If you spend hours gaming, good posture is vital: these chairs offer the support you need to stay fit and focused
Some gamers only value a powerful PC: a high-end graphics card, a fast internet connection and a big monitor are their touchstones. Yet you can’t be a true king of gaming without the right throne.
Of course, the joke in the gaming community is that a dedicated computer chair makes you a wannabe hacker, but don’t listen. A specialist seat can help you maintain a good posture, keep you comfortable and reduce strain and tension during long gaming sessions. That may not sound important, especially to younger gamers, but the last thing you want is an injury that affects your ability to work, rest and kick ass in PUBG or League of Legends.
But what should you look for? Here’s everything you need to know before making a purchase and, below, our top picks of 2019.
How to choose the best gaming chair for you
There are a few key elements that differentiate a gaming chair from a regular office chair. The most obvious is the aesthetics: most gaming chairs are designed to look cool, as if they’ve been plucked out of a race car or an oversized PC rig. They come in a variety of eye-catching colours so, if you’ve had your heart set on a bright orange chair, you may be in luck. Of course, there are more professional-looking designs, too. Aesthetics are subjective so pick whatever captures your heart.
Gaming chairs also come in a range of materials, from fabric to real and synthetic leather. Make the right choice: if you’re gaming in a hot room, a fabric chair might get uncomfortable. That’s not the case with a mesh-styled gaming chair or one that uses premium materials.
Chair size is another important consideration. Gaming chairs provide neck support, often with dedicated neck and lumbar pillows, so they’re comfortable to sit in for long periods. To get the benefit, though, you need a chair that’s the right size for your body. Pay close attention to the dimensions and check the height adjustment options.
For the snuggest fit, you may want to choose a car-seat style design, which will typically include thigh support side bolsters, along with waist and shoulder pads that resemble a racing seat.
E-Win Flash XL: Perfect for tall individuals
Being tall has its benefits: you can see over people’s heads and might be mistaken as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones. However, when it comes to gaming chairs your options are somewhat limited – not every chair will accommodate your tall frame and if you’ve been hitting the gym your body won’t fit in some of these bespoke narrow chairs. Alas, E-Win Europe’s Flash XL caters for such individuals.
The chair is supremely comfortable with cold moulding foam, has all the right adjustments and is wide, tall, large and strong enough, too. It has 4D armrests, a rocking mechanism (but with no angle lock), comes with lumbar and neck pillows and comes with a 5-year warranty. If you’re tall or well-built, the Flash XL is an excellent choice.
Key specs – Height adjustability: 12cm; Width of seat base (inner): 38-42cm; Length of backrest: 85cm; Width of backrest (total and inner): 57cm and 34cm; Backrest adjustability: 85-155°; Seat depth: 54cm; 4D armrest: Yes, lockable; Rocking mechanism:Yes up to 11° with no angle lock; Pillows: Yes, lumbar and neck; Maximum weight (user):150kg; Warranty: 5 years
A lot of players, especially ones who spend a big part of their day in front of a computer, don’t consider how little support a typical office chair has for the body. If you’re starting to feel a little ache after a long day looking at a screen hunched over in a swivel seat, it might be time to consider an upgrade
Luckily, there are all sorts of options for all sorts of body sizes and shapes, including one of the best– the EWin Racing Flash-XL Series Gaming Chair. It’s a fantastic chair with a large base, high back rest, and an assortment of adjustable features that make it as amiable as it is sturdy. It’s great for streamers, competitors, and casual players alike.
The chair, as the series name would suggest, is meant for larger users with extra space between armrests and taller-than-usual height adjustments that reach 13.4 inches off the ground. And even while it’s perfect for wider reaching players it can suit people of all sizes who want a bit of extra room, just make sure your desk is primed for an upgraded chair.
If your moving from a typical desk chair to this gaming chair the change will feel abrupt, but you’ll settle in quickly after a simple setup process with clear image-clad instruction manual. The number of versatile features including adjustable 4D armrests, 360-degree swivel, 155-degree adjustable backrest, and adjustable base height. The backrest can be layed back to enjoy a more casual experience like Firewatch while it can push your posture up for more focused, action-packed shooters like Overwatch.
