Gaming Chairs VS Office Chairs

Discussion in 'Gaming & Office Furniture' started by Larochepiano, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Larochepiano

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    Hey everyone, my roommate and I got into a heated discussion about the best types of computer chairs for gaming.

    I prefer those racing style gaming chair, and he prefers the standard office chair. I mean both types are good in their unique way.

    I showed him a couple of articles about the subject, only 1 of them had in depth info about the matter, I searched forums as well but didn't get much info.

    Here is the article in question: https://exposegaming.com/gaming-chairs-vs-office-chairs/

    Now, I would like to hear the people opinion on the subject and what kind of chairs do you guys own, and what do you like/dislike about it. Thank you.
     
  2. Daleon

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    The larger high back plus leather chairs are usually really comfy for short periods of time especially sitting straight up and working. For longer periods of time relaxing in the chair, maybe leaning back some, racer style chairs are much better. It also really depends on your body type. Height, weight, etc. Get a chair that fits your body and you will be fine either way.
     
  3. ReaperX22

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    If it makes a difference. I have a DX Racer King series. I don't find it overly comfortable for long periods. My next chair would likely be a more meshy style chair (better breathability) with proper support functions etc. But that's me personally. Others I'm sure find it very comfy, and whilst I enjoy mine, It's not the most comfy chair I've sat on, but the various adjustments are nice and welcome.
     
  4. Daleon

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    I almost got the King series but got the Sentinel. Its definitely not soft. At first I was pretty skeptical, but I work from home and even though I try not to sit for long periods of time I still spend a good amount of time in it everyday. The extra firmness\support allows me to forget about the chair and after an hr or two it feels pretty much the same as when I first sat down. More cushioned chairs become more and more uncomfortable the longer I sit in them. I would also go through the $100-200 executive style chairs about every 16 months or so. Will see if this thing was worth its cost, most likely not.
     
  5. Larochepiano

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    Yeah, I've read reviews on the King series it looks pretty good. I have a friend that owns a Herman Miller ( worth like 700$+ ) and my god was it comfortable. I've gone through a couple of chairs in my life, so I was thinking about saving some money and buy a high-end gaming chair. Like the above poster said, he was going through some chairs every 16 months and I have the same problem, as I work from home.
     
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    You really need to seat on it to see if the chair fits you. I bought a 2nd hand Herman Miller Aeron chair last year and I just didn't feel it is that comfy so I resold it just couple days ago. Good things about Herman Miller chairs are that they held their value very good.

    I am considering the Massdrop Flex Chair but I am a bit hesitate on it because I cannot try it before the purchase.
    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-flex-task-chair
     
  7. Larochepiano

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    I hear you man, I hate not being able to test a product before purchasing it. I mean if it's a 10$ product I won't really care, but when it cost over 200$ I tend to hesitate. You got a good idea to re-sell the Herman Miller. I have never heard of that chair, I will look it up!
     
  8. RPGWiZaRD

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    This looks mighty impressive at $200, too bad I don't live in the US. :( I see good design choices in almost all aspects here. I also like more compact designs like this one as DXRacer chairs and many office ones can be a bit on the large side and typically more midpriced office chairs are more the kind of size I look for.

    Basically a chair is that kind of thing I'd love to design myself, I would be able to tell exactly how every component is made like for instance the design of the feet (should be flat and positioned as close to floor as possible and not too narrow so one kan rest its feet on them if they so desire with rounded edges for comfort). The arm rests should be possible to move in all directions and the locking mechanism to push it forward/behind I'd make sure needs a button to be pressed, I tend to hate those decisions that only requires more force, when you reposition yourself using elbows for example the might move and thus not feel secure enough. The shape of armrests should be on the fairly large side, with rather a slightly tilting downwards edges than a "U" shape that hinders your arm movements when gaming, especially for low sens gamers that move their arms a lot, I find DXRacer R-series feels really solid in that sense design wise (good size, shape, material). I'd rather go for a lumbar support like the Massdrop Flex one with adjustment rather than a cusion typically offered in gaming chairs as those will compress with time, a mounted lumbar support with adjustment will remain intact over the years. The wheels I'd gladly see using the "rollerblades" kinda material/design that's more soft and kind to floors but perhaps make it compact twin-wheel for better support, not as easy gliding around as a single. Neck rest I'd opt to choose a removable and I'd go for a mesh design but with a "gamer" chair marketing as the gaming chairs are almost all leather except a few cloth here and there, would be easier to sell.
     
