Razer Ferox Review

By on June 9, 2011
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Tiny but mighty indeed.

Good: Small profile, decent mid-range and high notes, nice LED glow, Battery lasts over 11 hours
Bad: Bass is a weak, Requires 3.5mm audio input instead of USB, No in-line volume control
Price: AED 230
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Razer is no stranger to high quality audio equipment, what with the number of high-end stereo and surround headsets over the past years. Their breakthrough hit, the Razer Mako 2.1 THX speakers were one of the best desktop audio speakers at the time, and are still hard pressed to beat till this day.  And now with the new Ferox speakers, Razer has entered the world of mobile speakers with a big bang.

Personally I’m not a fan of portable speakers; time and again they have proven to be just too weak to have any proper significance. I’d rather just put on some earphones if I don’t have a good headset nearby. The bass in such mobile speakers barely exists, and most of the time the sound is either too tinny, or too blown up, resulting in distorted mid-range notes.

What the Ferox promises, and actually delivers, is decent sound through digitally enhanced amps. So I’ll get right into the acoustics of the Ferox: they’re admirable. It’s not great, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. These miniscule speakers don’t pack a punch, per se, but they do provide wholesome sound at all frequencies. Bass is about average, but you literally can’t expect anything significant given their size (70x70x64mm).

Inside each Ferox speaker is a 30mm neodymium magnet driver, coupled with the “Expanded Resonance Chamber” and the omni-directional sound, you end up with an exceptional set of mobile speakers. The aforementioned Expanded Resonance Chamber is basically extending the height of the speakers by pushing down on the top part. While closed, the sound is ever so slightly muffled, but the speakers must be closed in order to fit in the carry pouch.

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