Razer Nommo Pro Review – All About That Bass
A while back, I was fortunate enough to have access to the Razer Nommo Chroma for a month or so. In that review, I commented on the “great depth of sound, deep bass, easy setup and, of course, the Chroma light show.”
Now that I’ve spent some time with the Razer Nommo Pro, I don’t think I could ever go back. Not that the Razer Nommo Chroma is a bad speaker option, it’s not and for the price, it’s certainly worth it. But, having had the benefit of 2.1 sound, including the use of a phenomenal subwoofer, the Nommo Chroma would simply lack the oomph I’ve grown accustomed to.
Yes, the Razer Nommo Pro is pricey ($849.95 AUD) but worth every penny. Never before have I opted to sit at my computer and game or watch movies rather than doing so on my 55″ TV simply because the sound from the Nommo Pro is so incredible.
That’s what I did and have been doing. I always though visuals were the most important, after this, I’m not so sure.
Razer Nommo Pro Review
Like the Razer Nommo Chroma, the Nommo Pro shares the same sleek, matte form factor and design. In fact, the left and right speakers are almost identical to those that come with the Chroma except for the addition of 0.8-inch silk dome tweeter on each speaker.
These tweeters add some height to the speakers and take away some of the sleek, classy looks of the standard Nommo, however, they totally transform the sound. The addition of these high-frequency speakers means that sounds come through much more clearly and distinctly. It also enables the Nommo Pro to pump up the volume without a loss in clarity.
The other things you’ll find included in the box are the control pod and the enormous, downward firing subwoofer.
The sub is where the Nommo Pro gets its main difference from others in the range, and is likely why there’s a $600 odd difference between the Nommo Chroma and the Razer Nommo Pro. Standing over a foot tall, the Nommo Pro’s subwoofer is the focal point for the system. Not only does it thump out incredible bass sounds, but it’s also where the other speakers and the control pod connect to your PC.
The left and right speakers and control pod all connect via proprietary plugs, but the subwoofer allows you to connect to your PC via USB, Bluetooth 4.2, Optical or 3.5mm. I tested out USB, 3.5mm and optical connections during my time with the Razer Nommo Pro and I honestly couldn’t really tell the difference.
I’m sure purists will insist on using optical, but if you have neither the connection nor the inclination, both USB and 3.5mm work flawlessly.
Control in the palm of your hand
As for the control pod, this is where you power on your speakers, control the volume, select the input and connect headphones or an AUX in for recording. The control pod comes with a decently long cable which allows it to sit almost anywhere you need it to.
After powering on the subwoofer, you don’t need to touch that power button again, unless you actually need it to be powered all the way down. Instead, you can put the speakers into a “soft off” mode by pressing the power button on the control pod. This lets the speakers turn back on instantly when you press the button on the control pod again.
The control pod is circular and twisting the top half controls the volume. A handy set of LED lights turn on in order as you turn the volume up to show how loud the volume is. It’s a neat feature, though ultimately unnecessary when the volume level is displayed on the screen.
Turn it up!
The volume level is something you will need to be wary of when using the Razer Nommo Pro. I had to ensure that any and all apps that had their own, separate, volume level were set to full, so I was only ever changing the volume of the speakers.
These things are loud. And I mean LOUD! I never even bothered to turn them all the way up because at 50% of the maximum volume, the Razer Nommo Pro is ear deafeningly loud. Albeit, I do sit quite close to my computer and the speakers, but still, these things pack a serious punch. If you were running your entire entertainment system through your PC, you’d definitely do well to include the Razer Nommo Pro as a part of it.
While the speakers are loud, they, like the Nommo Chroma, don’t suffer any distortion or loss of clarity. Every sound that comes through the speakers, comes through crystal clear. Whether it’s music, movies or games, the Razer Nommo Pro handles everything you throw at it.
With both THX Certification and Dolby Virtual Surround Sound, the Razer Nommo Pro is the absolute cream of the crop of PC speaker solutions. The price tag might be high, but it’s entirely worth it.
PowerUp! was provided with a Razer Nommo Pro for the purposes of writing this review.
At a glance
- THX Certified full range 2.1 gaming speakers
- Dolby Virtual Surround Sound technology
- Illuminated control pod with easy quick access functions
- Downward firing sub-woofer
- Powered by Razer Chroma™
- 2 x 0.8 inch silk dome tweeters (1 x per speaker)
- 2 x 3 inch full range drivers (1 x per speaker)
- 1 x downward firing subwoofer
- Frequency response: 35 – 20,000hz
- USB connection
- Bluetooth 4.2 connection
- Optical connection
- 3.5mm connection
- Control pod featuring power, volume, mute, pairing and source control functions
- Razer Chroma™ enabled
- PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS
- PC/Mac with a free USB port
- RAZER SYNAPSE REQUIREMENTS
- Windows®7/Mac OS X 10.9 (or higher)
- Internet connection
- 100 MB of free hard disk space
- Razer Nommo Pro 2.1 gaming speakers
- 3.5mm audio cable
- Power adapter with interchangeable plugs
- Important Product Information Guide
Product Name: Razer Nommo Pro
The Subwoofer is huge and adds much needed bass
The subwoofer is massive and hard to store
Crystal clear sound in games, music and movies
Super easy to set up, lots of options