When looking at Cooler Master’s Orb X GamePod that even though they describe the chair as a “fully immersive multi-purpose semi-enclosed workstation” for both gamers and professional computer users, Who needs a desk when you can game or work from a futuristic pod?
They are actually targeting the gamer market more than they are the office cubicle dweller. Could you use the Orb X as a workstation? Sure. But everything about this egg-shaped chair screams marathon sessions of your favorite video game.
Egg-Shaped Orb X
The Orb X has the beginnings of an egg-like profile with a curved back and an umbrella-like top that follows the save contours. The user sits inside of the concavity, where privacy is ensured by the shape of the workstation. A wrap-around desk provides a platform for your keyboard and other gear. The chair can support up to three 27-inch monitors or opt for a single 49-inch monitor. Surround sound speakers are built into the workstation to provide 2.1 immersive sound. Combining the screens and speakers, you get a visual and audio experience that creates a more realistic sensation.
The chair has an ergonomic design and features six ways to adjust the headrest and the lumbar support. The GamePod doesn’t come with a computer, but it does have a hidden compartment with a built-in sliding tray where you can install your own machine. The chairs also features automation that makes it even more effective. With the touch of a button, the umbrella—Cooler Master actually calls it a “shuttle dome”—lowers in front of the user to provide even more privacy. It also comes with programmable LED lighting.
Cooler Master has black and white designs available for you to choose from. They haven’t shared any pricing or availability dates yet, so resolving the question of whom this station is really for—the gamer or the professional computer user—will have to wait.
If the thought of sitting at a desk to work or play games holds no excitement, Cooler Master has an alternative for you. It’s called the Orb X, and it’s a motorized, semi-enclosed cockpit that offers a private space while also making it look like you arrived from the future.
Cooler Master describes the Orb X as a multi-purpose workstation, but one look at it and you think “gaming.” The upper dome section is motorized and rotates up and down to allow easy access to the pod. The ergonomic reclining seat offers six-way lumbar adjustment and a headrest, and speakers are integrated offering 2.1 surround sound. The screen mounts on the upper dome allow for up to three 27-inch displays or one 49-inch ultrawide (and ideally curved) display.
A compartment on the back of the pod behind the seat hides a sliding tray where you can position either your gaming rig or games console, or why not both? By doing this, Cooler Master allows all the cables to be hidden away but also keeps noise to a minimum. We have to hope the design team also thought very carefully about ventilation.
The included ergonomic chair is fully adjustable, offering six ways to calibrate the seat to the user’s liking, including the lumbar and headrest. On the back of the gaming pod, users will find a hidden compartment to hide the system or console, offering a clean aesthetic. Additionally, it features a 2.1ch immersive sound system.
The Orb X will be available in white and black finishes complete with integrated lighting, but no price or release date has been announced yet. It certainly won’t be cheap and there’s likely to be quite a high delivery charge based on just how large and heavy this pod is going to be