Hollywood Jesus

Jun 16, 2008

Ann Tancio


Sumo Urban Lounge Gear
Best Gaming Seat In The House?

Depending on the setup of your living room, one of the biggest challenges for gamers is finding the perfect spot to play games from. For instance, my sofa is a little too far away form the TV for optimal gaming, and so I have to sit closer. To do that, I either have to sit on the floor (uncomfortable), sit on a dining room chair (better but sill uncomfortable), or sit in a gaming rocker (which is pretty good, but can get uncomfortable). When Sumo Urban Lounge Gear approached me about using one of their beanbag-like products as a solution for a gaming seat, I admit I was skeptical. I didn’t see how something which basically looked like a giant pillow could provide a solution for comfortable gaming. Well, my opinion on that has changed.

Although it’s called the Omni Chair, I still think of it as giant pillow because that’s what it looks like to me. Granted, this pillow is made from some sort of high-tech, rip-proof nylon and is filled with a special kind of “sumo beads,” but I still think of it as a pillow. However, this pillow is a little more versatile than the average pillow. At first, I tried to use it like a regular pillow, but that really didn’t prove to be all that comfortable for gaming. A quick peek at Sumo’s website, however, inspired me with some ideas. You see, the Omni Chair is more than just a pillow; it’s more of a space-age chair that morphs into whatever shape you have need of. I most commonly put the Omni on its side, with the seams facing the floor and the ceiling and sit in it that way. When I do so, it envelopes my body and provides not only something firm but comfortable to sit on, but also provides comfort for my back. Depending on whether I want to sit more upright or recline, I can get the Omni Chair to support whatever position I like.

One advantage to playing games while sitting on a giant pillow as opposed to sitting on a gaming rocker is that you don’t get nearly as sore. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are plenty of game rockers out there that are pretty comfortable. if you can afford the price. However, I’ve found that my body was much less sore in the Omni Chair after an extended time of gaming than it was in my gaming chair. I’d have to say this is due to the fact that although you pretty much sink right in to the Omni chair, whatever the special “sumo beads” are made of, they provide enough support for my body that it just doesn’t feel all that sore after some quality gaming time in the pillow.

There are some drawbacks to the Omni Chair. For one, it’s pretty huge. It measures four and a half feet by five and a half feet. That’s when it’s all spread out; you can get it to squish to a slightly smaller size. Still, its size does make storage an issue, especially if you have a smaller living room like mine. A gaming rocker is a bit more compact, and a lot less conspicuous in a living room. It’s hard to miss a gigantic pillow sitting around. Fortunately, the Omni Chair doesn’t weigh too much, so you can pick it up easily and put it some where else; and depending on your decor, you can get it in a color to match the rest of your living room and give it a cool vibe if you have a nice corner to keep it in. Also, keep in mind that this is essentially a glorified beanbag you are sitting in, so don’t expect game amenities like cup holders or speakers. If you have a good sound system, having speakers on your chair is rather redundant, but if you’re a high-tech gadget gamer, the Omni is a low tech gaming chair solution. On the plus side, however, the Omni Chair costs less than most really fancy gaming chairs, and as I said, you can get it in colors other than black.

Although I can’t attest to the longevity of the Omni Chair, Sumo Urban Lounge Gear says that their products usually keep their shape and fluffiness about a year on average depending on your weight and how often you use it. That remains to be seen. What I do know is that in the short-term, the Omni Chair from Sumo Urban Lounge Gear has proved to be a very comfortable solution. So, the question is: should you get one? Well, that really depends on what your home entertainment setup is like. If you spend a lot of time on the floor in gaming rockers or other easily movable chairs so you can be closer to the TV and in the middle of your surround sound, then I’d say you might want to try it out. It’s comfy, you won’t get as sore after a long period of time, and you can reshape it according to your mood (more relaxed or rigid). Also, if you’re worried about kids, the material it’s made of is tough and easy to clean, so no worries there (I have two “testers” for that in my own home). If you spend most of your time playing from the sofa, the Omni would be more a novelty or a nice comfy alternative. In truth, you can’t go wrong with an Omni Chair from Sumo Urban Lounge Gear. I never really thought that a giant pillow would end up being my gaming chair of choice, but I have to say that I really love that pillow. The only really downside is that I end up playing games a lot longer when I’m in it because I’m so comfy.

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