There are a wild amount of gaming chairs out on the market, much in part to the explosive growth of video game streaming.
Sure, peripherals like controllers and keyboards are important, but no accessory gets more screen time than a player’s chair. There was a time when racing chairs dominated the scene but this signature style has now evolved into better ergonomics, materials, and of course, motifs to represent our fandom of choice.
I was hyped with the opportunity to review the Secretlab OMEGA gaming chair. In the past few years, Secret Lab has collaborated with some of the biggest names in gaming including League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and esports orgs like Cloud9 and Team Liquid.
At first glance, this seemed like another run-of-the-mill racing-style chair and I was wary of how comfortable it would be. However, my fears were quickly squashed as I eased into marathon gaming sessions in it.
I was surprised at how firm, almost hard, the seat cushion foam felt when I first sat down. Though it took a bit of getting used to, the firm seat encouraged me to sit more upright and alert at my desk. Though as a personal preference I do prefer a mesh seat for cooling (curse the hot climate I live in) I have yet to feel overheated from the soft weave, fabric seat.
Like most standard chairs there is a lever for the height and armrests. I was pleased to be able to adjust the armrests to my exact desk height, but do feel they could be slightly longer and have a bit more indentation for my elbow.
The backrest can also be adjusted for a full recline(power nap during a queue anyone?) or brought forward to help Mandie not slouch like a troll.
By far, the D.Va edition is the most thoughtfully detailed chair I’ve come across. The mix of materials including soft-weave fabric, leather, and embroidery makes the design pop and pays incredible homage to the Overwatch Hero.
All D.Va’s suit logos are embroidered on, the colors are vibrant and look directly ripped from her suit, and the backside even has an official Blizzard hang tag so you know this thing is LEGIT.
The wheels on a chair are hyper important to me as someone who has carpet in their office. The cheaper gaming chairs I’ve rolled up to my desk often get stuck where I’m constantly having to lift them up just to get the chair in the correct position. Not the case here, though they aren’t rubber caster wheels (Secretlab, please offer these as an option!) they still roll pretty easily over carpet.
Though I missed a chance to snag a pic, the packaging of the chair, assembling instructions, and included tools were as thoughtfully designed as the chair itself. No flimsy parts here. Everything fit together as expected and was clearly described.
From the high-quality materials and construction to the thoughtful design, the Secret Lab OMEGA is an incredible chair that offers both function and aesthetics without breaking the bank.
- Multiple adjustability levels
- Ease of assembly
- Authentic, thoughtful design
- Reasonably priced
- Short armrests
- Plastic wheels
- Cloth material harder to clean