Razer Nommo Chroma Review - They Aren't Just For Gaming

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This year at CES, Razer unveiled their new Nommo speaker line up. And although I don’t have time to play video games, I can appreciate their design and aesthetics. And even though they do perform pretty well, they do have one major Achilles heel. But I like them so much, I’m still going to do a give away. Just like the video, be subscribed and comment down below with your all time favorite video game and as soon as this video gets 2000 likes I’ll pick a winner. 

Razer’s Nommo Speaker line up consists of three models, theres your base Razer Nommo Speaker for $99.99, theres the Razer Nommo Chorma… which is the speaker I have here for $149.99 and theres the Razer Nommo Pro for $499.99. Now, there are some key differences between the Base Nommo Speaker and Nommo Chroma aside from the RGB base which I will go into in a minute. But these first two speakers are currently available for sale… if you want to pick either of them up I’ll have a link in the description below and if you use the link it really helps out the channel. And a release date for the Nommo Pro is still to be announced. 

The Razer Nommo Chroma comes included with two cables… the power cable and an audio cable. The other two cables on the Nommo Chroma are not removable and personally I would have preferred if they were braided. Now the main difference between the base $100 Nommo and the $150 Nommo Chroma Aside from the RGB goodness is that the Nommo Chroma connects to your computer via USB and has a built in DAC. Where as the Base Nommo connects to your computer via a 3.5 millimeter audio jack. But everything else is still the same. They both have 3 inch Custom Woven Glass Fiber Drivers and they both have Rear-firing Bass Ports. But to be honest, if you’re looking into these speakers you're probably just going to end up going to the Nommo Chroma. 

On the base of the Razer Chroma you have two knobs, one for volume and one for bass. And when you power them on the right base shows you the current volume setting in green and the left base shows you the current bass setting in blue. And when the speakers are muted both bases shine red. Through Razer Synapse you can choose from 4 different light settings… theres breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave. You can also adjust the brightness of the effects but customization here is little limited. If you want even more customization options then you’ll want to fire up Synapse 3 on a PC. But I am pleased by the quality of the RBG lighting. The colors are very vibrant and you can even see the RGB effect in almost every lighting condition. 

Now lets talk about sound, as mentioned before you have dual 3 inch diameter woven glass fiber drivers. And for their price they sound pretty good. And through Razer Synapse you can also choose from 4 EQ presets. Default, Game, Movie, and Music. But obviously you can also just make your own. But plainly said, The default setting sounds awful. The game preset pushes the mids back and puts an emphasis on the lows so that when there are explosions or shoots on screen you feel that extra dimension… and with the bass setting cranked all the way up the Nommo Chroma can really start rattling things around. And the music preset isn’t half bad either, the mids and vocals are brought to the front and theres a good kick in the bass and very minimal tinning in the highs. 

And like I said, the Nommo Chroma sounded better than I expected especially in the mid range. They do have a lot of punch in their bass, but don’t expect any reverb in the lows. Their sound stage is obviously good cause of their left and right channels but instrument separation does take a hit. More nuanced sounds like lets say an enemy reloading can easily get lost or overwhelmed by the bass. 

But now lets talk about the major design flaw found on the Nommo Chroma and maybe even on the much more expensive Nommo Pro. And thats between the base and neck of this speaker. Obviously due to its design these speakers are very top heavy, and unfortunately the construction between the neck and base is very weak. My right speaker fell a distance of about 3 inches on to the desk and landed squarely on its base, but due to the torque applied on the joint between the base and the neck it just snapped. And upon further inspection you can see that the screws used are just way too short. Had Razer used longer screws or a more robust marriage between the neck and the base then I feel it wouldn’t have snapped as easily. And I’m pointing this design weakness out for a few reasons. If you’re a college and if you’re moving in or out of your dorm you have to be very carful about transporting these speakers. If you some how topple either of these speakers off of your desk I doubt they will be able to survive the fall. But more importantly if the Nommo Pro has a similar construction then I feel this joint will be even less effective cause the top of the Nommo Pro will be even heavier cause of the addition of the tweeters on the top. I’m just saying… Razer needs to fix this issue cause the minimal effort it took to snap this joint is just disheartening and not a good look for over all build quality. I was very impressed with the build quality on the Razer Seiren X, but personally I’m a little disappointed on the build quality on the Razer Nommo Chroma. 

But still I do like the Razer Nommo Chroma, they look like jet engines on your desk… but they are a finger print magnet. Their Mid range sounded better than I expected and their punchy bass give games that extra dimension that immerses you even more. And come on the RGB base is just super cool and it’ll be even better when used with synapse 3. But like just said they are more fragile than I would like. That neck is just such a weak point and it makes transporting these speakers a nightmare. But let my misfortune be a lesson for you.