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Gaming or Office Chair

Discussion in 'Gaming Chairs' started by Jayman, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Jayman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 343

    Location: Derby

    Just wondering are these gaming chairs suitable for general PC use e.g. working from home etc? My current chair from staples is showing its age so was looking at maybe a Noble, Vertagear or dx racer but I am a bit put off by price & a few horror stories.
  2. Spudgun

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,478

    Gaming chairs tend to be pretty bad for office based work. Check out this review of the Noblechairs Epic, a highly regarded gaming chair, at around the 5:40 mark (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__mWz8o7fy8&t=367s) to see the nature of the problem.

    I've never found any gaming chair that can also double as a comfortable 8 hour a day office chair - so you will need to think about which activity you do most in your chair and then decide whether you want to compromise on the gaming or office based use.
  3. Tupro


    Joined: Aug 4, 2016

    Posts: 964

    i dunno i kind of disagree with this, i think its down to personal preference.. as long as the chair is comfortable i think it can be used for both
  4. SimonR


    Joined: Dec 15, 2008

    Posts: 686

    Location: Near to Overclockers

    I have to disagree. As somebody who has to do ergonomic assessments for their job, Gaming Chairs, as the YouTube states are very pretty, but from an ergo perspective, in general, are not very good, especially for prolonged sessions of sitting in front of a VDU. Probably not so noticeable as a 20 something, but as a 40 something you begin to notice how fragile your back can be. I will stick with my Aeron
  5. Aberfala

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2006

    Posts: 1,245

    I don't get how a so called gaming chair can be any better for gaming than a decent office style chair. I'd much rather pay the same for a well made office chair as for a normal quality chair with added flashy bits so they can call it a gaming chair.

    Am I missing something about gaming chairs and their game improving abilities ?
  6. dazzlaa


    Joined: Jan 30, 2017

    Posts: 477

    Location: Lincs

    I added my 2p worth to a similar discussion a while back on here. I will offer the same advice: I popped into Ikea a couple of weeks back and sat in their Markus' chair. Now its a huge upgrade over my current chair and I was extremely comfy, relaxed and felt in a natural position. I suggest going to an IKEA and trying one out!


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 5,387

    Location: N.Devon

    I got the X-Rocker Executive chair from Argos, soo comfy best chair i have ever bought.
  8. boxman2000


    Joined: Mar 10, 2009

    Posts: 4,475

    Location: South West

    Helps when going around corners at 120mph...

    I'm looking for a new chair but definitely won't be going for a gaming chair. Yes they look great and if I was 20 something with no kids then I'd have one but I'm nearly 40 and my kids would trash one of those chairs!!
  9. ttaskmaster


    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 9,209

    I'd suggest one designed for 24/7 office/reception/control room use, personally.

    Go watch Linus's video on the RuhGuhBuh chair... then you shall understand!! :D
  10. HazardO


    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 7,569

    Location: Cambridge

    If you're going to be sat for long periods of time, whether gaming or working, a good chair is essential IMO. They are not cheap, but they are good value for money in that they tend to stay in good condition for a much longer time and don't slowly cripple you. My Herman miller mira is about 6 or 7 years old now, it cost £550 new (no arms). Before that I had three cheap office chairs at ~£150 each non of which lasted for much more than 2 years.

    It amazes me that people will put down £800 on a top end GPU and won't spend half of that on a decent chair..
  11. hrockh


    Joined: Feb 22, 2012

    Posts: 110

    Location: Derby

    just based on looks alone, I'd rather have an office chair vs a "gaming" one
  12. craarc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2012

    Posts: 1,944

    good quality office chair all the time RHExtend 120 for me last for years and all the adjustments you need
  13. BigBANGtheory


    Joined: Apr 21, 2007

    Posts: 775

    many office chairs have better features for gamers than "gaming chairs" such is the irony and power of marketing
  14. FurryLemon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 8, 2015

    Posts: 1,474

    Location: France

    Herman Miller here. Had mine for 10 odd years.


    Well built
    Lifetime warranty (had the hydraulics replaced on mine last year)
    Looks professional


    Cost is too high for some
  15. samcat


    Joined: Nov 8, 2002

    Posts: 3,185

    Location: Near Bristol, Uk

    Herman Miller Mira here... Its amazing, but the cats LOVE the suspended seats fabric.. They hop and and their claws catch on it and have destroyed it in less than 2 years.. It was bought as a reconditioned one so only had 1 year warranty... Ouch :( :(

    I have bought fabric, have nothing to lose so will give retrimming it myself a go.
  16. wonkytrout


    Joined: Jun 25, 2010

    Posts: 101

    I'm yet to see a non ugly gaming chair.. think I'm a bit too old for one. Give me something Black/Brown plain and comfy
  17. Pocah


    Joined: Jul 11, 2017

    Posts: 819

    I have bought tons of chairs in my time and I have to say that I think the single most important thing is to get one that's the right size. Sounds obvious but if you are a tall person you need a chair made for a tall person - and so on. Quality comes second.
  18. craarc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2012

    Posts: 1,944

    a good quality chair will have all the adjustment you need the only real concern is if you need something bariatric. or with an extra large base, all good companies will be able to provide a range of seat sizes and back lengths. with proper adjustments not just up and down and tilt etc. This can normally be specced. when ordering a Quality chair.

    Quality comes first.