Top 3 Gaming Chair Competition 2017
Are you looking to purchase a new gaming chair that’ll improve your racing experience? Continue reading to learn more about the top 3 racing chairs this year.
Want to take your Sim Racing set up to the next level with a racing chair?
Wise decision! No rig is complete without a gaming chair. You can only make it around Monaco so many times while rolling around in an office chair with two of the wheels stuck in an old pair of shoes!
A kitchen chair will soon bring your Sim Racing ambitions to an end, thanks to a back injury or worse. So yes, fellow gamer, the experts agree – it’s time to move on.
A top quality racing chair will increase your enjoyment amazingly, immerse you right in the action and save you from hours of discomfort. If you spend 20 – 30 hours a week on your hobby, like the average gamer, choosing a racing chair is a big decision.
Take a look at the top 3 racing chairs on the market and see which one measures up to your need for speed.
1. The GT Omega Pro XL Gaming Chair
GT Omega has been manufacturing gaming chairs since 2008 and continues to add improvements with each new model.
Like all GT Omega Pro Racing Office Gaming Chairs, the Pro XL is specifically designed to simulate a race car seat – in looks and responsiveness. It’s comfy, but it’s not a couch – guaranteed to keep you on top of your game behind the wheel.
We found this gaming chair it a little stiff and firm at first but this wears off soon – be patient. Like a good leather shoe, you need to use it a few times. Even new, it is still comfortable enough for a 7-hour session. The chair’a features more than make up for the initial (slight) discomfort.
The XL version is easy to adjust for taller drivers, with a simple adjustment lever on the right-hand side. This gadget also allows you to slant the GT Omega Chair from 85-160 degrees quickly and easily. Great for taking a nap between laps!
The arm rests of this gaming chairs are also totally adjustable and just as customizable as more expensive brands.
The GT Omega Pro XL gaming chair offers epic back support and is popular with gamers who have lower-back problems. Extra lumbar support is included and is totally removable and independently adjustable. The head rest simply straps onto the chair – so you can take it or leave it.
The deep-sided body hugging back of the XL is perfect for the big boys. Smaller operators are in luck though, all the same cool features are available in a standard version of this chair, and it’s slightly cheaper.
The cool black aluminum star base is fitted with top quality casters that roll smoothly over both carpet and tiled surfaces. These are fully lockable to help you avoid shooting across the room when you max out the acceleration.
This chair takes about a half hour to assemble even if you are not great at DIY.
Here’s a summary of all the best features of this good-looking racing chair:
- Tilt-locking mechanism
- 85-160 degree angle adjuster
- Height-adjustable gas spring cylinder
- Height adjustable and rotatable armrests
- Smooth operating casters
- Orthopedic and ergonomic design
- Ultra-spiffy black imitation leather upholstery and black aluminum star base
- Headrest pillow and lumbar cushion included
- 150kg Load capacity
- Available in plain black or black with contrasting trim in a wide range of colors.
It’s easy to see why the Omega Pro XL remains one of the top choices in racing chairs for avid gamers everywhere.
2. GT Omega Master XL
We rate the GT Omega Master XLright up there with the original Omega Pro. This GT racing chair comes with all the features of the Omega Pro, plus more.
The recline angle adjusts to a whopping 180-degree angle to create a genuine race car feel. The spindle has been angled backward to compensate for the extra 10 degrees, and the tilt mechanism can be locked in place for extra stability.
The arm rests on this Omega Gaming Chair come attached to the seat of the chair, saving you on assembly time – which is easy as pie anyhow. All the tools you need are right there in the box!
The racing chair features the standard GT Omega deep-sided lumbar and neck support, which are fully supportive for extended gaming sessions. The shoulder support is fantastic. The removable headrest pillow and lumbar cushion are fully customizable.
If your shoulders are a little larger than life or gamer’s spread is causing serious discomfort, this is the chair for you. It’s great for taller people with room to spare even if you’re over 6ft.
