I sat on this new OS-3D Pro Cyber offering from Osaki when I visited their headquarters in Dallas, TX on October 21, 2013. I loved the design from the moment I saw the image of it so I was quite looking forward to sitting on it when I made my trek to Dallas. It had the look of a sleeker, more contemporary designed OS-7075R, plus it had some features like 3D roller intensity technology that made it more unique.
I learned that this Cyber was not manufactured in the same Chinese factory as the OS-7075R, but just happened to have the same kinds of body lines by coincidence. I really enjoyed the chair when I sat in it and immediately ordered one for my showroom. It arrived last Thursday and I assembled it a day later. I am not a handyman in any sense of the word, whatsoever, but even I was able to assemble it by myself. It was a little hard getting the chair base out of the box, as well as getting the chair back out of the other box (yes, it comes in two boxes), but once I did have all the parts out, it was relatively easy to put it together.
I spent close to 2 hours on it, as well as on the OS-3D Pro Dreamer (which sits right next to it in my showroom), so that I could glean enough notes to write a worthwhile review. Below are the points of the review, followed by some brief notes comparing it to the Dreamer, which is another new chair from Osaki with a similar feature set. Though similar, there are some differences, which I outline at the tail end of this review (I will most likely dedicate an entire article to the comparison of the two, but this will get you started!).
1. The remote control is very easy to read. Big letters, bigger display than other Osaki chairs. I like the remote a lot. One button for power, then push one of the auto programs and you are set to go. In other words, very easy to get started. You can also add a zero gravity position with the push of a button too.
The buttons of the remote are backlit but I found the illumination hard to see in the daylight. I had trouble knowing, at a glance, which program I running.
2. There seems to be quite a few auto programs. Here is the list: Energy, Deep Press, Relax, Comfort, Stretch, among others. A full complement of manual settings too. Also very easy to use.
3. The 3D roller system is fantastic! The rollers move out a maximum of almost 3.5 inches and when the rollers are fully deployed forward the massage is very intense. You only have 3D settings in the auto programs, but when you move to the manual settings and choose a mode, the rollers can fully deploy with 5 different settings and I am telling you, again, that when the rollers are fully deployed in the furthest forward position, there are not many more intense out there in the industry that I have felt. I even felt a little motion-sick after sitting on the chair for so long because of the increase in movement of my body with the top 3D roller setting.
And, of course, if you or your loved one is more sensitive to the intense rollers, you can retract the rollers to a much less intense setting…perfect if you are not into deep tissue massage.
The 3D button is a toggle type of button. It took me a few minutes to figure that out. You push the right side of the round 3D button and the rollers move further out; you push the left side of the button and you retract the rollers. If you press the top or bottom parts of the 3D button in the manual mode, the rollers will move up or down your spine.
4. The cloth covering the armrests is similar to the Iyashi…rubber nobules on the linen to assist in grabbing your arms so that the airbags don’t squeeze your arms out of the massaging mechanism, which is something that happens on many other chairs without the nobules. The airbags are also sequential, meaning that they aren’t just one big bladder that inflates on the forearm and hands at the same time. The air cells deploy sequentially to give you distal to proximal and vice versa motion (meaning from top of forearm down to hand and vice versa).
Another thing I noticed about the arm airbags is that they are positioned with a bit of space between them and wall of the arm rest. This little “ditch” created between the airbags and the wall of the arm massage mechanism serves to trap the arm in the arm rest, thus assisting in preventing the arms from being squeezed out of the arm massager (along with the rubber nobules mentioned above).
5. Their is a music system integrated into this chair, but the MP3 jack and phone/MP3 holder is at the top of your left shoulder next to the
speaker. It is a bit of an odd place to have it because it makes it a little difficult to plug in your device when you are already seated in the chair. You have to twist to your left and reach back to get the coiled cord. The speakers, though, are great…some of the best I’ve seen in a chair. The music has a good, rich sound.
Also, this chair has seat vibration, which not only feels kinda cool but will synch with the pace and beat of your music playing on your device over the chair’s system. It is operated by a simple button on the remote control.
