Sometime after looking at the excellent noblechairs Icon, I was contacted by another company that also sold Gaming chairs. This company was E-Win, and no I’d never heard of them either. Sometime after I was contacted and a few emails later and I was in the possession of an Ewinracing Champion Series Gaming Chair.
The chair itself is available in a variety of colour schemes (black/white, black/blue, black/red & black/orange/white). We have here today the black/red version.
The chair arrived at pcG in a very large box, with a hole in the side; obviously not Ewinracing’s fault. Luckily the contents were (surprisingly) unharmed by what must have been a traumatic event, for the box that is. The box gives very little away as to its contents, but it’s definitely from E-Win and I’m pretty sure the parts of a chair are inside…
As one would guess in the box are a number of parts and some assembly is required. As for packaging, well it survived the courier and that in itself is impressive. But overall I would say packaging and presentation was adequate and inline with many a Gaming Chair that we’ve seen in the past.
In the top of the box underneath the base and the foam padding we find the main back of the chair, protected by a simple plastic bag. Removing this allows us to see the next layer that houses the accessories box and the seat of the chair, complete with pre-installed arms. Again the seat is covered by a plastic bag and the metal arms (that attach to the seat back) are further protected with foam covers.
looking at the accessories box we can see that here we find the main instruction guide and simple it looks too! In addition to this the box also holds a plethora of parts: the tilt mechanism, hydraulic piston, piston cover, side covers (with screw covers), 5 wheels, some screws and a couple of allen (hex) keys and also some gloves! The gloves are there to help you keep the seat clean during assembly; a nice touch but more on this later. It’s also worth noting that the parts received (that are correct BTW) are not the same as the ones laid out in the instruction guide. ?
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: 180
Base Type: 5-star Wide Aluminum Base
Caster Size & Material: 2″ Caster/PU
As I mentioned earlier the instructions are simple, but that’s a good thing as it looks like the Ewinracing Champion Series might be one of the easiest Gaming Chairs to assemble that we’ve seen. Although the instructions are still wrong, but even that’s a good thing…That’s because the first two steps of the assembly instructs you to install the two cushions (head/lumbar) to the back of the chair. And, that step was already done for me as the back of the chair (as you can see from the image above) already has the cushion in place. Result! ? The lumbar cushion is held in place by two simple (yet a little ugly) straps, this allows the cushion to be positioned up and down. But, more importantly, it means that it stays there. The head/neck cushion is held in place by a simple strap that loops through the two holes in the back of the chair.
Next it’s time to take a look at the seat of the chair as Step 4 sees us mounting the seat to the back of the chair itself. Worth noting that the armrests are already in place and this will indeed cut down on the assembly time. Step 3 asks you to remove the bolts that are already loosely in position on the sides of the seat back. I was quite impressed to see an additional flat washer pre-installed to protect the leather from damage by the locking spring washer.The task of holding the seat back in position and mounting it to the base is a little cumbersome and to be fair a little help here is always welcome. I forged on though (on my own) and without too much effort I manged to get all the bolts in place (loosely) after just a few minutes. These were then all tightened in turn…
If there was any evidence of cost cutting it is during Step 6 that you’re likely notice this. This is because not only are the plastic parts cheap to look at, they were also both dirty (above right) and there were numerous sharp (see centre image above) edges. Now I know this is not a premium Gaming Chair, but this needs sorting as it lets down the overall (good) feel of the product.
Fitting those side covers was also easy enough, but note they are not the same the larger one goes on the side with the tilt mechanism, something not mentioned in the instructions. I was impressed to see the inclusion of the screw hole covers that hides the screws once in place. Something missing from even premium brand chairs.
Next we return our attention to the base of the chair, literally. As Step 8 sees us install the main tilt mechanism to the base of the chair. First we need to remove the four pre-installed bolts attach the mechanism and reinstall the bolts. Again it’s best to get each bolt in position first before any tightening is done. Also note the mechanism MUST be fitted in the correct orientation (Step 9), with the front label on the mechanism facing the front of the chair.