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    I had this one before my last. I actually still have it in a spare room in two pieces I think. From what I remember was fairly comfortable but first the arms got looser and looser until one broke and eventually the back broke. Lasted around the same 16 months or so I think so it wasn't terrible quality or anything and just fell apart. I guess I am rough on chairs, but I do have some that have lasted absolutely forever.
     
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    Well I'm closing in on a year and it looks and feels brand new. So something's amiss.

    Everyone who sits in mine says it feels amazing, regardless of body size.
     
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    In my experience, the real test is after 2-3 years of use (hopefully covered by warranty).
     
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    I tried azza and dx and some other racing/gaming chair and I settled on a realspace quantum full mesh with head rest chair. I have had it for 2 years now and it still feels brand new. The mesh is awesome, I have fluctuated in weight from 260 to 313 back down to 280 (injuries and recovery) and the thing is basically just amazing.
    I typically game/ work from it from 8-10 hours and now when I try other chairs I feel like I'm either sinking into a pillow with hard edges or sitting on a camping pad that doesn't fully support me.
    The arms (optional) feels super solid and the gaming chairs I have tried (and cheap office chairs) feel cheaply made.
    This chair is a solid 40+ and has a fully backed 10 year warranty from raynor group.
    My family has 2, one was at year 5 and they were standing on a ladder(replacing a light bulb), fell, thought the chair looked like a good spot to land, slightly bent the metal seat gliding mechanism. Called Taylor and with no further conversation they had a new seat bottom delivered in 4 days to the door with replacement instructions and new thread lock treated bolts.
    Can't speak more highly of a chair I have even owned.
    They go on sell for 249 and you can get a 20% off coupon, if you order in a office depot using "save the sale" its free shipping.

    My 2 cents
     
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    I've been on my DXracer King series for 3 years now and it feels like new. I just added a purple brand cushion and cleaned/lubed the piston rod assembly and seat tension spring after about 2 years. My back feels great and I can session for hours without feeling uncomfortable. I know these "gaming chairs" get a bad rep, but I'm really happy with the DXracer and it was well worth the cost.
     
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    I'm about to grab the Autonomous ErgoChair 2. I've tried dozens of chairs and I can't find one that I can feel comfortable in during sessions. I'm 6'1 and 200lbs athletic build, but in 1991 I was hit by a cab that ran a red light while i was coming into the intersection on my bike which left me with T12-L1 spinal fractures and I was paralyzed from the waist down for 3 years. 2 operations later, spinal fusions and a pair of herington rods with years of therapy I'm able to walk again and be mobile again, but getting a chair that fits has been daunting to say the least.

    I'm using an executive's high back leather chair and after about an hour or so my lower back and the back of my legs start to hurt and get really uncomfortable. Looking forward to the Ergochair.
     
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  16. Brian_B

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    Another word in for Serta Hensley - I've had good luck. First one is just over a year and a half old, and still working out well.

    Second one I got for my other office has the mobile lumbar support (Back In Motion) - not a fan of that in particular, but overall seat is still pretty comfy - just wished I had gotten another Hensley.
     
  17. crazycuz20

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    Just pulled the trigger on the Vertagear Triigger 350... pun intended... military discount was the deal breaker plus all the outstanding reviews, especially Kyle's. Shipped and arriving Monday. Right now I'm using an exercise ball so it should be much more comfortable then that, though I'll probably continue to use the ball intermittently.
     
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    I bought an Herman Miller Mirra (fully adjustable model) about 5 years ago. Best 700$ I ever spent. It still looks like new, and I can sit on it all day and never feel uncomfortable.
     
  19. jeremyshaw

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    Same. It has gotten so bad for me, I now have a standing desk next to my regular desk. Standing with a somewhat straight, relaxed posture doesn't take much energy. At least, less than fighting my latest chair.