It also comes with a support neck pillow and lumbar backrest, one for your lower back and one for your neck with removable straps in case you need extra support in either area. That brings up the question of the EWin Racing Flash-XL Series Gaming Chair’s overall comfortability. The answer is clear here, this chair may actually help with poor posture due to how good it feels to sit upright in, especially after aligning the backrest, height, and armrests to suit specific height and weight measurements.
The most noticeable of those features are the ‘4D’ armrests, something that isn’t as common in gaming chairs that we’ve seen before. Armrests are a constant point of frustration in a lot of chairs since they can often only move up and down, this chair allows the armrests position, angle, and height to be moved to suit the users preferences. The switches to change the position of the armrests are located on different sides of the rests and can be somewhat easy to accidentally hit but are altogether convenient.
After using the chair for a week it would be hard to recall a more comfortable gaming experience, perfect for long hours in Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a quick session in Monster Hunter World, or anything in between.
The lumbar backrest is perfect for anyone who has lower back issues and side cushions on the chair give additional support. The chair is so versatile you’ll want to use it for most things like working through your email or having dinner. Although you won’t want to spill and mashed potatoes on this chair, it’s got too much style.
The seat is conveniently cloaked in high quality leather, with memory foam underneath it cushioning the divide between you and the strong metal frame. Now while most chairs with this much versatility may look bulky and while this gaming chair is obviously on the larger side, the combination of slick black and sharp red make it look like the prized possession of a successful streamer.
The EWin Flash XL gaming chair is a heavy-duty seat with a large base, designed for maximum room and comfort. It’s similar to the previous chair we reviewed from EWin, known as their “Calling” series, albeit much larger.
After using the roomy Flash XL chair for a few weeks, there are few occasions that I can say I’ve had a better seating experience. However, there’s a couple of design flaws that hold the seat back.
At a glance, the EWin Flash XL seat is very similar to the Calling series chair we reviewed a little while back. It has many of the same features, including 360-degree swivel, a 155-degree adjustable backrest angle, tilt control, height control, large wheels, and adjustable armrests. There are, however, some key differences.
The Flash XL chair is designed for larger and taller owners, providing up to 13.4 inches of lift for longer legs, and a wider 22.4-inch seat. Whether you’re a larger gamer or simply prefer something with more room, this could be the chair for you.
The Flash series also comes with “4D” adjustable armrests. Unlike the Calling chair we reviewed previously, which only allowed you to adjust the height of the armrests, the Flash chair lets you adjust the angle, the height, and the position of the armrests with hidden toggle switches. It’s a nice touch, but they’re a little tooadjustable. A simple knock can make the armrest float into a different position. It’s a minor gripe, but worth mentioning.
Like with the Calling chair, you can adjust the backrest angle and the tilt. Sling them backward for getting comfy and enjoying movies or VR, push them forwards to get focused on the action in a first-person shooter. The Flash XL gives you the power to customize your experience at will, and the levers are well placed and easy to shift, while ensuring the that every new position retains a solid feel.
The Flash XL also comes with an optional lumbar backrest and a neck pillow, which are adjustable with belt straps. The seat is gratuitously wrapped in high-quality PU leather, beneath thick, high-density memory foam and a robust metal frame. As someone pushing the weight limit of this chair, few products have felt this hard-wearing under load.
The Flash XL has the feature set on point for any self-respecting gaming chair, but how comfortable is it?
Comfort and quality
The Flash XL mirrors its Calling cousin with high-quality materials and design. I mentioned the metal framework that persists throughout the build, but also, the PU leather is bonded with heavy-duty stitching that simply won’t come apart easily. Unlike some other vendors I’ve seen, EWin doesn’t cheap-out on the stitching in places that aren’t readily visible either.
The seat is as comfortable as ever, with tons of room, side-cushions for extra support, and that winning lumbar backrest that I simply adore. The benefits of a lumbar backrest cannot be overstated, and even if you don’t buy this chair specifically, there are lumbar back rests available on Amazon that you can purchase to fit existing chairs. My back and shoulders hate me when I don’t have one at this point.
The gas lift provides an impressive 13.4 inches of floor clearance, which is ideal for taller gamers. If you have little legs like me, you can shrink all the way down to 9 inches, potentially useful if you want to put your feet up too.
