When working from the home office, any new tech additions need to fit our chosen d\u00e9cor. The aesthetic is vintage country, with a lot of pine and a lot of faded white. Basically it's the type of stuff you would find at Early Settler.\r\n\r\nIn saying that, Razer\u2019s new Nommo Chroma speakers do not fit. Then again, not much technology does, so it\u2019s not fair to criticise based on my or my partner\u2019s design choices, but I can\u2019t imagine a modern office or home scenario where these speakers do work.\r\n\r\nRazer\u2019s Nommo Chroma speakers are big, bold and black. Coming in at 220mm high by 140mm wide, these speakers look like two sleek megaphones and dwarf everything on the desk other than the monitor. I\u2019m told that the speakers are designed this way to lift the drivers to ear height, and the cylindrical shape promotes airflow, but I\u2019m still not convinced. Thankfully the sound quality is superb.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019re looking at a pair of mid-range 2.0 stereo speakers built with 2x 3-inch custom-woven glass-fibre drivers that succeed in delivering a tight sound and high frequencies. The rear-facing bass ports add incredible detail to the games I tried. I was especially impressed with the detailing of the laser fire and explosions of Star Wars Battlefront II.\r\n\r\nThe right side speaker has volume and bass control knobs, allowing you to fine-tune the output without going into menus and disrupting your on-screen media. When I cranked the volume, games and music remained distortion free. It\u2019s all thanks to the automatic gain control and wide satellite base which ensures the bass scales appropriately and stabilises at higher volumes.\r\n\r\nNommo Chroma can get loud. Far beyond what is required for desktop gaming and went on to successfully fill my home with tunes. From electronic to punk rock and a few subgenres in between, I was genuinely surprised by how well the speakers replicated the music. I wasn\u2019t expecting to hear sound of this calibre from mid-range computer speakers that don\u2019t include a subwoofer.\r\nThe Top 9 Ultrawide Gaming Monitors\r\n\r\n\r\nOn the topic of music playback, it\u2019s disappointing that the speakers don\u2019t have Bluetooth. Razer is toting Nommo Chroma as being perfect for music and movies, but without Bluetooth, they just can\u2019t compete with portable speakers and soundbars. You can connect devices via a 3.5mm audio jack, but that\u2019s not how things are supposed to work in 2018.\r\n\r\nYou can connect the Nommo speakers to a PC via a separate 3.5mm input, although I recommend USB as it automatically installs the driver software and Chroma for your personalised light displays. Razer\u2019s renowned light show illuminates from the base of the speakers and is guaranteed to have you gaming in the dark. With 16.8 million colour options, there are plenty of distractions to be had with Chroma.\r\n\r\nWith a price tag of $249, Nommo Chroma is an affordable mid-range speaker. If you\u2019re looking to save some cash, there are also Razer Nommo speakers without the Chroma lighting and USB connection. These will set you back $169. For the ultimate Nommo system, check out the upcoming Nommo Pro 2.1 system with subwoofer and Dolby Surround.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRazer\u2019s Nommo Chroma speakers are first and foremost gaming speakers. For that purpose, they excel. For movies and music, they are also great, providing you are consuming said media at a desktop. Otherwise, you will opt for another, more convenient Bluetooth-enabled source.\r\n\r\nNommo Chroma looks epic when paired with a Razer monitor, keyboard and mouse, just take a look at the accompanying images. But adding a pair to any old desktop will likely disrupt whatever aesthetic you\u2019ve got going on. A must-have for Razer fans. For everyone else, an acquired taste.\r\n\r\nFinal thoughts: I love the openng words of the instruction booklet: \u201cCongratulations, there is no turning back\u2026\u201d It\u2019s not entirely accurate when considering Australia\u2019s refund laws, but maybe it\u2019s referring the age-old expression once you go Razer you never go back. If that\u2019s what it means, then they're probably right. I\u2019m already looking at Razer\u2019s release schedule to find products to review next.\r\nCheck it out\r\nIn other Razer news, the tech brand partnered with PewDiePie for the Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset. Plus Razer revealed it's wicked smartphone-based Project Linda laptop concept.\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.