Razer's new Nommo Chroma speaker set certainly doesn't look quite like any other speaker set, its unique design of circles, cylinders, and RGB lights making your computer setup look like a Pixar character. There are cheaper speakers on the market if you're prioritising function over form, but the Nommo Chroma performs well alongside its immediate competitors, and the look certainly adds a touch of sleek pizzazz to any gaming setup.
Clocking in at £169 for a pair of 2.0 USB speakers (which also require mains power), the basic Nommo Chroma setup features a 3.5 mm audio in port, a headphone out port, and a port to connect the speakers together via cable. On top of that, there are a pair of dials on the base of the right speaker which control volume and bass intensity. The RGB lighting can be controlled from your PC using Razer's Synapse program, which is annoying but the default across the company's products.
This is the ground floor when it comes to the Nommo Chroma range, with a more expensive 'Pro' option that includes among other things a separate subwoofer clocking in at an eye-watering £499 (though it's currently out of stock on Razer's website). Without the subwoofer, raising the bass too much does removes some of the clarity in the mid and high range, but the trade-off gives a really satisfying level of thump from such a small set of speakers. If you use the bass sparingly it's easy to get a good balance, but if you're cranking it up to max there is a loss of quality. In this respect Wall-E can't quite go toe-to-toe with big boxy speakers but, considering their stylish design and price, the performance is definitely impressive.
When not headbanging to loud bass, the speakers do a great job of replicating high-end crisp noises, such as snare drum hits and cymbals. Anything like this stands out really well in the mix, with detail and depth. Some fairly mid-range and middling vocals seemed to get a little lost, on the other hand, which is a bit of a shame but seemed localised to a handful of indie rock tracks.
One lovely feature of the speakers is that, if you're playing audio from your phone or another 3.5mm jack connected device, the speakers feature a built in digital-to-analogue converter (DAC), which does a great job of boosting up the sound and making the most of the speaker output. Unfortunately the speakers don't support Bluetooth, which some might want for this price, but for me it's not major.
While the Nommo Chroma can't quite deliver the highest of highs and lowest of lows, it's a visually unique set of speakers that perform extremely well for the cost. Setup is easy, audio quality for most things is great, and there's certainly that X factor about them. Obviously looks aren't everything, especially when you're talking about speakers — but there's certainly nothing else out there that looks like these.