You might think the PU leather could get clammy in summer, but it’s reasonably airy and extremely easy to clean if you spill coffee all over it (as I found out). There’s really nothing negative to say about the seat itself, it’s simply wonderful, but there are a couple of design elements that concern me.
For some reason, the chair is a little hard to maneuver when compared to the Calling EWin chair I reviewed previously. The chair is quite large, and a little front-heavy, because the central leg is further towards the back of the seat. As a result, when you want to shuffle forward, it’s hard to get any form of initial momentum, making the chair hard to move. It’s not a huge issue, but it seems like a construction oversight that prevents the seat from achieving true perfection.
Overall: the EWin Flash XL chair is awesome
A couple of minor gripes aside, this is the most comfortable chair I’ve used, particularly as someone currently on the larger side of the gamer persuasion. If you’re looking for a larger chair or something with a little more lift to suit your height, you have to take a look at the Flash XL.
It’s by no means cheap at around $430, but the metal frame, high-quality materials, and generously-cushioned seat design make this an incredibly comfortable seat that will last far, far longer than a quick-fix $100 solution. Your back will thank you, too.
Among the most comfy chairs out there.
Tons of adjustability.
Durable materials and design.
Chair feels front-heavy, making it hard to maneuver while seated.
In the beginning, there were gaming consoles, after which home PCs dominated until personal computers (PCs) became prevalent in the gaming field as well. The rapidly growing gaming industry has inevitably attracted the attention of a number of companies. We have seen many such companies evolve over the years; many blossom while others lose their focus and eventually fade away. The truth of the matter is that the competition in these IT-specific market segments is huge – companies that are not good enough inevitably face extinction.
There are several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – companies that actually have manufacturing capabilities and sell their products to other companies without production lines. Many OEMs have also entered the retail market somewhere along the way. Such entries can result in equivocal relationships that blur the boundaries between product designers, manufacturers, and vendors. However, such a turn does at times result in exceptional products. E-Win used to be an OEM. After years of manufacturing office chairs, it entered the gaming chair market with a great variety of gaming/office chairs for mostly the mainstream.
There are four lines: the Champion, Calling, Hero, and Flash series with its Normal and XL subcategories. Each of these includes at least six differing choices. Today, we have in our lab a gray-colored chair from the Flash Normal series (FLNB). This chair is equipped with a basic ergonomic feature set, and E-Win says it to offer comfort and safety over even longer periods of use. The steel frame and high-density, cold-molded memory foam can also hold a weight of up to 150 kg.
The aluminum five-star base, fair price, and E-Win’s years of experience in manufacturing chairs look promising. We will as per usual for our reviews make a point of thoroughly examining every aspect of this chair in order to properly convey its pros and cons. Click here to know more from video review.
Almost all the packages we receive lately have had it rough, which had them arrive damaged. As a result, we sometimes find damaged contents inside. Surprisingly, E-Win’s package arrived intact. While doing some online research on their official website, we discovered a page dedicated to their packaging, in which the whole process is illustrated with pictures, and each of these is followed by a short explanation in text.
The package is big and heavy; it takes at least two people to lug around safely.
E-Win’s logo is all around the package. There’s only a single hint of what’s inside, though.
All contents are well-protected, wrapped in plastic membrane.
The bundle includes the following:
• Chair’s backrest
• Chair’s aluminum base with both armrests pre-installed
• Hydraulic system cover/dust-cover shroud
• Neck- and lumbar-support pillows pre-installed
• Butterfly tilt/metal base frame, height adjustment mechanism
• Grade class 4 gas lift
• Soft-glide casters (5x)
• M8 Allen keys (2x)
• Side covers (2x)
• Mounting screws (3x)
• Screw covers (for the screws of the seat’s back-mount covers) (2x)
• User’s manual
• Pair of cotton gloves, size large
The grade class 4 gas lift is self-contained and inside a carton box. The caster wheels, Allen keys, mounting screws, side covers, screw covers, and cotton gloves are also inside a carton box. While a small detail, the inclusion of a pair of protective gloves was greatly appreciated since there have been times in the past were small accidents as we assembled everything have taken place.
However, a number of negatives caught our attention as well. The plastic material of the side and screw covers is not of the finest quality, and the dust cover is one of the thinnest we have ever seen.
