In this guide, we will help you decide if you should get a gaming chair or not.
More specifically, we will take a look at what distinguishes them from regular office chairs and whether or not they are worth the money.
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Aggressive and attention-grabbing exterior design has been a staple of all sorts of gaming accessories, peripherals, and miscellaneous equipment for years now, ever since gaming had entered the mainstream spotlight and the world of eSports came to be.
Gaming chairs are no different. As can be seen with the King Gaming Chair on the right, this DXRacer-made gaming chair sports a flashy black-and-red color scheme that is very common among gaming products.
On the other hand, regular office chairs are often much more minimalistic in their design, mostly sticking to a black leather exterior, sometimes combined with dark grey or white hues.
The Gaming Chair
Racing gaming chairs are often modeled after actual car seats to provide the user with maximum immersion. The problem is, however, that car seats are designed to facilitate vehicle operation rather than provide comfort. Most notably, trademarks of car seat design are:
- Bucket seat – Car seats have that characteristic depression in the middle, with raised sides. Why is that there? Simply to prevent the driver from sliding sideways when making turns. And even though it does provide additional engrossment for racing game enthusiasts, it does not contribute to comfort. What’s more, the bucket seat can be disadvantageous in that regard, as it limits the user’s movement in the seat. When you have an hours-long gaming session, you’ll want to shift around and sit in a different pose from time to time, and a racing gaming chair with this seat design will make that neither easy nor comfortable.
- Elevated front – Similar to the bucket seat, the elevated front part of the seat exists in car seats to make it easier for the driver to keep their feet on the pedals without tiring their legs out. This is not a practical issue when you’re sitting at your computer desk, and it could also harm long-term comfort. Unless you are tall with long legs, this design choice will likely leave your legs hanging uncomfortably off the edge of the seat unless you rest them on your desk, an ottoman, or any other piece of furniture that could serve the purpose.
The Office Chair
On the contrary, even the cheapest office chairs sport a highly ergonomic design that will make for comfortable seating for hours on end. This is accomplished with maximum adjustability that will make almost any chair suitable for all body types and with a much more intuitive seat design.
Keep in mind, though, that office chairs cover a wide price range, unlike their gaming counterparts, which are often pricier. As such, the more affordable office chairs will often lack all the memory foam cushioning and other high-quality components/features that are present in the more expensive ones.
As we have already mentioned, gaming equipment is known and instantly recognizable for its design. However, another thing that follows suit is a high price tag.
Whether we’re talking about gaming chairs, mechanical keyboards, laser mice, or surround headsets, all of them will be relatively expensive – even the ones at the lower end of the price spectrum. The critical question is: are those prices justified?
Naturally, if you want quality, you will have to pay a decent amount for it. However, a prevalent issue with “gaming” gear is that you’re not always paying for actual quality or practicality, but for what the product represents.
Gaming has become a lifestyle, and those aggressive, LED-riddled borderline-gimmicky designs are all that you’re paying for in a lot of cases.
A simple office chair does not represent any sub-culture, and it is always designed to fit its purpose. That said, when an office chair is more expensive, you can rest assured that the extra cost is due to very practical reasons: memory foam cushioning, additional adjustability, and other features.
Ultimately, office chairs are much more flexible in terms of pricing and are, in the majority of cases, a much wiser investment since they strive to be practical and ergonomic above everything else.
So, is a gaming chair worth it? It all depends on your requirements and preferences. Two important things to keep in mind are:
- An office chair is usually more comfortable overall
- An office chair is usually cheaper and offers better value for your money
That’s not to say that gaming chairs are uncomfortable – far from it. They do, however, sport some counter-intuitive design decisions, and are arguably not worth their high price tags unless you are a passionate gamer and want a chair that suits your lifestyle.
In all other cases, an office chair is a smarter purchase due to the two reasons we have mentioned above. It will not leave you wanting for more when it comes to comfortable seating, especially if you invest some extra money in a premium quality chair.