Hands-On with Acer’s Thronos Air, a Gaming Massage Chair

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Acer’s back with its newest gaming battlestation, a slightly cheaper version of its Predator Thronos gaming chair called the Thronos Air. The new chair will cost $13,999 and will be available in Q4 of this year. I went hands-on with the device here at IFA in Berlin.

What you lose for that price is the tilt function, though much of the rest of the original Thronos remains. It’s a big steel obelisk with a monitor arm, a chair and a desk, all of which sort of looks like a cockpit. You open the side door and sit in what looks like a regular office char. But really, it's a gaming massage chair. As I played a demo, it gave me a nice massage rotating between my shoulders, upper and lower back, which I really needed after a few busy days of travel.

The massage balls. (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

The chair can be adjusted to 130 degrees inside its cabin. To do this, you have to pull on a lever on the side, like any other gaming chair. To move the monitors (I had one very large one instead of three), you pull on a lever on the monitor arms. All of the impressive hydraulics that made the original Thronos incredible are gone here, but it's understandable to get the price down.

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The Thronos Air can support three monitors and has a desk with a keyboard and mouse tray. This doesn’t come with the gaming PC, though; there’s a platform for the gaming rig behind the chair with a built-in cable management systems. If you want a cup holder, camera, seat stabilizer or USB hub, you’ll have to pay a bit extra for upgrades.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social.

  • Ninjawithagun
    Yet another gaming product that 99.9999999% of the gaming community can't afford to buy. Sad.
  • husker
    ...or just by a top of the line massage chair and pocket the other $11,000.