What Makes a Chair a Gaming Chair?
At first glance, gaming chairs don't look all that different from desk chairs. They're typically pretty large, with backrests that extend high enough to support your head, along with large armrests and a swiveling base with wheeled castors that let you roll and spin freely. You've probably seen "executive" office chairs that look pretty similar. Gaming chairs have a few key differences, though.
First, the color and style options of gaming chairs are generally very different from office chairs. Most office chairs focus on dark colors and earth tones, and have more traditional seat designs. Gaming chairs usually come in a variety of colors, and even if the chair is mostly black, there will likely be plenrty of eye-catching accents to make it stand out. The seats of gaming chairs are also designed more closely after racing chairs used in simulators, so you're going to see a lot more bucket seats than frumpy armchair designs.
Second, gaming chairs are much more adjustable. All of the models we've tested have the usual options like height and tilt, just like office chairs. But they go a step further with adjustable armrests you can pivot, slide, and move up and down.
Third, gaming chairs recline. While office chairs generally offer only limited adjustments on the angle between the seat and the back of the chair, gaming chairs let you lean back with the pull of a lever. Every gaming chair we've tested has a reclining function that lets you sit back comfortably and stare at your TV as easily as you can lean forward and watch your computer monitor.
All of these features add up to a sturdier, more comfortable chair you can easily use in a variety of situations. It also adds up to a hefty price tag: Gaming chairs typically range between $200 and $600, making them several times more expensive than a basic desk chair you can get at an office supply store. Of course, if you're going to spend a lot of time in it, you probably want to invest in a good one. They're like beds that way.