Best Gaming Chairs - What to Look For
24 August 2018
With so many gaming chairs available, choosing the best gaming chair can be difficult. This guide will recommend gaming chairs and explain what to look for.
Choosing the right office or gaming chair can be difficult. In a perfect world you could try sitting on every chair in your price range, however, this is would require lots of time and travel expenses to visit stores and there’s no guarantee as to what chairs may be available to try. This guide will explain and describe what to look for when making your next gaming chair purchase. Recommended gaming chairs for different price brackets are included at the end of the article.
What makes a gaming chair better than a standard chair?
Gaming chairs are often inspired by racing or sports seats used in cars. Manufacturers such as Corsair, DXRacer and AK Racing do this due to the importance of support and build quality in car sports seats. Improved support and build quality mean that users will remain comfortable for longer than a standard office chair.
What makes for a good gaming chair?
Top brands such as Corsair, DXRacer, AK Racing and ThunderX3 offer a range of gaming chairs starting from a couple hundred dollars up to over a thousand dollars for a highly adjustable, genuine leather chair. All gaming chairs (except for XRocker) are height adjustable just like office chairs. Depending on the model, many gaming chairs also have additional features such as:
- Backrest tilt
- Seat base tilt/rocking
- Seat base depth adjustment
- Armrests -> including height, depth, width and angled armrests
- Height-adjustable neck and lumbar cushions
Cloth or Leather?
When deciding on a material for your gaming chair, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the different material types. Gaming chairs are typically available in three different finishes – cloth, synthetic leather and genuine leather (synthetic leather being the most common).
Easy to clean
Resistance to wear and tear
|Hard to clean
Can wear easily
(depending on the material)
|Does not breathe easily
Does not age well compared to
cloth and genuine leather.
PU leather can degrade over time
causing the surface
|Can require maintenence to
keep in good condition
Expensive to produce and buy
Other than the different advantages (and disadvantages) for each material type, cloth gaming chairs offer grip whereas both synthetic and genuine leather gaming chairs can be slick (depending on your clothes).
How to set up your gaming chair
When setting up your gaming chair, it is important that you adjust it to suit your body shape and size along with being ergonomic with your desk. It is recommended that your ankles, knees and hips be at a 90-degree angle and that your back is properly supported at the correct angle. A monitor mount may be required to create the most ergonomic gaming setup or workspace. You can read more about monitor mounts HERE.
Best Gaming Chair
Noblechairs EPIC Series Nappa Leather
If money is no object, then the Noblechairs EPIC Series Nappa Leather combines high adjustability with high-quality Nappa leather. Genuine Nappa leather offers the benefit of having a long life-span along with being extremely breathable, soft and luxurious.
Noblechairs EPIC Series Gaming Chairs (Nappa Leather, Real Leather and Faux Leather variants) all come with high adjustability including 4-way directional armrests, gas-lift, two cushions for lumbar & neck support, rocking mechanism, backrest tilt and more. Real leather and faux leather variants of the EPIC Series gaming chairs are also available for a lower price.
Click HERE to learn more about the Noblechairs EPIC Series Nappa Leather Gaming Chair.
Best Gaming Chair sub-$500AUD
Corsair T2 Road Warrior
The Corsair T2 Road Warrior gaming chair is a follow up to their first gaming chair the T1 Race released in 2017. Corsair T2 Road Warrior offers almost the same adjustability as gaming chairs costing several hundred dollars more – including 4-way armrests, rocking mechanism, backrest tilt, gas-lift, adjustable microfibre support cushions and more. Corsair has used perforated PU leather in the design which offers improved breathability and long-term comfort. The T2 Road Warrior can be differentiated from other gaming chairs due to its unique rollerblade-style caster wheels which glide effortlessly without marking your flooring. The Corsair T2 is available in 5 different colours.
Click HERE to learn more about the Corsair T2 Road Warrior gaming chair.
Best Gaming Chair sub-$300AUD
AK Racing K7012 Series
Priced under $300, the AK Racing K7012 Series gaming chairs offer most of the features from more expensive gaming chairs – including height adjustable armrests, rocking mechanism, backrest tilt and more. AK Racing K7012 Series chairs also come with adjustable lumbar and headrest cushions. Instead of being finished in PU or geuine leather, the K7012 uses high quality cloth material that is breathable and soft while also being highly durable. The K7012 is available in 5 different colours.
Click HERE to learn more about the AK Racing K7012 Series Gaming Chairs.