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Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Razer Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System
  • Mako Multimedia Speaker System (2.1-channel - 300W RMS)


Our Score:


When it comes to speaker systems for PCs, I'm in full agreement with Riyad - surround-sound set-ups are, for the most part, completely pointless. Unless said PC is in fact a media centre sited in a lounge and also hooked up to a TV, there really is no need for a 7.1-channel sound system. Rather, the money which would be spent on such a set of speakers would be better off invested in a good 2.1-channel system. It's a simple case of quality over quantity.

Last year, Creative's Gigaworks T3 speakers proved just how true that is, offering, for the pretty reasonable £160-odd asking price, not only great design but also, most importantly, fantastic sound quality. PC accessory stalwart Razer isn't prepared to let Creative rest on its laurels, though, and is ready to compete with its Mako 2.1-channel speaker system.

Razer's past performance in the audio arena might not garner expectations of greatness from its Mako speakers; the Piranha gaming headset, for example, ended up making a mediocre showing for itself. However, certification from THX and that party's collaboration on the design of the Makos should help assuage any doubters. On balance, then, we should rightly expect the Makos to make an impression.

Out of the box, they certainly do so. Both the sub-woofer, which also packs the system's bi-amp circuitry, and satellites have a button mushroom shape to them which is a refreshing change from the norm. The solid-feeling metal construction and matt black finish only goes to enhance the appearance and the imposing size (and weight) of the sub gives a reassuring air of quality to the whole arrangement.

At the back of the sub woofer-cum-amplifier sit the 'line 1' 3.5mm input, 'line 2' RCA input, power jack and switch, RJ-45 connectors (as needed for the Cat 5 cables for the left and right satellite speakers), together with an input for the wired remote connector.

Speaking of which, the remote is the one area where the Mako's design team hasn't done so well. The offering of power, volume and bass output level adjustment, a mute control and input selection, not to mention headphone and line-in jacks, is all well and good, but the use of touch-sensitive controls means that in practice the remote is simply horrible to use. Unlike the Creative T3 remote which has a wonderful tactile feel to it, making fine adjustment a breeze, trying to adjust the volume on the Makos with any degree of precision is an exercise in futility and a recipe for extreme frustration.


January 8, 2009, 11:24 pm

Quote: 'surround-sound set-ups are, for the most part, completely pointless.'

I can see where you're coming from - I don't play DVDs on my PC, I've got a TV setup for that. However, wouldn't you agree that surround setups are useful for games? I've had a 4 channel setup for years and I've found it to be quite advantageous under certain circumstances. Left 4 Dead is a good example; I can accurately pinpoint boss infected from the unique sounds they make. I'll freely admit that positioning 2 extra speakers behind you isn't an option for many people. Most rooms aren't the right shape for that to be practical. But if you can, why wouldn't you? I'd happily pay a premium for a really decent >=4 channel system along these lines.


January 9, 2009, 12:00 am

'surround-sound set-ups are, for the most part, completely pointless.'

Maybe for end users but for pro gamers 2.1 setups are completely pointless.

I would love to buy this speaker system only if it came in 5.1 setup.


January 10, 2009, 3:40 am

I would agree here.

The system sounds epic (no pun intended but oh dear non the less) but I think anyone even remotely into games couldn't substitute the edge that 5.1 gives you.

Have to say given razers background its surprising that they have only done this in a 2,1 system.


January 2, 2013, 3:12 pm

We had one of these in the office and the quality of the sound was brilliant!

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