What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Tue, 28 Oct 2008, 12:00pm

Razer Mako 2.1

Tested at £260
80100
4

A well-priced, entertaining system that'll be a great addition to a study or games room

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For

  • Quirky looks
  • good integration
  • snappy, lively sound

Against

  • Bass lacks weight
  • treble errs on the edgy side
  • unintuitive control '
  • pod'

We know what you're thinking – why are Christmas puddings suddenly appearing on whathifi.com? Look again people, for this dessert-esque package is actually a funky 2.1 speaker system from Razer, purveyors of numerous PC peripherals.

It's no tin-pot 2.1 package either – the Mako is in fact THX-certified (note the 'THX' branding on the front of the satellite speakers and subwoofer) and uses the company's unique 'Ground Plane' and 'Slot Speaker' technologies to help promote wider sound dispersion that doesn't depend on speaker placement.

The speakers are bi-amplified and downward firing, as is the subwoofer. The subwoofer hosts a set of RCA phono inputs and a 3.5mm line input and the complete system has a total power output of 300W.

With the Mako 2.1 comes a wired remote control 'pod.' It's a chunky circular disc with headphone and line inputs plus touch sensitive buttons for power, switching between inputs and altering bass levels.

Remote pod not as responsive as we'd like
Sweeping your finger along the left hand edge alters volume. It's a neat idea, but the 'pod' isn't quite as responsive as we'd like. You're left frustrated by its refusal to acknowledge your prodding and a gentle poke frequently turns into a violent one.

But, 'pod' aside, the Mako 2.1 is pleasantly surprising. The satellites and subwoofer integrate well. There's a fine spread of sound which makes the system's ability to sound clear and detailed all the more impressive.

Kings Of Leon's Sex On Fire bounds along with verve and vigour. This all makes for a thoroughly invigorating sound.

But the system isn't without some sonic niggles. Treble isn't the most refined you'll ever hear and there is room for greater solidity and oomph in the lower frequencies.

Having said that, if you want an eye-catching desktop system for your PC, games console or MP3 player, then the Mako 2.1 offers good value for money. It just needs a bit more polish to achieve the full five stars.

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