Desktop speakers are generally not thought of as a “pretty” accessory. They can look good, sure, but they’re not usually the most beautiful part of a setup. However, Razer decided to change that. At CES 2018, Razer announced its Nommo line of speakers, and we have spent some time with the Chroma version to let you know what we think.
At $150, Nommo Chroma is on the higher-end of “normal” desktop speaker pricing, but with built-in RGB lighting, unique design, and fantastic sound, I cannot recommend Nommo Chroma enough. Read on for our full review.
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Razer’s Nommo Chroma speakers feature multiple input methods. With a built-in USB-cable to be used as a DAC or a 3.5mm input, you’ll be able to listen to your audio however you want. I, however, recommend using Nommo Chroma over USB for its many other features.
Part of the unique styling of these speakers is the circular base that has an RGB LED ring around it. This ring is customizable through Razer’s Synapse software and can be synced together with other Razer peripherals on your desktop.
Though most think of Windows machines when it comes to using Razer devices or even Razer Synapse, I’ve had no problem using Nommo Chroma with my late-2016 MacBook Pro. Synapse works perfectly fine for me and can handle all of the different lighting modes with no problem.
That’s right, whether you have a Razer mouse, keyboard, or even mousepad, the Nommo Chroma can make sure that it matches the ambient lighting of the other devices. This is especially awesome since Philips announced Hue Sync 3 that integrates with Razer products at CES 2018.
So now you can sync your desktop backlighting, mouse, keyboard, mousepad, headphones, and speakers to all be doing same thing when it comes to lighting schemes. This takes building a desk setup to a whole new level.
On the base of the right speaker, you have a volume knob and bass control knob. Since these speakers have a separate bass port in the back, you can get fairly punchy lows even without a dedicated subwoofer.
When you turn the knobs, the LED rings around the bottom of the speakers change color and turn as you move the dials, giving you feedback to know where your volume level is at. Muting your computer will result in a red ring so you know sound won’t be coming out of your speakers.
In the end, I seriously love the design of Razer’s Nommo Chroma speakers. They sound fantastic, are super colorful, and are a great buy. If you’re already bought into the Razer ecosystem of devices with mice, keyboards, and more, then the Nommo Chroma is a no-brainer.
At $150, there are other more budget-friendly options out there, sure. But, they generally won’t give the quality of sound these do, and almost assuredly won’t give the aesthetic with lighting and design like the Nommo Chroma can provide.