Although the $60 Razer Ferox Mobile Gaming Speakers can connect to any audio device with a 3.5-millimeter audio jack, the sonic quality is more on par with the LaCie USB Speakers. Both speaker sets feature an attractive physical design, but unfortunately they're also both better seen than heard. Razer gets extra points for its rechargeable battery, but overall we prefer the features and amplification you get with the Creative D100 wireless boom box. The D100 costs $20 more than the Razer Ferox, but you'll be much more satisfied with the sound quality and cable-free Bluetooth connectivity.
Design and features
The Ferox features two satellite speakers joined by a cable wrapped in nylon for extra protection on the go, and you also get the necessary connectors to recharge the battery (USB) and play music from an audio source (3.5mm jack).
We don't doubt that plenty of time went into designing the look of the Razer Ferox speakers. The pyramidal domes purposely omit a physical power button in favor of an expanding top section that, when expanded, reveals a mesh "resonance" chamber that protects the dual vertical-facing 30mm drivers inside. The marketing jargon on the box claims that the thin slice of metal above the speakers serves to reflect acoustic waves without losing energy and leads to more intense, "omnidirectional" sound. Razer is a gaming company and markets these as gaming speakers, although there's nothing about them that specifically benefits game audio; we'll address the efficacy of its design shortly.
Once you plug the Ferox's USB port into a computer and allow the speakers to fully charge, Razer tells us you'll get approximately 12 hours of play time before you run out of juice. The bottoms of the satellite speakers pulse with a faint blue light to indicate the charging status, and we should note that each speaker is capable of stereo sound on its own without its sibling.
After the speakers are fully charged, you can release them from the computer and listen to your music on the go by plugging the cable into an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other audio device with a 3.5mm input jack. We don't doubt the durability of the braided cord and we appreciate the ballistic nylon carrying case Razer includes with the hardware, but the act of plugging in a music player feels inelegant compared with a Bluetooth wireless option like the Creative D100.