Those of us who spend anywhere from two to more than five hours a day playing video games should know how essential it is to sit comfortably. The moment you are outside of your comfortable position you start adjusting and it seems that you can never get back into position. This can be unnerving and cause pain in your neck and shoulders. It goes without saying that investing in a good chair is very important, so what gaming chair should you buy?
There are many gamer chairs on the market and they vary in price. If you have about $50,000 itching in your pocket then you could go for the Emperor 200, but most likely you wouldn’t consider spending more than $250. However, there is one secret that no one is telling you about gaming chairs and that is, it’s not about the price! What makes a good PC gaming chair is the following:
How durable is the sitting cushion?
The point here is that many cushioned chairs will eventually sink in; the filling will get pushed at the sides, leaving your precious behind sitting on a hard, uncomfortable surface. In this view it’s not always about how expensive the chair is. You could get spend $200 on a chair, but that doesn’t mean the cushion has been made to last. So when you are browsing for a chair read the reviews people leave on the website, or test the chair in the store. Look for a firm surface that is not going to allow your fingers to sink in when you push harder.
Reclining chairs and low prices do not go well together!
You do want to get a chair that reclines so you can increase your leisure, but look out for the following. If the chair is below $200 there is a high probability that the recliner will malfunction and possibly break at the joint over time. Get a chair that has a lower angle of recline because it is not going to get harmed when you push your feet forward and with that all your back’s weight on the recliner. Another possibility is to get a chair whose recliner is already at a fixed angle.
Do you really need to swivel?
The answer is, you don’t. Playing your favorite video games is all about being focused on what is in front of you, so you really don’t need to spin to the right or left for whatever reason.
Ergonomic design is great, but at what price?
Ergonomic chairs are more expensive, but even that doesn’t guarantee prolonged comfortable sitting. You can find a PC chair that has curvature and doesn’t cost more than $200. What is important here is that the recliner is not completely flat. A cushioned recliner helps to soften how you back is resting and it doesn’t need to “look” ergonomically engineered.
Looks versus utility
There are many PC gaming chairs under $200 that look just amazing, but they are all made of plastic. If you are on a budget for a gaming chair and you want to eliminate the risk of having to buy another one a year later, get a chair that is made of metal or aluminum. If you don’t care how the chair looks, you will be satisfied with a simple design which is well adjusted to sitting few hours at a time. With plastic chairs, the armrests start to loosen up in just few months and the swivel and reclining options become prone to malfunctioning.