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Recommend a gaming chair

italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
It's time to replace the decrepit old chair at my gaming PC desk. With the amount of time I spend gaming on weekends, I could stand to put a little thought into getting a nice chair to replace it. I guess I could also go outside or something... nah.

I liked the chairs they were showing at PAX, which I think are ZQRacing chairs? Unfortunately those seem to only be available in Australia, and I think they're a bit expensive for a chair. Any recommendations for something comfy and durable?

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    IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Might want to include your budget, chairs have a pretty large range of prices, you can spend quite a lot if you wanted to.

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    italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    I think anything more than $500 is ridiculous, but I'd probably want to get something $300 or less. I could be convinced otherwise if there's a real material benefit, but I'm not trying to impress anyone.

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    FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    The chair you want also depends on your height and your amount of...ahem...padding.
    For me the IKEA "Markus" is perfect, but if I was really skinny that chair would be too hard (my brother is not a fan), and if I had a lot more padding it wouldn't be wide enough. It would however support me quite well even if I was 10cm taller or 15cm shorter. Pros&cons
    +Mesh back. This is invaluable when it's hot. Nothing worse than a sweaty chair.
    +Lumbar support that keeps supporting no matter the position of the chair (no matter if I'm leaning forward or lounging while listening to music)
    +Neck support even for a relatively tall person (I'm 185, ie 6'1")
    +Seating which tilts slightly.
    -Not a lot of manual settings. You can adjust the resistance, height of the chair and lock the back in a certain position, but that's it.


    ...however, with a $500 budget even something monstrous like the Secretlab Omega is within your grasp.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    A lot of the "gaming" chairs look very much like cheap Chinese office chair bases just with a slightly fancier seat on them. I'd be taking a very close look at warranties and materials. My Ikea chair ($89!) is starting to fall apart now after a handful of years of heavy usage, maybe when it finally goes I'll petition my better half to look into something like an Eames Soft Pad high back from Herman Miller...

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    StraygatsbyStraygatsby Registered User regular
    The chair you want also depends on your height and your amount of...ahem...padding.
    For me the IKEA "Markus" is perfect, but if I was really skinny that chair would be too hard (my brother is not a fan), and if I had a lot more padding it wouldn't be wide enough. It would however support me quite well even if I was 10cm taller or 15cm shorter. Pros&cons
    +Mesh back. This is invaluable when it's hot. Nothing worse than a sweaty chair.
    +Lumbar support that keeps supporting no matter the position of the chair (no matter if I'm leaning forward or lounging while listening to music)
    +Neck support even for a relatively tall person (I'm 185, ie 6'1")
    +Seating which tilts slightly.
    -Not a lot of manual settings. You can adjust the resistance, height of the chair and lock the back in a certain position, but that's it.


    ...however, with a $500 budget even something monstrous like the Secretlab Omega is within your grasp.

    The Markus is amazing. It looks like a cheap piece of Ikea junk, but it's comfy, cool, and sturdy as hell. I can't recommend it enough. I've had my green one for 3 years and two states now, and it's the best I've had for my frame.

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    PacificstarPacificstar Registered User regular
    At the $500 price point you can get refurbished Aeron chair or something. Not very "gaming chair" but very comfortable for long sitting sessions. This site is very reputable, my company uses them to get office chairs. Right now they have Steelcase Reply Chairs for sell for just under $400, and Herman Miller Aeron's for a little more than $500.

    The site sells refurbished and floor models, or sometimes models that when opened had small damage from the manufacturer. I saved $300 on a really nice chair from them because it had a scratch on the base when taken out of the box.

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    italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    You know, we've got those Aeron chairs at work. I thought people were lying about the price tag on those. I guess I would expect more from the $500+ price tag: like some automated robotic masseur. Or a sweet racing stripe.

    None of the chairs I'm seeing have the kind of armrests that would lend themselves to holding flight simulator peripherals, which is something I think I'd like. But Fiendish Rabbit I think makes a good point in that I should probably try sitting in a few of these to see how they work with my body type. I live near Raleigh NC if anyone knows of a store where I could find this kind of furniture.

