Anyone use a gaming chair for work?

Anyone use a gaming chair for work?

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Zippee

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12,567 posts

201 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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Been looking for a fervent chair for my study now I'm going to be WFH for at least the next few weeks.
Does anyone use a gaming chair? They actually look very comfy with bolstered sides and car like seats but what are they actually like? They seem good value at between 1 and 200 pounds.

BenjiS

1,249 posts

58 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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Yes. I use a SecretLab Titan as my work chair. Really comfortable with a huge range of adjustment.

https://secretlabchairs.co.uk/collections/titan-se...

Doofus

16,186 posts

140 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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Secretlab Omega here.

thetoxicnerve

24,456 posts

144 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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I'm after a new chair and saw these too.

I was also looking at one that's similar to the Autonomously Ergochair 2. Not available until May though.

If anyone has other suggestions they'd be welcome.

Criteria: must be high back with headrest, recline function and adjustable lumbar support.

Winterway

1,514 posts

152 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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I'm sure gaming chairs work more than well enough for a lot of people, but you really need ergonomic if you're going to be spending any real time on it in my opinion. A proper ergonomic chair should have an independent back, ie. it isn't attached/pivoting from the top edge of the seat like with a car seat.

You don't need to spend 500-1000+ on a new chair. there's loads of companies especially around London doing refurbs of high end/expensive stuff which you can pick up for the same or not a lot more than premium 'gaming' chairs, lots of Herman Millers etc.

We've got a HÅG Sofi as well, but I just replaced my 10 year old RH Logic 400 with one via ebay, Ellegance model leather+leather seat back just missing leather armrest - listed at £600 but they took an offer of £450, 24m warranty so not bad, it's like new and would have been £1700+. They're great chairs, a fabric refurb should be a bout £250-300.

Edited by Winterway on Saturday 21st March 22:57

Doofus

16,186 posts

140 months

Saturday 21st March 2020
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Secretlabs are less than £400

Zippee

Original Poster:

12,567 posts

201 months

Sunday 22nd March 2020
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Doofus said:
Secretlab Omega here.
One of those just ordered... smile

LuS1fer

37,810 posts

212 months

Sunday 22nd March 2020
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Two GT Omega Racing Pros bought for my two boys for their gaming. two Christmases ago.

So impressed so bought one for my computer desk and it's brilliant. Under £200 (now £180) and great quality with good lumbar and back support. Plenty of colour combinations too.

https://www.gtomega.co.uk/products/pro-series

Edited by LuS1fer on Monday 23 March 17:58

Chicken_Satay

1,737 posts

171 months

Sunday 22nd March 2020
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I also use the Secretlab Titan. I bought it because I liked the look of it, the price was ok, and it's quite a firm chair which is what makes it comfortable.


Doofus

16,186 posts

140 months

Sunday 22nd March 2020
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I believe Secretlab have a £25 discount at the moment for those WFH.

K12beano

20,842 posts

242 months

Monday 23rd March 2020
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thetoxicnerve said:
I'm after a new chair and saw these too.

I was also looking at one that's similar to the Autonomously Ergochair 2. Not available until May though.

If anyone has other suggestions they'd be welcome.

Criteria: must be high back with headrest, recline function and adjustable lumbar support.
+1

I've been soldiering on with a Costco "Executive" chair purchased a long while ago - possibly a decade - and it's been pretty good, but just starting to show its age and use in the last 3-6 months.

Costco current offering (was my preference because I could at least see the quality and have a sit) does not appear particularly well built and doesn't have the comfort.

I hadn't - until now - considered a gaming chair could be the answer - so how do I assess these from afar? Just read reviews I suppose and weigh up apparent VFM?

Are there any downsides to gaming chairs?

thetoxicnerve

24,456 posts

144 months

Monday 23rd March 2020
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Just be wary, A LOT of the YouTube reviews are from people who were gifted the chairs.

DoctorX

5,436 posts

134 months

Thursday 16th April 2020
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Another Secretlab Titan user here. Firm but comfortable, good quality. Very impressed with it.

