What features to consider before buying a Gaming Chair?
So you’ve laid out the cash for your PC of choice and paid extra the biggest and baddest monitor you can find. But something is missing.
It would make no sense to keep sitting in your mom’s borrowed kitchen stool that she’s begging you to return.
So where are you going to sit now?
The answer you’re looking for is a gaming or office chair – and it is very critical to your success as a gamer.
Manufacturers of these have paid particular attention to the needs of gaming enthusiasts and some manufacturers are gamers themselves so they understand what your needs are.
While a cheap plastic stool might work for weekend gaming, if you plan to play Call of Duty long into the wee hours of the night, you need something with better lumbar support at the least, and 5-directional armrest adjustment at the most – that’s where finding the best computer gaming chair for your butt and back comes in.
Gamers need not suffer discomfort or back pain due to long gaming sessions – just purchase one that has these important, if not necessary, features.
Ergonomic office chairs are mostly synonymous to office chairs simply because the ergonomic concepts apply to both seats.
Manufacturers have considered that gaming enthusiasts will endure long hours in front of your man cave and sitting for long periods of time can have long-term consequences.
As an example, look at anyone who has worked for a trucking company or call center for several years. Your chair should work for you, not against you.
Here are several adjustable parts that the best gaming chair for you should have:-
- Height Adjustment
- Tilt Mechanism
- Armrest Adjustments
- Back Tension Control
- Style or Design
This is a standard feature in almost every game or office chair. It’s important that you’re capable of adjusting the height of your seat so you can sit comfortably.
The right adjustment can encourage proper posture which will reduce strain on your back and prevent you from having to book an appointment with a chiropractor. You’re in the wrong chair if you feel like your feet are dangling off the floor.
Any ergonomic office chair will also come with settings to adjust the seat depth so your back can actually benefit from the backrest and lumbar support. Improper seat depth adjustment or chairs without such features will often force you to hunch over and even limit blood flow in your thighs – the best chairs for gaming should not do this to you.
Most brands like Steelcase and Flash Furniture, have well-developed seat height and depth adjustments and are worth looking into.
Recline-ability offers numerous benefits such as relieving pressure off of your lower back and improving blood circulation and this is a crucial comfort feature for the any gaming or office chair.
Contrary to tilting in-game, the tilt mechanism for chairs is actually a positive feature. This is what allows the backrest and seat to lean back allowing the chair to tilt and you to recline.
While most chairs have these feature, how far the seat tilts varies from model to model. There are two types of tilt mechanisms.
One type has the pivot in the center of the chair so the front of the seat goes up (and your feet go off the floor) as you recline, while the other has the pivot on the front of the chair where your feet remain on the floor as you recline.
Adjustable armrests improves comfort, but not everyone is a fan of these.
You should be able to adjust the height and positioning of the arm rests. This feature isn’t as common as height adjustment, but it’s still an important one to avoid shoulder and arm discomfort.
It’s a divided school with armrests, however, because some ergonomists actually recommend that you don’t use the them.
Most ergonomic chairs have two-directional adjustment which goes up and down. The more high-end brands, however, offer four-directional or even five-directional armrest adjustment. DX Racer and Steelcase are examples of manufacturers that offer this feature and this is why they are considered by many as the best PC gaming chair.
This option allows you to adjust the firmness or tension levels in the backrest.
This is mostly important for those with unnaturally arched backs because back tension will influence how much “push” the backrest exerts on your back.
This isn’t widely available though and only high-end chairs have this feature.
A superior quality chair is typically made from materials such as breathable mesh or leather. The best PC gaming chair, however, will provide various upholstery options to suit any preference. Picking the right material for you is important to consider because your body temperature will determine whether your chair will be comfortable for long-term use or not.
Leather is not ideal for people who sweat easily because the material traps heat, which could be distracting and uncomfortable. It is, however, suitable for the user who becomes unnaturally cold (like me!) during intense gaming sessions. It is stylish and attractive in just about any room setting, but may be difficult to maintain if you have pets.
Your best bet is a more breathable fabric such as mesh which allows air to flow easier so you can stay cool. It’s easy to clean and durable as well, but look for mesh to encourage air flow. This is particularly important for gamers who overheat during intense gaming times.
Some chairs have material made of Polyurethane (PU) or Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), which are the increasingly becoming popular because of their durability and breathability. The best desk chairs provides various upholstery options to suit any preference.
Looks are important to consider too. While your chair need not look like the next Picasso masterpiece, you’ll want a chair easy on the eyes when company or friends comes over.
Whatever you pick, be sure that it matches the decor of your gaming room. This is particularly important for gaming personalities such as streamers or even cosplayers (yes, there are some cosplayer-streamers).
Although a very minor feature, the choice of casters sometimes make or break your choice of desk chair. Improper choice of casters could damage floors or even cause fatigue as you try to keep the chair steady.
Larger casters (about 3 inches in diameter) have less resistance and will therefore move the chair a lot – even if you don’t want it to. This type is best suited for those who actually want to slide around or for those playing on top of deep carpets.
Moreover, there are two types of casters – soft and hard. Hard casters are just that – hard, and are suitable for carpets or non-slippery surfaces. Soft casters on the other hand are covered in polyurethane and typically have brakes. These are more suitable for tile or wood floors.
The best computer chair for gaming is never made to be set-and-forget chairs. More often than not bad reviews on the internet are just caused by improper chair calibration. Worse, they’re not calibrated at all!
The best computer gaming chair for you should have intuitive and easy-to-reach knobs and levers for a hassle-free adjustment process.
When it comes to assembly, it shouldn’t take you the entire day to put the chair together. Your chair of choice should have a clear instructions manual as well as adequate amount of screws (some even come with drivers) that would actually fit in the holes.
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