Finally we turn our attention to the base of the chair and its associated wheels. Here again there was a possible sign of cost cutting as the base of the chair itself, while well made, seemed incredibly light and there was no bracing in its moulded form.All five wheels fitted with ease with a simple push. The base was complete once the hydraulic piston was slotted into the hole in the top and covered by the telescopic plastic cover.
With the chair and the base complete it was time to fit one atop the other and Voila! Very nice it looks too ?
First impressions are really rather a good, the Ewinracing Champion Series Gaming chair looks good, appears comfortable and seems well made. The E-Win embroidering is also rather nice too… ?
The only drawbacks I can find are the cheap, dirty (yet easily cleaned) plastic parts and the fact that the base of the chair seems surprisingly light. The chair itself seems really good, I very much like the adjustable (position) lumbar support and the chair also sports a good deal of adjustability also.
On the base of the chair there one main control and one adjustable knob. The lever on the right side of the chair (when you’re sat on it that is) controls the height of the chair. Note that the lowest height of the base of the chair (from the floor) is approximately 45cm while at at its highest it’s around 60cm. Pulling the lever out unlocks the back of the chair allowing it to tilt backwards. Conversely, pushing the lever in will lock the chair in position.The ease at which the chair can be tilted back is controlled by the cylindrical knob in the centre of the chair.
As with the previously reviewed noblechairs Icon the armrests can move within four different directions. The two buttons on the inside of the armrest allow the armrest itself to either move sideways (left/right) or forwards and backwards, the arm can also be swivelled left and right. The lever on the outside of the armrest allows the armrest to move up and down. There is obviously plenty of adjustment here and most should be happy.
I’ve now been sat in this chair for almost 3 weeks and I have to say that I’m really rather impressed. There’s no doubting that at this point the chair is extremely comfortable. Of course, what it might be like in a year or two from now is hard to tell. I only say this as there’s no doubt that it’s not as well made as the noblechairs Icon, that itself is the benchmark of quality. But in E-win’s defence here you’re not paying for it either…From a pure asethetics and comfort point of view there really is little to complain about here. The chair is comfortable, adjustable and I just love that positional lumbar support. OK, so the chair might not be the most understated of Gaming Chairs that we’ve seen, but come on – you know it looks good…In fact considering that this chair can be bought and delivered (at the time of review) for approximately £210 (using pcGameware discount code), this Gaming Chair is easy to recommend.
I have to confess I’m really pretty impressed with the Ewinracing Champion Series Gaming Chair. It’s got the looks, it is for the most part (and given the cost) well made and more importantly it’s really comfortable.The Ewinracing Champion Series Gaming Chair arrived at pcG in a somewhat lacklustre yet eco-friendly box. There was even a hole in the side of it thanks to the pesky couriers no doubt, but all contents within remained undamaged. Packaging is still best described as adequate although it is in line with all of the Gaming Chairs that we’ve seen before.As is common with Gaming Chairs the Champion Series chair needed to be assembled first and the instructions were clear and concise but unfortunately, they were also wrong in places, providing instructions for assembly that was, in fact, already done! Although to be fair that’s a good thing; right!? I didn’t even have to attach the arms to the seat as that was also done, in fact the assembly was complete within around 15-20 mins.Once built the Ewinracing Champion Series Gaming Chair was found to be quite the looker. I’m a fan of the colour scheme (black/white, black/blue & black/white/orange also available) and I really liked the E-Win embroidered logo on both the seat and both of the cushions. As soon as I sat in the chair I felt comfortable, there’s the right amount of support laterally and the positional lumbar support is really nice. This is especially true as thanks to the (somewhat unsightly straps) it stays in position. After Gaming (here’s looking at you Black Desert) for countless hours, over numerous weeks, the chair was found to be comfortable at all times.Overall the adjust ability was also found to be good, there’s height adjustment, back angle adjustment, tilt with variable control and the armrest that move back/forth, left/right, up/down and they swivel too.Overall Ewinracing have produced a great Gaming chair in the Champion Series, the only fly in the ointment really is the fact there’s some cost cutting here and there. This can be found in some cheap plastic parts on the side of the chair and the somewhat lightweight base. But to be fair once you’re sat in it all of that is likely to be forgotten…
NOTE: This is a review post from Pcgameware.