The Razer Mako sound system is easy to install and easy to use. Simply position the speakers on your desk, connect them to the subwoofer, connect the control pod, and then connect it to your computer (or other audio device, such as an MP3), plug in the power and turn it on.
The best place for the speakers and subwoofer is on your desk. I found that the placing the subwoofer on the carpet floor dampens a lot of the bass produced from the subwoofer. Typically desktop sound systems are designed so that you can place the subwoofer on the floor, but Razer and THX designed it mainly for sound distribution over a desktop surface. The bass is only sub-par when placed on carpet so if you're looking for maximum bass try and make room for the subwoofer on your desk.
The sound quality of the Mako was phenomenal in almost all aspects. I tested the system in movies, games, bass tests, and of course listening to music. It performed at top notch in all aspects and almost seemed like a 5.1 surround system coming from only a 2.1 system. The sound was distributed evenly through the entire room. I placed myself in various parts of the room and still was able to hear the same sound and volume in every position of the room, even behind the speakers.
Adjusting the sound levels wasn't as nice as listening to them. I was a little disappointed with the touch sensitive system on the control pod because of the lack of response. Adjusting levels of sound was hard to get exactly what you wanted because the sound levels would either go above or below what you wanted because the touch sensitive system didn't seem to reply as accurately as a finger touch. What I also didn't like about the control pod was the ability to shut the system off. There was no power switch on it, but rather you had to hold the center Razer logo down for 3-5 seconds before the system would turn off.
Even though the control pod wasn't as touch sensitive as we could hope it still provided the ability to adjust your volume, bass across the different input lines.