Table of Acronyms
The following table goes over the material acronyms you will come across while searching for a gaming or office chair. Not only does this table go over what each acronym stands for, but the material traits of each entry are also detailed.
Material – Acronyms
Natural Leather is divided into different categories:
Full-Grain, Top-Grain, Bonded Leather, and Split Leather
Less wasteful because it is a by-product of the animal industry
Occasionally more durable than synthetic leather
Cruel to animals – unethical in the eyes of some
Production introduces chemicals to the environment
No one can be completely sure of the quality since “Genuine Leather” as a tag could also mean “not of the best quality, though real leather”
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Leather
No animal cruelty
Fade and stain resistant
Occasionally easily torn
Produced with potentially carcinogenic chemicals
Polyurethane (PU) Leather
No animal cruelty
Fade and stain resistant
Occasionally easily torn
Produced with chemicals
The armrests and two cushions come pre-installed, which makes assembling this chair pretty straightforward and quick. However, the backrest was fairly heavy, and we aren’t that tall. Considering that we had to lift it in order to align it with the metal brackets on the seat’s base, an additional person was required. The caster wheels also took someone with stronger hands than mine.
Assembly starts with the installation of the caster wheels to the five-star base. We had to press the studs into the base firmly. The hydraulics also need to be put into the aluminum base before the dust-cover shroud is attached. We then unscrewed the four pre-mounted hex bolts at the bottom of the seat with the large hex key in order to place the butterfly tilt tray; mind the arrow that points towards the front. Next, the sitting area is attached to the chair’s hydraulics system.
With the backrest in place, we unscrewed the four hex bolts on each side with the small hex key that is included in the bundle. The backrest needs to be aligned with the seat’s metal brackets before the plastic side covers and two remaining screws are attached to the backrest. Also don’t forget to put the two screw covers over the plastic covers’ screws.
There are also two cuts among the holes for the hex bolts, on each side of the backrest. These cuts are definitely intentional, but we found no information on these anywhere. All together, we had to unscrew and screw in eight hex bolts.
We rummaged through the company’s website before taking a closer look at their chair. E-Win’s website looks well built and includes information about the entire creation process and how everything is packaged. Most of the used components are said to be of high quality, and E-Win is not afraid to show them. There is also a video that goes over the main differences that set E-Win’s chairs apart from those by other manufacturers.
At first, we were certain that the chair had arrived intact. Yet, we were unfortunately wrong, and as we glanced at the rear of the backrest, we made out two indentations that are most likely due to how the five-star base’s package had been positioning on top, which puts E-Win’s packaging concept at fault. Also, like with some other chairs we have evaluated in the past, there was that intense odor of the PU upholstery. Thankfully, it disappeared after a couple of hours.
Once the chair is assembled, it looks impressive overall. The Flash chair is definitely large enough to nicely welcome even heavy-boned gamers.
The PU upholstery feels smooth and soft and has a fine stitching to it, yet we did find some folded upholstery at the rear of the backrest. The gray and black color combination definitely is not the one we would have picked from E-Win’s plethora of available option, but the one that was to our liking was unfortunately out of stock, which had us settle for a compromise. The color of a chair is clearly subjective, and in the end, it is of small importance considering what matters the most; ergonomics, comfort, build quality, and, of course, price.
The cushioning of the seat immediately caught our eye. We were impressed by its volume. Once we took a seat, we found it to be spacious, and we were happy that the foam filing not only looked rich, but felt really comfy as well. The backrest is wide and feels sturdy. The side flaps point outward, and the backrest’s upper part hence also does not lead to any restrictions in terms of body type.
The armrests are padded and seem to be spongier than the ones we have come across thus far. The aluminum five-star base seems to be well-fabricated, and we thus assume that it will last for a while even if you put this chair through the ringer by using it for the better part of a day on a regular basis. Our first look shows that the Flash Normal chair is one of the most comfortable chairs we have tried out so far!
Am Overview of The Flash Chair Series
The Flash series is divided into two main categories: the Flash Normal and XL chairs. The two main differences between these two categories are the dimensions and color combinations. The Normal category consists of two sub-categories: the FLNB and FLNC with a total of six different color combinations. The XL category includes four sub-categories and has a total of eleven different color combinations.
