Setup Time: It takes about an hour to get this rig ready for deployment the first time. It certainly isn't a difficult project - the instructions are clear and the pieces clamp together easily - but it doesn't come together in five minutes either.
Size: This drum kit is significantly larger than toy-like standard kits. As such, it will take up a hefty chunk of your living room. Also, it is not easily transported from room to room. Again, this is more like a real drum set than a simple toy.
Price: At $299.99, this is a gaming accessory for excellent virtual drummers that are aspiring musicians or for people who have cash to spare.
What's the verdict?
The Ion Drum Rocker is an awesome accessory for those that want to take their drumming abilities to the next level. It absolutely blows away all other competition, though you will have to make a commitment to the peripheral in terms of price and space. Nevertheless, if you've got the money and desire, the Drum Rocker's benefits far outweigh its shortcomings. In fact, this is definitely up for peripheral of the year.
Overall Score: 4.8 out of 5
ION Drum Rocker Features: Don't just play games. Play DRUMS! Drum Rocker delivers the most realistic drumming experience available to any gamer, regardless of platform. That's because it was built by the engineers at Alesis, one of the largest manufacturers of professional electronic drums in the world. As a result, you get a kit that's designed to take a real beating.
While other drum controllers lock you down to a pre-molded plastic array of pads, Drum Rocker's professional aluminum drum rack lets you position your snare, tom, and cymbal pads wherever you want.
When you're ready to move from playing Rock Band to playing in a rock band, you can swap the game controller module with one of the professional drum brains made by Alesis, and you're ready to hit the road for real!
Ultra-quiet velocity-sensitive pads. Drum Rocker's velocity-sensitive drum pads feature a playing surface that is much quieter than other drum controllers. They also feel great - the stick rebound off of the pad is much more natural and consistent than anything else available.
The pads are mounted to the drum rack with a metal L-Arm and clamp system, which allows them to be tilted, swiveled, raised and lowered to whatever position you want. Just one warning - once you play these pads, nothing else will do!
Complete the experience with up to three cymbals. Drum Rocker comes with two cymbals and mounting hardware out of the box, and a third cymbal is available as an optional accessory. You get to decide how you want to use the two cymbals that come with the kit - set them up as a hi-hat/crash, crash/ride or hi-hat/ride combination, then add the third cymbal to round out the kit.
All-metal kick drum pedal. The kick drum pedal with any drum controller takes a lot of abuse. No need to worry with Drum Rocker - this pedal is all metal and built to last! It's also got the right amount of tension to replicate the feeling of playing a real drum pedal.