Up For Debate - What Do You Look For In A Gaming Chair?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, May 2, 2016 12:00 PM

When it comes to console gaming your choice for where to sit is fairly standard. Usually on the nearest available couch. PC gaming is a little different though. I think most of us are probably using some form of mouse and keyboard, necessitating a desk. As we all know, sitting at a desk for hours on end is backbreaking work, unless you can get your hands on the perfect gaming chair that is.

Considering just how much time you’re going to spend with your derrière tucked into said chair, it seems like a fairly obvious decision to apportion a good chunk of your gaming funds towards it. But where to begin? Gaming chairs vary in price from a £5 milking stool all the way up to £38,000 simulation racing seats, and there's a heck of lot to take in when making your decision.

One of the most important things to consider when it comes to a good gaming chair is ergonomics. I mean, if it’s not comfortable, what’s the point? It needs to be the sort of chair you can sit in for days if need be, without a hint discomfort or a dead leg in sight, or customised to suit your whims. Crank it back for gamepad play or support your back for those long CSGO sessions.

Then there’s also build quality. Is it going to fall apart within six months or is it built to last? Unfortunately if you want to the two to go hand in hand, it invariably comes with escalating costs.

Considering these chairs are going to be having pride of place in your home, it’s also mightily important they look good. If your gaming chair looks like something dragged in from the dump, or a prop from the SyFy channel, then the people you’re living with might not take too kindly to it.

Functionality is also necessary to take into account. Are you going to use it racing games or flight sims? Is there anywhere to hold your can of beer? Does it have a fridge installed in the base? All vital questions for any aspiring gaming chair purchaser.

Oh, and one last thing - the small matter of price. Is it even worth spending hundreds of pounds on a chair, or are there some perfectly adequate cheaper alternatives.

What then, do you you look for in a gaming chair? Is there one thing about all else that you prioritise? And what chair do you have? Let us know!

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14:58 May-02-2016

"Gaming" chairs are overpriced... as long as my chair treats my back good I see no reason for a change.

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14:59 May-02-2016

It's all about comfort.

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14:33 May-02-2016

why in every article u use pounds....majority of us use euro and it hurts my brain when i try to calculate it because i need to convert it to srb dinars first and then to euros....and learn to drive on the right side of the road!!!
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14:32 May-02-2016

Iv got the Arozzi Enzo Gaming Chair, love it, so comfy and stylish in black/red to match my pc

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14:23 May-02-2016

No.1 is survivability and weight limit. Many times I bought a chair and it either breaks in a few months as it wasn't sturdy enough or I have to use a normal chair as there aren't any chairs available that can take 20+st people.


No.2 is long term comfort, I sit in my computer chair all day and it would be really good if I felt comfortable in it for long periods of time.


No.3 is adjustability. I like movable armrests, so I can move them if I need space. Settings for chair to be stiff orlean

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13:28 May-02-2016

I like for my chair to be comfy while mastrubating, so I always try that in a store.


I'm going to hell...and am getting banned...

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13:23 May-02-2016

Sitability xD
I just pulled my bed closer to my PC and I use it as a chair

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15:14 May-02-2016

I prefer to have bed on the opposite side of the room, so I can hear boomy bass when I play music on PC :)))

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12:46 May-02-2016

well two things, comfort and adjustability.

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12:32 May-02-2016

Well I just changed from my wooden MLG dinner chair that I inherited from my past grandma to a 30€ armrestless office chair. My back is quite pleased.

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12:32 May-02-2016

well, I don't play games as much as I used to, so let me share my priorities (of no specific order) for PC chair, not just gaming-targeted throne:
1) uncomfortable enough to force you move yourself from time to time unconsciously, while still being comfortable enough not to be annoyed when focusing on work/game
2) non-moving, non-wobbling stand, which basically means removing any wheels and figuring out perfect position on crooked floor
3) adjustable seat height, adjustable arm rests height (adjustable head rest isn't really needed for me though) - this is really a must feature for me, because I tend to rest my hands just on the desk edge (either keyboard rest or mouse pad), so my arms often need additional support to prevent arms fatigue
4) materials and build quality adequate to pricing - I don't mind plastic parts, but chair really should feel sturdy enough not to worry about suddenly falling down, often cheaper doesn't mean worse
5) no additional nonsense features - it's a chair, not another PC controller, so keep it simple, right?

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12:13 May-02-2016

Spent £50 on my chair, is a generic design and works great.

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