I’ve been writing online for twenty years and man oh man does my ass hurt.
Sedentary jobs are the worst. I’ve done the corporate world for a long time before I started working the online side and it’s the worst. To make matters worse for myself, I’ve not invested in a good office chair for probably a good ten years now. I’m at my desk from usually 5:30 am to 6:00 pm every day writing, watching shows, and occasionally sneaking in a little gaming time when I can get a few minutes to play. And for the past ten years this is EXACTLY what I’ve been sitting on.
Yep, your standard dining room/kitchen chair. With a concession in the past year to a cushion on it simply because I’ve gotten a bit older and I like a little bit of comfort.
So, I’ll admit, when the folks at EwinRacing contacted me about taking a look at one of their computer gaming chairs it was essentially a no-brainer. I’ve had friends that have gotten gaming chairs over the years but because of my size I never really tried them as I didn’t want to damage them in the slightest. So I had no real experience with it. All I had was standard office chair stuff and what you saw above. I’m a creature of habit and when I find something comfortable and that works – which yes, that dining room chair qualified under that – I stuck with it. And for a long time.
What I ended up trying out was an Ewinracing Knight Series chair – with pillows!
Let’s talk specs first because we’ve always been a bit technical:
- Chair Type: Gaming/Office Chair
- Foam Type:High Density Seperated Foaming
- Foam Density: 55kg/m3
- Frame Color: Black
- Frame Construction: Metal
- Adjustable Armrests: 2D
- 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
That’ll mean more to some than others, but the main thing for me was the foam density. This chair is comfortable once you’re in it and getting acclimated to it. More on that in a minute. First, we got our big box which is always fun. We’ve put together a number of office chairs over the years so that was a pretty straightforward experience, taking about 30 minutes overall.
One thing I really appreciated that they sent with this was a pair of PUG gloves. When you do a lot of stuff with gear like this with the nuts and bolts, a simple pair of gloves to keep all the grime off your hands and to get a bit better of a grip is wonderful. They’re not high-end or expensive stuff, they’re designed to be disposable, but it’s the little inclusion like that which goes the distance.
The instructions for the set are largely interchangeable with their entire line but there are differences. The instructions at one point, for example, said to work with the bolts along the bottom to connect the pieces but they’re actually along the side. Again, there aren’t a ton of parts to it and everything is done by working with allen wrenches. So if you’ve put together anything like this a quick read-through, a little eye-balling of the differences, and you’ve got it down pat.
I was really impressed by the overall build quality of the materials. In particular, the bottom part of these things are usually three or maybe four legs but we get five of them here. And it’s not just a husk of plastic, it has some real weight and heft to it with the nice design elements. This piece definitely let me know what I was dealing with compared to your normal chairs.
As I said, thirty minutes of unpacking and getting it together does the job. The chair comes with a semi-hard cushion for lumbar support that I’m still getting used to along with a strap-on head cushion. After going for years in the chair that I had, well, I’m not used to leaning back in a chair at all. Or swiveling!
I’ve spent the past week with the chair and I’m most definitely a convert. As I said, the foam density piece was what I was most interested in and it’s a huge plus considering the amount of time I’m in the chair. With the lower back pillow I can already feel like things are getting better there because I’m more likely to sit upright and lean back, which is definitely better than what I’ve been doing for years.
The other thing that I liked that I haven’t gotten with office chairs before is the two arms with this chair. They’re fairly standard in appearance and feel good when leaning back and just watching something, but the big appeal for me is that they’re height adjustable. Having not used a chair with arms like this for a decade, being able to push them down so they’re more along my thighs instead and out of the way was fantastic. It kept me “in place” and stable nicely but gave me the upper arm motion and movement that I was used to from my armless chair.
I did get to spend one evening playing games while using it instead of my usual daytime activites, spending about four hours playing Cities: Skylines. This is the kind of thing that made me wish I had gaming chairs for years prior to this. It was a lot more enjoyable being able to play leaning forward with ease and smoothness and then to lean back into the chair to watch things run and just observe, something I couldn’t do before.
With both my kids already jealous of this upgrade, I’m definitely glad that I took a chance on this as I know I’ll be adding more down the line.