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Buttkicker Gamer Review

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Just ordered this item a week ago, received it yesterday.

Its the "Gamer II" using the new (and improved?) amplifier with "Improved cooling", their last amp physically blew up on a few people, had overheating issues, and had general major heat/durability/noise problems.

So, I bought this assuming nothing would be wrong with it...

I got it and hooked everything up, the Buttkicker guys are kind enough to give you an adapter for every possible setup, I personally used the splitter and just hooked it in line with my subwoofer. It setup perfectly fine.. But after a few minutes I realized something.

My subwoofer now has a very light, low humming noise when it is hooked up to the BK's Amp. When power was disconnected from the amp the buzzing stopped, very irritating to say the least. Over the next few hours I had tried every adapter and hookup possible (while having it in line with my sub) to no avail, I couldn't get that buzzing to stop.
Issues Off The Bat
The first game I loaded up was Battlefield: Vietnam, I instantly noticed that not only did it add to the game but you were completely immersed in it.. Almost jumping when grenades would go off next to you, M60 shooting was A M A Z I N G to say the least and I was thoroughly impressed.. Except for one thing...

The buttkicker itself started making a nasty knocking sound on the "louder" explosions, such as grenades going off and planes flying over head. After doing some reading this apparently is because the internal piston is knocking against the housing, the manual recommends "turning it down to prevent future damage".. Thats fine, but there was a problem with that - Anything lower than absolute maximum settings was too low for normal use, you couldn't physically feel anything EXCEPT for those rattling grenades going off, but anything higher was "just enough" for normal sounds but TOO MUCH for grenades.

I messed with the settings throughout the night and never had any luck solving this.. Then something odd happened. While playing... after about 90 minutes in a server the entire system shut off.

From my reading this was because of the amplifier overheating, HUGE negative.
Another Try
I got off work the next day, (I've been home 2 1/2 hours since writing this) and decided to load up L4D2, that couldn't be too bad.. Right?

It, again, worked beautifully but the NORMAL sounds still seemed very weak and the high, loud sounds (suck as a charger slamming someone into the ground or a tank walking) were overly powerful, making the system rattle.

I turned it down and decided to "Deal with it" just to see where I'd go.. At this point I was already considering returning it.

And, again, just like last night it just shut off. This time I am 100% positive there was no power being pulled out or button accidentally pressed. The amplifier fully overheated.
Conclusion
While I only lightly went over what I played (I had also tried Gran Turismo 5 on the PS3, CARS Blue Ray, and Tekken 6) my general opinion of the concept of "shakers" and "buttkickers" for chairs is great, At this point I think I'm going to need to find something solid to use, the buttkicker gave me a good entry into that but the quality just completely kills the experience for me. The buttkicker system (Amplifier especially) seems to be made of low quality materials, and not really meant for more than very LIGHT (1 hour) gaming.

I'm going to be returning this or selling it to someone that is actually more interested in it.. I'm even going to be giving Buttkicker a second try with their higher end models, but I am thoroughly disappointed in how such a great concept can be executed so poorly. The physical movement of the chair is nothing like they claim, it doesn't shake nearly as much as you'd think it does and its just an overall disappointment.

Out 10 (The higher the better) I'm going to have to give the Buttkicker Gamer II an overall 4.

Its packaged well, its a great idea, they include EVERYTHING you need to get started (Velcro straps, all sorts of adapters, cables, etc) but it just comes off as "Cheap" and "Not well thought out"

I'm starting to doubt even their $500 models would be able to handle 6+ hours a day of constant gaming... We'll have to see.
Edited by X3NIA - 12/22/10 at 3:15pm
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Just an update: Called buttkicker and managed to talk to "Marvin" who speaks like he is the owner of the company but I'm not 100% sure.

After talking to him for an hour and just general questions back and fourth he decided that for what I'm using the Buttkicker Gamer wasn't powerful enough, so they're (hopefully) going to be sending me a Buttkicker Advance Wireless, which is about 3x more powerful and has a little more headroom on the amp for overheating.

Waiting on him to call back but that was a generally acceptable experience, really liked the customer service and he didn't treat me like I was stupid once he realized how I had this hooked up, setup, etc (I had everything set to what it should've been)

Assuming this ships out and performs without issues I think my opinion on this company might have changed.
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post #3 of 3
Very informative review.

How did you get on with the new buttkicker?

6 hours gaming is not a very healthy option frown.gif
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