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Razer Releases Tiny, Little Portable Speakers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

For those who hate headphones.

Razer, once just a maker of gaming mice, is now making all sorts of things. We needn't remind you of the Switchblade that we saw at CES, but this week Razer unveiled that it's getting into audio too.

While most gamers on the go would probably opt for headphones, Razer has a $60 solution for those who would rather fill the air with audio. It's called the Ferox.

"The Razer Ferox is our sophisticated, modern day boombox for gamers," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "Its sleek and compact structure takes up minimal space but delivers the crystal clear sound quality perfect for gaming on-the-go or for music playback wherever you’re at."

The Razer Ferox features a 360-degree omni-directional design, giving a much wider listening sweet spot than front-facing speakers. One cool thing is that each speaker has a chamber that rises upon a single press to power up.

Given that portable means remote power, the Ferox has 12 hours of rechargeable battery life and comes with a carrying case.

The Ferox is available this month and is priced at $59.99 or €59.99.

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    snoogins , January 27, 2011 7:16 AM
    While the design looks nice, it won't really out-do headphones for gaming on the go.
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    lashabane , January 27, 2011 8:06 AM
    The title seems a bit redundant.
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    amk09 , January 27, 2011 9:23 AM
    I don't like the idea of 360 degree sound...
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2011 10:15 AM
    Until you've heard 360 degree sound don't knock it. Years ago I owned very high end, $4000 Ohm F series speakers and they were awesome. Sounded like I was on a sound stage. I don't know the details of the design, if they are at all similar, I, at least would want to hear them before pronouncing judgment.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 27, 2011 10:26 AM
    No thanks. I've got my old home theater audio system connected to my pc.
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    house70 , January 27, 2011 11:08 AM
    Waiting for some audiophile review... how 'bout that, Tom's?
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    saaiello , January 27, 2011 12:47 PM
    Most likely will be a Failure. I have yet to hear any speaker that is as portable as headphones have great sound. The closest I can think of a small speaker system that sounds pretty good is Bose sound dock for Ipods and Iphones those are pretty amazing for the sound they have but not what I would call portable and an alternative to headphones.
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    noblerabbit , January 27, 2011 1:34 PM
    I will pick up a pair for my Cowon S9 at the beach. The $5 Piezo set I got from the local electronic shop will be set ablaze at the next campfire.
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    PudgyChicken , January 27, 2011 3:19 PM
    Yeah... Why. The entire point of headphones is being able to listen to your music wherever you want without driving the world around you insane. Can you use this on a plane? No. Can you use this in a starbucks? No. All standalone speakers are good for is a stationary, private location. So this is pretty much just a piece of useless junk that nobody will ever buy.
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    zerapio , January 27, 2011 4:14 PM
    Just don't bring these to my LAN parties...
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    zorky9 , January 27, 2011 4:17 PM
    "priced at $59.99 or €59.99"
    Nice appreciation on the green buck there. :D 
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    Antichrist , January 27, 2011 4:55 PM
    lashabaneThe title seems a bit redundant.

    Ha, yeah, tiny AND little?! Maybe it's supposed to say 'tinny,' like you'd expect from small speakers.
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    dark_lord69 , January 27, 2011 5:55 PM
    I work a second job on the weekends and with it being a 12hr shift at a helpdesk things get pretty slow sometimes. This means I have time to watch movies and play games but I can't wear headphones because I need to listen for the phone to ring. The laptop speakers would be fine but the room I sit in is right next to the data center/server room. Those servers create so much abient noise that even though there is a wall seperating me from the servers, the room I'm in is too loud to hear my laptop speakers at max volume (depending on what I'm watching [netflix]). Since this was an issue I just brought in this little portable speaker cube. You just fold out the cube for 2 speakers and a headphone jack (it's sold in stores as portable speakers for iPods and other MP3 players [NOT AN iPOD DOCK]) I just plug that into the headphone jack of my laptop. I can get it pretty loud and I don't have to worry about it running out of battery juice because it runs on wall power (or batteries if I want) I'm pretty sure I won't be spending $60 on this when I already have a portable speaker setup. I'm sure it's safe to assume that the audio isn't that much better, if at all. Also, if I wanted a different one, I would just buy another portable MP3 speaker setup because I'm pretty sure I could pay less than $60.
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    doomtomb , January 27, 2011 6:24 PM
    I bet these sound like crap. Any speakers that run on batteries are a guaranteed fail.
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    husker , January 28, 2011 12:52 AM
    The title makes a big deal about how these speakers are "tiny, little". But looking at the photo you can't tell if the speakers are 8mm tall or 8 feet tall. Plus, the article makes no mention of the size. Kind of an epic fail on reporting on the one feature that makes the article newsworthy in the first place.
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    maddad , January 28, 2011 4:51 AM
    I bet these sound like crap. Any speakers that run on batteries are a guaranteed fail.

    I think Ford, GM and Chrysler said the same thing about cars a few years back!!!
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    Travis Beane , January 28, 2011 5:04 AM
    I personally can't think of any good use for them. Even at home I use headphones.
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    theshonen8899 , January 28, 2011 6:31 AM
    As much as I like Razer (kind of), I'm going to have to poop on them and let anyone who doesn't already know that there are cheaper alternatives of this readily available for $30 on Amazon called X-Minis that have surprisingly good bass.
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    drowned , January 31, 2011 8:18 PM
    I don't really believe in using speakers. I keep a pair of $5 Altec Lansing speakers at my desk (which can get insanely loud), but whenever I actually care about the quality of what I'm listening to, I put on my studio monitor headphones.

    In terms of being on-the-go, speakers are as stupid as walking around with a boombox on your shoulder.