GAMES REVIEW: Sky Lounger Boomchair
SO you have £160 burning a hole in your pocket, what accessory would you go for that will last and please the other half, a new monitor perhaps? No.
A gaming keyboard possibly? Again the answer is no, so what does the gamer who wants to move up to the next level get?
Of course a gaming chair that’s what, now you could spend a few quid less and go for a bean bag with speakers in it but we know that at the end of the day it’s a bag full of beans, and you will end up sitting on the floor eventually, usually, at an important part of the game.
So do we buy a rocking game chair instead? To me, I do not find the legless rocking chairs very pleasing on the eye, (and I am sure many partners/spouses will agree) but then if you want something that looks like a chair then you have to pay through the nose for it.
Or do you? Well my friends, the search is over, I have found a high end chair for a mid-range price and it’s going to revolutionise the way we look at gaming chairs in the future.
Lumisource (a company based in the United States), have developed The Sky Lounger Boomchair which is only available through www.boysstuff.co.uk and is going to revolutionise the way we look at gaming chairs.
The first thing I noticed on arrival is the size of the thing – this is a proper chair, really solid and well-built and looks great in the living room. The design is very modern and pleasing on the eye, at first glance it doesn’t look like a gaming chair. The black and chrome give it a sexy yet classy look, after about 10 minutes putting it together – there is not much assembly needed, just fitting the arm rests and unwrapping it.
I plugged it into my XBOX 360 and fired it up and the experience began.
The metal frame and chrome rockers on the Sky Lounger allow the gamer to rock back and forth with ease and the lumbar support is second to none, I did find the head rest took a while to get used to but, once I had found the right height, it did the job admirably.
Now I have always thought ‘what is the point of having speakers in a chair? I have a perfectly good surround sound system already’.
The answer is that the experience is even more personal, I really could hear more through the Sky Lounger, and the vibration of the sub-woofer creates a whole new experience
The two to three inch speakers mounted on either side of the head rest, and the four inch sub-woofer mounted underneath the seat, literally blew me away, It surrounds you in a cocoon of sound which certainly makes for a more immediate gaming experience, with the addition of a USB slot on the control panel charging up a controller or an mp3 player is so much easier.
There are adjustable volume and bass/treble controls as well, and the sound is pretty full on. Unfortunately I would not like to be in a room below it when it’s at full power as it is pretty loud.
The only minor problem with this chair is the lead for plugging it into a console – it is not very long. The other alternative is to buy the wireless kit which is an extra £25 or just get a longer lead instead, to be honest for the price £159.95 (28/12/2011) it would have been nice to have the wireless kit bundled with it.
There are shed loads of gaming chairs out there at the moment, unfortunately I have not tried all of them so I cannot really compare this with any other in the same price range, but it is unique and very stylish, and that’s what attracted me to it.
The extension lead could be longer and either the wireless kit could be bundled with it or maybe built in for future models, as this is the only thing I found that lets it down.
The Sky Lounger Boomchair is a great looking chair, well made and with a great sound system. Will it hold up against other chairs? We will find out in the future, personally I like this chair because it performs well, looks good and is reasonably priced.
It certainly sets a new benchmark in the gaming chair market.
Review by Dayvid Ryan
Supplied by www.boysstuff.co.uk