It’s pretty funny to see people’s reactions when they come face to face with the LumiSource Boomchair Shark gaming chair. Non-gamers immediately exclaim, “Wow, is that some sort of fancy schmancy massage chair!?”; gamers mutter in envious disdain, “You geek, I can’t believe you actually spent money on THAT! Can I try it?”; while marine biologists retort, “You fool, that’s not a shark!” Yup, interesting responses but after they’ve actually tried it, all agree that the Boomchair Shark is a comfortable, sweet looking chair with pretty cool multimedia features. If you want a chair that makes your experience more immersive, check out our rumble seat review. We shall explore this further. If you can spring for something a bit more expensive, take a look at our Playseat’s F1 redbull racing seat review (does nothing, costs 1,300) too.
Key features at a glance:
The chair at first glance is striking in design, featuring an aggressive-looking hammerhead shape, outlined in black, red, and metallic-grey accents. It’s made of a durable, synthetic fabric that’s all but waterproof–you might get away with spilling a drink but please don’t take the shark for a swim. The twin 3″ side speakers and 4″ subwoofer, with adjustable volume and vibration controls, are embedded in the base of the chair and slanted toward the user. A sound-responsive color LED light and a built-in interactive vibrating motor round out the multimedia features.
So how does it perform? In terms of comfort, it really can’t be beat. During my usual gaming sessions, I’m so entranced by the game that I don’t remember whether I’m slouching, leaning back, or standing on my head to be honest. Whatever the case may be, my back is pretty much turned to mush by the time the angry she-monster aka wife pries the controller out of my weary hands. Playing with the Boomchair is an entirely different story, however. If it’s possible, I’m even more engrossed in the game thanks to the explosions pumping through the directional built-in speakers and the sensory feedback rumbling from the vibrating motor. And the best part? Even after several hours the ol’ back feels like I just got out of a $45/hour Thai massage. Exaggeration? Perhaps, but my back never felt better after a gaming session.
Well, that’s what I like about the chair. It’s time to rant. First off, with a name like the “BOOMchair SHARK!” one would expect a crankin’ beast of a sound system, right? Well, not exactly. It’s more of a “squeakchair sardine” when it comes to volume. Even at full blast the speakers are not that loud. That’s not to say the speakers are poor in quality, as the sound never distorts, but they could use a little more ‘oomph’. To be fair, I don’t believe the audio features were designed to be a standalone solution but rather a complement to a bigger surround sound system; so in that role it fulfills its purpose quite nicely.
At the end of the day, would I use this chair for my daily gaming activities? That would be an affirmative so says my grateful, pain-free back. With its distinctive design, numerous multimedia features, and comfortable seating the Boomchair Shark becomes a welcome, perhaps even necessary, addition to the gamer’s repertoire. Definitely recommended.
Available here for $80