I’m a firm believer now that everyone who uses a computer heavily needs to own a good gaming chair for their station. It’s not because gaming chairs are cool, even if they kind of are, but mainly because they all seem to be built with heavy emphasis on ergonomics as well. There’s been little that has affected my lower back issues nearly as much as what having quality seating has done. Unfortunately, there has been numerous competitors cropping up in the market and a buyer can have a really hard time finding the right chair for the right price. At some point, you have to wonder if spending close to $1000 would be worth it, but most of us would be extremely skeptical of that. E-Win has been making some heavy pushes to break into the market and we’re going to look at one of the Champion series chairs to find out how well they do. Let’s take a quick look at the values of the company, then we can dive into the rest of the review.
Features and Specifications
Below is the full list of features for the Champion chair. Two things to note though are the 4D armrests, which give a large amount of customization for comfort, and the breathable material. Those are nice qualities to have in a gaming chair. It looks like the lift can support up to 330 lbs which is a good indication of the weight limit this chair is designed for. Not bad either!
The specifications on the site pretty much revolve around a basic description of the chair. Informative, even if the list is nothing to get excited about.
Chair Type: Gaming/Office Chair
Foam Type:High Density Seperated Foaming
Foam Density: 55kg/m3
Frame Color: Black
Frame Construction: Metal
Adjustable Armrests: 4D
Mechanism Type: Multi-functional Tilt
Tilt Lock: Yes
Tilt Angle Lock: Yes
Gas Lift Class: 4
Chair/Seat Back Style: High-back
Adjustable Back Angle: 85-155 Degrees
Base Type: 5-star Wide Aluminum Base
Caster Size & Material: 2″ Caster/PU
Packaging and Accessories
All around, the packaging for the chair is really solid. As soon as you open the box, you’re greeted with the 5 point wheel base with protective bubble wrap. The card board divider helps keep the material parts of the chair safe as well.
The back is laid on top of the base and both pieces seem to be safe from damage of each other, or other parts in the box. I felt like the bottom could use a bit more buffering from potential impacts that can happen, but the extra sheet of cardboard helps with the majority of what could damage the chair.
Their isn’t much along the lines of accessories for this chair, but the two things that qualify are really great additions. First, the manual is excellently done. There’s full color, easy to follow steps that set an extraordinary example of what any company should do. The other thing is the pair of white gloves. These help protect from getting grease stains on the chair material during assembly.
I chose to be a rebel and assemble the chair in my own way. While I don’t recommend that, I wanted to point out that this chair is quite easy to piece together. Starting with the wheel base, I began by putting all five wheels in place. Once that’s done, I dropped the lift in the hole, stuck the cover over that, and pushed it down a tad to help it stick. My weight in the chair will be the final touch to that step.
Next is installing the tilt mechanism to the seat base. E-Win mounts the bolts to the chair in shipping, so you need to remove them first. After that, it’s a simple process of tightening them back in with the included, larger hex key. The bolts have a very clear stopping point that doesn’t take He-man strength to fully tighten. I would recommend checking the bolts on the armrests though, since some of them need a little tweak to be all the way tightened.
After that, you simply line the back up with the holes on the seat base and screw the bolts in there as well. You can do the balancing act that I did, or lay the chair on it’s side. Either way, only lightly thread the bolts on each side so that you can easily get all four started. Once that’s finished, you can tighten them down. If the top bolts can’t seem to quite reach, then do the bottom two first, that will suck the brackets in enough to make the top ones really easy, then finish tightening all four down.
Finally, using the smaller bolts and hex key, screw the bracket covers onto the sides. One has an out-dent that goes on the side with the reclining lever. After that, get ready to enjoy sitting in your new chair!
Final Look and Seating Impressions
While E-Win has multiple styles of chairs, this Champion model with the breathable material only comes in all black for the time being. That’s great in my book! It turns out that my other desk items have so much color, that black fits nicely in my station. The chair certainly has a very strong quality feel to it. I recently had troubles with a wheel base on my OPSeat at work breaking because the aluminum was a bit too flimsy. E-Win doesn’t look like it will have this problem. It goes to show that the old adage is true that you get what you pay for.
Looks and quality are one thing, but the feel of the chair is going to rule the majority of the review. Here, E-Win has hit it out of the park. I only remember sitting in one gaming chair at CES that felt like I was sitting in a cloud of comfort. The Champion is now the second one that holds that honor. The elastic straps on the seat base seem to help with a soft, cushion-y feel and the entire chair is nice and roomy. The ergonomic design makes it so that sitting with a proper posture is the most comfortable way you can sit. While I’m not a big fan of lumbar pillows, both of them are soft and comfortable to use. The breathable material is great as well, making sure I didn’t get sweaty in normal to even slightly warm room temperatures. Who knew sitting could feel so good!
E-Win has what I would consider a “practically perfect in every way” chair with this Champion model. Quality, features and comfort are all top notch. It even seems like the chair sells out frequently which doesn’t surprise me. If you like to have a more detailed visual look at the chair, check out my video review below, especially for the thorough look at the assembly process.
The final consideration is looking at the price. When I first set out looking at gaming chairs, $200 felt like my hard limit. I can say that there is some pretty decent options in that range. E-Win is offering this Champion for $299. While that’s certainly more pricey, let’s talk about what the extra money gets you. First, there’s the features. We have a large weight limit, better armrests and good size for the chair. The big selling point for me though is the substantial bump in the comfort level. I’ve tried several low to mid $200 chairs and nothing comes close to how E-win feels, even if the straight ergonomics are close to the same level. E-Win has what I consider a perfect balance of quality, comfort, features and price in that I have to recommend this chair as a must have if you can spot the cash for it. Because of that, we happily award the E-Win Champion Gaming Chair the Pure Overclock Editor’s Choice Award!
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NOTE: This is a review post from Pureoverclock.