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.

The Ferox are portable speakers, so a carry pouch is not a surprise, neither is the fact that they are charged via USB. Each Ferox speaker has a mini-USB port at the bottom which combines into one normal USB plug. Sadly the speakers are only powered by the USB, the actual audio connection happens through a 3.5mm jack that’s attached with the USB cable. Once plugged in, the extra cables are not a big deal, but I would have preferred a single USB connection.

The blue LEDs at the bottom may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I appreciate the slight glow they give off. Considering that these are LEDs, they shouldn’t affect the battery life in any significant way, which is why I’m happy to report the Ferox can go up to 11.5 hours on one charge, just under Razer’s 12 hour claim. Keep in mind that the Ferox don’t come with their own volume control, so adjusting the volume to very loud or very low doesn’t affect battery life much.

Sound, even at the highest levels doesn’t break; there is some slight distortion, but nothing that will take away from the experience. Music and games sound great, but movies don’t sound as good as I was expecting it to be since bass is lacking. Of course, a lot depends on your source as well: crappy encoded audio will sound muffled and distorted. Otherwise the Razer Ferox sound clear in mid-range and high notes.

All in all the Ferox are great speakers to have if you travel a lot, need decent audio, and don’t want to be burdened with head/earphones for a prolonged period. Outside of gaming, they are also great to listen to music, and good enough. If you’re looking to replace your laptop speakers, or have a desktop without speakers (because you primarily game on your headset), then the Razer Ferox are an easy and worthwhile purchase.

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