High-quality casters on an aluminum star frame ensure easy maneuverability as well. These casters are also lockable to prevent the chair from moving backward when you put your pedal to the metal.
Here’s a snapshot at some of this chair’s best features:
- Tilt Locking mechanism
- 90-180 degree recline function
- Height-adjustable gas spring cylinder
- Height-adjustable armrest
- Silver Polished aluminum star base and free rolling casters
- Orthopedically and ergonomically sound design
- Classy imitation leather finishes
- Headrest pillow and lumbar cushion included
- Load capacity up to 150kg
- Available in red and black, black and blue and all-black
This racing chair from GT Omega stable is also an excellent value for the money.
3. AK Racing – AK 5015
The ever-popular AK 5015 is a shapely, great-looking gaming chair. In fact, it could fit right in with your office when it’s not doing hard time in front of your computer screen!
Good quality construction and finishes mean you won’t be subjected to that flaky, peeling effect for years. The AK 5015’s high-density cold-moulding foam padding also retains its shape no matter what. Perfect for long nights of gameplay.
The solid metal frame of this gaming computer chair is built to go the distance. You won’t feel like you are tipping over while zipping through the range of 90 – 180-degree recline positions during sessions.
The armrests are fully adjustable and seem to have hit the design sweet spot for maximum shoulder comfort. A roomy seat and lumbar cushion are perfect for the larger frame and the chair operates on 4 gas lift support up to 180kg. The removable headrest pillow and lumbar support cushion are a bonus.
The ergonomic design of this chair is specifically geared at preventing back problems. There are even gamers who claim it has helped to relieve their existing aches and pains.
Assembly proved simple and quick with the help of the manual which is included.
The only downside to this chair are the non-lockable wheels, so it’s ‘back to the old shoes’ if you’re driving. Another is the hefty price tag, but if you’ve got the cash to spare – go for it.
Here’s a summary of this chair’s features:
- Metal base with class 4 gas lift
- Sturdy metal frame
- High-quality solid foam
- Ergonomically sound design
- Adjustable height and back
- 180-degree adjustable armrests
- Tilting feature with adjustable resistance and locking system
- Support up to 180 kg
- Available in black with green, white, blue or red accents
If you are looking for an excellent dual purpose racing seat, or if you play other games besides Sim Racing, this is a good option for you.
Gaming Chair versus Fully Fledged Sim Racing Rig
A fully fledged Sim Racing rig is the ultimate toy for the serious gamer. Have a look at some of the pro’s and con’s of a racing rig when compared to purchasing a separate gaming computer chair.
When you invest in a rig, your options are restricted to those which are compatible with your existing wheel set up.
A racing chair will fit with just about every type of wheel. This gives you a far wider range to choose from. It is much easier to find a gaming chair with all the bells and whistles you need than to find a rig to suit your exact needs.
Comfort is extremely important for Sim Racing.
Again, dollar for dollar. It is easier to find a chair which delivers comfort, support and adjustability. Advanced gaming rigs that have all the features of the best chairs come with a hefty price tag. Alternatively, you have to sacrifice that long-term comfort for affordability as well.
If you share your gaming experience with friends or family, adjusting your rig to suit a new player each time can become tedious. Racing seats are quick and easy to adjust.
Unless you have a dedicated man-cave, storing a full-on gaming rig can be a problem. While most of them fold up for storage, you will still need about 3.4 feet of closet space for your rig.
When you are done using your racing seat, however, you can simply push it under the desk like you would with any other chair.
It is much easier to move a 30kg racing chair around. Rigs are cumbersome and heavy. If you are a restless soul who likes rearranging your pad every so often, they may not be the best choice for you.
Start Your Engines!
We think you’re pretty well-equipped to make a solid gaming chair decision.
And If you are serious about racin’ have a look at some of our other reviews to help you decide on the best set up for you.
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