ZesPak

22,399 posts

163 months

Thursday 16th April 2020
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I've been using a Noble ICON for the past year or so. Very good chair and after a year of daily use (think 4+h/day on average), no signs of wear whatsoever.

PBCD

391 posts

105 months

Thursday 16th April 2020
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denn69 said:
yes I bought my gaming chair a few weeks ago on Amazon and now I use it for work too. It's so covfefe.
Link?

K12beano

20,842 posts

242 months

Thursday 16th April 2020
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DoctorX said:
Another Secretlab Titan user here. Firm but comfortable, good quality. Very impressed with it.
I bit the bullet a fortnight ago on one. It is the best decision so far this decade! Mostly due to this thread to, so cheers!!!

Jonesy23

4,650 posts

103 months

Friday 17th April 2020
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Anything particularly special about them to make them better than things like the Sparco versions? They look a bit cheap generic to me, but they're not cheap to buy.

Last time I felt the urge for something like this it involved taking a standard office chair with arms from the pile of junk ones, then bolting a stripped car seat to it.

To be honest (as said above) a refurb/used premium ergonomic office chair is just a nicer option, gaming seats are sold more on looks/concept than actually being any good - side supports?!

K12beano

20,842 posts

242 months

Friday 17th April 2020
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Not sure there is actually anything "special", apart from the fact that the design is clearly inclusive of the issues associated with sitting in one place for an extended period.

But the sorts of features which my body is being subjected to right now (this is with the SecretLabs Titan XL - about £350 before VAT):

- solid base
- designed with a bit more width (XL version)
- lumbar support, right in the small of the back (Lordosis - I can really feel it evenly supportive)
- head support (enhanced by a standard extra - a memory foam pillow, which means when you look up from the screen and tilt head back it is perfectly supported behind the neck and is at the exact right height for me (1.9m))
- arms adjust up and down and twisting in and out (will also adjust inwards more from under the base) so elbow/forrearms are always either supported when resting or free to move when in action
- basically the seat - at first - feels a bit "hard" but very soon you realise this means it supports you, and seems to keep all your bones in the right place - something you'll appreciate as you get old more *mature*


I am one of those people who like to have my car seat near upright when driving - possibly from years of motorcycling which means I only feel physically and mentally ready to go if I am at the right angle over the front wheel drivingrofl and that sort-of carries over to wanting to be more upright but supported when working away at the Mac..... in fact, must get back to my work now...... and I'll be here all day!!! cloud9

ZesPak

22,399 posts

163 months

Friday 17th April 2020
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Jonesy23 said:
Anything particularly special about them to make them better than things like the Sparco versions? They look a bit cheap generic to me, but they're not cheap to buy.

Last time I felt the urge for something like this it involved taking a standard office chair with arms from the pile of junk ones, then bolting a stripped car seat to it.

To be honest (as said above) a refurb/used premium ergonomic office chair is just a nicer option, gaming seats are sold more on looks/concept than actually being any good - side supports?!
I don't know about the Secretlabs talked about above, as said, most reviewers got given chairs for some exposure, but the Noble I have has been proven to be very good quality. Secretlabs must do a tonne of marketing though, or very good SEO, because when looking for Noble the first 3 results are Secretlabs.

My "ergonomic" chairs didn't last that long before noticeable sag - I just checked, it's nearing two years -. (mind you, I'm a powerfully built company director wink). Anyway, chairs are very personal and if you like the look...

I went for the "Tan" real leather one but in terms of looks it's actually a bit too orange for my taste.
https://www.noblechairs.com/icon-series

ecsrobin

13,059 posts

132 months

Sunday 19th April 2020
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LuS1fer said:
Two GT Omega Racing Pros bought for my two boys for their gaming. two Christmases ago.

So impressed so bought one for my computer desk and it's brilliant. Under £200 (now £180) and great quality with good lumbar and back support. Plenty of colour combinations too.

https://www.gtomega.co.uk/products/pro-series

Edited by LuS1fer on Monday 23 March 17:58
We’ve just got a GTomega element chair for the home office/gaming room, I’ve had their wheel stand for years and been impressed so went with them. A very comfortable chair and less shouty than most gaming chairs.