There is nothing like the comfort of a good chair when you are getting your game on. There is also nothing like a chair that can provide a lot of support, and live up to years of abuse. Companies like MAINGEAR have provided a number of options that do just this, and we focus on their latest FORMA GT Gaming Chair model.
As you can see in the above video, the chair resembles your usual design for such a chair, mimicking a racing bucket-style seat you’d normally see in a fast car. Only MAINGEAR gave it a little twist to make it more of a racing/luxury hybrid in design.
It goes together with little effort and only 15-25 minutes, depending on how dedicated you are to the task of building it. This is thanks to keeping pieces at a minimal, thus reducing the number of steps involved.
Made from quality material, this gaming seat seems to provide plenty of support. The pads feel durable and long-lasting, and a quick look at the bottom of the seat says a lot. It isn’t the softest chair for a desk, but it should get break-in over time, while not falling apart of flattening out quickly. Even the bolts that screw into place feel solid in design.
The optional pillows (2) feature memory foam on the inside, providing additional support and comfort. The lumber-support pillow is a throw pillow (it doesn’t attach in any way) and feels perfect. The headrest is a little different as it does have a band that wraps around the top of the chair.
We did feel that the headrest pillow isn’t always comfortable during normal vertical use, however, it makes for a great pillow while making use of the chair’s 165-degree tilt. You might just find yourself quickly ready for a nap. Speaking of tilt, the chair is offset just slightly on the wheels so that you are fully supported while both sitting or laying back. Which means that you won’t find yourself tipping backward like some of the chairs out there (especially those claiming to be able to tilt even further than this). We rocked and shifted, and couldn’t get the thing to tip during normal or slightly more extensive abuse.
After a number of hours of continuous use, we didn’t find any discomfort. So it would be a solid addition to any gaming rig (or your desk at work). Especially if you consider the potential of a quick nap in between sessions.
Of course, when looking at the price of these chairs (and just about any other company/model with comparable quality), it’s easy to consider the fact that you can buy into something much cheaper at Costco or your local office store. However, those more affordable options don’t seem to come anywhere near the build quality of these. So you do get what you pay for, which really helps.
You can find the chair online here (MAINGEAR website), as well as a slightly smaller format here (known as the MAINGEAR Gaming Chair Forma R Nero). The Forma GT seems to be a hard one keep in stock, as sometimes they seem to become a little back-ordered. This just means a week or two wait typically and adds to the list of selling points in itself.
For more information, check out the video above (if you haven’t already). You can also check out the images below.