In the personal computer space there’s something classical about speakers sitting on either side of a monitor. With designs that usually riff on the concept of bookshelf speakers from decades past. This directional approach usually means that filling a room and overall loudness isn’t of importance – due to a listener’s proximity. And so, build quality and audio quality can vary depending on what you end up choosing. Razer’s affordable Nommo speakers provide directional stereo sound akin to a classic speaker, in a cool package that is designed to make the most out of sitting on a desk.
What’s surprising is just how well they handle a wide range of frequencies – leading to crisp detail when playing games and listening to music.
- Type: 2.0 Stereo
- Driver: Custom woven glass fibre 3-inch drivers
- Bass: Rear-facing bass ports
- Frequency response: 50-20,000hz
- Interface: USB
- Inputs: 1 x 3.5mm Aux, 1 x 3.5mm Headphone
From a technical perspective the 3-inch drivers of the Razer Nommo are of a size that is probably at the border of acceptable in the speaker realm. Of course, size plays only a small part in determining a speaker’s worth, where ultimately it comes down to the build, quality of components, and the balancing of audio through calibration. As makers of all things hardware, and with a great track record of creating some truly impressive gaming headsets
, it’s safe to say that outside of the funky airhorn design of the Razer Nommo I was expecting to be impressed with the quality of the audio.
From a pure speaker tech perspective, by separating the bass and lower frequencies from all other sound – and direction too – Razer has created a pristine and clear sound with impressive presence. Especially when you factor in the relatively small desk-friendly size. That’s not to say that the Razer Nommo is slight in any way, as they’re weighted in a way that a good pair of speakers usually are – sturdy with a lower centre of gravity.
Design and Form
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Razer product without some sweet Chroma lighting and in keeping with the sleek and subtle look that can be found in everything from the Razer Blade
gaming laptop through to the Razer Mamba mouse and wireless battery-free Hyperflux charger
, the Razer Nommo adds some reasoning behind the otherwise cool looking airhorn design. The raised drivers mean that for the most part directional audio will be at ear-level or thereabouts when situated a top of a desk. The airflow bass (which is a design that loses clarity compared to traditional woofer bass) pointed outward then uses the environment to amplify the effect. So, when in front of a wall the bass becomes pronounced in a way that exceeds the relatively small form factor of the Razer Nommo speakers. Thankfully there’s a separate bass control to lower or raise the effect as needed.
It’s these two design elements working in tandem that make these an extremely attractive choice for quality and affordable desktop speakers.
The USB interface tells us that the Nommo has been designed to be used alongside a PC, but the addition of an auxiliary port also means that I was able to test several devices to see how the Nommo performed in a variety of situations. For some strange reason, Razer saw fit not to include any Bluetooth in the Razer Nommo design – which feels like an oversight for the normally of-the-moment hardware maker. First up, as with any traditional speaker setup, I gave my recent album
a spin. Namely as I’m familiar with exactly how it should sound and what detail might get lost in translation. That crisp detail mentioned earlier? Yeah, it makes the Nommo a surprisingly great set of speakers for listening to music whilst at a computer. The clarity is commendable across the mid-range and higher frequencies, which naturally means game performance is equally impressive.
Now, in terms of loud booming sound the Razer Nommo speakers aren’t designed for big rooms or to drown out any sort of loud background noise. Marketing material for the Nommo might play up the design as portable loud speakers that can be used to blow someone away with sound, but the reality is that the Nommo offer clarity over volume. And for a pair of desktop speakers that’s more than welcome when playing games. Tested with a wide range of titles from Overwatch through to Assassin’s Creed Origins it’s the clarity of the response that impresses most, with music and detail coming through clearly. The only real downside is that the bass can sound a little flat compared to a standard woofer. But then again, a dedicated subwoofer kind of defeats the purpose of well designed, compact, and desk-friendly speakers. Of which the Razer Nommo come highly recommended.