­able set of Razer desk­top speak­ers.

Not that they look like the bud­get op­tion: they have a strik­ing cylin­dri­cal pro­file, point­ing out and to­wards you when you’re at the desk. The driv­ers are held up by a plas­tic sup­port that raises the speak­ers to a height of 215mm, and a cir­cu­lar RGB strip sits un­der the base, which you can cus­tomise through soft­ware.

On the right-hand speaker, there are bass and vol­ume knobs, and you can switch off the speak­ers en­tirely by press­ing down on the lat­ter. At the rear are 3.5mm in­put and head­phone out­put jacks, which al­low you to hook up ana­logue sources and head­sets; these are fairly ba­sic, and we’re not fond of their in­con­ve­nient po­si­tion­ing around the back.

More im­pres­sively, the Nommo Chroma can play back two sep­a­rate sources at the same time. This is fea­ture if you want to lis­ten to mu­sic from your phone and si­mul­ta­ne­ously

hear in-game sounds from your PC. Sadly, there’s no Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, nor any coax­ial or optical S/PDIF in­puts.

As with the Log­itech G560, you can man­u­ally select cer­tain ar­eas of the speak­ers to il­lu­mi­nate, as well as set dif­fer­ent pat­terns. You can also sync light­ing ef­fects with other Razer pe­riph­er­als, but while the Nomma Chroma can match its light­ing ef­fects to in-game ac­tion, we couldn’t find a way to sync the lights to the out­put sound as well.

Synapse is also used to tweak how the speak­ers sound but, some­what sur­pris­ingly, there’s no cus­tom EQ. In­stead, you have to rely on the pre­de­fined De­fault, Game, Mu­sic and Movie pro­files. De­fault has the most all-rounded sound sig­na­ture: Game is overly bassy, Mu­sic is a lit­tle too sibi­lant and (con­versely) lacks bass, and Movie has a bit too much re­verb for our lik­ing.

The Nommo Chroma is a straight­for­ward stereo sys­tem with no sub­woofer and two 3in full-range driv­ers. Each speaker will hit max­i­mum vol­ume with­out dis­tor­tion, but un­like the G560, don’t ex­pect them to fill any room big­ger than a bed­room.

That’s fair enough, given these are only desk­top speak­ers, but there are big­ger prob­lems with sound qual­ity. The lack of a sub­woofer is sorely felt, as there’s very lit­tle bass ex­ten­sion at all; in fact, it cuts off quite abruptly, which is a shame, be­cause the mid-bass re­pro­duc­tion is ac­cu­rate, bal­anced and rea­son­ably well con­trolled.

Vo­cals can also sound pushed back, a symp­tom of some slightly re­cessed mids in gen­eral. The highs ex­tend rel­a­tively well, but only when the speak­ers are set to Mu­sic mode through the Synapse soft­ware, and this has the draw­back of mak­ing the sound a lit­tle pierc­ing. The big­gest flaw is the sound­stage, which lacks both width and depth.

There are some good touches here, but even at a much lower price than the G560, Log­itech’s of­fer­ing is a bet­ter bet.

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