Cooler Master’s massive workstation pod is an extravagant alternative to desks


When is an office or gaming chair more than just a seat? When it’s a full mechanical pod equipped with monitors, wireless charging, USB ports and more RGB LEDs than our personal best (zero).

Starting today, Cooler Master is letting people sign up for its Orb X “multipurpose station” waiting list. Waitlist registration is still a stone’s throw away from pre-orders or even a release date for the chair that Cooler Master first started teasing in 2021. However, it shows that Cooler Master is still serious about releasing its workstation pod , which looks like it’s been plucked from a science-fiction movie before going down a gamer’s lair.

But Cooler Master doesn’t just limit the Orb X’s potential reach to gamers. The announcement today claims it designed the pod “for gamers and professionals” and that its insulating, spherical design can help people “stay productive.”

The workstation has a lot of technology that is used in many people’s office setups today. There’s support for a 34-inch monitor or three 27-inch monitors, and space to connect a laptop or console, depending on how you prefer to work or play.

There is also a USB hub with four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports, including one with 60W power delivery. The dedicated area for a keyboard and mouse is covered with a cloth mouse pad, plus a wireless charging area.

A far cry from the privacy cubicle of your average office.
Enlarge / A far cry from the privacy cubicle of your average office.

Cooler Master claims a surround sound experience in the battle station, with an audio system featuring two 2-inch tweeters, a 5-inch woofer and two 2-inch speakers.

Oh, and there’s a chair in that pod! It’s a leather one that reclines and has an adjustable headrest, plus, perhaps most exciting of all, a leg rest.

Despite being one of the flashiest seats in history, Cooler Master says the Orb X is about enabling a “private environment.” The Orb X, as Cooler Master describes it, has a “fully automated motorized shuttle dome, keeping users away from distractions and enabling uninterrupted privacy mode.”

But while the person in the cockpit may tune the world, those on the outside will certainly take note of the workstation. Cooler Master claims its “sleek and futuristic look…will suit any occasion, such as business, entertainment or gaming setups.” But something tells us it stands out wherever you put it.

But to help your imagination, Cooler Master shared an image of the thing in an office – as stealthy as it gets.

Nothing to see here.
Enlarge / Nothing to see here.

And if the chair isn’t unique enough for you, there’s RGB to help your 74.1 × 74.3 × 82.2-inch, 757.3-pound throne attract more attention.

Making it increasingly likely that this will be out of reach for most people, when Cooler Master first teased its productivity pod, it told Tom’s Hardware it would “probably” be $12,000 to $14,000; however, there is no update on the final pricing.

With these potential prices, sizes, and specs, the productivity pod/giant gamer could end up in malls, storefronts, arcades, and trade shows.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be Bruce Wayne-esque individuals vying for the throne for individual use. And there are other vendors already playing in this space. While similarly decked-out battle stations, such as Acer’s Predator Thronos and Predator Thronos Air, aren’t exactly on the shelves, offerings like MWE Lab’s Emperor seats have been around since 2007, with prices reaching $50,000 in 2013.

None of MWE Lab’s current offerings have a pod that surrounds you for work or gameplay, but the company offers multi-monitor support connected to a lounger. For example, the three-monitor ePod costs $3,575, while the round (but not spherical) Emperor XT that supports three monitors has an MSRP of $5,645.

Frame image by Cooler Master

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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