I’ve found it. The sci-fi rig setup I need, and dare I say: love. The Acer Predator Thronos is a gaming chair, gaming desk and starship cockpit all rolled into one magnificent battle station. It was unveiled at the 2018 IFA convention in Berlin. Acer describes it as a gaming chair, but it is far more than just a chair.
What the thing is, exactly, is a massive chassis that holds a terribly comfortable seat, an adjustable desk, and a triple monitor mount. From a distance, the Thronos seems like a bulky gimmick with flashy lighting and a spacious frame; but once you get up close and personal with it, the Thronos really comes alive – quite literally.
The left armrest features a sleek control panel that gives you control over a few motorized parts of the Thronos. The seat can be reclined up to 140 degrees and the rest of the chassis will orient itself accordingly. The panel lets you control the gaming keyboard deck, swinging it out to make space; even the overhead monitor-mount arm can be raised to make entering and exiting an elegant undertaking.
The visual direction of the setup aims for a militant-sci-fi-future look. The lighting is mostly subtle, but the overhead arm really stands out. I personally love the light strip that is housed on the underside of the arm. The monitor mount allows for three 27-inch monitors that accept VESA fittings. Although the mount itself doesn’t feature any lighting, it more than makes up for it with its ‘Predator’ charm.
The bucket seat featured on the Thronos is your everyday gamer bucket seat, but with a handful of ease-of-life and comfort upgrades thrown in. The seat is upholstered in leather and the cushions are padded with memory foam. With countless hours of your time expected to be spent in the chair; comfort is layered on pretty heavily. With an ergonomic neck pillow and lumbar support and a soft midsection, Acer turns those long hours into long-but-comfy hours. The chair even kicks out a footrest for you when you recline it!
Gaming chairs with haptic vibration feedback tend to impress me, and the Thronos is no slouch in that quarter. The haptic feedback on the device is particularly stirring with its motor distribution. The chair can read game vibration commands that are designed for gaming controllers and balances the feedback across itself to create an immersive experience that doesn’t take long to acclimate to.
The Thronos is a whole season away from its release and we’ve yet to see a reliable price-tag in the wild. Acer expects a launch towards the end of the year hints that the final product might see changes and improvements in accordance with consumer interests. The Thronos is a fresh take on an otherwise stagnant market and is easily a top contender for that coveted spot in your game room.