Cooler Masters Orb X Gaming Pod is futuristic and absurd

I like to think I have a pretty nice dual monitor PC setup, but turns out I’ve been working and playing like one the whole time plebeians. At least that’s what Cooler Master’s new Orb X gaming chair/chassis/throne gives me. It’s completely ridiculous, but I still can’t promise I won’t want one to replace my desktop setup.

Part mechanized chair, part PC battlestation, the Orb X offers support for a 34-inch display or up to three of the best 27-inch monitors, and also features built-in 2.1 surround-sound speakers. The chair is an “ergonomic recliner” equipped with an adjustable headrest, lumbar support and footrest. There’s even a hidden compartment for your PC or console.

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Cooler Master describes the Orb X as a place “where luxury meets technology”. Its “sleek, semi-enclosed desk area is housed in a fully automated, motorized shuttle dome to ensure excellent privacy.” That last part leaves me a little skeptical, as the vibrant RGB lighting and sheer weirdness of the design is probably an absolute must magnet for curious Caucasians. If you’re looking for a privacy-friendly workstation, this probably isn’t it.

There’s also an “automatic shuttle dome,” which basically means the device’s roof can move up and down at the touch of a button, making access easier. You can also control the dome roof, as well as the angle and ergonomics of the chair while seated in the Orb X, thanks to the included directional pad.

The large desk includes an integrated wireless charging pad for phones and other accessories, though Cooler Master doesn’t say what power it offers. Aside from the directional pad mentioned above, there’s also a control panel for connecting your peripherals, with four USB-A slots, two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. And most importantly, there is also a drink holder. Cooler Master doesn’t specifically say the cup holder is futuristic or gadget-infused, but at this point it’s safer to just assume it is.

Cooler Master’s promotional video makes it clear that the Orb X is probably not intended for the average person. The device is set in an office and, oddly enough, in a high-end bar, while a host of beautiful superhumans video conference and sip expensive-looking drinks in their immaculate suits while pretending to work in a gigantic computer throne of The Future Is the most normal thing in the world. Cooler Master didn’t mention prices, but we’re assuming you can’t afford it if you must ask.

The Orb X will be available in Arctic White and Universe Black. You can register your interest on Cooler Master’s dedicated waiting list if you’re so inclined. There’s no release date yet, so we’ll have to see when Cooler Master releases more information.

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