6. The shoulder airbags are interesting in a few ways: a.) they are narrower than other chairs, b.) they inflate laterally on the shoulders but also have an anterior inflation component (meaning that the airbags in the shoulder housing not only inflate onto the outside of your shoulders, like most chairs with shoulder airbags, but also they inflate onto the front of the shoulders a bit, thus pinning the shoulders back somewhat to improve posture), c.) they also seem to inflate DOWN on the shoulders, thus creating the feeling of a downward tractioning of the neck and shoulders. You don’t see this feature in many chairs, so I was impressed with the fact that the airbags pushed the shoulders down a bit and gave me the impression that my neck was being tractioned, and d.) the strength of the shoulder airbags was significant. A new user may want to decrease the airbag intensity at first.
7. Waist airbags are used primarily to inflate sequentially from side to side to induce rotation into the low back.
8. The 31″ roller track extended nicely up to the base of my skull as well as down to the top of my gluts. The lumbar (low back) massage is exceptional.
9. Lateral thigh airbags that inflate to hold the pelvis in check while the rollers go up and down the low back. This assists in creating a more intense low back massage. Though these airbags press firmly against the IlioTibial Bands, they do not actually massage them.
10. The timer is easily adjusted from 5 – 30 minute sessions.
11. The mechanical foot rollers are very comfortable. I did not, at any time, feel like it was too much thus making me want to turn off the feature (an experience I’ve had with other chairs). It feels like dual rollers in each foot.
12. The chair has 2 zero gravity positions: one that is a more “true” zero gravity and another even more reclined. Both positions are very comfortable, though I enjoy the more natural zero gravity position a little bit more.
13. Electronic foot extension will automatically size you up and when the foot is where you want it you just push your toes forward onto the front of the foot massager and the foot component will stop at that length. There is a sensor there, forward to the rollers, that when pushed against stops the foot massager from moving any closer to the chair.
14. I couldn’t help but notice the low back heating element. It is a good and very noticeable heat.
15. The seat airbags inflate one side, then the other to induce pelvic rotation. As the waist airbags rotate the low back, so do the seat airbags rotate the pelvis.
16. In the manual settings, the “Speed” button adjusts the tapping speed. If you are not using the tapping mode in your manual massage, the speed button does nothing. Also, the “Strength” button adjusts the kneading speed. Again, if you are not using the kneading mode in your manual massage, the strength button does nothing.
17. The Stretch program was fairly repetitive; the chair back reclining and inclining, the ottoman raising and lowering. The foot airbags held my feet in well. Interesting, though, was how much the arm airbags were deployed in the stretch program. The arm airbags would squeeze the arms until the chair back reclined and then hold them for a moment or two and the release. That was a big part of the stretch program.
Bullet Point Differences Between OS-3D Pro Cyber and OS-3D Pro Dreamer:
- Less intense mechanical foot rollers in the Dreamer (synthetic leather material in Dreamer vs. linen material in Cyber).
- Fully deployed 3D more intense in the midback of the Dreamer.
- More compression by the shoulder and thigh airbags in the Cyber.
- Shoulder airbag housing more comfortable in Cyber than Dreamer. The bottom of the longer shoulder housing in the Dreamer can dig into the middle of your upper arm, which may feel uncomfortable, especially for someone with a broader chest.
- Better music quality in the Cyber speakers.
- My feet always came out of the foot airbags during the Stretch program of the Dreamer. That never happened to me in the Cyber. It was annoying to me.
- The rollers sounded quieter in the Cyber than in the Dreamer.
- The Cyber seemed to be a taller, narrower chair, whereas the Dreamer seemed longer and shorter.
- The MP3/phone device plugin was by the left shoulder in the Cyber; it is located on the remote control stand in the Dreamer. Seemed easier to reach in the Dreamer.
- 30″ roller track in the Dreamer, 31″ roller track in the Cyber.
- The Cyber is $500 less in price!
Well, I hope that helps you out in your decision-making. Overall, I really, really like the Cyber even more than the Dreamer. It is a fantastic chair.
Dr. Alan Weidner