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    KlogenKlogen Registered User regular
    My favorite is any from the SecretLab's Omega series, they are comfy, solid looking and did not break in 4 months now lol that's like a feature

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    SerpentSerpent Sometimes Vancouver, BC, sometimes Brisbane, QLDRegistered User regular
    I see AKRAcing chairs used alot at esports tournaments. I looked into them briefly and they should fit your budget. Quite a few youtube reviews out there.

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    So It GoesSo It Goes We keep moving...Registered User regular
    I have a maxnomic and it suits me fine, I like how adjustable the arms are

    https://www.needforseatusa.com/en_us/shop/chairs/casual-sport.html

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    dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited August 2018
    You know, we've got those Aeron chairs at work. I thought people were lying about the price tag on those. I guess I would expect more from the $500+ price tag: like some automated robotic masseur. Or a sweet racing stripe.

    None of the chairs I'm seeing have the kind of armrests that would lend themselves to holding flight simulator peripherals, which is something I think I'd like. But Fiendish Rabbit I think makes a good point in that I should probably try sitting in a few of these to see how they work with my body type. I live near Raleigh NC if anyone knows of a store where I could find this kind of furniture.

    High use office chairs are expensive because workers compensation due to poor ergonomics are expensive. They're also built in a way that allows replacement of individual components. Steelcase and Herman Miller chairs are really nice, but having used one daily for several years now I'd say that I actually prefer my amazon basic office chair for playing games. It's not as durable, but it costs me 55$ and has held up for the last two years and isn't really showing much wear.

    Something to consider if you want one of those super expensive chairs, hospitals and closing businesses always auction or warehouse and sell their old shit when they upgrade or close. Buy something that's suggested in the thread and then keep an eye out for used office supply sales, I know a few people who managed to buy a couple of mostly functioning steelcase chairs very cheap and then combined them, bonus being they had spare parts.


    edit:
    https://finance.unc.edu/departments/strategic-sourcing-payment/procurement/eprocurement/logistics/surplus/

    Places like this, which I found after a few minutes of searching.

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    PacificstarPacificstar Registered User regular
    Anyone ever found a vertical gaming mouse? Something a little easier on the wrist..

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    spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    Anyone ever found a vertical gaming mouse? Something a little easier on the wrist..

    AKRacer use here, they are comfy and good.

    Microsoft makes an ergo mouse shaped like a ball that is great. Several sharkfin-style mice out there that are quality.

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    Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    Anyone ever found a vertical gaming mouse? Something a little easier on the wrist..
    Logitech is making one now. A bit expensive, but it’s supposed to be good.

    I really enjoyed the time I used a vertical mouse for PC gaming. Vertical mice don’t have enough buttons for my taste, but you get used to the form factor quickly.

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    AKRacing AustraliaAKRacing Australia Registered User new member
    It's time to replace the decrepit old chair at my gaming PC desk. With the amount of time I spend gaming on weekends, I could stand to put a little thought into getting a nice chair to replace it. I guess I could also go outside or something... nah.

    I liked the chairs they were showing at PAX, which I think are ZQRacing chairs? Unfortunately those seem to only be available in Australia, and I think they're a bit expensive for a chair. Any recommendations for something comfy and durable?

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    HandkorHandkor Registered User regular
    edited August 2018
    The chair you want also depends on your height and your amount of...ahem...padding.
    For me the IKEA "Markus" is perfect, but if I was really skinny that chair would be too hard (my brother is not a fan), and if I had a lot more padding it wouldn't be wide enough. It would however support me quite well even if I was 10cm taller or 15cm shorter. Pros&cons
    +Mesh back. This is invaluable when it's hot. Nothing worse than a sweaty chair.
    +Lumbar support that keeps supporting no matter the position of the chair (no matter if I'm leaning forward or lounging while listening to music)
    +Neck support even for a relatively tall person (I'm 185, ie 6'1")
    +Seating which tilts slightly.
    -Not a lot of manual settings. You can adjust the resistance, height of the chair and lock the back in a certain position, but that's it.


