They left this in my driveway - Cluvens Scorpion Gaming Cockpit Review

Linus Tech Tips
24 Jan 202417:54

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We've been seeing ads for this thing for years, and you guys have even suggested making a video about it twice.

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But come on!

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Look at it. In a world where a top-of-the-line GPU costs a couple of thousand dollars

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who in their right mind is spending double that amount on the chair you sit in while you use it?

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Oh wait, I know. It's us. It's literally our job to buy

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outlandish stuff like this and show you guys what it's all about.

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So with a little help from our sponsor Epomaker, a team of gamers, engineers, and designers who are dedicated to bringing high-quality,

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customizable mechanical keyboards to the community at affordable prices.

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We'll take a closer look at their RT100 keyboard a little bit in this later.

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We have finally put the Cluven's Scorpion computer cockpit to the test.

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and found some unexpected conclusions, but before we get to those let's

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rewind a little bit.

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After a 10 to 32 day wait for shipping this is what arrived in my driveway, or

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to be more specific at the curb at the end of my driveway.

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Luckily no one stole it, so let's get it inside and take a look

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We're gonna have a link in the video description if you guys can't wait to follow my example and blow your own money on one of these.

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Oh.

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But I'm not at the stage yet where I think I'm ready to recommend it.

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This is far from the lightest chair that we've ever looked at coming in at a whopping

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200 kilograms of shipping weight.

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To their credit, this is one of the most user-friendly packing crates. I think I've ever seen.

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Wow!

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That is smaller than I expected.

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Say what you will about the size you can't fault the robustness of it.

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Come on you-

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I wonder what percentage of the injury report forms are me.

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How the devil are you supposed to move this thing?

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Dude, there's a lot of pieces in here

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I thought you said the assembly was supposed to be straightforward?

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Their assembly video’s only three minutes long, it can’t be that hard.

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How many legs the Scorpions have?

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When I have this chair my gaming will have no lags.

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Whoa!

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Now it reaches its full magnificent height.

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That's just mostly packaging.

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That's not packaging.

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Oh sick! Look at these lights.

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Okay, I got an arm.

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Oh it opens up.

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I’m just trying to picture the person whose house you walk into and this is in their living room, you know?

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It sends a message

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What's the message Jordan?

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Nothing good.

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This is the bubble wrap output of a small nation.

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That's quality foam. Oh, sorry, sorry. Oh, oh.

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How do you like me now, ladies?

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Yeah, you can, no, no, you can, this is what, it's movable, it's movable.

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Thanks Colin, but I think I got it.

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Oh, I think I crushed those cables.

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Got the instructions up, but before we start them I just gotta say

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where's your tracksuit, buddy?

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The form’s impeccable, but you got to get the stripes.

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This is the Scorpion’s decorative foot.

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Also a weapon.

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Its only contribution is to be a tripping hazard.

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It's Law and Order.

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That one got me, all right.

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Aw it’s gross, the cable’s white.

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I know right, but it's the one white thing on it.

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It comes in white too, and gold. Really?

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And gold? Yeah.

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Okay that- Ohh.

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Oh that's awesome.

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Oh that-

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That's pretty cool.

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Next up is our arm with the controls for the scorpion tail and the seat on it.

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I don't know what any of these buttons do and they're not labeled

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but this seems like a good time to tell you guys the whole thing is made out of powder coated steel

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with PU leather over what seems to be a really high quality foam.

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It has built-in RGB lighting.

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Pre-installed 5 meter cables, ours came with three HDMIs and two DisplayPorts,

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and barely 160 degrees of adjustment on the chair seat itself

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That's about five degrees.

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Will my wife get the insurance if I die in this thing?

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That would be active scorpion, I don't know if that counts.

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You ready?

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Oh there's the other arm.

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Now that's funny, the RGB remote is just one of those wireless RGB remotes

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but just embedded in the side of it.

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There we go.

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All right.

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Being able to adjust this forward and back would be good.

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Oh, no wait. Oh it does move.

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Oh look at, oh wow, look at that!

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It has all the adjustment

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Since we're talking about this arm. I want to look at the RGB control.

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This is flipping cool.

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You just touch anywhere on the wheel, and then it's that color.

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We went with the three monitor mount. We've got three of these Gigabyte M27U gaming monitors.

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They'll do up to 160 Hertz 4K, they’re VESA HDR 600 certified and come with HDMI 2.1

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and the reason we cared about that was because we initially thought this didn't come with any DisplayPort pre-wired

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but it turns out it did so-

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They've spent money on things that matter like the motors feel good. They feel smooth.

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It's reassuring as you're moving it around.

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The build quality is obviously a little on the industrial side, you know.

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It's welded steel. What do you want?

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How are we gonna get power to the monitors?

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There was a power bar up there I think.

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Yes, there is in fact a power bar in there.

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All we got to do is remove these three screws and we get access to it.

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Only three outlets but there's a five monitor mount.

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There are such thing as C13, you know, Y splitters and whatever just-

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Okay, we found an oversight.

