Mako

Review

posted 4/10/2008 by Dan Keener
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Usually when people hear the names THX and Razer, their thoughts turn to movie soundtracks, audio certification and high-quality PC gaming accessories. But what would happen if the two were to get together and develop a product? What kind of product would it be? What would it look like? What kind of quality would it have?

Mako

Well, the companies did combine on a joint venture and the product it spawned was the Razer Mako 2.1 multimedia system. And as one would expect, it includes cutting-edge audio technology, sleek styling and high-end performance.


The Specs

Model Razer Mako 2.1
MSRP $399
Total Watts 300W RMS (50W Satellite, 200W Sub)
Freuency Range 25-20,000Hz (+/-2.5dB 40-18,000Hz)
Control Pod Touchpad
Inputs 3.5mm minijack, RCA
Outputs 3.5 mm Headphone minijack
Weight (lbs) 10.8

Out of the Box
When the lid pops open, it is easy to see how well the unit is protected in its box. Not only are the sub and satellites encased in foam, but all three are protected in soft foam bags as well. All the accessories and cables were individually bound and bagged, and the power cable had a protective cap on the tips of the prongs. The remainder of the box contents (in addition to the sub and satellites) include twin Cat-5 cables, the Control Pod, Power Cord, 3.5mm line level cable, Manual, Introduction Booklet and a pair of Razer logo stickers.


Aesthetics
Let me say that the Razer Mako is simply pleasing to the eye. The black matte finish and the spherical design create unobtrusive lines and almost instill a sense of calmness, until it roars to life when it kicks on. The Razer logo is stamped into the top of the sub and each satellite, which is some of the only markings you will find on the visible portions of the unit. The speaker wire is a touch bulkier than normally found on a unit this size, but can easily be hidden.


Command Center
Let me start off by saying that the control pod for the Razer Mako is by far and away the most cool command center I have used on any desktop speaker package. It is 100% touch sensitive, and allows for control of several functions with the gliding touch of a finger. Toss in another line level input, back-lit display and amplified headphone jack, and it is sleek, sexy and very functional.

There is a small learning curve that accompanies a touch-sensitive control, which essentially amounts to taking the time to read the manual. The touch-sensitive portions of the pod are limited to certain areas (seen in illustrations), and if your finger misses them, the response of the pod can be affected.

The level meter uses a blue and red illuminated scale that will display either the system volume or bass level depending on which touch area has been is selected. This meter on the outer edge of the Control Pod also doubles as the touch area where volume and bass are either increased or decreased by moving up and down the scale. Normal operating levels are represented by blue, and the upper level of volume or bass are reached when the red bars are lit. The other touch functions include Line 1 (3.5mm), Line 2 (RCA), mute and a power button. The power button is dead center on the pod, right under the Razer logo. It takes a couple of tries to get the hang of getting the functions to operate, but once you do it responds better than a laptop touchpad.
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