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« on: August 03, 2016, 10:27:07 PM »

Been looking for a new office chair/Gaming chair.  Checking out DXRacers and AKRacer chairs, these are pretty pricey though   Anyone have any feedback or suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2016, 01:42:09 PM »

So I bit the bullet and got this:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5592DW8957

Akracing Ak-7002 Ergonomic Series Executive Racing Style Computer Gaming Office Chair with Lumbar Support and Headrest Pillow Included - Carbon Silver/Black

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/A559_130641440025164210RDhgizLpql.jpg
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 01:52:53 AM »

Quote from: drifter on August 06, 2016, 01:42:09 PM

So I bit the bullet and got this:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5592DW8957

Akracing Ak-7002 Ergonomic Series Executive Racing Style Computer Gaming Office Chair with Lumbar Support and Headrest Pillow Included - Carbon Silver/Black

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/A559_130641440025164210RDhgizLpql.jpg

Please share your impressions if you would. I'm looking to find an upgrade to my old chair.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2016, 04:22:08 AM »

I'm still happy with the $199 Markus desk chair from IKEA that I posted about in June 2015:
http://gamingtrend.com/forums/hardware-software-hell/officetask-chairs/msg985726/#msg985726

And I don't care what what's his face kept going on about back then. I'm happy with it.  icon_smile Doesn't mean everyone else would.

I wouldn't call it a "gaming chair" per se, and if you're prone to 8-12 hours gaming sessions, then it might not have sufficient butt support for that. For my own shorter sessions, it's been great.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2016, 03:56:22 PM »

And I am still using the Aeron chair that I posted about in that 3 year old thread Blackjack posted to!   icon_biggrin

It was super expensive, but it has lasted and importantly for a sweaty guy like me the breathability of the mesh really helps prevent "swamp ass", as my co-worker calls it.  icon_lol 
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2016, 05:07:15 PM »

I should say I'm really interested to hear how you like the new chair as well, drifter!

That racing-style chair looks really cool and I am curious if you specifically got it for using with a wheel and pedals setup, or more for the general style and comfort. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2016, 01:37:13 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 08, 2016, 05:07:15 PM

I should say I'm really interested to hear how you like the new chair as well, drifter!

That racing-style chair looks really cool and I am curious if you specifically got it for using with a wheel and pedals setup, or more for the general style and comfort. 

The main reason why I do not play MORE on my PC is due to a mediocre office chair.  I have a fairly large metal plate attached to my spine so it's really hard for long play sessions. Playing on my steam link in the living room fixes this to an extent but a nice gaming chair would be ideal.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2016, 09:58:02 PM »

Chair arrived yesterday in a big box weighing in at 56lbs.  Unpacking it was easy and the way its in there no piece interferes or can damage another piece as there is foam or cardboard between them.  The large pieces are also in plastic bags.  Instructions to put the chair together are in a trifold brochure size pamphlet.  I put this together by myself, its recommended to have two people.  A set of white gloves is included if you really want to either protect the chair from your hands or your hands from the chair; I didn't notice any grease or substance that would call for these on the pieces of the chair.

Assembly:

Back of the chair goes onto the seat.  Its a large back with two bolts that are in the holes already to mount it; remove the bolts and put it together.  this is the only place I had an issue.  I put in the two bolts loosely on the left side and then I could not get the right side bottom bolt in at all.  Took out the left bolts and put in both right side bolts no problem; over to left side no problem there.  Put the plastic covers on and secure with one bolt each; allen wrenches are provided.

Next step turn it over and put on the tilt mechanism.  Again bolts are in the holes under the chair already; they say had tight.  I have taken helicopters apart and put them back together those bolts are not had tight.  Use the allen wrench and take them out; be very careful not to lose a washer into the bottom of the seat.  I could see someone playing hell getting it to fall out.  Install the tilt mechanism with the part labeled front to the front; not hard.  This step recommended using a table I sued the box the chair came in just turned it upside down worked great.

Last steps install the lift piston and then insert the 5 star legs, insert the wheels.  Turn the chair right side up and you are done.  Chairs comes with a neck pillow that can be strapped into place and a lumbar support that has straps as well.