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Is this how the RGB is mounted?

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Yeah, I guess it doesn't matter

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We'll adjust them in and out afterwards. Yeah, not much in the way of other adjustments though, hey?

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Not so much.

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You just gotta hope they kind of balance I think. Yeah.

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Oh how's the clearance on that?

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Not amazing. Cool.

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So we need to put it sideways in order to-

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Which is fine because now it's just like the RGB strip. Exactly.

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I'm not sure what the plan is for cable management here.

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LTT cable arches to the rescue. There we go.

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Oh, that's pretty good. That's pretty darn good.

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Now obviously for a gaming battle station so magnificent. We're gonna need a pretty magnificent computer. So we've done with the-

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What's that Colin? What is it 7800X3D and a 4090?

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I'm just guessing. Oh it is. Oh great.

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Realistically which cables you hook up to your monitors

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is gonna come down to what IO you have on your graphics card more than anything else.

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I didn't look at this before we started. So I guess I'm using a DP to HDMI adapter.

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Should we see if we got these monitor cables right?

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Did we just blow a fuse?

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Wait, we don't even need the power bar

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There's another power bar behind another access hatch built into the chair.

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Ow, ow, oh.

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Do they seriously have the top power bar plugged into this power bar?

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And it's not like it's a high current application or anything.

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Check this out, the scorpion claws open.

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What? No way!

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If you have a little kid or a pet and you just really wanted them to not have eyes

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then you just leave these open.

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That's great. It's dangerous. Just like a real scorpion.

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I've got a plan for us to teamwork this Jordan if you can operate the dials

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I'll keep an eye on the cables here and Colin you keep an eye on the cables at the back and if you see any

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and if you see any problem, just say something.

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Oh.

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Oh.

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Wait.

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There's not even a problem, Colin, for crying out loud, okay.

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Jordan, I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little sketched out about lying in this thing.

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How's your insurance?

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Good.

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But the thing about insurance is I'm not the one who gets the payout.

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You always say monetize your death.

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It seems like they've done a pretty good job of keeping the length of the cable travels the same regardless.

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This should address the monitor, but that whole thing where the whole thing shifted is a little sketchy.

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I mean, I'm not getting into it, what do I care?

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Why are you not getting into it?

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I’m over the weight limit.

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Oh.

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That's a thing you encounter sometimes with Asian design

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in the North American market you saw the whole thing with Nintendo theme park?

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Yeah, were like

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the average American male like couldn't go in one of the rides or something like that.

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Before we get in,

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we didn't have any issues with the cables while we were moving the chair

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but that's not necessarily a given forever based on that

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these are just kind of hanging loose and there seemed to be some things in here that they could get caught on.

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The good news is I think we figured out how to get into it.

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No problem.

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Oh we haven't talked about our peripherals yet.

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This is Epomaker's RT100 mechanical keyboard the gasket mounted design is both quiet and comfortable.

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While it's 97 keyed layout offers a compact form-factor without having to give up a dedicated number pad or media controls.

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That's in no small part. Thanks to the multi-function media control knob.

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It's got USB C, Bluetooth 5.0, and 2.4 gigahertz wireless connectivity

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meaning you can connect to your PC or Mac or I mean, whatever. It's Bluetooth, right?

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However you prefer, and hidden in the storage bay for the 2.4 gigahertz receiver is the connector for the smart mini display.

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A programmable smart display that shows essential system and real-world data right out of the box and

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just like the south facing RGB lighting on every key is customizable to suit your preferences.

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We'll get more hands-on with the RT100 in a minute

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but first you need to get some games loaded on this thing.

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Oh, shoot. I never checked if I plugged in the right things.

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Well, this one's got a signal.

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What are the odds I got only one of three?

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No question, if the goal is to find the chair that makes you feel like an absolute boss

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Your journey's over.

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These monitors look great though.

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Man 4K is sharp at this distance.

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The kind of setup that just puts a smile on your face, you know?

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There are some issues, at my height exactly, the monitors are in the right spot when the angle is right

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and there’s not really a ton of adjustment on these things.

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Also, I'm already noticing that when I move the mouse and type on the keyboard, there's a little bit of

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Wiggle wobble.

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Now we got this working. Holy crap.

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Think the best thing I can say about the chair right now

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is I kind of forgot I was sitting in it.

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And I really do mean that in a good way

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the worst chair is the one that you think about while you're inside it.

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Jordan. What's up?

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Remember how we adjusted the angle of this display just right?

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Well now- Yeah? It's pointed up this way.

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Oh.

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So the fact that I have no on-the-fly adjustment means that

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unless I had a fourth motor right here in this one, which we checked, we don't.

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I have no way of

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adjusting this angle after the fact.

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Well, my keyboard and mouse- Oh, no, okay, it comes in a little bit. The angle is a little funky

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The benefit of that is that it doesn't tip towards you like on some of these that I've seen in the past

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The disadvantage is that your arms are like this.

