Cooler Master Synk X is a Gaming Chair With Cross-Platform Haptics

Cooler Master Synk X
(Image credit: Cooler Master)

Cooler Master, maker of some of our favorite components (opens in new tab) and peripherals (opens in new tab), has announced a gaming chair with an MSRP of $1299 that contains more electronics than is usual in soft furnishings. Seemingly some sort of giant, posterior-supporting subwoofer, the Synk X chair converts “sound waves into vibrations” to provide “real time tactile experiences” according to the announcement text.

The haptic seat looks like any other office or gaming chair, apart from a rather bulkier than usual seating area, partly for the two-stage retractable leg-rest, but also to house further tactile experiences. There's also a control panel, replete with vibration level and headphone volume controls, plus battery status lights, built into the side of the frame behind the armrest where it can be reached but not easily seen.

There's an aux-in socket there too, allowing the chair to be connected to wired audio equipment rather than just by Bluetooth, or what appears to be the 5.8G system used by wireless guitar hookups. The range of inputs does mean the chair is cross-platform, so if you’re in the habit of sitting in front of the TV or listening to music while in your gaming chair, rather than just reclining at your RGB-equipped gaming desk (opens in new tab), it will wobble you as effectively there as it will while playing Call Of Duty or Stardew Valley.

The battery status lights bring another potential problem to the fore: this is a chair that needs to be charged. Cooler Master claims a battery life of eight hours of continuous use, which drops to four if you’re using the “intense bass effects.” And why wouldn't you if you've paid for an expensive chair designed to do this? The chair then takes six hours to charge, during which time you'll need to wheel it over to the nearest power outlet on its five roller-tipped legs.

Cooler Master says the chair is capable of vibrating a 300lb (135kg) person at an angle of 135 degrees. Its steel and wood frame is covered in high-density memory foam, and it is available in black and gray breathable fabrics, rather than chintz or a tasteful taffeta. The Synk X does not yet have a firm (or soft) release date, but you can sign up for release notifications on the product page (opens in new tab).

Ian Evenden
Freelance News Writer

Ian Evenden is a UK-based news writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He’ll write about anything, but stories about Raspberry Pi and DIY robots seem to find their way to him.

  • wifiburger
    right... as if those chairs aren't already priced crazy high, add electronics / more features; no thanks
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  • husker
    My advice for a gaming chair:
    1) Go to the bargain section of a furniture store and find a high quality recliner with some cosmetic damage that won't affect the comfort or function.
    2a) Use a wireless keyboard and mouse on a swivel tabletop that can swivel over your lap.
    2b) Instead of table top, use a laptop keyboard and mount a flat surface over the armrest for your mousepad (my preferred method).
    3)Mount monitor onto arm mount that can swing out in front of you while you are in the chair, and swing away from you (presumably over a desk or table) when not needed.
    4)Get in chair and tilt back for comfort and swing/tilt monitor in front of you.

    Best gaming experience ever, Kinda like the "Floaty chairs from the movie Wall*E" Optional snack table opposite to side the monitor swings from.
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  • petot0149
    husker said:
    My advice for a gaming chair:
    1) Go to the bargain section of a furniture store and find a high quality recliner with some cosmetic damage that won't affect the comfort or function.
    2a) Use a wireless keyboard and mouse on a swivel tabletop that can swivel over your lap.
    2b) Instead of table top, use a laptop keyboard and mount a flat surface over the armrest for your mousepad (my preferred method).
    3)Mount monitor onto arm mount that can swing out in front of you while you are in the chair, and swing away from you (presumably over a desk or table) when not needed.
    4)Get in chair and tilt back for comfort and swing/tilt monitor in front of you.

    Best gaming experience ever, Kinda like the "Floaty chairs from the movie Wall*E" Optional snack table opposite to side the monitor swings from.

    Nah fam I'm good, I prefer standing
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  • HWOC
    husker said:
    My advice for a gaming chair:
    ----------
    Best gaming experience ever, Kinda like the "Floaty chairs from the movie Wall*E" Optional snack table opposite to side the monitor swings from.

    Not bad, but it would get a bit tricky with triple monitors. :-) Doable, but tricky. I can't give up my triples until there is a single ultra-wide curved 70" monitor that would give me similar image area to 3 x 27" screens. :LOL:

    As for the Cooler Master chair, sounds like it could be nice. Price is surely going to be well north of 500 buckaroos though.
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  • Mandark
    Who are the people this is aimed at? Six figure income types? All of these chairs are horrible in any case.
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