Of all the things that get taken for granted in a gamer’s essential arsenal, it’s probably the gaming chair that bears the most brunt.
Gamers won’t hesitate to buy the best gaming keyboard, the best gaming mouse, or the best gaming desk, but gaming chairs usually take the last spot in terms of priority.
This is especially true for non-serious gamers. Seriously, how many casual gamers do you know who are still using a regular old chair, or perhaps even an office chair, when gaming? Exactly.
For this article, we’ll be reviewing the X-Rocker 5109201 Extreme III 2.0 Gaming Chair. Price-wise, this gaming chair is somewhere in the middle, at almost $250. The question is, is it worth it?
The product description for the X-Rocker 5109201 Extreme III 2.0 Gaming Chair, also known as the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair, or just the X-Rocker Spider for short, opens up with, “Welcome to the world of interactive audio.”
And interactive it is, with all the features packed into this $$ gaming chair. It claims to not only allow its users to hear music but also to feel the music.
Its promise is to make us “part of the excitement”, whether we’re listening to music, watching a movie, or playing a game.
Big promises, right? Let’s see if it can actually keep its promises or if it’s all talk.
X-Rocker 5109201 Extreme III 2.0 Gaming Chair In Detail
The X Rocker Spider Pedestal Chair was build with the gamer in mind, complete with all the necessities and little extras needed for a good hour – or eight – of gaming.
It comes with two speakers, a subwoofer, and a built-in radio wireless receiver to boot. It’s also compatible with all sorts of consoles and home devices, such as PlayStation, PSP, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox, among others.
As mentioned in its product description, it’s touted to be “great for playing video games, listening to music, watching TV, reading, and relaxing.”
The X Rocker Spider gaming chair is jam-packed with all kinds of features. You’re definitely getting the bang for your buck with this choice.
Audiophiles won’t be disappointed as the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair is filled with audio-enhancing options.
Like we said above, this gaming chair comes with two speakers and a subwoofer, using Audio Force Modulation Technology for a total 2.1 sound immersion experience.
The included wireless transmitter works with any source that uses RCA outputs. If you don’t have an RCA cable on hand though, no problem, as this gaming chair already got your covered with its included cables.
There are also embedded vibration motors that sync with the bass tones to “enhance your full body experience.” This means that the chair actually vibrates as you play the game. Total WOW factor right there.
This gaming chair also boasts of its ergonomic elevated seating position, its padded flip-up arms, and pedestal that can both tilt and swivel to your heart’s desire. The padded armrests will save your tired arms after a long session of gaming, that’s for sure.
But then again, you won’t have any problem staying in this chair for long if need be, thanks to its comfy cushioning.
Your movements won’t be limited either, and we can say that the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair gives a pretty good degree of mobility to gamers. Talk about a super comfortable way to play!
When it comes to building quality, the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair is pretty superb.
Size-wise, it’s fairly average, though it is a little higher than most. True to its name, the ‘Pedestal’ gaming chair sits higher off the floor than other gaming chairs, which is helpful if you’re not too tall.
It does need to be assembled before it can be used, but the setup is rather easy and you don’t really need any special tools you don’t already have to get it done. The chair itself weighs 18.3 pounds and has a weight capacity of roughly 250 pounds.
Like we said in the previous sections, this gaming chair can tilt and swivel, though it doesn’t fully recline. One of the problems that we’ve observed in most chairs with this capability is that this part is one of the first to break down in the long run, but the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair seems to be stable enough to provide enough support.
More than that, it actually looks really nice! This chair’s comfy backrest has a red stripe running in the middle, giving it that ‘oomph’ factor. When it comes to the looks department, it has a lot more going for it than the average gaming chair, especially at its price point. Honestly, its build quality and design could rival even those of the more expensive gaming chairs in the market.
To be completely honest, there aren’t a lot of drawbacks with the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair.
If anything, it’s the fact that this gaming chair is hardly customizable and one size is meant to fit all which, according to past experiences, rarely fares well for these kinds of products.
We found the whole chair pretty comfortable even for long periods of time, but the armrest part is kind of a hit or miss. The armrests are quite low if you’re a bit above average in height, which is around 5’9” based on our tests.
This makes it rather uncomfortable for those who, rather, unfortunately, in this case, is a little taller than average. Such a shame, considering that the padded rest actually feel really nice.
Another small gripe is the RCA output, as not all devices have RCA compatibility now. If you have a console that doesn’t support RCA, for example, then you’re out of luck as the X Rocker Pedestal doesn’t come with a cable for that.
You’ll have to buy separate adapters for that, so the more gadgets you want to connect here that doesn’t support RCA, the more adapters you’ll have to buy.
But that’s honestly just us picking at small things. Other than the too low armrests, which not even everyone can relate to, we’ve got no other real complaints. All good here, X-Rocker!
The X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair is a decent choice for a gaming chair, especially if you’re looking for something less than $250. We really loved how it looked and felt and would definitely consider using this for an extended gaming session.
Plus, the vibrations made each experience pretty special, which is really good when you’re looking for chairs within this price range. So is the X Rocker Spider Pedestal gaming chair worth it?
If you want a good, durable, and nice-looking gaming chair under $200, then you bet! But only if you’re not above 5’9”, or if you don’t mind low armrests.