AnandTech’s readers split into a number of categories, and Acer’s Predator Thronos Air certainly falls into the category of ‘whoever buys this has a lot of money’. Acer has already released its first generation Thronos Air, a fully combined PC desk/seat with mounted monitors and combined Predator PC, into several markets, and received a good deal of attention from the fact that no-one knows who exactly would buy a dedicated seat and monitor setup as an all-in-one solution. It turns out that there seem to be enough people willing to put down several thousand Gs in order to get one, because Acer is bringing it to the USA.

The Thronos Air design is essentially a self-contained gaming throne. The shaped frame has a number of LEDs inside, and is built to house a ‘gaming’ chair, a full Predator PC at the side, and then an arm comes over the users head to hold up three large 27-inch monitors. Obviously this puts limits on weight and height for those that can use it, although it covers most of the population. But the idea is that this is a dedicated gaming machine in the same way that some enthusiasts go all out and spend $10k on a multi-axis racing seat. This doesn’t move like a gaming seat, but it’s just meant to be a dedicated gaming space so that users can feel immersed, especially with the wide displays and the powerful PC behind that can drive term. Or it can look neat in an office I guess?

Acer says that the Thronos Air is modular, adjustable, and customizable. I don’t think there’s a big modding community on this, just because of the price. With a fully laden Predator PC capable of driving three monitors at top settings, Acer has a price tag of $13999 on this thing, and it is expected to be available from March 2020.

(I had to keep editing this news. It’s Thronos, as in ‘throne’. Not Theranos, as in the failed biochem company. And not Thanos, the big mean dude in Marvel. Though I could imagine Acer doing a one-off tie-in.)

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  • Yaldabaoth - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    No toilet? No sale! Reply
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    You might be on the cusp of a modding community idea that adds plumbing and a fridge that connects to your favorite grocery and food delivery services so leaving said chair becomes totally unneccessary. Then again, pressure ulcers are nasty business so maybe stagnation to that degree isn't such a hot idea. Reply
  • Kevin G - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    Not an issue if you're in zero G. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    In addition to the smart toilet/bidet (Japanese style), it needs a caffeine/glucose IV setup so you never have to leave. Reply
  • waterdog - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    I see the end of the cubicle as the defining shape of the modern office. Reply
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    lmao that looks like something out of Total Recall.

    i'm not even sure a rich kid using their parents money would buy this contraption.
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  • BigLan - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    Looks like the price in the US starts at $30 grand... https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/predator-thr... Reply
  • thestryker - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    I may be wrong, but I believe that is the first edition one. I seem to recall last year mention that an upcoming one would lose some of the features but be much cheaper so I think this article is talking about the cheaper one. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    This is essentially just metal tubing welded together and panels put on it.

    Remember those Console desks that got discontinued that was so popular? They was made for medical/media desks so everything is adjustable...since they got discontinued i found out how to make them on own. So the $1200 desk, can buy all the parts for $400 and put together in a day. Now you have a desk that will last you FOREVER. No joke, i've had this desk for 13 years now.

    Curved deskspace for 2x 35 inch monitors, or 3x 27inch ones if you are into those weird sizes. Has arm in back to ad 2-3 more monitors if you want above the others. Adjustable keyboard tray (also curved like desk holds keyboard, big ass mousepad/phone/drink. Oh and by adjustable..you can adjust in in 1/8 of a inch at a time..with just touch of a pinkey finger.

    Desk has 6 wheels, with locks on them to keep it nice and sturdy. Metal tubing alows for expansion if you want. Moving? Comes about in 2 pieces to move.

    I have no idea why they stopped making the desk, the company got bought out and started moving towards the dumb "standing desk" "small carts for medical offices" type of desks. If they marked the desks towards Gamers instead of big companies they would of sold a lot more.

    Why is it so hard to find a modern desk like this one on market anymore??
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  • parmand - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    I use this desk, love it. https://www.staples.com/Balt-Split-Level-Workstati... Reply

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