A Closer Look
The backrest of our Flash chair is 55 cm (27.1 “) wide and 87 cm (34.3 “) long. Once you lay back on the backrest, how wide it is becomes apparent. You have the sense that it embraces your upper body without confiding you. It feels comfortable enough due its elastic bands and how thick the foam is (60 kg/m3). As such, even a person of 150 kg (330 lb) will not feel uncomfortable.
The backrest bears a heavy metal frame and is filled with cold-molded, high-density memory foam to make sure this chair is still comfortable after even hours of prolonged use. Additionally, the backrest is equipped with four elastic bands.
There is E-Win’s embroidered logo on the headrest with its white stitching, and once the neck-support pillow is attached, we find the same embroidered logo on it as well. We even found two small engraved logos on the rear of the backrest, at the bottom of each opening.
We also found a triangle in the middle of the backrest that starts in the lower section and goes up halfway. Two stripes that resemble horns appear on the sides of the backrest, and two more triangles appear underneath the openings for where the neck pillow’s strap is attached. The last two triangles are above the openings for these strap attachments.
The backrest’s reclining angle ranges from 85-155 degrees and is adjusted via a lever situated on the right side of the seat.
Due to the fact that the neck- and lumbar-support pillows are pre-attached, the backrest and seat’s base are folded, which creates something like a hump in the package. There were, as such, indentations on the rear of the backrest the five-star base had made, and they stuck around, after even weeks had gone by.
The armrests are 4D, padded, mushy, and covered in PU. They move to the front, back, left, and right with the use of three buttons. In other words, the armrests can be adjusted vertically and in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation.
The Seat Base & Adjustments
The seat’s base has a depth of 57 cm (22.4 “) and is 54 cm (21.3 “) wide.
The chair’s height ranges from 24-32 cm (9.4-12.6 “) and can be adjusted with a lever on the right side of the chair, under the seat. There are English and Spanish instructions on the lever. The chair’s overall height from the ground up including the base is 119 cm (46.85 “), which is considered to be really high and, as such, great for tall people. While we usually find this lever to be awkwardly placed, this one is positioned well. A knob with which to adjust the tilt’s tension is also under the seat. The PU upholstery is matte, soft and 0.12 cm (0.047 “) thick, but has no open cells. The seat looks rather fluffy and is the second gaming chair with as much density foam we have reviewed. Due to the thickness of the cold memory foam, we found the seat’s base to be really comfortable.
A heavy steel frame out of metal guarantees that individuals of up to 150 kg (330 lb) have nothing to fear. The cushioning of the Flash chair is made out of a single piece of cold-molded memory foam. Like the backrest, the seat’s base is equipped with three individual elastic bands. The elastic webbing supports the foam and ensures comfort.
The edges on both sides of the seat are less pronounced towards the front, and users will, as such, not feel confined to the seat. Things are different towards the back of the seat, though. Here, the edges are fairly tall in order to keep your bottom attached to the seat, and the backrest makes sure your body posture is right. We did think that these raised edges would create a problem when it came to reaching for the levers on the right side of the chair, but such was not the case.
We couldn’t find a logo on the seat’s base, other than the one on the lumbar-support pillow. We found two very discreetly placed engraved logos on each side of the seat’s plastic bits, however. There is the gray cord that runs alongside the seat’s base and the flaps. A gray triangle also starts at the front and almost goes halfway up the seat.
We did find a flaw on one of the seat’s sides, though. There’s a dent on the right side that is most likely due to a fault with the factory’s assembly procedure.
Another flaw with our sample was that the right armrest can be raised a little higher (by about a centimeter) than the left one. This is not a major problem, though, since you are still able to adjust these to where both are level.
Hydraulics, Five-Star Base & The Caster Wheels
A class four metal gas lift of 12 cm (4.72 “) in height is responsible for all height adjustments, and it can hold a body weight of up to 150 kg (330 lb).
The aluminum five-star base has a matte powder-coated finish and is sturdy enough to support such a weight.
The 7.62 cm (3″) caster wheels are made out of polyurethane (PU). They are steady and roll along nicely on both a laminated floor and light-medium carpet. Thick, tall carpets will have almost all gaming and office chairs struggle. These caster wheels also aren’t noisy, and they remained quiet after even several weeks of use.