Fnatic is a huge of the esports world, and nowadays you will get the crew’s emblem on nearly each gaming peripheral you may consider – so it was actually solely a matter of time earlier than an official Fnatic gaming chair got here alongside, on this case courtesy of AndaSeat.
AndaSeat might not have the model recognition of Secretlab within the gaming house, however the firm has pedigree making racing seats for the likes of BMW and Mercedes, so its engineers ought to know their approach round a chair or two. It’s additionally the “unique chair sponsor” of China’s nationwide soccer and volleyball groups, so take that Secretlab.
The AndaSeat Fnatic Version is a premium gaming chair that boasts PVC leather-based, excessive density moulding foam for the physique, and sufficient tilt and armrest adjustability to finetune the entire expertise to swimsuit nonetheless you sit.
Naturally it additionally comes coated within the branding of not simply Fnatic, however AndaSeat as nicely, so that you’ll must get used to that. Fortunately the 2 firms use comparable black and orange colors, so the pairing is much less obnoxious than you may fear – and in reality that is on the restrained finish of the gaming chair spectrum.
Orange accents run alongside the facet of the primary body, together with the adjustment levers beneath the chair, the AndaSeat logos on both facet of the headrest, and a small Fnatic emblem proper within the bucket. The most important Fnatic emblem is on the rear of the chair, however is definitely merely stitched in black for a refreshingly delicate contact – it implies that from behind the Fnatic Version may virtually be mistaken for an over-sized workplace chair somewhat than a full-on gamer throne.
It’s over-sized although. That is what AndaSeat calls an XL chair, and it’s an actual chonker. It’s good for anybody as much as 6’10”, and weights as much as 440lbs/220kg, so my 5’10”, 80kg self felt a little bit under-sized by comparability. For those who had been a lot shorter or lighter than me I’d counsel in search of smaller choices, and the identical applies for those who’ve obtained a cramped house to attempt to squeeze it into.
The physique of the chair is coated in PVC leather-based, which AndaSeat says is similar materials it makes use of for its skilled racing automobile chairs. Regardless, it seems and feels comfy and premium, plus in fact leather-based is simple to wipe clear – although a stable black leather-based chair can get precisely as scorching as you’d count on it to.
Beneath that leather-based is 65kg/m3 cold-cured foam over a metal body. That’s pretty excessive density, that means the chair feels sturdy and inflexible. Which may not sound tremendous comfy, however basically is strikes the steadiness between simply sufficient give to allow you to sink into it a bit, and sufficient rigidity to assist your again and physique.
It helps that it’s extraordinarily adjustable. The arm rests are described as ‘4D adjustable’, which is absolutely only a sci-fi approach of claiming which you could transfer them up and down, facet to facet, forwards and backwards, or tilt them in or out. Be aware that they’re not padded in any respect although, and are merely completed in inflexible plastic.
It additionally comes with two detachable and adjustable cushions: one for the decrease again and one for the neck. I discovered the neck cushion too massive to be comfy, however caught with the lumbar assist pillow, although in fact this may range from individual to individual.
The chair itself can tilt from 90 levels (i.e. upright) again to a genuinely alarming 160 levels (i.e. oh-god-this-is-how-I-die), and you may lock it into 5 totally different positions alongside the best way. You can too toggle between a set place, or a mode that allows you to tilt again freely as much as a sure level, for those who choose the liberty to lean again from time to time.
I can’t say that I’ve actively tried to interrupt the Fnatic Version, however nonetheless – after a month or two of use there’s no signal of any put on or tear, and it feels as comfy and durable because it ever was, so I’m not fearful about longevity. I’ve additionally felt the advantages of the again assist, and it appears like a particular step up from the ergonomic workplace chair I used to make use of all day.
AndaSeat additionally gives a lifetime guarantee on the metal body, so that you’ll at all times be lined if that breaks – although it appears like that guarantee gained’t cowl frailer components just like the leather-based end or plastic castors.
Worth & availability
At £399/$449 there’s no getting round the truth that the AndaSeat Fnatic Version is dear, even for a gaming chair. Actually it’s the costliest chair the corporate makes, although if that does not put you off you should purchase it from AndaSeat straight, or from Amazon.
It’s additionally greater than the Secretlab Titan, at present our prime really helpful gaming chair, regardless of providing comparable specs. The Fnatic Version can assist taller and heavier gamers although, so that you may nonetheless have motive to go for this mannequin for those who’re taller than 6’6” – or simply need to present that you simply’re a Fnatic fanatic.
The AndaSeat Fnatic Version is a premium gaming chair that’s nicely constructed, sturdy, and enticing – as long as you’re a fan of the Fnatic branding.
It’s not the most effective worth gaming chair on the market, but it surely isn’t attempting to be. Simply do not forget that it’s solely obtainable in XL, which is each a blessing and a curse – quick kings and queens will probably be higher off elsewhere.
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