Reviewer: Andrew Bistak Release date: Out Now
Most gamers use some traditional type of
furniture (e.g. lounge chair) for their gaming sessions and after a long
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
on the PlayStation 3, I thought to myself... there has to be something
better. Sure, my couch is comfortable but there was something missing
and thus my research began on Google. This is where I stumbled upon the
Omni from SUMO, a super sized beanbag and instantly when my brain made
the connection that this may make my gaming sessions more enjoyable, additional
dopamine would be the key.
A week later, I was going to put this
theory to the test and a giant red Omni arrived from SUMO, already filled with
high quality Virgin Polystyrene Foam beads which are apparently far
superior than those in the stores. This is another highlight of the
Omni because if you're like me, putting beans into a beanbag is a very
challenging exercise and then you have the scary Urban myth of
swallowing one of them and being rushed to hospital. Not so, the
installation was already complete and all you needed to do was figure
out a place where you wanted to put this item.
My first reaction to the Omni was BIG,
this was not your standard beanbag available at your local retailer,
this was a monster beanbag. The Omni measures at 167cm x 136cm or in the
old Imperial measurements, 5'5 x 4'5 feet. It is also quite heavy,
around 8 kilograms but that's great for support.
As opposed to traditional
beanbag material, the Omni is made from ballistic nylon which is an
extremely durable nylon that is not only comfortable but allows for easy
cleaning. And ballistic does not mean bullet proof (or is it?) and the
seems on the Omni are quite professionally sewn together that also do not hamper
comfort. SUMO also boast that the material is rip proof due to it's
"space age" material which I'm beginning to believe is quite accurate.
This was definitely not your stock standard K-mart beanbag!
Then I decided to try the Omni and my
theory was correct, this was a very comfortable product which would
definitely enhance my gaming experience. Of course comfort does come
with a cost and after watching Blu-ray movies and TiVo, falling asleep
is quite easy to do because of how comfortable the Omni is. After
falling asleep on the Omni several times, I did manage to get some good
old fashioned gaming clocked up in this product. It was very very
comfortable and my lounge suite did start to become neglected. I
actually look forward to playing games (not just because of the games)
because I'll get another chance to sit or lounge on the Omni which is a
As shown by the several images in this
review, the Omni can be used in a variety of ways and can be folded,
squashed or laid out for maximum comfort. The biggest issue with the
Omni is that because it's so comfortable, you really don't want to get
up and like my proposed geeky theory, that's because your brain is
producing dopamine for your personal pleasure! Although summer is not quite upon us but
even with the heater on, the material did breath and no time did I
become too hot on the Omni. In terms of price, it retails for $179.95AUD
(November 2010) which includes free shipping throughout Australia.
Still don't believe me? Check out this
movie showcasing the power of the SUMO Omni
So what's next? Not much I'm guessing
because this is as comfortable as they come. It's extremely comfortable,
can be made into a variety of shapes (e.g. chair, lounge or bed), is made
from a very durable material that can easily be cleaned and best of all,
comes prepacked with beans. It looks
great and would suit any room in the house which comes in a variety of
funky colours such as orange or hot pink. So... you have your state of the art TV hooked up to a
swanky entertainment centre and the only thing missing now is the Sumo,
the cherry on your entertainment enjoyment.
Go and buy one of these now!