I have only sat in it a bit so this isn't based on hours of sitting.  I am 72" and 285 lbs. so I am not little; the piston on this chair is rated to 330lbs.  The back of this chair is big and at the moment this thing is extremely firm.  My first test was to pull the lever and lay the back down all the way to 180 with me in it.  This is a bit freaky because you will swear that you are going to go over but you don't.  You can indeed lay this chair all they way out to 180 and not fall over.  to lean the chair back its just like a car, pull a lever on the right side and back you go.  Go back up pull the lever and viola up it goes.  The piston has a good range of travel on it and at the highest setting its too high for my desk so I have to lower it just a bit.  Every other chair I have had they had to be all the way up.  Arm rests are adjustable up/down so they are set so I can rest my arm but the chair still will fit under my desk; this is important as my desk is glass.  I had the carpet removed in the office (had car catch fire in garage) so I had it replaced with engineer bamboo hardwood.  Previous office chair had standard plastic casters so I was concerned about damage; really shouldn't be a problem with engineered hardwood.  This chair rolls great and is pretty much silent doing so, I am definitely not worried about the hardwood with the casters on this.  I (think) I adjusted the mechanism to be able to just lean back and recline a bit however its very hard to recline.  Just leaning back and it doesn't recline I have to push with my feet to make it recline and I pop right back up.  Don't mix this up with the ability to lay the chair back that's different this is just leaning back and reclining a bit.  I may have to google this or make a call to the manufacturer; I don't tend to recline back a lot plus you can just lean back into the chair and its fine.

Did I mention that this chair if FIRM, I mean at the moment stupid firm like almost no give in it.  This seems to be in keeping with other people that have reviewed this.  I like this though as this tells me that the seat cushion should last a long time on this.  I don't have the impression that this chair will be an uncomfortable thing to sit in within a year or two.  My wife's comment was "that's a kick ass chair" and she then asked me if she could steal the lumber support from it.  I tend to agree I think its a "kick ass chair" but I didn't agree with the steal the lumbar support part.  I like the neck support when I lean back into the chair, I am reserving judgement on the lumbar.  To be fair I don't need a lumbar support and I have never used a lumbar support (one not built in).  The chair I have is silver/black which I think looks pretty good and being in San Antonio Silver/Black is Spur's colors.  Chair was $299 with free shipping and I didn't pay any sales tax.  I do not use pedals for any games I did for flight sims and I have the steering wheel/pedals combo for XBOX360.  Now with how easy this chair roll on hardwood I could see where using pedals could cause me to roll depending on the angle and force used on them.  I don't think it would be a problem though also I am on hardwood.

Right now after my first impressions and sitting in it while writing this out I think this was a good buy.  I attached a picture of my chair no idea why it got rotated 90 degrees when I attached it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2016, 02:06:56 AM »

This post has  been viewed a bunch of times did this help anyone out?  Still happy with the chair over the last few days I think the purchase was worth it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2016, 03:20:31 AM »

Quote from: drifter on August 15, 2016, 02:06:56 AM

This post has  been viewed a bunch of times did this help anyone out?  Still happy with the chair over the last few days I think the purchase was worth it.

I've been on the fence about this brand of chair for a while now, so thanks for your impressions/review smile

I'm going to buy one next month
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2016, 11:35:04 PM »

That chair definitely looks pretty slick, I had no idea there were chairs dedicated to gaming.

I've used a couple of different office/exec chairs over the years, but recently after getting these at work, I've changed to a "mesh style" back.  Depending on the chair, they can be surprisingly comfy and supportive, but most importantly for me, they help with heat dissipation.  I'm a pretty big guy, and I tend to generate a lot of heat so having the mesh on the back has really made a difference.  Be advised though, that the different chairs can feel really different.  I went to Staples and tried like 10 of them, and it was really hit or miss in terms of which ones felt good to me and others just didn't fit me no matter how much adjustment I made.

I think this is the one I ended up with, it was one of the more pricey ones but I felt it was worth it, and thus far it hasn't let me down:

http://www.staples.com/Staples-Professional-Series-1500TF-Mesh-Back-Chair/product_1922857

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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2016, 11:58:16 PM »

Quote from: drifter on August 15, 2016, 02:06:56 AM

This post has  been viewed a bunch of times did this help anyone out?  Still happy with the chair over the last few days I think the purchase was worth it.

I think it's definitely useful both for reference and even just for hearing your experience with it.  We are a forum about sharing, after all, so sometimes it's even just fun to see other people's gear even if I won't be buying one for another couple years.
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