PC gaming can be such a rewarding experience – researching what type of parts you want in your machine, to building the rig from the ground up. With that in mind, there are many ways you can enhance the overall experience; the sound you produce from your favorite games is a prime example. Those looking to upgrade from their tiny speakers for their gaming rig, or don’t feel like wearing headsets during those extended gaming hours Razer’s newest product, the Nommo Chroma speakers, might just be what the doctor ordered.
At first glance, visually the Nommo Chroma speakers are massive; the product features a large cylindrical top piece, which produces the sound, with a thin bar that connects the top section to the base layer. Overall, the measurements are approximately eight inches long and around a foot tall. In other words, the size may be off-putting for those who have a small, crowded gaming desk — but those with larger workspaces will likely enjoy how substantial in size the Nommo Chroma is.
Regarding operating the product itself, the Nommo Chroma is quick to understand regardless of experience – located on the left of the speaker at the base are two knobs: one modifies the volume (as well as the power button) and another control the base. While on the back side of the right speaker, a headphone jack is available, allowing players to plug in their headphones in your headset, as well as an in-port for an aux cord. The aux in-port will enable players to connect an external audio source onto the speakers including but not limited to your smartphone.
On a more cosmetic level, the Nommo Chroma also includes a thin LED strip around the base, allowing the speakers to flaunt a slew of colors that can be controlled via the Razer Synapse 3 software. Utilizing the Synapse 3 software will allow you to customize the RGB color display to your liking, so if you want the speakers to glow a specific color or cycle through a rainbow, these options are easily accessible. Of course, if you’re going to embrace the artist within you, the Chroma Studio app provides the opportunity to create your own lighting effects.
Concerning performance, the Nommo Chroma delivers impressive audio and allowed me to fully immerse myself in my favorite games. Looking at the performance from a critical eye, the product does produce thunderous audio. If you’re a parent looking to buy some speakers for your kid’s gaming PC or you live in a thin-walled apartment, you may want to think twice before purchasing.
Circling back to the product’s performance that loud and impressive audio does allow you to receive the upper hand, especially if you play a lot of competitive games. Two games in particular, which I thought flaunted the power of the Nomma Chroma 2.0 the most was Far Cry 5 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Exploring modern-day Montana in Far Cry 5 sounded surreal. Immersive gameplay was running on high, as I heard the river streams and wildlife roaming the rural location and the realistic explosions as I combated the religious zealots of Eden’s Gate.
When it came to using these to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, I found it most useful in helping me locate nearby enemies that were heading in my direction. Anyone who plays competitive shooters whether its Call of Duty or Quake Champions knows that hearing which direction your opponent is coming from will leave you with an advantage throughout the match. Enemy footsteps and the sound and direction from which gunshots are fired will help you in each match. Meaning this is an excellent pair of speakers for those who play a lot of competitive shooters such as H1Z1 and Fornite.
On top of that, further customization of the sound can be done via the Synapse software. In total, the Nommo has four sound modes: Default, Game, Music, and Movie. When examining the presents, I found that the Game and Movie default settings place a heavier emphasis on bass, while the Music preset delivers a crisper sound. As for the Default mode, it offers the best of both worlds, and I found content with the sound produced from the Default more so than any other modes. This is entirely subjective, but the option to have more than one Default mode is helpful.
While the Nommo Chroma offers flashy colors and immersive sounds, that does not compensate for its glaring flaws in the product. Aside from the product alienating those with smaller desks, there is no Bluetooth option available. For a product that is $149.99, you would imagine that an option for Bluetooth connectivity would be possible.
The other major issue I have is the pricing, when you compare it to the Razer Nommo, which is $99.99, the Nommo Chroma is $50 more and only offers one new feature: the Chroma lighting. For those less concerned of the aesthetics, it can feel like a rip-off to shell out an extra $50 for just one feature. It is also worth mentioning that the Nommo Chroma requires a USB outlet instead of an analog.
Despite its bulky build and lack of Bluetooth, the Razer Nomma Chroma is still a fantastic product for particular individuals. RGB lighting junkies and those looking to take a significant step in producing a better sound in their favorite games will not be disappointed. Although the price may be off-putting, there is the $99.99 Nomma available, which does everything that the Nommo Chroma minus the Chroma lighting.
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