If you’ve got the right headset, keyboard, mouse, mousepad and gaming rig, then you probably think you’re good to go. While these things will put you ahead of the rest, the next thing you’ll want to consider is a gaming chair.
You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so it makes sense to get yourself a comfortable bed. If you’re having gaming marathons of a number of hours a day, it makes sense to invest in a gaming chair too. It’s an area where a lot of gamers will skimp on price because they feel it’s not an integral part of your setup, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.
The design of most gaming chairs is a little different to those of standard office chairs. Some of the smaller designs work off racing bucket seats which are designed to keep you in place, rather than have you sit for long periods of the day. As soon as you move past those smaller chairs though, you’ll find a chair that will be better for you in the long term.
Having said that, a lot of office chairs are actually a little more comfortable initially, but after you’ve moved past that initial period with your gaming chair, you’ll find it far more comfortable because of the ergonomic design. The fact that a lot of them are also completely adjustable is helpful. You can move the armrests in four different ways to ensure that you’re comfortable in addition to the stock standard movements of height and backrest adjustment.
One of the biggest advantages of the gaming chair is that it has a really high backrest. This will allow you to have full support across your entire back, and will also give you a chance to completely relax between sessions.
Height and Weight
Most of the gaming chairs that you’ll be able to get your hands on have some rather strict measurements in place. If you’re a little taller than normal, or perhaps way more than average, you’ll likely be put in one of the bigger chairs. These chairs tend to move away from the bucket design and more towards a flat seated office chair with far sturdier support, and much more comfort.
You chair choice should be determined on these measurements so that you can have the right chair that fits. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all measurement though because if you happen to be on the outer norms of height and weight, you might find a gaming chair isn’t necessarily for you.
Similarities in Seating
If you happen to take a look at some of the chairs on the market these days, you might be shocked to see how similar they all are. Some of them have a few unique differences to them, and others are just personal preference. The truth is, there are a lot of gaming chair companies out there, and price point is usually one of the biggest determining factors when people decide to pick one up.
Whether you’re looking at Maxnomic, DX Racer, SecretLab or noblechairs, you’ll likely find similarities across the board. A lot of chairs are made in the same factories and are just rebranded, so when picking from one of the top brands, there’s very little difference between them all.
Finding Our Five
Due to the fact that the chairs are similar, as long as you’re picking a good brand, it’s really important to make sure that you’re picking one of the top brands to start with. Buying something that is half the price of one of the better chair brands will probably leave you wanting because cheaper chairs cut important corners.
The Omega is a fantastic chair for those that don’t want to spend huge amounts on a chair, but still receive the same kind of quality that you’d expect from the Titan. It does have raised seat edges, so if you enjoy sitting cross-legged at times, the rigidity may not be your friend.
It’s baffling how MAXNOMIC doesn’t often get the same press as other gaming chairs. They are a little more expensive than others, but they have premium cushioning inside the entire chair, as well as the sturdiest frame of all other chairs. The MAXNOMIC chairs were the original esports chairs, but were likely replaced by other brands because of the price.
DXRacer is one of the more inexpensive brands of gaming chair that you can get. It’s not to say that they are lower quality, quite the contrary in fact. They have comfortable foam cushions and are designed with the racing seat aesthetic in mind.
The SecretLab Titan is a beast. It’s incredibly comfortable and luxurious, and also has a choice of upholstery. We’d always recommend the NAPA Leather premium upholstery, but it’ll set you back almost twice the price of the PU Leather in the cheapest version. It supports up to 130KG and is recommended for people between 175 and 200cm.
The Hero is quite a firm chair, so if you’re not too interested in maintaining posture all the while being comfortable, it may not be the right chair for you. It’s ideal for people with larger frames as it has a flat seat structure and is extremely sturdy.