    ...however, with a $500 budget even something monstrous like the Secretlab Omega is within your grasp.

    The Markus is amazing. It looks like a cheap piece of Ikea junk, but it's comfy, cool, and sturdy as hell. I can't recommend it enough. I've had my green one for 3 years and two states now, and it's the best I've had for my frame.

    Thank you for this suggestion, I went to IKEA today and picked up a Markus, I sat in it and the profile was just right. Felt a lot like my current chair. I might put a spacer though to raise the arms but we'll see. I tried all the chairs at Staples and nothing felt right or had leather.

    Goodbye my comfy 20 year old chair, goodbye hockey tapped armrests, goodbye calipers holding the chair at height cause the piston would slowly drop and goodbye wheel that would pop off and needed to be chased after periodically.

    Edit: So the minimal height and long hard fixed arms ended up being a big comfort problem and I needed to raise my desk 2" to get the chair usable. I also tried adding a couple inches of foam to be able to rest my elbow and that still wasn't working out. I am returning the Markus Chair tomorrow.
    The mesh back was nice though.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited August 2018
    I'm in the market for a standing gaming desk.

    Upon moving to San Antonio, an upward dent in my eight year old desk right over the mouse area has gotten worse, and is now a bump that no mousepad can conceal. I'm not sure if pressure or pure heat could do that. Maybe I could "hammer" the dent flat?

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    PailryderPailryder Registered User regular
    This is the chair i have and it is surprisingly(?) comfortable
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2M6ZTK/

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    Pailryder wrote: »
    This is the chair i have and it is surprisingly(?) comfortable
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2M6ZTK/

    That looks fantastic. I like my SecretLab Omega but I probably spent too much on a chair.

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    ArtereisArtereis Registered User regular
    Considering how much use the chair gets, I don't think skimping out makes sense. Mine gets as much use as my bed, since I work from home, too.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    I bought a secret labs Titan in part from reading this thread. I wouldn't recommend it. It's definitely a nice chair, but I wouldn't say it's nice to the price premium you pay. I'm not a chair wizard though.

    What is this I don't even.
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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    edited September 2018
    Are you super into the bells and whistles side ( speakers flair whatnot? ) or are you just after a super comfy chair.

    I've had this almost 2 years, and even with 3 cats and my fat ass beating on it daily as well, it's still in great shape.

    If got a wide butt like me,( and other wide areas like me), it's especially nice,cause is roomy
    https://amazon.ca/gp/product/B01DN7NFRG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Lilith NightStarLilith NightStar Registered User new member
    edited September 2018
    Are you super into the bells and whistles side ( speakers flair whatnot? ) or are you just after a super comfy chair.

    I've had this almost 2 years, and even with 3 cats and my fat ass beating on it daily as well, it's still in great shape.

    If got a wide butt like me,( and other wide areas like me), it's especially nice,cause is roomy
    https://amazon.ca/gp/product/B01DN7NFRG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    That's actually the same chair I have myself, and it's pretty good IMO.

    Although it is likely possible to order a ZQ Racing chair from the website but they are going for $500+, and then they do have specific gaming chairs depending on what you are looking for.

    https://pcmag.com/roundup/361324/the-best-gaming-chairs

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=gaming+chairs&rh=i:aps,k:gaming+chairs

    Certain more costy chairs maybe better for "VR" and for mounting gaming control to as well but those kind can easily get very expensive i've seen some gaming chair setups especially those dedicated around "AR / VR", Racing Games & Flight Simulators go up to thousands of dollars for the whole setup.

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    italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    I decided on the AKRacing Max chair, and I'm building it. I will report back next week with the results.

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    AKRacing AustraliaAKRacing Australia Registered User new member
    I decided on the AKRacing Max chair, and I'm building it. I will report back next week with the results.

    We hope you like it!

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