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Widescreen gaming forum still thing?

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I got to give some credit to the RT 100 here sponsored or not

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It's a little narrower which objectively creates more mousing space in a scenario like this

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but unlike a tenkeyless if I wanted to use this for work as well, and I needed a number pad

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everything's there. It's good to go.

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We're gonna switch over to Forza, which definitely supports- okay.

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That we can fix, the ergonomics of the cup holder on the other hand.

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Okay

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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If I wanted to hold a controller here,

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to get this completely out of the way

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going over my legs like that.

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And then now it’s so far away that if I do need it for something to navigate a menu or

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cause I got an email, I gotta

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drag it way back over here.

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In fairness to Cluvens,

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I haven’t seen good solutions to most of these problems.

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So the question in my mind isn't so much

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Should you buy the Cluven Scorpion if you're shopping for one of these chairs as it is

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should you even be considering one of these chairs because I've yet to use one that even for free I would consider putting in my house.

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Obviously people are buying them though, or they wouldn't exist which if you think about it is kind of a good thing.

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The immersiveness is great. So whatever my feelings are about these things

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Obviously they exist which means obviously people are buying them and finding ways to work around some of the challenges be they

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Ergonomic or be they practical like one of the things we noticed is if you're not using headphones

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You probably don't have a really great way to handle audio.

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I don't know about speakers mounted to the edge of these monitors. They're kind of

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wobbly enough as it is.

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With that said I think Cluvens has got the most usable package I’ve seen so far.

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So maybe it's time to get some impressions from the other members of the team.

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Let's see who wants to swap out their existing station for this.

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How do you get in Jordan? Well, that's for you to figure out.

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I feel like I'm in a dentist chair. Oh, that's the whole back. Oh, wow.

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This keyboard’s got a little screen on it. It's kind of cute. What can you put on the screen?

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It'll do like your

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temperatures, your CPU use, whether you can put the animations and stuff with logo is.

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So I can put memes? You can put memes on it.

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Hell yeah.

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I'm actually kind of shocked at how comfortable this is

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I thought this would be a lot weirder and not as enjoyable. I could play in this all day.

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But would you buy it? Well, how much does just the chair cost? I don't need the whole setup

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The chair is $28.99 US plus shipping. I think that's totally reasonable. I would enjoy movies in this I think

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And would you replace your workstation?

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Oh yeah, easily. Oh, are you kidding me? Is that an actual option? We get to keep it.

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Yeah

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Okay that’s not cool.

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Like cut my Achilles tendon.

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Yeah, we're gaming now. It feels a little cramped to be honest.

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I feel like it's a little

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It's a little tilted. Yeah, it's a little crooked.

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I have the go button all the way over there.

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This is not the chairs fault the chair is actually pretty comfortable.

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You really want to recline it or else your wrists kind of feel like they're getting a little cramped.

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Would you pay for the chair yourself? I don't think I'd want to pay for this myself

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Would you want it as your workstation? Oh, no, I'm good.

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Wow pinnacle of luxury, hey?

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I don't even know what to say. It's really unique.

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I am really concerned though

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about how close we are to the monitor.

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Because I think after like eight hours of a workday or playing or gaming all night

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it's gonna be pretty difficult.

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Even my field of view can't even go from edge to edge

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so I feel like I'm not getting the the most advantage out of it.

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But super comfortable to be honest with you. I really like it. Could you imagine if I brought this home to my wife?

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She would be so upset.

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If I didn't care about budget and had the space for it, for sure. I'd probably rock it. Would I buy it?

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Sure. Yeah, I'd do it

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And would you use it as your workstation here?

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Oh definitely. Oh, yeah.

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This is unexpected.

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We have not one but two members of the team who would like to daily drive the Scorpion and the only fair way to

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settle this I think is

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RPS.

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Rock-paper-scissors best two out of three. Okay, ready and go!

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Oh you want me to do the whole- you want me to do all the work for you. Rock-paper-scissors shoot!

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Shoot.

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Shoot.

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Shoot. Shoot.

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Oh, oh, we got one win.

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Hit one!

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No!

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Rock-paper-scissors shoot!

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Yes! Oh it’s one-one!

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Rock-paper-scissors, shoot!

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There it is!

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Now we have to haul it upstairs.

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That's his problem. Not ours. Oh good. What?

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No, we can get him some help. We'll get him some.

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Elijah, we'll get you help. All right. I always need help.

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Are you serious? I actually have to?

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Well, yeah, you said you wanted it.

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I thought it was more of just like a theoretical, but I’m still down.

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Okay, maybe we'll do a Floatplane exclusive with Elijah's long-term impressions actually living with this thing day-to-day.

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Oh that's, oh yeah, I’m actually really excited.

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And I'm excited to tell you about our sponsor, oh wait, I already told you about our sponsor, this keyboards pretty sick.

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Yeah, check it out. We're gonna have a link down below.

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If you guys enjoyed this video, why not check out the last one we got which was kind of like this concept but no motors.