Ridiculous Orb X Gaming Throne by Cooler Master: Orb X, a dome-shaped multi-use station for games, leisure, and work, was recently unveiled by Cooler Master (I suppose). The Orb X, with its oddly orb-shaped, futuristic style and Cooler Master’s hexagonal emblem inscribed on the front, appears to be not intended for individual consumers as it would be quite difficult to fit into any genuine home. That’s probably why there’s no price tag; if you’re interested in Cooler Master’s “high-end experience” technology, such as the haptically enhanced Synk X chair, you can join the waiting list on its website, CMODX.
The Orb X can accommodate up to three 27-inch monitors, or one 34-inch monitor, making it a versatile gaming entertainment workstation. In addition to its ARGB LED lighting strips and 2.1 surround sound speakers, the base and sides are illuminated as well. The lighting supports Cooler Master’s MasterPlus+ software and has eight different lighting settings that may be matched to the music.
About a month ago, Cooler Master displayed the Orb X in a local gaming cafe in Arcadia, California, where I had the opportunity to take a look at it. The concept is as absurd as it sounds, yet the execution manages to be very immersive without being claustrophobic.
With a simple push of a button, you can glide the Orb X’s desk to the side and elevate the top so you can slide in without hitting your head on the 34-inch screen. The desktop then returns to its original position as the desk glides back into place (it does not lock, which is both reasonable from a safety perspective and somewhat annoying for somebody who likes to lean on their desk).
It stands at a height of about 82 inches (209c m), has a width of about 71 inches (180 cm), and a length of about 74 inches (188 cm). The Orb X weighs around 757 pounds (350 kg) (343.5 kg).
It is also sturdy, like a tank, or more precisely, as something meant for widespread distribution rather than private ownership. Although Cooler Master claims that the Orb X’s “ergonomic recliner” allows for “customized comfort” by adjusting the user’s leg rest, headrest, and lumbar support, in practice, it’s not much more comfortable than a moderately reclined lounger in some of the more upscale airports I’ve visited (it’s fine, but it’s no Google Nap pod).
In addition to not having a built-in display, the Orb X also lacks a system. However, the majority of its wiring is already installed, making it simple to connect your own system (and it even has a spot in the back to store your PC, though it looks too small to fit most mid-size towers). A USB hub featuring three USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 connections, two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 connectors, and a headset jack is located next to the right armrest. The chair’s sound system is controlled by a panel on the left side, and there is plenty of storage on both sides for things like accessories, books, food, and whatever else you might need.
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Sadly, the Orb X isn’t the first time we’ve come across a ludicrous gaming throne. In 2018, Acer unveiled the Predator Thronos, a similar monitor stand that can hold up to three 27-inch displays but has a more menacing air about it. Meanwhile, MWE Lab’s Emperor XT is more productivity-focused (I think), and also supports the triple-monitor arrangement. My difficulty,, however, is that I have three 27-inch monitors and an extra-wide 34-inch monitor, so the Orb X actually doesn’t have enough screens for me.
There is now a queue for the Orb X, but neither the cost nor an estimated release date has been announced. It will be available in standard black and white.